So Many Books, So Little Time! Here’s the next installment in my, “Books Off the Shelf” series—a grouping of some short book reviews on books quite literally off my bookshelves—books I’ve read or listened to. I will attempt to give you an idea on some books you might enjoy or not enjoy quite as much without ruining it with too many spoilers.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
Rating 8 out of 10
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.
I know I just reviewed a Rothfuss book, but I just finished this one, so thought I would offer my thoughts. This is a very different book than Rothfuss’s first two. As he clearly states in the forward of the book, if you are wanting the final instalment of The King Killer Chronicles, you are going to be quite disappointed.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is not about Kvothe. Though, he is referenced obscurely, this book is about Auri and her strangely wonderful under world. This story doesn’t do a lot of the things that a traditional story does. It doesn’t read like THE NAME OF THE WIND or THE WISE MAN’S FEAR. Still, I liked it. There is an eerie beauty in the gray area between brilliance and insanity. Rothfuss takes us on a short journey to explore a glimpse of it.
Honestly, I feel like I need to read the book a second time through in order to fully capture this story. It is definitely worth the read though. Read Rothfuss’s other books first; you’ll need the background knowledge. But, then go read The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Go to it without expectation of Rothfuss’s usual style or storyline. If you are open to it, I don’t think this story will disappoint.
Pick up a copy and give it a shot.
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