Exclusive: A Sneak Peek at the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Name of the Wind

Posted by Hayley on September 21, 2017
"My name is Kvothe… You may have heard of me."

Ten years after the publication of The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss' hero Kvothe—the Arcane, the Bloodless, the Kingkiller—is well on his way to becoming as legendary in our world as he is in his own. While readers await the final installment of his story, a television and film adaptation of the entire Kingkiller Chronicle is currently on its way from Lionsgate and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

To mark the anniversary of this beloved fantasy epic, a deluxe edition arrives next month, featuring a brand-new cover, never-before-seen illustrations by artist Dan Dos Santos, a pronunciation guide, and more. Rothfuss shares the edition's Author's Note exclusively with Goodreads as well as an updated world map by artist Nathan Taylor.




First and foremost, this is the best, cleanest version of the text we have. We fixed a few mistakes we've discovered over the years. Though I've resisted the urge to go back in and fiddle with the language except for just a few words here and there for the sake of clarity. And a few more that I tucked in to add clues about the eighth Chandrian, Devi's real name, and Auri's backstory.

No. Wait. I'm sorry. I shouldn't joke about that. Don't waste your time digging through the text and comparing the changes. All of that was a lie.

Secondarily, we have illustrations by the marvelous Dan Dos Santos. New maps by friend and frequent artistic collaborator Nate Taylor, who has also graciously agreed to provide illustrations in the supplementary materials here at the end of the book.

What materials are those, you might ask? Well, for those of you who want to go deep, deep down the obsessive, geeky rabbit-hole of my worldbuilding, we have appendices which provide information about the history of the world, the calendar, and my multifarious currency systems.

There's a pronunciation guide, too. For those of you who are into that sort of thing….

* * *

One of the best things about my new life is getting to know the people who have read and enjoyed my books. Back when I daydreamed of being published, it never occurred to me that the community of readers that sprang up around my books would be so amazing. So wonderful and kind.

I started a blog, and tens of thousands of you showed up to read the little stories I wrote there. You have made beautiful fan art, sent me sweet letters and gifts. You show up when I attend conventions, podcasts, or play video games on Twitch.

I ran a photo contest and y'all stunned me with your creativity and enthusiasm. When I teamed up with a game designer to create the rules for Tak, you showed up on Kickstarter to help us produce it.

And when I started a charity, you proved how generous geeks could be. Through our online store (The Tinker's Packs) and various fundraisers, y'all have helped Worldbuilders raise more than $8,000,000 to help make the world a better place. Have I said thank you yet?

Even if I haven't said it yet, I hope you know that I've been thinking it.

Thank you.

—Patrick Rothfuss





The 10th Anniversary Edition of The Name of the Wind hits bookshelves on October 3. Add it to your Want to Read shelf here.

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message 1: by gabriel brack (new)

gabriel brack How about a pre-anniversary edition of doors of stone? At this point I would take a rough draft just so I can be done with it.


message 2: by DemetraP (new)

DemetraP Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?"


message 3: by Neil (new)

Neil DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Well. according to his latest blog post, watching his dad die has been near the top of the list. But also fleshing out his world with games and art and collaborating with Lin Manuel Miranda to bring it to the screen. He's also been raising millions of dollars through his charity to help people in developing countries.

I get it, I really do. I'm not saying that the wait hasn't been frustrating and I'm just as excited to read book 3 as anybody else but you can either wait graciously or you can wait obnoxiously - you'll wait either way.


message 4: by Shivam (new)

Shivam Patel I'm tired of waiting as well. I understand that authors need time to write their books but it's been six years since The Wise Man's Fear was released. At this point I feel like he is just dragging out the time till the tv or movie adaption comes and that could be another couple of years :(


message 5: by Cristina (new)

Cristina Tapia Ros Shivam wrote: "I'm tired of waiting as well. I understand that authors need time to write their books but it's been six years since The Wise Man's Fear was released. At this point I feel like he is just dragging ..."

Everyone does :(


message 6: by Nanksy (new)

Nanksy You know, just because you want a conclusion to a story you got involved with, gives you no rights over a writer. He is under no obligation to write a book to satisfy your curiosity. If he never writes another word, it is his life and his right. Why don't you write a book. Make it as long as you want and finish it or not. Try to write on demand sometime. Leave the guy alone and go live your own life. Mr. Rothfuss owes you nothing.


message 7: by Joshua (new)

Joshua Hedges The location called "Khershaen" on this map can be found on the older map of the four corners, but it's called "Cershaen" on the older map.
Also, There's a location on this map called "Sevren" which seems to refer to the location which has been called "Severen" until now.


message 8: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White I remember when I was a child and I would draw little maps like this one, preparing to write a story of my own that would sweep people off their feet when they read it. Inevitably all of the maps would like something like Africa and Australia mixed together, and just as inevitably has not seen a publication, yet.


message 9: by Phil (new)

Phil DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""


Complaining about Trump


message 10: by Nicoleta (new)

Nicoleta I absolutely love this!! I think I will reread the first book.


message 11: by Brianna (new)

Brianna I want this on my bookshelf, like now!


message 12: by JL (new)

JL Lucaban Me right now:

Le gasp!


message 13: by James (new)

James Joyce DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too."

Then stop waiting and read something else.

DemetraP wrote: "At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Living his life. I think he's allowed.


message 14: by Hal (new)

Hal Does anybody know whether there is going to be a similar edition of "The Wise Man's Fear"?


message 15: by Dyanna (new)

Dyanna hmm interesting they make a new edition of the first book but finishing the series probably will be 10 years from now on....


message 16: by James (new)

James Joyce Dyanna wrote: "hmm interesting they make a new edition of the first book but finishing the series probably will be 10 years from now on...."

Not really. The author finishes the novels. The publisher creates new editions. And new editions are a common feature of publishing a successful series.


message 17: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White When an author agrees with a publisher and they set out to make a book together, it means they have a commitment to that task. The author probably is very happy to do his work, even if he works slowly, which he may not. Mr. Tanizaki, the Japanese novelist, said he wrote four pages a day on good days (in a preface to one of his novels).


message 18: by Joeri (new)

Joeri I'm not waiting on book 3, I'll read it when it's published though.
There are enough books to read, so read those until part 3 drops.
Writers can do as they damn well please, Rothfuss isn't delaying the book to screw with his fans. He has his own shit going on like the rest of us.


message 19: by (_.- Jared -._) (last edited Sep 25, 2017 10:30AM) (new)

(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪ DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Hmm, well they say that, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" but this thread appears to be in contradiction. Seams that some even go so far as to forget or just dismiss an individual's basic human rights when it comes to providing them quality entertainment. Perhaps it's just an "old wives tale" then, as many here seem to be NOT very fond of this author. In fact, it would appear that many seem to bitterly resent the author for creating such an interesting tale to begin with. I wonder, if America were a pure democracy, what ill fate would Patrick Rothfuss suffer? One would suspect, judging by this and other threads, it would be one of literary servitude or death by angry mob.


message 20: by James (new)

James Joyce Jared wrote: "it would appear that many seem to bitterly resent the author"

You've heard about the current rage of entitlement? Yeah, that's what this is.


message 21: by (_.- Jared -._) (new)

(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪ James wrote: You've heard about the current rage of entitlement? Yeah, that's what this is."

Truly a sad state of affairs!

Big fan of your works by the way... ;)


message 22: by Noelia (new)

Noelia Lucia Neil wrote: "DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Well..."


Best reply ever!


message 23: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Jaye I NEED THIS EDITION IN MY HANDS NOW.


message 24: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I'm incredibly excited for this!!


message 25: by James (new)

James Joyce Jared wrote: "Big fan of your works by the way... ;)"

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message 26: by Marylouise (new)

Marylouise Dreibelbis DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

I think sometimes the authors have no more to say-they are all written out. A good reason not to attempt multiple volumes unless u are S. King


message 27: by Icedlake (new)

Icedlake Nicoleta wrote: "I absolutely love this!! I think I will reread the first book."

I think I will too. After so many years the only thing I could recall about the first book is the main character's name...


message 28: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Morris I love you Pat, keep up the good work and take your time, we support you!


message 29: by Kaylen (new)

Kaylen I look at the map and cover and I realise:

I remember the main points of the plot to not want to read it again...

I forgot all the details that make it special...

What do you do when you're like this?


message 30: by Boostamonte (new)

Boostamonte Halvorsen Sorry to hear about your dad's passing, Pat.
Take all the time you need during this hard time.


message 31: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Want! This edition will be mine :)


message 32: by James (new)

James Joyce Kaylen wrote: "
I remember the main points of the plot to not want to read it again... I forgot all the details that make it special... What do you do when you're like..."


You skim through it, right before reading the next one.

Or read a detailed synopsis. Here's a wiki that gives a detailed (even chapter-by-chapter, I think) synopsis.


message 33: by Scarletine (new)

Scarletine Nanksy wrote: "You know, just because you want a conclusion to a story you got involved with, gives you no rights over a writer. He is under no obligation to write a book to satisfy your curiosity. If he never wr..."

Here, here! :-) *Doffs cap*


message 34: by Jack (new)

Jack Horner Nanksy wrote: "You know, just because you want a conclusion to a story you got involved with, gives you no rights over a writer. He is under no obligation to write a book to satisfy your curiosity. If he never wr..."


Yeah, I understand ̶ ̶G̶e̶o̶r̶g̶e̶ ̶R̶.̶R̶.̶ ̶M̶a̶r̶t̶i̶n̶ ̶ Patrick Rothfuss is not my bitch. But I am also not going to fund his or any other author's continued procrastination. Cause I'm also not under any obligation. Finish your story, and then I may read it.


message 35: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm gabriel brack wrote: "How about a pre-anniversary edition of doors of stone? At this point I would take a rough draft just so I can be done with it."

I know, it's ironic isn't it? That they are celebrating the tenth anniversary edition of the first book when the last one isn't even out yet. It's nice and all, but seriously, spend some time on actually writing the third book and make it a priority.


message 36: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm Phil wrote: "DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""


Com..."


This discussion does not need to be political. This comment is inappropriate.


message 37: by Boostamonte (new)

Boostamonte Halvorsen Here, read this while you wait for Book 3. Maybe it'll remind you that Pat is a human being...a better one than a lot of his "fans" IMO

https://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2017...

#StopBeingPricks


message 38: by James (new)

James Joyce Boostamonte wrote: "#StopBeingPricks "

That about sums it up.

The noisome sense of entitlement that rolls off a select vocal (but, I believe, small) group of "fans" befouls the air.


message 39: by Vaelin (new)

Vaelin DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Stuffing his gullet with cheeseburger after cheeseburger.


message 40: by GypsyBookworm (last edited Sep 25, 2017 08:50PM) (new)

GypsyBookworm James wrote: "Boostamonte wrote: "#StopBeingPricks "

That about sums it up.

The noisome sense of entitlement that rolls off a select vocal (but, I believe, small) group of "fans" befouls the air."


Wow. I don't think anyone here is trying in any way to diminish the terrible tragedy that Rothfuss is dealing with and the terrible losses he is sustaining and has already sustained. I think YOU (and the original poster), are being unkind to assume that all people care about is a book. I feel I can speak for everyone when I say that the many DECENT people of Goodreads, of which I am sure there are many, hearts' go out to him and wish him only the best.


message 41: by Emrah (new)

Emrah Come on! Stop wandering around and finish your book. We all forgot previous chapters already. You can finish your saga if you spend less time in twitter I believe.


message 42: by Samoe (new)

Samoe Neil wrote: "DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Well..."

That sounded amazing, good on you (Non gender specific title of your choice)
I will keep that in mind as I wait in agony for literally every book not released yet


message 43: by Clayton (new)

Clayton I've never felt an author owed me anything and I'm happy to wait however long between books... there's plenty of other books to read.

However, I hope Pat doesn't let the TV show overtake his books like GRRM did, because the TV show has completely ruined ASOIAF for me.


message 44: by James (last edited Sep 26, 2017 03:30AM) (new)

James Joyce GypsyBookworm wrote: "I think YOU (and the original poster), are being unkind to assume that all people care about is a book"

Go back. Read carefully.

I never said that. I said the sense of entitlement. And people whining and moaning about the author not satisfying them, at their pace not his, is a perfect example of "a sense of entitlement".

Feel free to apologize, if it's within you.


message 45: by ℜoxie (new)

ℜoxie -₮he ℛeader Im too excited for this!!!! :D


message 46: by Max (last edited Sep 26, 2017 11:32AM) (new)

Max Neil wrote: "DemetraP wrote: "Yeah I'm sick of waiting for the 3rd book too. At this point the wait has passed annoying and turned into "what else has this author been doing besides finishing this book?""

Well..."


Mirrors my thoughts exactly. I'm more and more starting to take Pat's side on this. Besides, as he put it, "Who would benefit the most from the publishing of the third book? Who would receive a big fat check? Who could go to therapy less and spend more time with his family if the book was released?"

So, maybe if we started thinking of others before ourselves, it'd be a better world.


message 47: by Samhain (new)

Samhain @Neil and @Max best answers to this tiresome conversation! I might quote you every time someone has nasty things to say about a delay in writing. And as always, let's remind people of Neil Gaiman's post about the same "controversy" regarding GRRM: "George Martin is not your b----". And nor is Pat Rothfuss (although I'd pay good money to spend five minutes talking with him :D)


message 48: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Faltesek Rothfuss has a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a great deal of story to cover in one book. Frankly, I'd much rather wait and let him work. A rushed publication would be less well written and less cleverly plotted, and thus unsatisfying. He'll finish it when he finishes it. Are you adults or are you whiny children?


message 49: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Campbell I can't find the 10th anniversary edition on Amazon, any ideas?


message 50: by Boostamonte (last edited Sep 26, 2017 07:27AM) (new)

Boostamonte Halvorsen GypsyBookworm wrote: "Wow. I don't think anyone here is trying in any way to diminish the terrible tragedy that Rothfuss is dealing with and the terrible losses he is sustaining and has already sustained. I think YOU (and the original poster), are being unkind to assume that all people care about is a book. I feel I can speak for everyone when I say that the many DECENT people of Goodreads, of which I am sure there are many, hearts' go out to him and wish him only the best."


If you do your research (i.e. go to any forum, or GR post regarding Rothfuss or any of his books) you can literally count the number of people that bitch and moan about the 3rd book. You can also do this on his twitter posts, his FB posts, or any social media he is on...literally every time, the number of Bitches vastly outnumber the number of supportive/decent human being posts.

Also, notice I said "A lot" of his fans--this doesn't say all of his fans. I base the term "a lot" off of how many of these bitchy posts there are--they outnumber the good people posts every time.

Lastly, like anything, if someone makes a statement that doesn't apply to you (StopBeingPricks) you should stop and ask yourself -- "Am I being a Prick? No. Okay, proceed to ignore that statement"
(I.e: People, stop going through the lunch line and stuffing your pockets with cookies. -- Only the people that ARE stuffing there pockets should acknowledge this statement, but sure enough, someone that isn't will get mad about the statement, even when it doesn't apply to them.)

So, I would normally say, since you aren't calling Pat out for not finishing book 3...then you aren't being a Prick...but since you have proceeded to apply what I said to you, even though it doesn't seem like it does... and thus tell me I shouldn't be saying what I am saying, you, in all definitions, are being a prick. So stop and think things through before you tell someone they are wrong, when clearly they have a valid point. Ask yourself:

Is this comment this person is making aimed at me and what I am doing?

If the answer is yes, then you have a good reason to say something to the effect of what you said above.

IMO, though, you had no reason to say what you did. You misread it and interpreted it all wrong--and have obviously done little research into why I said what I said.


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