The Narrow Road Between Desires - Patrick Rothfuss

The Narrow Road Between Desires

By Patrick Rothfuss

  • Release Date: 2023-11-14
  • Genre: Fantasy
4 Score: 4 (From 249 Ratings)


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?


  • I agree with your kids…

    By GS-work
    …you are a brilliant writer, one of the best in my humble opinion. And I love good-wolf characters. Looking forward to more when you’re ready.
  • Stall…

    By cybrquack
    No. This lil child’s play will not do and could easily be distilled into a chapter in (or two, throughout) the book we’re actually supposed to be reading. I gotta say, the gender “modernization” is awkward, to boot. Feels forced and like he’s trying to directly appeal to specific readers or maybe their criticisms. Takes you right outta that deliciously ‘authentic’ world he’s created. It’s not the same-sex aspects, just the modern lense that disrupts; specifically the pronoun usage. I do feel for our author though, I’m sure whatever interrupted his trajectory was unplanned, unpleasant and more disappointing to him than our collective frustrations; blue balls and 3 star ratings. He addresses this in an author’s note at the end but can’t quite tell us what’s really up.
  • Blazed through it

    By doetriko
    A very good short read. Always hungry for more from this guy.
  • Tired

    By My1stthought
    Am I the only one who hates paying novel price for a book that should have been day 3 and is instead a revamped version of a book I already bought?
  • Amazing Short Story!

    By ItsJustRob1124
    Reading this book gave me the same feeling as reading any other Rothfuss story for the first time and it was amazing! At most parts intriguing, always satisfying, the little clues scattered throughout the book makes me know I’ll be rereading it forever. I can’t thank Pat Rothfuss enough for putting out another one of his works, even if it’s a retelling; this level of care and detail is rarely found in fiction novels, and it’s an amazing story that I’m glad got it’s own book.
  • The narrow road between desires

    By ctuhfeejngfio
    Still waiting for the main course…
  • Way Overpriced

    By csugo
    $15.99 for only 81 pages….

    By Mgc0014
    I like Bast, he’s an interesting character and it’s a decent enough short story. Not much happens but it’s fine. Deducted a star because Pat will do anything besides finish doors of stone.
  • Wow!

    By chezsmithy
    If only there could be more of these books. You really have to treasure every single one of them.
  • Waste of time and money

    By Strawberryshortcake5476577
    This is one of the most disappointing books I’ve read (really it’s a short story) because I have really enjoyed his other books. This one has no story, no point, it wanders, it’s full of meaningless dialogue. In several places he makes references to woke subjects that don’t belong. You have a trans character? Ok, great. Tell me why they are important or how they move the story. But he uses that like a punch line, two sentences of “they” to show he’s progressive? It’s like he woke up in the night and said “someone should be trans” and stuck it in there with no relevance. I found myself skimming paragraphs hoping he would get to the point or any kind of storyline. Rothfuss is hardly a prolific author so maybe they used that to justify the $15.99 they charged for this unedited word vomit they called a story. Save yourself from getting ripped off because believe me you are not missing anything. I was really looking forward to this and hope someday he writes something reminiscent of his other books.