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.