The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Tales From Temerant) By: Patrick Rothfuss Illustrated By: Nate Taylor
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.
In the author’s note Rothfuss comes right out and says you probably won’t like this book. It’s not a normal book, there’s no action, no dialog. It’s one character that you follow around. Auri.
Auri is in the Kingkiller Chronicle series, but it’s been so long since I’ve read those books I barely remember anything about her. I don’t think that mattered, well I might have liked this book more if I had, so maybe it did.
She comes off a bit OCD. She’s damaged, which is what I remember from the books, but she tries to make it work.
The books is amazingly well written, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Rothfuss. His words are always so beautiful. Despite that, and his warning at the beginning of the book, I was bored. It’s a short story and it took me days to get through because I just couldn’t get into it.
I’m still looking forward to the next book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, but I’m not if I would recommend this book to everyone. I would at least give the same warning he gave.