In any forum topic with the question “What book are you waiting for?”, one of the answers inevitably is book 3 of The Kingkiller Chronicles. Together with the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire this is one of the books I really hope to read someday. The first two The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear gripped me so much I bought them after reading them borrowed from the library. Alas, we have to wait. Luckily The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a novella in the Kingkiller universe, came out a couple of years ago to give us a way to enjoy this world for a bit more.
We follow Auri as she prepares for the arrival of Kvothe in a few days. We see how she sees the world, how her days are filled and how she navigates the world.
This novella reads like a dream, the way Auri sees her world. Her activities for a particular day are led by the feeling of what type of day it is. Objects and locations have as many feelings as people do. And her world, the Underthing, is her own, a part of the abandoned rooms and tunnels under the University.
I loved being back in Temerant, and back with the writing style of Patrick Rothfuss. If you loved The Kingkiller Chronicles, this is a great little nugget. Four out of five stars.