The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
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You can find the summary from GoodReads below:
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.
Patrick Rothfuss can write. I read this one about a year ago, and I forgot about it until I started listening to The Name of the Wind on audiobook again. Immediately after getting back into the world of Temerant I am reminded how well Pat can really write. When I stack his works up to what I’ve read this year, it is clear that his prose goes above and beyond the norm. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is no exception to this. I consider the journey through this story to be wonderful.
Wonderful is such a good choice because Patrick’s writing just flows, and while it flows, you quickly get attached to the characters. In this case, the character is Auri. Auri is written wonderfully as well. You really get the chance to know her in this spinoff that was missing from the other two KingKiller books. You get to see how her mind works, how she lives, how she acts, and who she is. I saw a video of a gear being made, and after reading this story, I have been associating gears with Auri.
If you have read up to The Wise Man’s Fear , and you are invested in the story so far, you have to give this one a chance. It’s a super quick read, and while short, it is memorable. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, and I think the ones who gave such negative feedback really missed the beauty of the story. The illustrations that accompany it are quite nice as well.