10th Anniversary Edition: Cover Reveal

Hey there everybody,

As I’ve mentioned before in various places, we’re doing a 10th Anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind later this year.

Today we get to show off the cover:

The art is by Sam Weber, the same guy that did Gaiman’s Norse Mythology,and it’s designed by Paul Buckley, the creative director of Penguin Classics.

The new edition isn’t just wrapping paper on the same old thing though. This new edition of the book has a lot more to offer.

Such as more than 20 illustrations inside by Dan Dos Santos.

A few of those illustrations have been floating around for people to see before this, and I showed some of them off during the recent fundraiser…

But in case you haven’t seen them yet…

Aside from that coolness, the book will also have not just one new map of the world, but two. Both of them much more detailed, and both of them illustrated by good friend and frequent collaborator Nathan Taylor.

There’s also a bunch of supplementary appendices where I go all the way down the rabbit hole and talk in some crazy detail about things like my currency systems, worldbuilding, the commonly used calendar, and the spread of the Aturan Empire. (These are also featuring illustrations by Nate Taylor.)

There’s other stuff too, The folks over at Book Riot talk about some of it too. (They got to show off the cover a little earlier today.)

I’ll go into more exhaustive detail about the contents of the book in a couple weeks, in a blog where I’ll get to tantalize and amaze y’all with some more of Dan and Nate’s beautiful art.

For those of you who are curious, the book comes out October 3rd. If you wanted, you could call your local bookstore and pre-order a copy. Y’know. If you’re into that sort of thing…

And for those of you who are thinking, “Why are we getting this book instead of book three?” I answered that question in some detail in a video Q&A I did for my charity last year.

Here’s a link to the part of the video where I answer to that question.

So…. There you go folks. All the news that I have to share right now.

If any of you have any follow-up questions, you can ask them in the comments below. Or, alternately, I’ll be doing some livestreaming tonight (Friday the 23rd) at about 11:00 CST. If you show up for that, you can ask your question in person, and I’ll probably be able to answer it in a little more detail. (Because talking is faster and easier than typing things out.) After I’m done with questions, I’ll probably play some Fallout….

Later space cowboys,

pat

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  1. xx3nvyxx
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    For people who missed the signed pre-order that was part of the fundraiser, will there be any future opportunities to pre-order from the tinker’s packs (signed or unsigned)?

  2. mylamalinalda
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Will we be able to purchase the 10th anniversary book at NYCC? :)

    • Posted June 23, 2017 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

      Yup.

      • johann
        Posted July 10, 2017 at 7:09 AM | Permalink

        Pay,
        Not sure how to contact you. While showering today I thought of how there was a big media thing a few years ago about the guy seeing “The Force Awakens” because he had cancer.

        Just yesterday my wife was asking for things to do. She doesn’t want to read, or watch tv or much of anything. She was diagnosed with stage 4 bile duct cancer in march 2016. We have been through 3 different treatement types that all failed.

        She may be starting another type of chemo in the next week , however who knows if thag will give her a few months or steal a few months from her. Medicine doesn’t always seem like science.

        I read “The Name of The Wind” after seeing it mentioned on reallifecomics.com.
        I turned tons of my friends onto to it. I turned my girlfriend onto it, who became my wife. I shared it with so many people.

        I’d love to be able to read an ARC to her while she’s still around. I’ve toyed reading the first book to my son (my best friends just read it to his kids albeit edited). I don’t think it will be something I can read to kiddo though. He’s super anxious about death lately and worried about losing me.

        If you read this thanks for your time.

        -j

        • johann
          Posted July 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

          You can legit shoot me for misspelling your name. I was stream typing on my phone while waiting for kiddo to get on bus. I even corrected other typos which I never do

  3. James.X.Wilcox
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 3:43 PM | Permalink

    October 3rd? That’s my sister’s birthday!

    I think she’ll be absolutely THRILLED when I get it for myself!

    Thanks Pat. It’ll be a nice excuse to re-read the book (and to own a hardcover copy!).

  4. khil1
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    October 3rd?! That must be a hint about the only possible thing it could be about!!!! – HALF LIFE 3 confirmed!

    I love the cover, is the font trying to be “lute-y” or just look like a different alphabet?

  5. KeladinStorm
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

    I can’t get enough of that typeface.

  6. max.a.ames
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM | Permalink

    I’ve already bought Name of the Wind twice, but I suppose third time pays for all.

  7. Isidora
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!

    I absolutely adore The Name of the Wind, and I can’t believe it’s been a decade since it came into my life. So, thank you.
    I have to ask: is there going to be some kind of online system? Because I’m from Chile and, unfortunately, this new edition will not be in bookstores and I really want to buy it.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    I.

    • tarvik
      Posted June 26, 2017 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      I don’t know if this helps (or if they will ship to Chile), but you can pre-order it on Amazon.

      • Isidora
        Posted August 14, 2017 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

        I’m so sorry! I thought that if someone answered, I would get some kind of notification, so I couldn’t see your comment before.
        Thank you very much, helped me a lot! It’s already on my Amazon wish list and I hope I can pre order it soon. Cheers!

  8. jpaez
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat

    I really like the illustrations you have shown us so far. How close is the illustration of Dena to how you imagine her?

  9. decat13
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:10 PM | Permalink

    Watched the video about book 3. Hope you mental health has continued to improve. Family and work is a tough balance. New cover looks cool, illustrations are neat if not quite what was in my head. When you look at paper do you see the future of the world or what’s already been said? Do you say “no” as much as you should to these other projects? Hope things have stabilized, looking forward to the next page, coming around to the idea of revisiting the old to see the tweaks. Try tai-chi videos for exercise, low intensity, relaxing. Good place to start. Happy Friday

  10. atoj
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    Will we be able to purchase the book in other countries or we have to order it from USA? (I am from Spain btw) and, in that case, Will it be translated?

  11. Incarnadine11
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    All together now… *high pitched squeals of excitement!* I really like the cover, and I absolutely adore the interior pictures!

    Is that the braid that says “lovely” in the picture of Denna?

    Also, can you tell us why the cover has the red bird and the rope attached to a ring? I don’t understand how they’re connected to the story.

  12. MrFurnellie
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    Looks great! I think this may convince me to buy a hard copy of a book rather than just ebook

  13. MrPensees
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 11:33 PM | Permalink

    I was showing my partner the cover even though he hasn’t read it yet. He asked if it was a good representation of the book. I said that it was though I didn’t understand a few parts. I started by saying that I didn’t understand the scary face. As soon as the words passed my lips it clicked. I’m really looking forward to more of those moments.

    • Daisy
      Posted July 6, 2017 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

      Oh my goodness, I didn’t understand it until I read your comment!!

      • MrPensees
        Posted July 11, 2017 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

        Right!? I don’t usually picture him so angry looking, but it’s definitely him. Now all I need to figure out is that cardinal!

  14. Posted June 24, 2017 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    Love it.

  15. Posted June 24, 2017 at 1:04 AM | Permalink

    Looking forward to this new edition!

    My daughter (13) is reading TNOTW for the first time right now (she said “It’s funny, I’ve been waiting half my life to read this book”) and of course she loves it. This evening she set the book down and said “I never thought I’d be calling the genius-boy an idiot. A candle?!? I’m going to take a break, this looks bad…”

    I wonder how old Oot will be when he reads it?

  16. anechka
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 3:12 AM | Permalink

    Dear, Pat.
    Let me preface this with saying that this might be my first first posting not only on your site but on any site that belongs to the authors I read, and I read a lot. I have thought of posting something previously, however since those thoughts usually dwelled on my frustration with waiting I stopped myself, not because I find my frustration illegitimate, but expressing it seemed unproductive. I am glad that I did not follow that original impulse. I wanted to say that I respect you talking about the challenges of your position. Your talk was frank and open, and for me that is the beauty of this instant connection of the social network. I imagine that you know better than most the dangers of obsessive thinking, yes your books are likely better because of it, but the rest of you suffers. Finding a the balance between necessary obsessiveness and the damaging aspects is essential.
    Your fans would not be so impatient is they did not love the books. However we do become invested in the stories and the characters, not as much as you, clearly, but with passion and and joy nether the less. When I listened to your chat I was reminded of a Russian saying “wanting to sit on top of a Christmas tree and not get your behind scratched”, it looses something I translation but I think it should still be understandable. I can respect the desire to want to do all the things you are doing.
    Thank you for your books, the story is wonderfully constructed, but beyond that it is beautifully written, with prose the goes beyond content, meaning that it speaks to the inner self.
    I won’t promise that I won’t get frustrated and disappointed again as the waiting continues, I am American enough to want instant gratification, but I will try to contain myself and think kinder thoughts:)

  17. SWPants
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 5:37 AM | Permalink

    Will it be available through Amazon?

  18. Sandhya
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

    I just watched your video. Pat, I cannot tell you how happy this makes me to see you so clear and alive. I was honestly worried about you. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with depression and seeking professional help. You touch so many hearts with your words and deeds. How wonderful that you can now share that joy. You are loved dear man.

  19. zzzeke
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 10:11 PM | Permalink

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway

    Pat, I watched your explanation of how book 3 is going and what writing books 1 and 2 did to you. Apparently, Hemingway was correct. Thank you for your perseverance. Take your time.

  20. Punted
    Posted June 25, 2017 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    Do you know if the cover or any of the illustrations will be available for purchase as prints?

  21. Bitterman
    Posted June 25, 2017 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    Oh, Denna is beautiful! That’s exactly how I’d always pictured her.

  22. Caleb
    Posted June 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    The cover art looks great and the inside illustrations are stunning. I’m excited to read the additional information on the world and how it functions. Call it a wise man’s fear, but I hope the picture of Denna will be laminated for the sake of 2nd generation owners.

  23. GhostWriter
    Posted June 26, 2017 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

    Beautiful illustrations, I can’t wait to see the finished book.

    Pat, you’re a good man. Take care of your health and your relationships first. Speaking from experience here, if you lose those you lose everything. We love you. We’ll wait, and we’ll run out and snatch up book three when it’s ready. You’ve added a great deal of joy and hope to the world and you should be proud. Thank you.

    -Ray

  24. ezerax
    Posted June 26, 2017 at 2:04 AM | Permalink

    Pat, do you have any idea when the fundraiser tees might ship?

    Thanks.

    • Amanda
      Posted June 26, 2017 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

      Any fundraiser questions can be sent to fundraiser (at) worldbuilders.org and they can give you answers!

  25. Alfonso
    Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:14 PM | Permalink

    Can the people from Spain bit Thiscrush new edition? This Will make me happy

  26. mjewett
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    I don’t want anyone to get mad at me but I have one clarifying question about the book cover. I just finished my 5th re-read and I don’t recall a reference to a Northern Cardinal anywhere in either book?
    The bird is pretty prominent on the new cover and it seems really out of place. As an avid birder it is strange to me to have a bird that is native to North America appear on the cover of a book set in a fantasy world.

    I am so excited about this! I have already pre-ordered one from my bookstore and the signed one from the campaign. Just an observation from a bird nerd.

  27. GLC
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    I’m curious to know who exactly wanted this special edition: you, or your publisher?

  28. Ryan.S
    Posted June 28, 2017 at 4:31 AM | Permalink

    Appendices that will take us further down the rabbit hole… just take my money already pat. Just have it! I’m about to hold myself up in the abandoned part of my school with a blanket and just go balls deep in this shit

  29. nices22
    Posted June 28, 2017 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    I got an extremely complicated concern, completely unrelated to this blog. A friend and I are debating since hours, if convoluted and being eloquent preclude each other. We came to the agreement that only you can settle this argument once and for all (you brought that on your own, because we both agree that you are eloquent). We cannot accept any other judge. So if you got the time: please settle this debate, so we can find peace again. No pressure, but the wellbeing of a fraction of humanity (his and mine) lies on your shoulders.

    PS thank you for all the lovely days with Kvothe, Denna, Willem, Simmon, Manet… I hope you don’t give into the voices out there who want you to finish book three just to get it published. I prefer to wait as long as you think is necessary to make your book truely your book. I believe only this way book three will continue to be one of the most exceptional reading experiences I’ve ever had.

    • nices22
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:02 AM | Permalink

      Pat, I learned about your condition just now. I am so sorry to hear that. In this context, I feel that my prior entry is very inappropriate. It was meant to be a playful brain teaser (at least for us it was). Sorry if it came out wrong!

  30. chri3gabrielsson
    Posted June 29, 2017 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    Meanwhile Mr. Sanderson has released over 10 books in the same span, while Mr. Rothfuss is signing a deal with fox for a tv show, just like George rr Martin. I love your books they are great but if you can’t do your job then just don’t do it. It’s like an airplane pilot not wanting to fly a plane, perfectly fine, switch careers and move on.

    But that is just my own humble opinion :)

    • Spaghetti
      Posted June 29, 2017 at 6:55 PM | Permalink

      If you don’t like the job he is doing, then don’t read his books for follow the blog… Just an opinion

    • falsig
      Posted July 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

      I agree that if he cannot get a book out in a reasonable time without damaging his mental health or whatever, then he should probably stop selling his books (of course he can keep writing if he wants, but he should not be selling the writing). But he does owe us the final book in the series, despite what his fawning apologists say. He explicitly promised it 10 years ago.

      I normally do not buy any book in a series until the series is finished (unless I really trust the author to release books in a reasonable time). But with Name of the Wind, I made an exception because I saw an interview with Rothfuss where he said that he had all three books basically written and would release a book a year.

      Now, 10 years later, book three is 8 years late, and there is no end in sight. Rothfuss whines about how he wants to make the book as good as possible, and how the stress is damaging his mental health, and how Trump getting elected caused the book to be later, how a not-perfect third book will ruin the first two books (yeah, right) and how he is not our bitch, all sorts of excuses for not meeting the promise that he made 10 years ago.

      For goodness sake, just send what he has now to his editor, ask for any minor revisions that need to be made, make the revisions, and release the book! If he wants to continue revising every little thing, there is no reason he cannot do that after the book is released. But he needs to keep his promise and get some version of the final book out already.

      • decat13
        Posted July 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

        Not sure I’m on board with this level of aggression but can’t necessarily disagree. Tons of authors meet deadlines they have promised, not only to their readers but to their publisher. If I promised or indicated that there was a timeline my work would be completed in and didn’t meet that obligation then I might get a pass once, for a time period, but if I was this negligent, this late, then I’d be fired. No if ands or butts about it. We constantly make excuses and try to justify things for the objects we love, like pats books. The problem is we fail to realize that we enable that negligence. I’m a man of work, if I accept work or offer work for a price and indicate that work will be completed by a certain date than I’m expected to deliver. If book three needs that time, if pat needs that time for real personal issues that need addressing that’s ok with me but like work I agreed upon but couldn’t deliver in a timely manner, I expect I would not be justified in charging full price for that work. Regardless of its quality.

        • MrPensees
          Posted July 11, 2017 at 9:09 AM | Permalink

          That’s not really how publishing works. IF a publisher wanted to they could drop a project that didn’t meet a deadline and renegotiate when the product was finished if they were still interested. I think this series has done too well for that possibility though.
          Also it’s not an expense report, or something that a business needs in order to do other things. The deadlines aren’t necessary for anyone to enjoy the books. Yes I want book 3 as much as anyone else, but comparing necessary time limits on non artistic work, and self-imposed time limits on art just isn’t a logical comparison.
          Also wanting a discount because you’re not happy with how long it took for the book to come out is a huge leap. The book will sell at full price and people will buy it. Some people will buy multiple copies.

          • decat13
            Posted July 11, 2017 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

            I never mentioned a need or dependency for the work. And yes, publishers “need” authors to complete work to stay in business. That’s not the point, as the original poster pointed out, the book was said to have been ready 8 years ago. The author himself stated that he intended to release a book a year. He has also spoken about conversations he has had with his employer in regards to not being able to meet deadlines. I’m not going to ever suggest that somebody take the opportunity to set themselves right in their personal life when they must. I’m not asking for any discount, not sure how you make that parallel, what I said was if it was MY WORK, and I FAILED to deliver it in a timely manner, I would not feel justified in charging my original quote. There is a pretty big difference there, although I know it pretty common for people to assume that everyone else is looking for a handout just like them.

    • Roblockster
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

      There was nothing humble about that and you know it.

  31. Acaller
    Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

    How very exciting. Great to hear about the 10th anniversary edition. I’m a school librarian and after recently reading (and loving) NOTW I recommended it for our 6th formers but our suppliers struggled to get a copy. I’m going to suggest we wait until the new edition comes along which I can then “borrow”.

  32. Laish
    Posted July 6, 2017 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    It’s beautiful Pat. Can’t wait to have it !

    Thank you again for everything. We are here, always, admiring you, your words and your perfectionism.

  33. Dominic
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 8:12 AM | Permalink

    Wow, just saw that interview. Thanks a lot Pat! I was absolutely one of those people who had lost patience with you about book three. Not so much the amount of time it took, but just the total lack of talking about it (and the seeming pique when it was simply mentioned). That update that you gave in the Q&A was really enough to tide me over and win me back.

    I still think you owe book three, just because until than the story is unfinished, but I’m happier to give you time to work on it. Thank you for the books.

  34. cogocogo
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

    Hello Pat,
    I’m French and I would like to know if a french signed version will exist ?

    I also take advantage of the opportunity to say thank you for all your work. I won’t say much more because I couldn’t say it the way I want and even so it would require a whole book. I’ll just say “thank you for all the dream, tears and emotions you allow me to enjoy while reading your books”.

    Sincerely,
    Gautier L.

  35. RiverOfIce
    Posted July 10, 2017 at 8:13 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!

    I wanted to share something with you. Long story short, The Name of the Wind inspired me to buy a travel journal, because it reminded me of some incredible places I have visited in my past that have now become hazy memories. I had a leather journal custom made on Etsy, with a fan-art picture from the books set into the front cover, made from clay. The inside cover is a world map, with my favorite quote from the book. “A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” The link to a picture of the journal is below.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/523583552/personalized-leather-bound-journal?ref=shop_home_active_21

  36. ana.gtezmartin
    Posted July 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I’m a huge fan of yours, pardon my english as is not my native language, and I apologize because I’m sure this is not the way to ask you this, specially because is not about the 10th anniversary edition book (which I want) is because I was recommending your books to a friend of mine, and we were talking about dates and everything so I entered to wikipedia to know when they where release and when to expect the doors of stone, and that’s where I realized that there’s a story about Bast, and I haven’t read it, but I can’t find the book anywhere, could you please tell me if it was on sale? and if I can order it online? because I can’t find it in any bookstore in Mexico.

    Thank you very much, for everything, you are my inspiration.

  37. Liam
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    I was struggling to justify the cost of this on my limited budget…right up until I read the bit about the appendices full of nerdy worldbuilding treasures. That’s just something I can’t resist.

    Any chance of us seeing a world book on the Four Corners world, a la The World of Ice and Fire for GRRM’s series?

  38. Roblockster
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

    I’ll have to get my brother this or something. His birthday is close to the release. It looks great.

  39. Hankroyd
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    I remember when I gave up on you.
    A charity where we were given a choice. Giving money to make you work on book 3, or giving money to make you play Fallout 4 (if I remember correctly).
    I want Book 3, not tomorrow, not yesterday but at least three years ago. However I’m not fine of slavery so while despairing not seeing DoS, I gave money so you enjoy a video game on twitch… And I wasn’t the only one wanting to be a decent human being before being a selfish reader.

    How were we thanked ? Oh yes, those gentle words of confort from you. I quote :
    “I think it shows pretty clearly that people who howl for book three aren’t as interested in donating money to make the world a better place. You can draw your own conclusions after that.”

    I drew my conclusion. I stopped caring. Well, tried to stop caring. I still visit the blog every two or three months to confirm there is nothing concerning the last book. Hoping against all hopes.

    You can be proud of your fans, ready to buy the same book for the second (or sometimes the third) time, they deserve you as much as you deserve them. You won’t get my money, but … I guess you won’t be missing it much.

    I’m sorry, I wish I would be able to say ‘I will buy the same book again !’ like you were giving us the bestest gift of all times, but I can’t.

    However, thank you. Now I really stopped caring. I wish I could get my money back, because hey, you and I know how much greedy and heartless I am, but more than that I wish I could get back the time I wasted reading a story that will propably be never finished to read something, maybe not as good, but with an ending.

    Reading your books is the best thing I will ever regret having done.

    Regards,

    D.

    PS : In case your were wondering, yes, I’m a little bitter.

    • decat13
      Posted August 9, 2017 at 9:33 PM | Permalink

      It’s like golf. Chi Chi Rodriguez said it’s the worst fun you will ever had. Best of luck with the tenth anniversary Pat, I’m in agreement with these types of folks though. All said and done though, if it’s your health, family, or the book, I get it. Do what needs doing.

    • decat13
      Posted August 9, 2017 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

      It does irk me a bit that because I’m not of the boot licking fawnnovers that commonly patrol this blog that my comments are of the few that need moderation before posting though. Not of the lethani.

  40. TN Teacup
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    Dear Mr Rothfuss:
    I am 73 years old. If I die before I get to read the third book in the Kingkiller series, I will be seriously pissed off. I may haunt you.
    Sincerely,
    TN Teacup

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