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The Doors of Stone is the third and final novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle series by American author Patrick Rothfuss. A release date for the book has yet to be made public.

Plot summary Edit

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 Edit

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]


Manuscript of The Doors of Stone

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.

Speculation Edit

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, 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.
  • The doors to the main interior of the Archives are also noted as made of stone.
  • In The Wise Man's Fear, Felurian states that the shaper 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".

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