The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick RothfussThe Mad Hatter is reporting that Patrick Rothfuss has turned in the final manuscript for his hotly anticipated novel, The Wise Man’s Fear, the sequel to The Name of the Wind:

Last week Patrick Rothfuss mentioned The Wise Man’s Fear was nearly done, but I kept my squee in check. Gollancz just confirmed that the manuscript has been recevived so all systems are go to have the book out for the announced March 1st release in the states from DAW and Gollancz in the UK.

Uhh? Squee! Wonderful news. When Rothfuss first hit the scene, it was reported that both sequels in the Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy were complete and would follow The Name of the Wind on a yearly basis. The problem arose when Rothfuss looked at those manuscripts and realized they weren’t up to snuff with his debut novel and would require extensive (almost complete, I would hazard to say) re-writes. I’m sure we can all agree that the book will be well worth the wait (or, I suppose, an unmitigated disaster finally pushed out the door by his publisher because it’s unsalvageable… but I doubt it, Rothfuss is too much of a professional for that.) What a great way to start the day!

Copyedits still need done, but galleys are supposedly in production (I’ve already put my left kidney on the black market, in hopes of attaining one) and all signs point to Rothfuss and Daw Books hitting their scheduled March 1st, 2011 release date!