“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.”
What I thought:
This is one of those books that’s not easy to review. That’s partly my fault for not taking a lot of notes, and partly the book’s fault for not being like most books. In a good way, though. This isn’t a complaint.
I loved The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but I loved it because I loved The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and Auri. If you haven’t read those two, and if you don’t know who Auri is, you might not like this book, and you likely won’t understand why it’s special and works perfectly the way it is.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things doesn’t have many things every book on writing will tell you a book needs to function. There’s no character development, no real action, no dialogue. What it does have is Auri’s incredible mind. Her thoughts might not make sense to you. Her reasoning might confuse you. But it’s all Auri’s, and because she is one of my favourite characters from the trilogy I adored her little story, too.
She heard something in the distance. Some echo of a sound. A scuff? A step? The sound of boots? Auri went startled and still. She closed her hand over Foxen and sat all quiet in the sudden dark, straining to hear….
But no. There was nothing. The Underthing was host to a thousand small moving things, water in pipes, wind through Billows, the rumbling thrum of wagons filtering through the cobblestones, half-heard voices echoing down the grates. But no boots. Not now. Not yet.
It’s a whimsical, magical, and innocent thing. I admire what Rothfuss has done with this book. Showing a mind as fractured and brilliant as Auri’s is not easy, but I think he’s done a stunning job.
It’s a short read, taking you through one week in Auri’s life in the Underthing as she waits for Kvothe to return. The illustrations were lovely, and helped set the tone in a wonderful way.
If you haven’t read his other two books, don’t start here. If you didn’t much care for Auri, you probably won’t get into this one, either. But if you did enjoy his other books and liked Auri then I hope that you’ll see the beauty in this one, too <3
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