The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicle)
Patrick RothfussPosted 23 September 2019 by the-librarian
The Slow Regard for Silent Things, as is explained in the author’s introduction, is not your normal book. It is more of a character exploration of Auri who lives in the Underthing below the University from his other two books that, thus far, comprise the Kingkiller Chronicle. Start there if you haven’t already read them. Otherwise, this book will make no sense.
Even having read both of the Kingkiller Chronicle books multiple times, I was a bit thrown by the style of this story. Thrown in an extremely good way. It seems more like poetry than a novella. It describes being broken inside in a way that I have never heard, or felt, before.
This is a story that I would highly recommend for anyone that is a fan of the Kingkiller Chronicles. It is definitely an interesting character study of who Auri is and fleshes out the world Rothfuss has created in the Kingkiller Chronicles in a more complete, and complex, way than before.
That said, it is story that seems to shed all the rules of what comprises a story, much less a good story, and still come out as one of the most memorable reads I have experienced in a long time. Auri, and her interactions with the world, the way she feels brokenness, and her need to fix things spoke to me in a way that no normal story ever has. It is more metaphor, wrapped in a fantasy world, wrapped in a poetic character exploration than a fantasy novel. But in the best possible way.
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