KayKay CBR6 #42 The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Goodreads Summary

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 author opens this story with a warning that you may not like this book.  It isn’t quite the same as the others, and it doesn’t follow all the rules.  Don’t let the warning fool you, this book is beautiful.  It is delightful, it is art, it is lyrical and magical.  If you are a fan of Patrick Rothfuss’s other books, you will love this one as well, we all know that he breaks the rules in all the best ways.  In The Name of The Wind and Wise Man’s Fear Auri is a quirky character and we may think she is damaged.  After reading this I think she has the best understanding of things (“She knew the true shape of the world. All else was shadow and the sound of distant drums.”).  I hope Kvothe will come to understand her wisdom and accept her help.

The hardest thing about this book, is knowing what to read next.  It’s like listening to Bach, then going to a 7th grade orchestra concert.

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