Patrick Rothfuss’ eagerly anticipated sequel to his best selling debut novel, The Name of the Wind has already had a rocky past.
When The Name of the Wind was first being released, a lot of buzz revolved around the idea that the following two novels in the trilogy were already completed, meaning the trilogy would, in theory, see a quick release.
Unfortunately, though, it looks like The Wise Man’s Fear is seeing yet another delay. This time pushing the novel back to Fall 2009 at the earliest.
From Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
Just exchanged a couple of emails with Betsy Wollheim, the president of Daw Books, and I must sadly inform you that the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Name of the Wind has been postponed. Everyone involved is aware that the second volume must be even better than Patrick Rothfuss’ debut to satisfy fans, so they’re not taking any chances.
The author will turn in the first draft of the manuscript by the end of the year. The Wise Man’s Fear is no longer on the 2009 Daw schedule, which means that we can expect the book in the fall of 2009, if everything goes according to plan.
Rothfuss has my full support in this, but it makes one wonder how much work is needed to bring the already completed draft for The Wise Man’s Fear up to snuff. It is reassuring, though, to know that DAW and Rothfuss are serious about giving the trilogy all the attention and love it needs to become one of the heavy hitters in the genre.