We here at NETV are proud to announce that Patrick Rothfuss has contacted us and has asked us to announce his new book before anyone else! We’re going to give you some words from Pat himself, the cover art and we’ll also give you an exclusive look at the first few pages of the new book! This will include spoilers from many of the Kingkiller books, so if you haven’t read them yet you may want to wait to read this article.
The book will be a side story from the Kingkiller Chronicle much like Rothfuss’ recent work The Slow Regard of Silent Things. This work will take place between The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.
It begins shortly after Bast explains his plan to Chronicler and leaves the room at the end of The Name of the Wind. As soon as Bast has climbed down from the roof and left Chronicler to think about what he has said, another stranger enters the room. And his name is Denzel Crocker.
As promised, here are the first few pages of the book!
Prelude: A Silence in Three Parts
The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the inn’s sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with coversation and laughter, the clatter and clamour one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of the night. If there had been music…but no, of curse there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.
Inside The Waystone, a man was laying on his back staring out a dark window. He tried to sleep with a quiet determination, avoiding thoughts about what he may have to do in the morning. In doing this he added a small, sullen silence to the lager, hollow one. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone heart that held the heat of a long-dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth motion of a man’s eyes as he looked for handholds as he climbed the side of The Waystone, and it was in the hands of this man who climbed the building.
The man had black, greasy hair, black as fish’s slimy scales laying in the silt of a river at night. His eyes was dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from being just a little crazy.
The Waystone was his destination, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is hunting FAIRIES.
Chapter 1: A Place for FAIRIES
Crocker lifted the window to Chronicler’s room quietly. This was not difficult because the hinges had been oiled and oiled again nearly every night that The Waystone had been owned by Kvothe. The glass glided up flawlessly, as if it was made of air.
‘What now?’ Chronicler said, placing his hand over his face and sighing, ‘Did you forget something? Perhaps you changed your mind and you’re going to cut me open and drink my blood from my skull as a cup?’
‘Hello Chronicler. I’ve been looking for you.’ Crocker said, stepping in through the window pane.
Surprised to hear this new, grating voice instead of Bast’s smooth tenor, Chronicler sat up and grabbed the iron ring around his neck reflexively.
‘Who are you?’
‘My name is Denzel Crocker. I used to be a teacher at Dimsdale Elementary School. But since I got fired, I’ve been following some…FAIRIES.” Crocker’s body spasmed horrifically and almost magically as he yelled the last word. His legs bent at angles they shouldn’t. His arms seemed to leave their joints entirely. “I’m here to ask you to join me. In my pursuit. Of the destruction. Of…FAIRIES.’
‘What is an Elementary school?’
This is all we’ve been authorized to share with you, but we can tell you that the story follows the lives of Chronicler and Crocker as they travel across the Fae kingdoms, destroying Fairies and bringing true doom to the world of Bast.
Here’s the first look at the new cover art!
Rothfuss told us, “I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while. Anyone who follows my blog knows that Crocker was the inspiration for a lot of characters in the series, Kvothe in particular, so it just make sense to put a true fairy hunter directly into the story. I’m actually thinking of ditching the whole Kvothe story and following Chronicler and Crocker as they continue to hunt fairies. It just seems more interesting, honestly. I might even put Dean and Sam from Supernatural in it. That seems like the next logical step. I’m getting sued by Viacom for infringement of copyright and my editors aren’t very happy with me, but I rarely listen to their advice anyway.”
So there it is! The new novel is called The Crockerkiller Chronicles Book 1: Seven Words to Make a FAIRY Love You and it’s set to drop as soon as Rothfuss can work out his serious legal trouble regarding the obvious copyright infringement. Not to fear though! He told us “If 50 Shades of Gray can become a successful fan fiction franchise, so too can my Crocker fan fiction. I won the Quill Award after all. If anyone can finally bring fan fictions the respect they deserve it’s me. This guy. [At which point he pointed at himself.] Patrick Rothfuss.”
P.S. For more updates check out Pat’s blog: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com