The Narrow Road Between Desires (Kingkiller Chronicle) (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
The Narrow Road Between Desires (Kingkiller Chronicle) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image

The Narrow Road Between Desires (Kingkiller Chronicle) (Hardcover)


On Our Shelves Now
McLean & Eakin
4 on hand, as of Jul 12 9:21pm

Staff Reviews

I would wager that most of you know who Patrick Rothfuss is and have a strong feeling about him one way or the other. That tends to happen when an author takes 16 years between book 2 and book 3 of a series... and we're still counting. The one thing we can all agree on is that his books have made an impact in our lives. The Name of the Wind is a standard at McLean and Eakin: it's one of our best-selling books of all time; customers who are waiting for the 3rd book find a warm place to commiserate about it; and when we hire new staff, it's almost a prerequisite. While this isn't the long awaited third installment, it is a juicy little novella that will partially satiate you while we wait for him to finish the series.
The Narrow Road Between Desires is a 200-page novella that takes place over one day. We follow Bast, the humble caretaker at the Waystone Inn, completing tasks for his master, but always ensuring he spares enough time for a little mischief. For those of you that have read the series, you will know there is more to Bast than meets the eye. This is your chance to get to see the world from his perspective. Within the pages are a welcome a return to a world and friends that we all fell in love with, and have been missing for years. I know the wait for Doors of Stone is hard, but don't miss this chance to dip your toes in the beautiful world of Temerant again, even for just a little while. 

— From Zach

An instant New York Times, USA Today and Indie Bestseller!

#1 New York Times-bestselling phenomenon Patrick Rothfuss returns to the wildly popular Kingkiller Chronicle universe with a stunning reimagining of "The Lightning Tree." Expanded to twice its previous length and lavishly illustrated by Nate Taylor, this touching stand-alone story is sure to please new readers and veteran Rothfuss fans alike.

Bast knows how to bargain. The give-and-take of a negotiation is as familiar to him as the in-and-out of breathing; to watch him trade is to watch an artist at work. But even a master's brush can slip. When he accepts a gift, taking something for nothing, Bast's whole world is knocked askew, for he knows how to bargain—but not how to owe. 

From dawn to midnight over the course of a single day, follow the Kingkiller Chronicle's most charming fae as he schemes and sneaks, dancing into trouble and back out again with uncanny grace.

The Narrow Road Between Desires is Bast's story. In it he traces the old ways of making and breaking, following his heart even when doing so goes against his better judgement.

After all, what good is caution if it keeps him from danger and delight?
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus' Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than sixteen million dollars for charity, the lion's share going to Heifer International. He can be found at and on Twitch at

Product Details ISBN: 9780756419172
ISBN-10: 0756419174
Publisher: DAW
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle
Praise for The Narrow Road Between Desires

"[Rothfuss] clearly has a heart for stories . . . His prose is the sort that forces you to stop cold and just savor the words." —Eric Pierce, Fanfare

"The Narrow Road Between Desires is a fascinating book . . . When I think about this book, the word I keep coming back to is 'beautiful' . . . Between the art and the additions to the prose, which roughly double the size of The Narrow Road Between Desires from The Lightning Tree, there’s no doubt that this is the ideal way to experience this story." —Daniel Roman, Winter is Coming

Praise for The Kingkiller Chronicle

The best epic fantasy I read last year.... He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire
“Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of Shannara
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words." —Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea
"The characters are real and the magic is true.” —Robin Hobb, New York Times-bestselling author of Assassin’s Apprentice
"Masterful.... There is a beauty to Pat's writing that defies description." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn
[Makes] you think he's inventing the genre, instead of reinventing it.” —Lev Grossman, New York Times-bestselling author of The Magicians
“This is a magnificent book.” —Anne McCaffrey, award-winning author of the Dragonriders of Pern
The great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book." —Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender’s Game

“It's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.” —Tad Williams, New York Times-bestselling author of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
“An extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well.” —Jo Walton, award-winning author of Among Others
“Hail Patrick Rothfuss! A new giant is striding the land.” —Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author of Wake
Fans of the epic high fantasies of George R.R. Martin or J.R.R. Tolkien will definitely want to check out Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind.” —NPR
Shelve The Name of the Wind beside The Lord of the Rings...and look forward to the day when it's mentioned in the same breath, perhaps as first among equals.” —The A.V. Club
“Rothfuss (who has already been compared to the likes of Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin) is poised to be crowned the new king of epic fantasy.” —Barnes & Noble
“I was reminded of Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien, but never felt that Rothfuss was imitating anyone.” —The London Times
“This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology.” —Entertainment Weekly
“This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale.” —Library Journal (starred)