I stumbled across Patrick Rothfuss’ first novel, The Name of the Wind, back in 2010 while meandering through the sci-fi/fantasy section of my local library. Since I am a bit flip about book choice, it takes a really strong voice and great writing to pull me in. However, with Rothfuss, it was effortless–and now I am hooked in for the long haul.
I do mean long haul in every sense. The first of the Kingkiller Chronicles was published in 2007 and The Wise Man’s Fear hit the shelves in 2011. Readers waited four years between books. Now, I’ve seen complaints that the gap between books is too long. That is just plain jackassishness; I would much rather have the wait if it makes a better book. The fact that these complainers are waiting means that there is something they are looking forward to, something worth waiting for.
And the wait is on for Book #3.
What is difficult to consider is my own lack of focus. It took me a very long time to get through Book #2. Believe me, this is in no way due to the story or the writing! I just couldn’t sit still for long periods of time this spring–not enough to read a book borrowed from the library. I checked it out two different times, but still couldn’t manage it. So, I grabbed the audiobook and that was MUCH easier for me. I could still listen to the novel and do other things around the house or work on the computer; I wasn’t tied down.
As an audiobook, there are 36 discs. As a hardcover, it is 994 pages. To give you some comparison:
- George RR Martin. A Game of Thrones. 28 discs. 704 pages.
- JK Rowling. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. 23 discs. 766 pages.
- Robert Jordan. The Shadow Rising. 34 discs. 699 pages.
- Patrick Rothfuss. The Name of the Wind. 23 discs. 672 pages.
I made it through 3/4 of the book in the last week or so. And I am glad I did.
When I am reading through a series of books, I want the author to leave me with questions and clues to pull me into the next book. When I am no longer curious, I stop reading. This is what happened to me during my read through of Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; I had no questions or concerns after book 4–everything seemed to endlessly repeat. But Rothfuss has not disappointed me!
- Bast…seriously, what the hell?
- What is going on with Kvothe? Is he ill?
- What of the box? What of the library door?
- Will he return to Felurian? Will the sword go back to the Adem?
- What of the current situation the country is in?
- I’ve got a million more…
What do I hope? That the final book is awesome. I cannot really see how he will quickly finish the loose threads and come to the end of the whole tale without a fourth book, but I am looking forward to reading the result!