Overview (No Spoilers): The first thing you should know about The Slow Regard for Silent Things is that it is a fantasy companion novella to my beloved, The Kingkiller Chronicle. It must be said that I missed the memo regarding the nature of this book, as such when I finished The Wise Man’s Fear, I eagerly picked up this next book believing the series was continued, but alas I failed to read the fine print. The only character detailed in this story is mysterious Auri. While we glimpse the strange OCDish patterns that swirl in an organized, haphazard manner, throughout her day, she remains an enigmatic character to be puzzled out another tale, another book. It took me longer than I anticipated to fall back into this world that I am already deeply comfortable in and a writing style I am familiar with, due in part to Auri’s short attention span. Overall, The Slow Regard for Silent Things is well worth the read to get a peak into the deliberate mind of the perplexing Auri, as well as the art of Naming, and setting up for what I believe are bigger things to come.
- Who is Auri and how did she end up in the Underthing?
- How did Auri learn the names of thing so well?
- How does she keep finding new places/rooms? What is behind the door she is so scared of?
- How does she know Kvothe will need a safe place to stay?
- I kept finding myself wanting to know the story of each little place she visited. Key example: Who’s vanity did she find? Where did this person go? Why did they leave everything a mess? Why didn’t they take their belongings with them?
- Will Auri ever be able to leave? Where is her family? Where is she in the current story?
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