If we cast our minds back to December 2021, we’ll remember that The Kingkiller Chronicle author Patrick Rothfuss released the prologue to his long-awaited novel, The Doors of Stone. It was amazing, but little more than a taste of what’s to come. However, in addition to the prologue, the author also promised fans that he’d put a full chapter of the elusive third book out into the world… but it’s been months, and there’s still no sign of it. What’s up with that?
Fans collectively earned the right to read the chapter during one of Rothfuss’ Twitch live streams for his Worldbuilders charity. The writer promised to provide a full, spoiler-free chapter of The Doors of Stone once he collected $300,000 in donations, a threshold that was crossed in no time at all. If you’re wondering when the chapter may arrive, Rothfuss issued a little update on a recent Twitch stream.
“There’s a lot of things in process and things are moving more slowly than I would like,” Rothfuss said. “And a lot of the reason for that is that I am moving more slowly than I would like. There’s just kind of a lot in general that I’m doing in a bunch of ways, and there is some other stuff just in my life.”
He regrets not providing more updates on the chapter’s status. At least we can be sure that it’s on the way:
"I also feel so bad that I have not been more communicative about it all on the blog, or at least given people updates and stuff like that. So it is coming, it is in process. I kinda wish it was done already because then I would’ve shared it with you and we would’ve had that fun."
No one wants to see the third book released more than him. But alas, Rothfuss is a perfectionist and won’t put something out into the world until it’s as good as it can possibly be. “I also don’t want to rush through it and half-ass it.”
Read the prologue to The Doors of Stone!
If you didn’t see Rothfuss read The Doors of Stone prologue when he revealed it back in December, we have you covered. Titled, “A Silence of Three Parts,” the prologue follows the same format as the other two books in the series. It’s got that ethereal, atmospheric approach, with clever metaphors and beautiful descriptions. Altogether, it’s one page of perfection. No one does prologues quite like Rothfuss:
Of course, we currently don’t have a release date for The Doors of Stone, despite what misleading Amazon placeholder dates may have you believe. Rest assured, when we do eventually get a date, we’ll be talking about it.