Fantasy novels have become an integral part of literature that many have now come to know. They inspire awe in us, incite emotions and subvert our expectations with their setting in a parallel universe. They often leave us waiting for the next in the series like Patrick Rothfuss Book 3. Fantasy novels do more than entertain readers and tickle them at the spot where they appreciate creative flairs. They paint a picture of a fictional universe, engage us in the setting and make us believe such a world is real. In fact, after reading, we begin to highlight the basis on which our real world can be compared and perhaps made better.
Lovers of creative writing especially those that hold the fantasy genre in high regards should be familiar with the name Patrick Rothfuss. Many probably eagerly wait for Patrick Rothfuss’s book 3, The Doors of Stone. Don’t know him? Here’s an introduction:
Meet the Author, Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin. In his childhood, he wrote a couple of short stories and poems as a result of extensive reading and reduced time spent in front of cable TV networks.
He has published a couple of books that made him renown like The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. The former, being his first published novel, won the Quill Award as well as a Publishers Weekly Best book of the year. The latter won the David Gemmel Legend Award after sitting comfortably in the first position of The New York Times bestseller chart.
These books indeed made Patrick exposed to recognition and catapulted him to fame as the two books from his fantasy trilogy; The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Now people on are on their toes waiting for Patrick Rothfuss’s book 3 to come out, The Doors of Stone.
The Kingkiller Chronicle –Overview
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy series expected to have three novels in it –a trilogy. The series recounts the story of Kvothe, the main character, who is an adventurer and doubles as a musician.
The books in the trilogy include The Name of The Wind which was published in 2007 to kick-start the heroic fictional series. The next, The Wise Man’s Fear, was published about four years later, in 2011.
The story’s plot is segmented into two distinct timelines. In the present, Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Mooches (or Chronicler) in the Waystone Inn. Kvothe’s past makes up the rest of the book with the interlude expressing the perspective of multiple characters.
The series is more like a three-day long oral autobiography of Kvothe. Therefore, the first book is set in a day. The same applies to others. Day one, or the first novel in the series, began with the main character introducing himself and giving a brief overview of his person and past. He notes how he is a unique force deserving fear and respect due to his accomplishments.
In the beginning, the series describes Kvothe as a renowned scholar, adventurer, and musician who lives anonymously as a rural innkeeper. The autobiography employs an intriguing structure. There is a crop of interspersed interludes describing the interaction between Kvothe and the Chronicler. The Chronicler is a scribe, and he records the Kvothe’s narration in the present day of the fictional world of the series.
The Kingkiller Chronicle –Settings
The events in this series were situated in portions of the fictional world including the Fae, the unknown regions, and the Four Corners of Civilization. The whole world of the series is known as Temerant.
The world of the Temerant is identical to the Middle Ages as a lot of medieval features such as metallurgy, agriculture, chemistry, and Gothic style of architecture are in place. The story, however, introduces a twist to this. There is a hint of arcane magic –an element of the fantasy genre– making that period more advanced and allowing the accomplishments of tremendous feats of technology. But knowledge from that era is lost or probably just unknown to the university arcanists. Kvothe cited in the book that the university sits on the ruins of that advanced period.
There exist proof speculated in history that such time once was. The system of magic practiced –alchemy, sympathetic magic and Sygaldry– only help to strengthen this proof.
It is worthy to note a movement similar to that of Catholicism in the fictional world of Temerant called Tehlinism. Tehlin followers adopted the Iron Law of a judicial system based on morals and ethics enshrined in the doctrines of Tehlinism; such that heresy against Tehlinism and the use of magic against other people is punishable by the judicial system of Tehlinism or its military branch. This means anyone who uses magic willingly to harm others is convicted and sentenced to death.
Slavery does not exist in Temerant. However, there are obvious disparities between classes of citizens, and this dictates how they behave towards each other.
The Major Landmarks of The Kingkiller Chronicle
• The Commonwealth and Aturan Empire
These constitute the largest union of lands in the Temerant. It is here that a large number of Tehlin followers are concentrated.
Tarbean (tar-bee-en) is considered the capital of the Commonwealth. Two distinct divisions can be made out of the state of living there; the Waterside and Hillside. Waterside is a home for beggars, whores, and thieves. Here is the slum of the city. The hillside, on the other hand, is the home of influential people such as politicians and courtesans. Kvothe lives on the streets of Tarbean for three years following the death of his family and before he attends the university.
• The University
The center of higher learning sits just across the Omethi river from the town of Imre. Owing to the magical capabilities of those who attend the university, the people there are feared and respected. Nine masters are heading the faculty, and one assumes the administrative role of the Chancellor.
Students are ranked to indicate the progress they make in their studies. At a time, a student can rank E’lir, Re’lar or El’the. Every student starts from the lowest rank being E’lir and when they attain the highest, they can graduate and be called ‘arcanists’ or they can stay back to contribute as University Arcanists.
Unknown to the almost all the students of the university, the school is situated atop the underthing –a massive subterranean structure speculated to be the remains of the previously constructed version of the University and probably the only remains of a now extinct town where the University is currently situated.
Southeast of the University is Vintas, an ancient and wealthy kingdom spanning some area of land. Its people are normally suspicious of anything magical. The nobles boast of their influence with the type of rings they receive. There is a class structure that makes nobles send iron rings to the lesser when summoning them, a silver ring to a peer and a golden ring to a superior.
• The Fae
This is a parallel reality inhabited by faeries and other creatures. In the Fae, the sun neither rises nor sets but one can go from darker areas to lighter areas, from morning to evening and back.
In the story, a moon oscillates between the world of the Fae and the world of mortals. Faeries can only enter and exit the Mortal world during Full Moons and mortals will be trapped in the Fae on moonless nights. The Fae is probably built by magic, and so every one of its inhabitants should have the natural ability to do magic. Mortals can also exist in the Fae, but their knowledge of everything about the world is wiped when they choose to leave.
Meet the protagonist
Kvothe is orphaned at the age of twelve and is forced to live on the streets of Tarbean as a beggar to survive. The most prominent physical features he has to include his red hair and green eyes. Kvothe has an incredible flair for arts and arcane magic with an extraordinary memory that earned him an admission to study and work in Fishery in the University. He is a very talented lute player and a well-known performer at pubs in Imre. After his stay at the University, he receives informal training from a mercenary on martial arts skills.
At the later part of the story, he becomes an arcanist, a renowned musician, a quasi-noble and a novice adventurer.
Patrick Rothfuss book 3 –The Doors of Stone
The Doors of Stone is the third and final novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle series by American author and a big name in the fantasy literature world, Patrick Rothfuss. The concluding part of the trilogy will pick up the story of Kvothe’s life from where The Wise Man’s Fear left it. Remember we mentioned the story is a three-day oral narration of Kvothe’s pasts and the present. Therefore, ‘The Doors of Stone’ is set to finish the tale for the third day.
Rothfuss has hinted about the length of the last novel of the trilogy; saying it will be no longer than The Wise Man’s Fear. A lot of speculation and talks about the cover art for the book has erupted in the minds of those patiently waiting for the book to be released and even on the internet. You’re probably asking ‘Why is Patrick delaying this book?’
It sure has been a long time coming, but with the fact that Rothfuss is in a position where nothing less is expected of him, he is taking his time to smoothen the rough edges. The book has to be a shiny orb, no flaw (that is probably what he’s thinking).
What to Expect from Patrick Rothfuss’s Book 3, The Doors of Stone
In some interviews, Rothfuss has reiterated his doubt on the size of the third novel being bigger than the previous in the trilogy. Initially, The Kingkiller Chronicle was written as an entire, whole book. He had to revise the manuscript to extract three books and create an arc with the first one. Now on the third novel, he insists some parts are perfect while others don’t fit so much in that qualification.
There are many speculations about what Patrick Rothfuss book 3 will be centered on. In a couple of places in the two novels of the trilogy, phrases such as ‘gate of stone’ and ‘Greystones’ are mentioned, and they give room for guesses.
For example, in The Name of The Wind, there is a mention of a configuration of greystones near Tarbean acting as a gate of stone. Also in the same novel, Kvothe dreams of a doorway comprising greystones. Does this suggest Kvothe will go on another adventure to somewhere beyond a gate of stone or are there things to discover hidden beneath a covering made from stone? We can only guess.
In The Wise Man’s Fear, the mysterious door within the University’s Archives is made of stone. Also in the same novel, the Felurian (leader of The Fae) states that lax who stole the moon is shut beyond the doors of stone. Here also, Bast swears upon the doors of stone. Many guesses are trying to point to what ‘The Doors of Stone’ will be all about but we don’t expect Patrick to leave it laying around obviously for us to pick. These may even be elements to subvert our expectations.
However, the story is expected to involve more traveling and show how Kvothe’s life became what it is now. In several interviews, Rothfuss has stated the novel will relate how Kvothe and Bast meet. We expect to know the meaning of El’the (the highest rank in the University) in The Doors of Stone. Kvothe will probably travel to Renere the capital city of Vintas.
Most especially, it is expected that Kvothe gets his revenge on the Chadrians. These are the creatures that led a bandit attack which caused the death of Kvothe’s parents. They’ve been in hiding ever since.
The Kingkiller Chronicle has so far alluded to certain things, leaving readers to pick meanings from wordplays and inference. Therefore, it won’t come as a surprise of the third and final volume of the Chronicle is in that way too.