The Slow Regard Of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss | Novella Review

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The Slow Regard Of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss | Novella ReviewThe Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Also by this author: The Name Of The Wind, The Name of the Wind
Published by Penguin on October 28th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Dark Fantasy
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780698184947

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.

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss is a book that I read during a Dewey 24 Hour Readathon. Essentially, I picked it for the readathon because it was short. Also, somehow I had not yet made time to read it, despite its connection with one of my favorite fantasy series. On the one hand, I am glad I finally got a chance to get to this novella. On the other hand, I wish I had read it during a non-readathon time so as to sit with and absorb what I had read.

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things is a novella set in Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles universe. It follows the character Auri, who is one of the important side characters in the series. Basically the novella is about how Auri lives beneath the university. She finds food. She has a routine that she follows. In addition, Auri also finds other things in her world beneath. Further, she has prepared a space for Kvothe, should he need it. However, he does not really factor in too strongly in this novella.

I will say that Auri is definitely a strange character. She’s very set in her routines. However, she also does come across as a little bit otherworldly. I am not entirely sure how to define her character to be totally honest. Auri is just different, but still pretty intriguing.

Overall, not a whole lot happens in Rothfuss’s novella. It reads as much slower than The Name Of The Wind or The Wise Man’s Fear. It is beautifully written though. The description and characterization of Auri is fantastically rendered. I would say that if you want a fast paced read, maybe find another book. However, if you are missing the Kingkiller universe, get your hands on this but know that it is different from the other books in the series.

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