Wednesday, April 18, 2007
When Will Book Two Be Out?
I just thought I might as well make a brief, public statement about this as a lot of people have been emailing and asking me about it lately.


The second and third books of the trilogy should be coming out fairly quickly, considering how long they are and the fact that I'm fairly obsessive when it comes to my writing. That means book two should be out about two years from now. Book three will be a year or so after that.

Why so long? / I thought I read somewhere that you already had the second two books written?

The trilogy is already written all the way through to the end, but there is still some editorial work to be done. I want the second one to be at least as good as the first, if not better. That takes time.

I know that on the reader's side, a year seems like a long time. It always used to piss me off, having to wait for my favorite authors to write new stuff. But now that I'm on the other side I know why it takes so long. There's a ton of behind-the-scenes work that has to happen: Editing, re-editing, shipping, cover design, printing, layout, more editing. It all takes time.

In order to make the wait marginally less painful, I'm going to be putting up new content on the website in addition to continuing the blogs. Some of the things I'm considering include:

  • Putting up an FAQ.
  • Expanding the clickable sections on the world map.
  • Getting a forum up and running.
  • Explaining in more detail the design of the trouper's lute in the Music section.
  • Getting the Bestiary up off the ground in the World section.
  • Posting deleted scenes/chapters from book one.
  • Posting teaser chapters from book two.

Which of these sounds best to you? Give it a little discussion in the comments below. Suggestions for other improvements are also welcome....

With love,


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Anonymous Tycho said...

I would totally go for deleted scenes. I mean, there's no downside! You just get more book to read.

April 18, 2007 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Sengei Tawn said...

As an aspiring writer, the wait allows me to re-read book one and ask more questions (hee hee). Well, fair enough. The most enticing to me: World Map, Beastiary, Lute (all things visual, I guess). But would also like to see a stable Forum. The deleted scenes and teaser chapters I can wait for, because I'm still savoring the first book.
And somehow, you are still keeping up your day job? Grin.
One suggestion: Apothecary page, if you are so inspired and could find an artist or are one! btw: willow, my foot! A lovely breadth of herbs and their use!

April 18, 2007 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I say "all of the above"? I think the Forum idea is great, as it gives us all a place to commiserate until the next book comes out. And I would love some teaser chapters to help tide me over.

April 18, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

Can I put in a plug for no teaser chapters. I try to avoid teaser chapters because they just make the wait unbearable. I'd rather have the whole thing - BAM - all at once.

I'm all about the clickable content on the map and the bestiary. And I think the Apothecary page is a great idea too.

April 18, 2007 9:49 AM  
Anonymous katy said...

Yeah, a forum would pretty much rule.

April 18, 2007 10:23 AM  
Anonymous [email protected] said...

I want "all of the above" too. :)

I guess if I'd had to pick, I'd say, in this order:

- The forums (I assume your webmaster knows how to set them up? If not, I have a lot of experience with forums and would be happy to help).

- The FAQ (preferably with lots of you talking about the way you write, which I always love to read).

- Deleted scenes and book two chapters (in the same order, since it's basically the same thing: more story content!).

April 18, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Dacia said...

I purchased your book yesterday afternoon. I saw on Barnes and Noble that it was highly recommended and well reviewed. I finished reading it at two o'clock this morning. Bad idea starting it in the middle of the week, wouldn't you say? That's what happens with me and an impressive new book, I tend to disappear from life for a few hours while I explore this interesting new place. Anyhow, in response to your blog, I'm wishing I'd waited to read this until closer to the 2nd book release date. I'm now completely invested in this new place and anxiously willing to devour any and all information:) So, short answer, all of the above!

April 18, 2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Since you're asking, I'd love to see more complete maps. For example, where is Newarre? or the Wydeconte Hills? or Trebon? Deleated scenes and teasers from upcoming books are always a wonderful treat, too! FAQ are also great - like an explanation of the calendar cycles and what the names of the days mean.

April 18, 2007 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Oh, deleted scenes, DELETED SCENES. Definitely. It gives more insight into the characters and the story.

April 18, 2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

More detailed sub-maps are also in the works. I'm going to do one of the Commonwealth, one of the Shald, etc etc.

April 18, 2007 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about book two, i live in Scotland and will not be able to buy the first book until 20/09/2007!

April 19, 2007 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Brian Brown said...

I would agree with the above commments saying "GIVE US EVERYTHING!" heh. Of course it also depends on how much time you have to dedicate to it.

Thanks for the great interview Pat. It should be coming up next week.

April 19, 2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Personally, i would like to see the map, forum and beastiary options. Then deleted scenes and FAQ. Teasers are not really my thing.

April 19, 2007 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a forum would be a great idea! I also like the idea of more fleshed out maps and a FAQ. Your book seems to be the next BIG thing, and when I say BIG I mean large.


April 19, 2007 12:43 PM  
Anonymous sengei tawn said...

A Fishery would be instructive; or a related alchemy page. (am going to get myself banned shortly, if I don't stop adding ideas...)

April 19, 2007 6:20 PM  
Anonymous laura said...

i thirteenth (just a guess - didn't count) the idea of the forum. fanboys and girls need a place to kvetch, away from the eyes of the rest of the secret-reading world.

i'm not a writer, but my guess is that deleted scenes are, more often than not, deleted for a reason. then again, plenty of authors release unabridged versions that end up enhancing the story, so...motivated by my own greed and the dismal prospect of waiting a whole year for new material, i am decided. more!

i'm with adam on the teasers, though. sometimes just a little is worse than nothing.

April 19, 2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Terry said...

Well, since all three are already written, why not just have teasers about your next book? I have the feeling you are bursting with ideas.

April 23, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger tilla said...

I'd love to see deleted scenes. Teaser chapters, not so sure as I'm not overly fond of 'spoilers'. A section on herbs and their uses, alchemical reactions, use of magic in general would be really cool. More maps and the bestiary would also be a plus.

I'm wondering if, like Stephen King's "The Stand", you might eventually come out with the full-length version? I mean, what's another 300 - 400 pages if it gives us some more of this world to explore?

April 23, 2007 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

My vote is for teaser chapters. It took my husband 3 weeks to finish this book and he recommended I pick it up for almost a week before I relented and started. I finished in 3 days, neglecting my family and sleep until I finished. I was hoping for mid-year release of #2, but hubby reminded me that publishers like to make sure they have showing on the bestseller lists and time releases accordingly (grrrr). At least I have hope of getting the whole story, unlike some other unmentionable authors. Thanks for a great read!

April 27, 2007 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely deleted scenes. As tycho said its like more book to read. I mean, just because the publisher wanted a shorter book(etc), doesn't mean the writing is subpar(gasp) or less engaging.

And i don't like spoilers-anyway you have to wait much longer for the whole thing, so too much added suspense just increases the severity of the inevitable nervous breakdown.

April 28, 2007 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

My vote is for all of them. But I'm greedy.

April 29, 2007 8:17 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Joy! Joy! Joy! I do not normally carry my current reading passion with me...but you are the exception! Due to a crazy schedule and even crazier demands upon my free time, I literally have to steal moments to continue reading this exotic blend of fantasy. I vote yes to almost all of the above. No on the teasers (though I may change my mind once I've finished your book).

Thank you for the multi-faceted character Qvothe!

May 1, 2007 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we convince you to make it 10 months???



May 2, 2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yesyesyesyes!

May 4, 2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to choose, I'd go with the forum and the deleted scenes/chapters.

May 8, 2007 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

So, this is a very late response, as i just discovered both book and blog, but I'd like to vote for All of the Above, with the addition of the apothecary page suggested by one of the other commenters.

Love the book, chomping at the bit for more!

May 9, 2007 5:22 PM  
Blogger Guitaroman said...

Deleted scenes sounds great. If we have to wait a year we mind as well reminisce, and have it be filled in completely. Im so damn excited though. I have to say that this IS the best book ive ever read, and theres so many unanswered questions that are going to be answered. Such as book II coming out next year. Woo!!!

May 12, 2007 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since you asked...i would absolutely love an audio component...perhaps you can hook up with a musician for some lovely lute??

June 4, 2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

There is some audio on the page already. It's under "the world" tab.


June 5, 2007 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

i would prefer deleted stuff rather than teasers from the next book. i will wait for the next book.
love the idea of the bestiary and map expansions.
i would also love to hear about what you will write when this series is all published.

June 24, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger Timothy Young said...

More clickable sections on map.

July 20, 2007 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a devoted tolkien geek, I love obscure details about anything involving Middle Earth.
Your world has the same pull and I find it deepens the feeling of reality if there are enormous amounts of trivial details. I know not everyone would agree, but if you have any tidbits of weird data, names of streams, the names of the week, months etc. I Love this kind of stuff. So I vote for a Flotsam and Jetsam page of details you have pulled from the books but still have around.

July 24, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Roy said...


Thank you for letting us into your new and fantastic world. I have been reading for over 46 years and your world is one of the best I have encountered. Bravo! I hope to continue alone the trail as you let us explore with you and learn more. I am sure your troupe will expand and become a major force in this world.

I hope you make it to Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego one day.

Roy Dobbs

July 25, 2007 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Another Pat said...

Definitely deleted scenes/chapters before anything else. I need more Name of the Wind in my life! The only upside to such a long wait is that I can fit in a few more re-readings between now and April.

July 27, 2007 2:08 AM  
Blogger Katrine said...

I'm reading the book now. That's all I do, all I can think about... I'm totally hooked. It's well written and so exciting that I'm afraid I'm reading it too fast!
Still, I wouldn't want any teasers from book 2. I'd rather wait and savor the book when it's out.
I'd like the deleted scenes from book 1 though! That would be fun!


August 16, 2007 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am depressed...just finished the book for the second time and still the next one is a year ahead...

August 21, 2007 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang, a young lady I just spent time with said to me that she wasn't much into sequels, but, not me, where is that sequel? I need it now.

September 5, 2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

eh, I wouldn't post ANY book content. Just stay in touch with your fans, thats what keeps me happy.

Short snippets of the book and artwork are .. great .. but I really don't care about them. What I want is for you to get book 2 out ASAP!

September 23, 2007 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Just Know you really meant Fall of 07. That must be correct. Whew. Kvit teasing and Kvorting and give us KVOTHE. We Need New CONTENT.(I respect the time required to make book two as infectious as book one, but have begun to fidget and paw at the cover)
I Vote for Deleted scenes, More Backround, A pamphlet sized Prequel or Filler or... Book #1.5... yea book one point five .
Half of book 2 NOW at full cost...Publishers happy, Me happy You happy,


Sitting at the bar..eyeing Kvothe and the blade above the bar..

October 13, 2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

AAARRRGGGHHH! It said "A Novel" so i began one of the best journeys of my life, only to become more and more alarmed as i read further, helplessly drawn
deeper and deeper into Kvothe's world, that this was either going to be a cop out ending( which would be criminal) or, (AAARRRGGGHHH) the first book of a series.The latter being the awful truth, I wept, gnashed my teeth and i have now only half a head of hair....Desperate for news of the next book, i turn on my laptop, at 4am,to see if i can discover when i could expect my (almost instantaneous) craving for more, more, more, to be fed...A YEAR..... So, here i am now, no hair, teeth worn to the gums and suffering withdrawal akin to an addict starved of a fix....Yet simultaneously elated and giddy with the knowledge that there WILL be more to come...I love the world you have given us a glimpse into, so new and fresh and intrigueing. I am as helpless as a sweet-eater, hooked at the first taste....
yours addictedly
Rosie x x

November 19, 2007 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Kitos said...

I would just like to say that you should feel free to take your time, enjoy the revising and finishing touches to your hearts content. You shouldnt rush the way words are put down or said. Enjoy yourself and come out with the book when its ready.

January 31, 2008 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would prefer none of the above. In fact, I would prefer you take down the blog, stop wasting time here, and write. I don't want you to become another George R.R. Martin or Robert Jordan. For your reader's sake, WRITE!

March 20, 2008 4:23 PM  
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March 26, 2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Marky said...

Firstly I would like to commend you on the best book I've ever read. I would love to read the deleted chapters and cast ma mince pies over teasers from the new book. twould be a joy. May I also suggest an oblivion style game and a Peter Jackson directed movie!!!!
I'd like to add that in scotland we have a pretty large part of the population who have red hair. I've never wanted to be a ging... until now!! damn you!!!

April 9, 2008 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait. I just read, a week or two ago, The Name of the Wind and it was easily, in terms of new authors, comparable to Lynch, Sanderson, and Campbell in being uniquely different, engrossing, and entertaining.

Take your time. Two years seems the norm, sadly :( But I'd rather you DON'T fall into the Sophmore Slump :)

April 19, 2008 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat...I would really love a pronunciation guide to some of the names and locations in the book.

May 8, 2008 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All right. I just wanted to say how much I loved the first book. I have faith that you'll get book two out when you're ready. I've tried to spread your name out a bit because I truly think it's worth it to have read. Such good characters! I love every detail of it. I also check to see if there is any new information about book two fairly often because I can't get it off my mind. Thank you so much.

May 14, 2008 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oHey, loved the book. Best book ive read in a long time. It is right up there with David Gemmell. Well done keep up the great work. Hope to read your new book soon.

June 17, 2008 1:19 AM  
Anonymous K. E. King said...

Can I just take this oppurtunity to say WHY?

Ask to " 'Why' what?", why not just...
Oh, I don't know.
I'm impatient.
I just finished reading 'The Name of The Wind'. And I desperately want more book.
Kvothe has awesome hair. I cannot stress this fact enough.
I've recommended it to every person I know who has the capacity to understand the (relatively simple) idea of sympathy.
When Bast said "I just want my Reshi back." I, without thought or realisation, replied "So do I, Bast."

Away from that, though, I have to say that if book two is rushed in any manner, I'll be unhappy. I don't really care if it takes until 2050, to be honest, if the quality is even half as high as book one.

Oh, and I can't thank you enough for the week-long, no-sleep, never-put-it-down read.

June 25, 2008 5:41 PM  
Anonymous firelillylove7 said...

please Post deleted scenes/chapters from book one.
and Post teaser chapters from book two. i'm going crazy just reading and rereading book one over again and rerereading all the funny bits.

August 30, 2008 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I'm just a reader. as a form of intertainment it's the best way to re-create mine own head. Might I suggest you just publish the second and third books soon, pronto, quickly or faster. let's see I'm waiting two years for the third dean koonts frankenstine novels. I patiently waited for harry potter, I've waited for terry goodkind to get up to speed, lee child is as pokey as the rest and now you. "the name of the wind" was a superb I have to buy out boarders prior to the next instalment? lord I'm now reading crap about the republican party just to pass the time. come on can do it! save me! I'm an old guy and my life is shortend enough that I worry about haveing the time to just wait around. (this is all pretty much, tongue in cheek) but hurry....K? old guy doug

October 18, 2008 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I've always wanted to set down with a good sixteen hundred pager read it till I look like the lead charactor in leaving las vegas. locked up in a small room with the smell of dirty J.C. penny socks, spilled aquavista water bottles with ciggarett butts staining the last dribbles of water an eye catching nicoteen brown. Diannes tortilla chips crushed on the bed and stuck to my hair. the obvious need of bathing entirely overlooked presents myself as a medical annomoly, maybe minus any real pustuals or soars of any real significance. so, if you could just send me the last two books, say this week, i'd really apreciate it. thanks dude....old guy doug

October 19, 2008 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

finished ur book today..sooo loveet!! looking forward to the next one ^_^

October 31, 2008 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post the first chapter that you were so gutted to delete (ref: fatasybookcritic interview). I'd love to read it.


November 11, 2008 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also agree all of the above would be great i just finished book 1 and it was the best book i have read in a long time. maybe all my life( which has not been that long but a decent while) and my life is boring now and all i have to do is schooll and that is hell so excerpts of book two would be awesome and the rest are great too. so ya a total forum would be awesome.

November 18, 2008 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Corey said...

It took me 3 sittings to finish "The Name of the Wind". A friend recommended it to me for a month before I bought it. Now I recommend it to everyone I know, even if I don't like them. I say things like, "Hey, you're an idiot, but you should still read this book." I neglected my family on Thanksgiving to finish this book. I haven't had the desire to pick up any other book since then, because it's not the continuation of "The Name of the Wind". I just read on http:\\ that the books release date isn't until April 2009. Insert agony here. I'll take it all. Give me as much stuff as you're willing to relinquish to hold me over. Despite my impatient and needy nature, I stil would like to say thank you for writing an amazing piece of literature.

December 24, 2008 3:38 AM  
Anonymous celesi said...

Just saw the April release date. I was so thrilled, I jumped up to tell my husband. Call us under the rock, but we're thrilled to know it's only a few short months away!

When a couple with such wildly diverging tastes agree that your work is the best, we like to see what's next! I'd even go so far as to say it's the only book we've ever agreed on!

For the record, he reads mainly Warhammer omnibuses, while I traverse the YA bookshelves on a weekly basis.

Well. End of comment. Just wanted to spaz for a moment.

January 26, 2009 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been right at 2 years now. When will the second book be out? Thanks, Greg Prestridge

April 2, 2009 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to barnes & nobles; said release date was April 2025.
...please say it is before 2025, because... it doesn't take 20 years to finish a mostly finished book. O.o

April 4, 2009 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well.... I've already written them. So you won't have to wait forever for them to come out. They'll be released on a regular schedule. One per year.

You can also expect the second book to be written with the same degree of care and detail as this first one. You know the sophomore slump? When a writer's second novel is weaker because they're suddenly forced to write under deadline? I don't have to worry about that because my next two novels are already good to go.


What a load of BS!

April 6, 2009 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved book 1. I'm looking forward to book 2. I realize it takes as long as it takes. Just wanted to drop a line here and say how much I enjoyed The Name of the Wind. Excellent book.

April 10, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished the Name of the Wind after having it recommended by a friend and a teacher. All I have to say is 1. One of the best books I have ever read, and 2. I really want the second book! >.<

April 21, 2009 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... book two should be out about two years from now..." AHHH! NOOOooo.. Wait....
"posted by Pat at 2:36 AM on Apr 18, 2007"
AHAHAHA! YES! I would gladly wait another year to be able to read book two. That being said: Posting deleted scenes/chapters from book one is an awesome idea. Especially if you could expand on things referenced, but not shown or fully explained in the books.

May 10, 2009 1:20 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I'd vote for the book 2 teaser chapters.

May 29, 2009 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi hi,

I would LOVE clickable sections on the world map with information given on the history of that location, it would really add to the depth of the book!

And teaser chapters of the second book? Omg.... I'm nearly jumping for joy at the thought!

Also people, BRING ON THE FAN ART!

By the way Pat, out of curiosity, what's Kvothe's mothers name?

Aussie Girl

June 1, 2009 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, I think we'd better concentrate on book 2 instead of wasting time with maps and other stuff!!!

Is it really that obvious that I LOVED the first book???

June 3, 2009 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Ed. said...

New to this site and want to say Pat your doing a great job. Red The Name of the Wind twice and cant wait for Wise mans Fear i liked the Name Kvothe that much he is now a Toon for me in Eq2. anywhos just want to ask When the 2nd book is out Plz plz plz come do a book signing in Ireland Lol Keep up the good work :)

August 7, 2009 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm I heard this book is really good but will not buy it until book 2 is out. It seems like it has been >2yrs and book 2 is in progress. That means book 3 won't be out until probably 2020. Hmmm maybe I should just wait for all of them to come out, by then I've probably forgotten about buying them.

September 7, 2009 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 60 years old, don't read fantasy, (except for Tolkein). Found your first book when there was nothing else to read. I have been worrying the good people at Amazon to death about when it will be out. I saved the TNOTW so I can re-read it before I start on book two. Make all possible haste, please. At my advanced years I may not live to read book 3. Thanks.

October 29, 2009 5:59 PM  
Anonymous a nice guys =] said...

your fat mtf..
i know how hard is to make a book..
but 2 fucking years?

i can be blind or even worse dead in 2 god damn years.

so fat hairy fat boy, hurry up.
you will change the way to write books and "novels" so... release the ESTORIAS.

thanx, and be fast =]

December 28, 2009 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your book and bought it. Was looking for book 2 but I see it may NOT come out at all? Damn!
I will not read Book 1 until and if you ever publish Book 2.
So could we please get a realistic update already?


February 10, 2010 12:30 AM  

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