Book Review- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

I finally made the time to read The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Though this book has been out for a few years I felt that I would be remiss if I did not review it. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella set in The Kingkiller Chronicles world and should only be read after reading the previous entries in the series, The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.  

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of Auri’s adventures and travels in the underthing as she prepares for a special event.

Patrick Rothfuss really shows his versatility with The Slow Regard of Silent Things. It is a completely different type of book than the previous volumes in The Kingkiller Chronicles, even so it fits into the larger story seamlessly. Mr. Rothfuss’s writing follows the strangely philosophical twists and turns of Auri’s mind without ever making you doubt the character even for a moment. I have rarely been made to understand the inner workings of a character so well. Mr. Rothfuss consistently delivers some of the best prose in the fantasy genre, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is no exception. The tone is both whimsical and heavy, almost bipolar but in a good way. The whole book feels like a trip through the dark quiet tunnels of the underthing.

There may be some readers who will be disappointed that The Slow Regard of Silent Things is so much different than the rest of the The Kingkiller Chronicles.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Seeing the world through Auri’s eyes gives a much different perspective than that of Kvothe given in the main novels of The Kingkiller Chronicles. Mr. Rothfuss shows that he understands the human condition with his narrative. The excellent interior illustrations by Nate Taylor perfectly matched the mood of the writing. I urge fans of The Kingkiller Chronicles who have not yet read The Slow Regard of Silent Things to take the time to read it. You will be glad you did.

I give The Slow Regard of Silent Things 4.75 out of 5 stars.

One thought on “Book Review- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

  1. Your review of The Slow Regard of Silent Things has piqued my curiosity and increased my thirst to read a good new type of literature to the point I’m willing to pick up the other books in the series you recommend.

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