Published by DAW Books on October 28th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Lyrical
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.
I am just going to gush and gush about how much I LOVED this little book. First of all, Auri is one of my favorite characters from The Kingkiller Chronicles. There is no way anyone can read about her and not simply fall in love with her.
If you do not like her, I suggest you have your head examined and be checked to see if your heart is beating, because there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with you (like you are dead inside or you are The Chandrian) if you dislike Auri in any way, shape or form….Period.
With that being said, this book is all Auri, every single line, word, punctuation. It’s filled with her sweetness, her cleverness, her mirth. It is like a perfect dew-speckled garden, as the sun rises and cloaks every single flower with its warm golden rays…that is Auri…that is this book. I could never do it justice with my words. Patrick Rothfuss on the other hand, has basically put down on paper his complete and total love for his Auri. It is poetic, and grand without being over powering. It is light, but deep, and filled with joy. I just smiled from ear to ear as I read listened to Patrick himself on the audiobook reading his words of pure adoration and devotion for Auri. Even his forward was entertaining and every so endearing. Yes, this is not a “normal” book, heck its barely “bookshaped” except for its physical appearance. As the author warns us, it does not do what a book or even a story should do.
There is a whole segment completely devoted to the making of soap, which I loved. I felt like this part really showed us who Auri is, her beliefs, how she “sees”. It showed us the care she has with all that is around her, the goodness and innocence deep in her heart. It is an odd story, and there are more inanimate objects as “characters” than actual living beings…to be frank there is ONE character in this and it is Auri. This matters not, because of the perfection that is what Rothfuss wrote here is this lovely tiny book, with a very big heart.
You can read this in one sitting, but I would recommend that you take your time, and enjoy every morsel of deliciousness that Patrick Rothfuss presents to us. It is strange, its quirky and it might not be for everyone, but there is no way anyone can say it’s not absolutely true to itself, and true to Auri.
Please give it a chance, especially if you have read The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear. If you have not, go to the bookstore or to your kindle, or to Audible and download it right way and start reading them. You will be so happy you did, and then read this book.
Patrick Rothfuss has become one of my favorite authors. I would love to hear your feedback on his latest book. Let me know what you thought of The Slow Regard of Silent Things or his other books. Are you as eagerly awaiting the continuation of Kvothe’s story as we are?
**This review was originally posted on Reading In The Tardis**