The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri.
Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss' acclaimed fantasy series.
Curiouser and curiouser
I liked it. I didn't love it, only because (as you suggest) it's not a story I can lose myself in. I read to get away from this world for long periods of time; this book offered a little release.
But it was beautiful. It reflects some of our unconscious thoughts that things should be done the right way. I also love that Auri wants to do the right thing by the wider and hidden world, something I wish more people did.
She is a little broken and strange, but I didn't see this as much as I saw her as pure and whole. For someone to see the world, and see every little detail, but to look into the deeper detail that most would disdain, is beautiful and right. This is a person who is wholly connected to the world around them - that is more beautiful and human than the 'non-strange'.
As I write this, I realise I loved it.
But in being totally honest, I loved the little biter you left, that she will one day have to look after 'him'. Yes, I am a fan and am hoping beyond hope 'he' is who I think it is. But even if not, I look forward to find out who 'he' is. :)
We are probably all a little bit broken.
I absolutely loved this short story by Patrick Rothfuss.
The character is very endearing in her strange and quirky way. It is a refreshing change from " ordinary stories."
It will add some wonderful extra dimensions to the story it parallels and which I am about to read the second book of (The Kingkiller Chronically: Day Two - The Wise Man's Fear.
What a perfectly crafted book.
I’ve never been on such an emotional journey through such a simple little story. Rothfuss is an unconventional mastermind, an artist.