Title: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Author: Patrick Rothfuss (Illustrated by Nate Taylor)
Series Status: 2.5 in the Kingkiller Chronicle
# of pages: 150
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.
Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows…
In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.
You might not want to buy this book.
I know, that’s not the sort of thing an author is supposed to say. The marketing people aren’t going to like this. My editor is going to have a fit. But I’d rather be honest with you right out of the gate.
First, if you haven’t read my other books, you don’t want to start here.
My first two books are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. If you’re curious to try my writing, start there. They’re the best introduction to my world. This book deals with Auri, one of the characters from that series. Without the context of those books, you’re probably going to feel pretty lost.
Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is … different. It doesn’t do a lot of the things a classic story is supposed to do. And if you’re looking for a continuation of Kvothe’s storyline, you’re not going to find it here.
On the other hand, if you’d like to learn more about Auri, this story has a lot to offer. If you love words and mysteries and secrets. If you’re curious about the Underthing and alchemy. If you want to know more about the hidden turnings of my world…
Well, then this book might be for you.
As we all know I am in love with this series. I was hoping to read this closer to the release date of the third book but I couldn’t wait any longer. As the author says in his foreword (see above) this book will not be for everyone because it is very different than the other two books in the series. Originally this frightened me because I thought that I wouldn’t enjoy this book since I’ve seen quite a few mixed reviews on it; however, I definitely loved it and would love tons more stories following the quirky and adorable Auri.
Starting off Rothfuss’ writing is very different in this installment compared to others but that has to do mostly with how Auri’s outlook on life is. This change was welcome for me because the difference in style helped me connect it to her as opposed to Kvothe. Also this book was so easy to read and fly through because while the writing was so different I was able to sit down and read in about an hour with no problems.
I loved reading about Auri and learning all about life underneath the University. She added such a creative and unique outlook on life I found it hard not to enjoy seeing things how she saw them.
Along with the incredible story there are a couple of illustrations and while I don’t necessarily think they added to the story they were beautiful to look at.
Overall I loved this book and think it was a great insight into a different character from the story but I can see how it probably appeals to specific people and not others.