The Doors of Stone is the third and final novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle series by American author Patrick Rothfuss. A release date has not been revealed yet.

Plot summary

The Doors of Stone will involve the chronicling of Kvothe's life from where The Wise Man's Fear left off. It will cover the third and final day of the story as related to Chronicler, and Rothfuss has stated that it will include the ending of Kvothe's story. However, Rothfuss intends to explore Temerant further with additional writings.

Background and publication

Shortly before the publication of the first novel The Name of the Wind, Rothfuss expressed in an interview that he had The Doors of Stone in mind as a tentative title for the third book. As he had already written the entire trilogy as a single story,[1] he is now actively revising the content to ensure that it is satisfying as a standalone story for the third book.

Rothfuss has said that The Doors of Stone will most likely be no longer than The Wise Man's Fear and he guesses that it may even be a bit shorter.[2]


Alpha manuscript of The Doors of Stone, in 2013.

At the end of February 2013, Rothfuss participated in the #ifihadglass contest by sharing a photo of the manuscript of The Doors of Stone and saying if he had a Google Glass he would use it to do research while revising the novel.[3]

In May 2013, an illustrator of the publishing house had finished rough sketches of the cover art for the novel after working on it for three months. The editor then intended to ask Rothfuss for input on the sketches, but accidentally sent the request to blogger Patrick from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. From the revealed e-mail conversation between the editor and blogger Patrick, it can be inferred that the color orange is present and a lute is depicted in the sketches of the cover art.[4]

According to attendees of a reading in Portland at the end of October 2014, Rothfuss has said that the third book needs "about a year and some change" to be ready. At a reading in San Diego he clarified that at least a year is needed before the whole editing process begins.[5] On 31 December 2014, Rothfuss tweeted that the novel would not be released in 2015.

In February 2015, Rothfuss spoke to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, informing them that, while he was satisfied with several aspects of the book, others still needed work:[6][7]

I already have written a whole draft and some parts are perfect. Other parts... not so much. There [are] some aspects that I have to fix in this book. It's not only a matter of writing a list of good scenes. It's a matter of getting all in the right order. To achieve the exact tension. There's more than 13 different [subplots] and I need to be sure that every single one of those gets the proper treatment, and that each one don't mess with each other. A lot of that is in the ending of the story. I want to give my readers a perfect book. They deserve it.
In February 2017, during a live Q&A on The Doors of Stone, Rothfuss said he thought the book was "better" than the 3.5 star rating he'd have given it in 2012, before qualifying that statement by saying he had just "dismantled a big piece" in order to rewrite and revise it. He added that he did not have a release date for the book "yet," but was working on it as hard as he could. Finally, he reaffirmed his doubt that the book's size would exceed that of The Wise Man's Fear's, saying it would likely, in fact, be slightly shorter.[8]

During the same Q&A, Rothfuss again confirmed that The Doors of Stone would conclude the "arc" begun in The Name of the Wind, but that he would write further stories in the world of Temerant.[9]

In November 2017, at a signing of the 10th anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind in Vancouver, Rothfuss reportedly ruled-out 2018 as a release date, but indicated 2019 was a possibility.[10]


Several stone doors are referenced within the Chronicle, leaving the titular subject of the third installment unclear. A list of possibilities has been compiled below.

  • in 'The Name of The Wind' there is direct mention of a configuration of greystones near Tarbean (just before fire contact with the draccus) as a gate of stone
  • In The Name of the Wind, Skarpi states that the enemy in The Creation War was set beyond the doors of stone at the Blac of Drossen Tor.
  • The mysterious four-plate door within the University's Archives is made of stone and covered with plates of copper.
  • In The Wise Man's Fear, Felurian states that the shaper, Iax, who stole the moon is shut beyond the doors of stone.
  • Also in The Wise Man's Fear, Bast swears upon the doors of stone.
  • The Waystones, also called Greystones, Standing Stones, or Laystones, are portals that lead to the Fae, in some sense making them "doors" of stone.
  • In The Name of the Wind, Kvothe tells us that he will encounter Abenthy again many years after his leaving, even when he is expelled from the University. It has been suggested that this meeting is somehow connected to the "doors of stone".
  • The focusing technique taught to Kvothe is called the "Heart of Stone".


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  • Thread for complaining ... Please don't be jerks! :)

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    • Hey Pat- Give me a break! I'm an old man who's slowly dying. I have been told by my doctor that I have less than a year to live...
    • But srsly @Grandpak, what if you were actually dying? Would you still cling to hope in maybe next, say 10 (?) years to get your hands on t...
  • Abenthy reference

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    • Ben might know fragments of lore that was going to be used in the song, so useful in the quest against the seven. Ben was aware enough to av...
    • Actually he tells us he will meet Abenthy again years later when Abenthy gets married and they leave in the first book.

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