I’m very happy to come from a book loving family, so when my mom asked if she could write a review for Patrick Rothfuss’s latest book that I sadly haven’t had the chance to read yet, I couldn’t say no :D. Please welcome my mom to the blog!
I loved the Kingkiller Chronicle. Or rather, I have loved reading the first two volumes and have a hard time waiting for master storyteller Patrick Rothfuss to whip the veil from the next episode of Kvothe’s story. So, I naturally ignored the writer’s warning and pounced on the little gem he wrote about a side character in this epic tale: little, lost Auri. I’m glad I did.
But, I will echo Rothfuss and warn you that you may not like this book. I have a hard time even characterizing what it is. A novella? Possibly. Things certainly do happen, but only to Auri. This slim volume barely touches upon any of the grand happenings or major characters of the other books – and at that, these are only hints.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)
Published by DAW on Oct. 28th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 159 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Setting: The tunnels and ruins of the University and town from the Kingkiller Chronicles – with a little night foraging in the area. There is a great deal of casual magic/alchemy tossed about, and the author will assume you are familiar with the magic system of this universe.
Premise: A week in the life of a side character (Auri) introduced in the other books. This is not a classic storyline – more of a behind-the-scenes study of a character and her fragment of the world.
In a sense, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is an extended character study centering on Auri as she works through a solitary week in the tunnels and ruins – revealing who she is through what she does and values and thinks. Through masterful descriptions, the reader, in the end, develops a deep understanding and sympathy for this young woman.
But it is also more, because throughout the Slow Regard of Silent Things, we are given hints about ruins that are ignored or forgotten, but apparently not all that old …. And not entirely forgotten nor in complete disrepair. There is more to the tale than we know or can surmise, and I am left wanting to hear the end of the history that Kvothe tells about his own growing legend.
- This is extremely masterful, subtle story telling. The author paints the character of Auri so well and so sympathetically that you just want to take her home and take care of her.
- But – and I won’t spoil it – I don’t think Auri needs taking care of. Read this story carefully and you’ll see it.
- The writing is so subtle and artistic. Through the muddled ramblings, we understand Auri’s muddled, broken mind. She is tragically sane enough to know that she is not sane. And she is brave enough to find a way to cope.
- The book leaves me asking more questions at the end than the beginning. It’s a delightful appetizer that has me asking “what happened?” on so many levels.
- It’s not a classic story form. It rambles. Many things are not explained but only hinted at. Single, casual lines of observation suggest major, past occurrences …. And that’s the end of it. No explanations or exposition. Yet. Some people will find this more annoying than enticing. Personally, I think it entirely, masterfully artistic – this is the way life IS. And we seldom ever know the whole tale …. just pieces dropped casually that we need to fit into a pattern that pleases us as right.
On the whole, I give it 5 stars and recommend that people who have read the other two volumes give it a try because, in a way, it balances Kvothe’s tale very effectively.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
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