What to Read While Waiting for Doors of Stone

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If you loved The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss then, like many, you are probably eagerly awaiting Doors of Stone. Apart from some recent updates, we know little about when this conclusion to The Kingkiller Chronicle will be available.

This is why I have put together a list of fantasy books, series and authors similar to Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. If you liked The Name of the Wind, you should read these books!


1. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time series is grand, epic and perfect for readers who want to dive deep into a fantasy world. Rich in lore, vibrant settings and fantastic characters, book one, The Eye of the World, can fill the hole while waiting for Doors of Stone.

If you are looking to kill time, this 14-book epic fantasy series (plus a prequel) is sure to take you a while to get through! I have reviews for the first four books by Robert Jordan and can’t recommend them highly enough. These include:

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1)

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2)

The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time #3)

The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time #4)

Also, when it comes to Patrick Rothfuss’ incredible writing style, Robert Jordan’s will also blow you away. His pages overflow with beautiful descriptions and writing technique – he really was a master of the craft of writing.


2. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

Kvothe’s university is a “wizarding school” done better than most. If you love this magic school setting and seeing the main character learn how to master their craft, The Magician’s Guild and following books in Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician Trilogy is perfect for you.

Sonea is the main character and she, like Kvothe, finds that she is a fast learner and smart as hell. While waiting for Doors of Stone, why not dive into Trudi Canavan’s incredible trilogy?

I have reviewed all these books if you want to learn more, which are:

The Magician’s Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy #1)

The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy #2)

The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy #3)

Not only is there this trilogy but there is also a prequel, The Magician’s Apprentice, which has elements of the master/apprentice plot, and a trilogy that takes place a few years after the events in The High Lord. This ensures that there is plenty to get through while waiting for Doors of Stone.


3. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon

The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson might not be the first series you would think of when considering similar fantasy books to The Kingkiller Chronicle, but stick with me here. I have my reasons for suggesting it.

It’s an amazing feeling when beginning a fantasy series to know that all the books are already out. No more waiting! You can go to the bookshop and buy them all if you want.

If you are waiting for Doors of Stone, you might not want to get invested in a new series only to have to wait for later entries for that too. The Wheel of Time and The Black Magician also offer this benefit of course, but with Malazan Book of the Fallen there are even more trilogies and series either in the works or already out – this means that if you love the series then you’re not going to run out of things to read.

Here are my reviews for some books in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen so far:

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen #2)

Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3)

These books are often said to be hard to get into and that is kind of true. However I have a great way of getting started – see How to Read Gardens of the Moon to learn more.

4. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Maybe you’re a glutton for punishment. If you want to add another series to your shelf that is waiting for the concluding entries, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin is for you!

This is obviously not the main reason to start reading A Game of Thrones while waiting for Doors of Stone though. Martin’s writing style is as technically masterful as Rothfuss’. It’s not for everyone, but my following reviews show how much I loved this series:

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)

For characters you can fall in love with, despise with all your soul, and change your mind on suddenly or subtly, A Song of Ice and Fire more than delivers.

And the world is just incredible – if you want to talk about crazy theories and guess what’s coming next like with The Kingkiller Chronicle, this world has got you covered.


So, there is my short list of book recommendations for those waiting for Doors of Stone.

I don’t believe authors should be rushed in their craft which is why I have previously written about why people should Stop Telling George R. R. Martin to Hurry Up with ‘The Winds of Winter’.

There are plenty of other things we can read to keep ourselves busy while excitedly waiting for the newest entry!


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