Review of The Slow Regard of Silent Things: The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5 – Patrick Rothfuss

Posted: February 11, 2015 in fantasy, poetry, Review, science fiction

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

It’s an odd little piece at that, more poetry than prose in many ways. There certainly isn’t a lot of plot, and only one living character. This is Auri, and this is a week in her solitary life in the subterranean world which is the Underthing. For Auri, inanimate objects and locations have a life of their own. Everything must be in its place, and there is a certain alchemy about things and where they belong.

I would not say that The Slow Regard of Silent Things should be the usual door into Rothfuss’ world, but once there, I found it to be a pleasing and a restful place, full of poetry and meaning. There are times in life when this is just the sort of thing you want to be reading, and I suppose for me, it was one of those times. And if you’re not that kind of person, and it’s not that time, then you’ll hate it. This book will polarise people, especially those who thought Rothfuss ought to have finished the trilogy before wandering off in other directions…

Published by Gollancz

Supplied by Hatchett NZ

Reviewed by Jacqui

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