So I just wanted to see what everyone is thinking about the new Rothfuss as I haven't really seen much in the way of speculation and theory mongering about this series... So a few disjointed thoughts to start us off, I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks. (I'm proceeding on the assumption that everyone's read the book, at least, wants to be spoiled). In no particular order... •Given the working title of the next volume is Doors of Stone I think it's probably safe to assume that we're going to spend some time on the Lackless door in the next one. I'm intrigued by the two different songs about the Lackless family we've heard so far... This seems to tie up with Kvothe in a few interesting ways. We know that rings are important to namers, and "a word forsworn" sounds like it could be a name. I think thinks that Kvothe's mom is the Lackless sister who ran off with the Edema Rhu which could very well make him the "son who brings the blood." One wonders what the flood being held back is, and what would happen if the door were opened. This all lines up kind of oddly with the other Lackless song we heard in book one, the one that Kvothe's mom chastised him for singing early in Name of the Wind... There's rings, words, and candles there and hey! there's that mysterious box... I'm not really sure what it all means, but I think it's interesting that the two songs have so much in common. (It's also interesting that the second one ends with a reference to a "ravelling," which we now know to be a slur for the Ruh, for whatever that's worth). •So we're two thirds of the King Killer Chronicles and we still haven't met a proper king yet. I know everyone and their brother thinks that it's going to be Ambrose, but I hope that's not the case. First off, it seems like it would take a pretty epic catastrophe for Ambrose to climb his 13 spots or whatever to throne (though, maybe if Kvothe does something that leads to the deaths of of a dozen Vintish nobles and plants Ambrose on the throne, that might be fun...). Do we know where the Waystone Inn is? Or, more specifically, who all is involved in the war that Kvothe feels like he's responsible for starting? That might be point us in a useful direction... I wonder if the King Killer moniker will prove to be at least a little ironic, with Kvothe being blamed/taking the credit for someone's death that he was only tangentially involved with. •Denna's mentor is on the Chandrian right? There's not really any need to question that is there? •Has Kvothe ever managed to open the mysterious Lackless box? I couldn't decide if he has something locked in there that he needs and can't get out now, or if he's never managed to get it open... That seems like enough to get things rolling, I'd love to hear what everyone else is thinking too.