book reviews by Althea

The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss ***

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“The Slow Regard of Silent Things,” or “A Week in the Life of Auri.”

If you’ve read Rothfuss’ ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ you may recall that his protagonist, Kvothe, is acquainted with an odd, fey woman named Auri, a former student at the University who’s suffered some kind of mental breakdown, and now lives secretly in the school’s abandoned basements and passages.

This book is basically character background on Auri. We follow her obsessive-compulsive ramblings and gain insight into her illogical – but not unintelligent – thought processes. She refers obliquely to Kvothe.

It’s a mood piece – there’s no real plot, as such.

It’s a nice ancillary to the other books, but I’d suggest reading at least ‘The Name of the Wind’ before trying this one.


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