The Lightning Tree

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One of Rothfuss’s real strengths is his way with evocative details, and this is on full display here in the bargains Bast makes with the children. [...] You can rest assured that this is a fascinating novella about a normal day in Bast’s life in Newarre before Chronicler shows up, in the mode of the Interludes, with fascinating hints about the world, if not about Kvothe.


The Lightning Tree is a short story and one of the companion tales in The Kingkiller Chronicle. The story focuses on Bast, following him throughout a normal day in Newarre.