The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)

<–The Name of the Wind (KC #1)

Title: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Series Title: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Fantasy
Date Added: October 30, 2014
Date Started: June 24, 2016
Date Completed: July 14, 2016

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Pages: 159
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Media Type: Paperback

“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.”

The main (and only) character of this slim volume was introduced to us in the first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle, The Name of the WindShe is known as Auri and was discovered by Kvothe, the main character of the series.  As Auri is shrouded in timid mystery, Kvothe realizes he must speak softly and step lightly around this petite figure, but though mentioned this story is not about Kvothe.

Auri dwells in the Underthing, the hidden and labyrinthine world beneath the great university.  How long she has been there and why she is self-interred remains a mystery throughout the short novel, but Auri knows things no one knows and sees things no one sees.  She has an intrinsic understanding of the secret turnings of the world, a strong sense of everything’s proper place.  Beneath the seams she works to ensure that all is set to right as well as she can.

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