The Slow Regard of Silent Things Review

The Slow Regard of Silent Things Review


The Slow Regard of Silent Things Review

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things Review

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Description: Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy universe of The Kingkiller Chronicle, in this illustrated companion novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things. “I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda 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.


  • Insightful journey into the world of Auri
  • Beautiful and haunting narrative
  • Provides depth to a beloved character
  • Exquisite writing and prose
  • Offers a unique perspective of the Kingkiller universe


  • Not a traditional plot-driven story
  • May not appeal to readers seeking action or dialogue
  • Repetitive nature of Auri’s daily activities
  • Some readers may find it too short or lacking in traditional story structure

Customer Reviews Summary:

“The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is a haunting and insightful journey into the world of Auri, adding layers of depth to a beloved character. Patrick Rothfuss’s (still stunning) prose weaves a melancholic yet beautiful narrative that leaves you alone, contemplating the intricacies of the world and solitude. Putting the book down feels like the dying notes of a piano in an empty cave.

First off, if you have not read both Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear don’t even look at this book, go read them. Once you’ve read them ask yourself, “Am I interested in learning more about the character Auri?” If the answer is no then move along. If the answer is yes you then need to ask yourself if you could read a 177 page book that is nothing but character development about Auri, because that is all this book is.

This book was absolutely magical, for being a novelette. Nothing really happens, it is really as someone says a book about a sad girl picking things up and putting things down, but it feels very much like Alice in Wonderland. Auri looks at the world in a very special way, and the author is very gifted as a wordsmith, putting things in just the right way to evoke a feeling without necessarily understanding the meaning behind it. This is a definite must read for fans of the series.

“The Slow Regard of Silent Things” is not another installment in the Kingkiller Chronicle, at least not in the sense that it continues or even significantly expands upon the adventure of Kvothe. In many ways one could view this new novella as the polar opposite of the KKC series proper. Where the majority of those (currently) two books were told through the direct narration of its protagonist, Slow Regard features no dialogue whatsoever and is told through a dreamy, third-person limited style. Where there was an epic scope spanning years, there is now a considerably less lengthy focus across the length of six days. Where there was a large cast whose motivations drove the plot in different directions, that weight is now shifted to just one: The sparsely featured, minor-but-perhaps-significant drain-dweller named Auri.

I’m a cranky old man, 73, and though I hope I live long enough to read Doors Of Stone, TSROST quickly became a favorite of mine. I’ve read it several times now and greatly enjoy it each time. Auri is interesting to me. She does seem broken, but how is hard to tell. As small and frightened as she seems, she also possesses amazing strength and intelligence.

Este es uno de mis libros favoritos. La historia contempla varios días en la vida de Auri, uno de los personajes más peculiares de La crónica del asesino de reyes. Narra tanto su vida cotidiana como sus peripecias en lo que ella llama La Subrealidad mientras eso espera la visita de un amigo muy querido. Es una delicia disfrutar de la prosa de Patrick Rothfuss en version original.

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