The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

At some point during 2014 Patrick Rothfuss announced that he was having a book published during the Fall. Within days of the announcement I pre-ordered my copy of said book. Then waited patiently for several months until it arrived. This wasn’t the next book in The Kingkiller Chronicles. It was about one of the characters in the series, and that was enough for me to want to read it.

Auri is a whisp of a girl that Kvothe meets while attending the University. She doesn’t live at the University. She lives underneath it in what she calls the Underthing. When I first came across her in the pages of the Kingkiller Chronicles I was immediately intrigued by her and wanted to know more about her. I was quite thrilled to learn that The Slow Regard of Silent Things was about Auri.

Even though I received the book when it was released I waited until after the holidays were over to start it. It was worth the wait.

If you are looking for more insight into the Kvothe and his story you won’t find it in these pages. No, you won’t even find a story about Auri. What you will find is Auri.

The tone, the words, everything…it just is Auri.

It’s hard for me to find the right words. I can tell you that I woke up at 4 in the morning over the course of reading this book and my first thought was of Auri. Seriously. 4 a.m. and my eyes popped open as if I’d been awake for hours and my first thought was not ‘Oh I need to pee.’ It was one word. One name. ‘Auri’.

Rothfuss is keen to say that this book is not a proper story. As a writer, I can see how he arrived at that conclusion. As a reader, however, I must disagree. Everything in Slow Regard is in its proper place. Auri wouldn’t have it any other way.

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