Review of The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss:
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss is a novella based on the Kingkiller Chronicle Universe. It is numbered to take place after the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, however it only deals with one character Auri, so it can be read at any time as long as you have read the first book, The Name of the Wind. This book was very short and an easy read. I do agree with Patrick Rothfuss when he says this book is not written the way a story normally is written. However, I also have to agree that it’s a great story. It does let you get closer to Auri and understand her a little more. As a broken person, I understand how Auri feels myself and I greatly enjoyed the book. I hope Auri has a happy ending in the final book, Doors of Stone, she deserves it.
I actually read through other reviews on Goodreads for this book before I read it. Normally I do not, but for some reason I was intrigued. It seems this book is one of those books that only leaves you with two impressions: you love it or you hate it. Auri is a minor character in the main books, and to be blunt, she’s slightly cracked. I even believe she is described that way by Patrick Rothfuss at some point. This story is also slightly cracked. But like Auri in the Underthing, it finds it’s own niche and happy place and it flourishes there. The whole book only centers around Auri and it gives you insight into how her mind works.