The Wise Man's Fear cover art

Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind (Canada, USA, Europe) is without the shadow of a doubt the fantasy debut of the year. I've just been informed that sales now put the book at about the same level as George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. And if sales continue to progress the way they have been since the novel's release, The Name of the Wind could well surpass them!

And with Rothfuss' debut about to be released in the UK by Gollancz, we should hear more about this gifted author throughout the fall and beyond. Could he be the next big thing? It sure looks that way. No matter how many units are ultimately sold, no launch of an epic fantasy author has had that kind of immediate impact in a long time. If you haven't read The Name of the Wind yet, you should definitely check it out!

For those who are eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, here's the cover art! It sure beats the Fabio cover, eh!?!;-)

12 commentaires:

Neth said...

That cover is much better.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Definitely :) i don't receive from Gollancz which is a shame, but I think I'll buy it and review it anyway! Cheers Pat.

Gav's Studio said...

As soon it comes out in paperback I'll get it!

sadface said...

"A novel"

Well no shit.

Frank said...

This month we published the first interview with Patrick Rothfuss and the first review in German - both are getting quite some attention.

review (in German)
http://www.phantastik-couch.de/patrick-rothfuss-the-name-of-the-wind.html

interview (English version)
http://www.phantastik-couch.de/interview-with-patrick-rothfuss.html

The interview may not tell American fans anything new, but both Patrick and his publisher were extremely cooperative.

And thanks to this Pat we were put on NOTW's trail earlier this year. We read what you write, Pat!

SQT said...

Oh oh oh! I loved Name of the Wind so there are high hopes for this one. No pressure or anything though....

Pat Made Me Read It said...

Sigh. ANOTHER book you have got me to order. Please, keep in mind that the school year is about to begin and I'm going to be weighted down with corrections.

Patrick said...

Pat made me read it!?!

Well, that's it! Time to call it a day, methinks!;-)

Shawn C. Speakman said...

I actually liked both US covers. I wonder who did the cover art for the sequel's cover?

Pamela Milkweed said...

I don't think the new cover is that great, actually. Looks more like a generic thriller cover than fantasy.

Dutchy said...

You think so? hmm I think it looks like dark fantasy with a twist of realism. Take for notice that the story is quite realistic and actually only small specific parts are real fantasy. Most of the story could have played some years before the medieval times. This cover shows me the link between the realistic world(the alley and normal side of the cover) and the fantasy part(shady person and the green glow overall). By the way the mixture between realism and fantasy is what mad me love this book.

Dutchy said...

referring to "the name of the wind".