The Slow Regard of Silent Things is set at The University, where the brightest minds work to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Auri, a former student (and a secondary but influential character from Rothfuss’s earlier novels) now lives alone beneath the sprawling campus in a maze of ancient and abandoned passageways. There in The Underthing, she feels her powers and learns to see the truths that science—and her former classmates—have overlooked (Goodreads)
My Rating: Did not Finish
I didn’t finish this book so I won’t put a rating on it.
I’ll begin with the positives as, believe it or not, there are some. Firstly, the artwork in the book is beautiful. It’s some of the best artwork in a modern fantasy book, except for maybe the work in ‘The Stormlight Archive’. It’s wonderful and really brings the Underthing alive.
Secondly, Auri is a wonderful character and it really was a pleasure watching her interact with the larger world around her.
This book just wasn’t for me – Rothfuss was right in saying that some may not wish to read this book. I gave it a go because I was intrigued by the main character and I wanted to see a little more of the world he created. I just struggled because I felt like I got what I came for 20 pages into the book, and I couldn’t see it changing later on. There was no plot and the book wasn’t going anywhere. I would have read a short story of this, but not a novella.
This book is for people who want to see more of Auri and don’t mind reading something with no narrative substance.
Despite this review, I do suggest borrowing it from the library at least and having a go (if you’ve read the Kingkiller Chronicle Books 1 and 2 that is). It’s worth trying once.