Patrick Rothfuss is amazing. He’s one of my favorite authors, and his books are on my list of those that I will re-read every year because I just can’t get enough. With The Name of the Wind being made into a movie, there is an abundance of reviews and information about the main books and story that you can read all over the internet. And it’s truly a wonderful, fabulous, amazing book – you should absolutely go read it. But, The Slow Regard of Silent Things might get lost in all that discussion and that would be a crime. I love this story and want to do my part to make sure that it doesn’t get missed.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is technically a novella set in the same world as The Name of the Wind. However, for only being 150 pages, it’s one of the richest, most moving books I’ve ever read. Auri is one of the supporting characters in the main novels and in this book you get to live her life for a few days. She’s a particularly fascinating person – broken, passionate, alone yet not lonely, a beautiful soul. This story is set between her interactions with Kvothe and gives you insight into not just her life under the university, but her thoughts and feelings, her fears, her hopes, and her view of the world. You see the beauty and perfection that she finds in broken things.
This novella is both like and unlike the rest of the series. It’s shorter and more focused, which is both good and bad in my opinion. It means it’s easier for me to re-read multiple times, but I also wasn’t ready for it to end. I can’t recommend it highly enough – though I will also recommend that you read all of his books because he’s one of the greats.
On a lighter note: you also HAVE to check out The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed. Written in the style of a children’s picture book, it’s anything but a kids story. It’s fun, delightfully dark, and creepy, all while being beautifully illustrated. Plus, if you buy it through the Worldbuilders/Tinkerspacks website, all proceeds go to charity. This isn’t one to miss.