So, the bad news (as was pretty much expected) is that the final Kingkiller Chronicle book will more than likely not be released in 2014. The good news, however, is that previous statement is sort of untrue. There will be a new Kingkiller book in 2014, but it will not be the trilogy closing ‘Doors of Stone.’ Instead, it will be the recently announced novella, ‘The Slow Regard of Silent Things,’ which chronicles a tale from fan favorite character Auri.
For those who don’t know, Auri is the mysterious girl that Kvothe befriends while attending the university during the events of ‘The Name of the Wind.’ She lives a rather reclusive and enigmatic existence in the ‘Underthing’ below the school, only rarely emerging from hiding, where she happens to meet Kvothe in one of those chance encounters. Although the exact time period of Auri’s tale in ‘The Slow Regard of Silent Things’ is not divulged, it is said to profile some part of her time in the ‘Underthing.’ Perhaps we’ll get some insight into her life before she withdrew to her Smeagol like existence though.
Either way, the novella will be out later this year in November. Also, in June, be on the lookout for the short story about fellow Kingkiller universe character Bast, entitled ‘The Lightning Tree’, which will appear in the George R.R. Martin edited anthology ‘Rogues.’ And be sure to check out the full interview with Mr. Rothfuss over at Geek & Sundry.
With little to no news lately on the release of Patrick Rothfuss’ final ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ book (although this week he did some funny commentary on goodreads reviews of the unreleased novel), I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the cast ideas for the upcoming TV adaptation. It was announced a few months ago that Rothfuss’ popular fantasy series would receive the television treatment a la Game of Thrones and a few sites including Buzzfeed posted their ideal cast list for the show.
A lot of Buzzfeed’s proposed cast for ‘The Name of the Wind’ are vastly different than what I imagined, but they still look like they would fit the characters well. Bill Nighy in anything as anything is always great, but I’m sure he would be especially great as the Chronicler. Eddie Redmayne (pictured above) feels like he could manage as Kvothe, but I’d be curious as to what era Kvothe he’d play. Chris O’Dowd as Manet and Idris Elba as Kilvin sound about right, but truthfully I’d endorse them even if they didn’t fit.
In Tor’s ideal cast list, they have Tom Hiddleston as Kvothe, which honestly seems to fit a little better in my mind than Eddie Redmayne. Hiddleston could really shine as Kvothe, especially when called upon to convey a great underlying sorrow to the character. And I’m sure we could find a role to shove Benedict Cumberbatch in while we’re at it. Either way, be sure to check out the full fantasy cast lists at Buzzfeed, Tor and even Rothfuss himself chiming in over at his blog.