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The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Rothfuss
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,710 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Patrick Rothfuss:
"As seamless and lyrical as a song... This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Reminiscent in scope of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and similar in feel to the narrative tour de force of The Arabian Nights, this masterpiece of storytelling will appeal to lovers of fantasy on a grand scale."
Library Journal (starred review)
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words.... Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes...he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song."
—Ursula K LeGuin
"The Wise Man's Fear is a beautiful book to read. Masterful prose, a sense of cohesion to the storytelling, a wonderful sense of pacing.... There is beauty to Pat's writing that defies description."
—Brandon Sanderson
"Patrick Rothfuss has real talent, and his tale of Kvothe is deep and intricate and wondrous."
—Terry Brooks
"[Rothfuss is] the great new fantasy writer we've been waiting for, and this is an astonishing book."
—Orson Scott Card
"As with all very best books in our field, it's not the fantasy trappings (as wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss."
—Tad Williams
“This is an extremely immersive story set in a flawlessly constructed world and told extremely well.”
—Jo Walton,
“It is the best book I have read it years, fantasy or otherwise.... The world is so deep, the stakes are so high, the characters so real, the mysteries so magical, the magic so mysterious, the plot so twisty…every day you haven’t read it is a day in your life that could be better.”
—Hank Green
"This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology."
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About the Author

Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list. He can be found at

Product Details

  • File Size: 20360 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0756410436
  • Publisher: DAW (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J9SUF2W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know what you are buying December 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, if you have not read both Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear don't even look at this book, go read them. Once you've read them ask yourself, "Am I interested in learning more about the character Auri?" If the answer is no then move along. If the answer is yes you then need to ask yourself if you could read a 177 page book that is nothing but character development about Auri, because that is all this book is.

As many other reviewers, and Rothfuss himself writes in the Foreword and Author's Note, this is not your typical book. Many people will not like this book. If you do not satisfy the above questions then you will not like this book unless you enjoy reading things simply for the poetic aspect of the writing. Rothfuss constantly writes how he wasn't sure what this book was, what niche it satisfies as a book. Many of the people reviewing this say the same thing, both the detractors and the fans. I, however, can tell you why I enjoyed this book: It was simply insight and character development into Auri, one of the more interesting characters in the King Killer Chronicles.

This book is a look into a typical week in Auri's life, what she does with her time, why she does it, how she does it, etc. It does give you some very interesting insight into a few things towards the end of the book, but not enough for anyone who doesn't care about Auri to be worth it to them. There is no real point to it, it does not further the story in any meaningful way, it does not have the typical flow of a story, it simply ends without any real meat to the story.

Do you like Auri? Do you like character development? Do you like words as an art form? If yes, give this book a try. If not move along safely with the knowledge that you did not miss out on anything. I, however, loved this book as much as any part of Name of the Wind or Wise Man's Fear.
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400 of 503 people found the following review helpful
It's beautifully written. It's a great demonstration of Patrick Rothfuss's mastery of language and poetic skill. It has some lovely passages and some really clever and beautiful illustrations.

And I couldn't finish it.

Yes, I know it's very short, but it's also impenetrable. Fact is, it bored me to tears.

So maybe Rothfuss was right in his foreword, and this book just isn't for me. But who is it for, then? It's very well done, but nobody seems to be able to explain why it was worth doing. Yes, Auri is broken and strange. Great. Does it make me heartless if my first response is "so what?" This is a story about a girl who wanders around underground alone and gathers junk, all the while investing the junk with more significance than it deserves. That's it. Near as I can tell, there's really no greater understanding of the KKC universe, although maybe that comes at the end and the gear that she finds in the first chapter reveals all the secrets of the Amyr. I doubt it, though. So why is this a story I should care about?

On the other hand, I'm afraid I have little sympathy for those complaining about the price. I'd be happy to pay this price for a great short novella, but it's the content, not the length, that I find off-putting.

Sorry to be so negative. Can't wait for Book 3!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fear. I cannot wait for book three. I read the short story about Bast in Rogues, and was somewhat disappointed as it did not have much meat to it. Nonetheless, it was coherent and showed a little more about Bast's character. Then I attempted to read this and simply could not make it. If it had any plot at all, I could not discern what it might have been. Apparently it is all written from the perspective of Auri, who is so insane that here thoughts cannot make sense. I found this book to be a plot-less bunch of incoherent psychobabble. I do not know what the author was trying to accomplish, but it is completely lost on me. I hope that the third book on the Kingkiller Chronicles comes out sooner rather than later, and that it follows in the footsteps of the first two. Lord of the Rings is my all-time favorite book(s), and this series is just about on an even keel, minus this terrible novella.
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251 of 321 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Cure for Insomnia November 3, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If your usual sleep aid has stopped working for you, buy this book! It will not fail you.

I truly hate writing this one star review as I absolutely love the KKC series and want to support Rothfuss in continuing his promising career. But this was awful. To call this a "story" is a flat out lie. There was no story. It was just 150+ pages of rambling on about a week in the life of the most overrated character in the series. I know people love Auri because there is something mysterious about her. In the first two books, I found her to be interesting too, but not nearly as much as most. So when a book completely devoted to her character was coming out, I was slightly hesitant but I thought I would still read it to get a glimpse of her view of the world. But now I wish I hadn't. She was more interesting to me before I read this. I only wish I could unread it.

It has nothing to do with the cost of the book, as most people have complained about. I would pay double this amount for a book half as long if it were interesting. I've been following Rothfuss's blog for a while and was really looking forward to it, despite his warnings that this was different. I even pre-ordered it, which I've never done for any book. I really don't mind it being different, and I actually think it should be. But seriously, where's the plot? Doesn't a story have to have a plot?

I can summarize the entire novella in a single paragraph (not a spoiler, just a silly interpretation of how the book sounds in my head after reading it): Auri wakes up. She washes her feet. She looks around the cave. She finds an old broken gear at the bottom of a deep puddle. She puts it next to her bed. No, she doesn't like it there. She puts it on the windowsill. No no, that's worse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars ehh
After looking at reviews I was skeptical. Having already read the first two books I was somewhat surprised to discover the third was about a character that did feature in them... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Joel R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I very much enjoyed the exploration of Auri. Excellent writing even though it's an unorthodox story line.
Published 3 hours ago by Ak mom
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect poetic writing
It was exactly what I expected...perfect poetic writing.
Published 6 hours ago by Charles
2.0 out of 5 stars caveat emptor vs let the writer disclose
i really feel ripped off. i ordered this book sight unseen (foolish me? maybe. caveat emptor applies in the literary world, it seems. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with Auri in the first two books
I fell in love with Auri in the first two books. She is like glimpses of my beautiful young daughters. I wanted to see deeper into her mind and learn more about her. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Scale
4.0 out of 5 stars whimsical and lyrical and airy - no driving plot like in NOTW
Just want the 3rd NOTW to come out!
This one is a very different kind of book, whimsical and lyrical and airy - no driving plot like in NOTW.
Published 1 day ago by Jennifer Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Ignore this book and be better off for it
This book did not explain Auri, the underthing or expound upon the universe in any meaningful way. Ignore this book and be better off for it.
Published 1 day ago by Stephen W. Peers
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
What a great writer. I wanted to be in her world, to feel things like she did.
Published 1 day ago by Carol Harrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the author. I love his writing style.
Published 1 day ago by Erin Dutcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read That Goes Along With Other Stories In The Series.
Published 2 days ago by Joshua A Knowles
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Patrick Rothfuss always wanted to be fantasy author when he grew up. Now that his first novel is published it's generally agreed that he has achieved his dream. However, there is some debate as to whether or not he has, in fact, grown up.

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Not so bad.
Sometimes you wait for five years, and you still get a Feast for Crows.
Jun 16, 2014 by A. B. Clemons |  See all 8 posts
10 bucks
Agree... I love the series and don't mind the idea of a novella to explore a "minor" character and add depth, but $10 is ridiculous for some thing like this.

Additionally, Amazon/the publisher acting like they are giving a 50% discount on something that will never be sold for $19 is... Read More
May 18, 2014 by Candice Rumpel |  See all 15 posts
Dear Patrick, your publisher must have your readers confused with rubes. Please point them to the "Wool" Series by Hugh Howey on how to properly price book fragments. I agree with Chas-71 and would only give you $3.00 tops for 176 pages.
May 12, 2014 by Mr. X |  See all 16 posts
really,... $10?
Yeah, I agree, and Rothfuss is my favorite author. But $10 for a novella that is digital? Digital versions should be much cheaper than they are, because the print costs are eliminated. Instead, they are often the same price. But this is higher than even most ebooks, AND it's a novella. They're... Read More
May 25, 2014 by Psychic Cypher |  See all 20 posts
a new story but still no book 3 ????
I really love Patrick's books and really want to read about Auri, but seriously! ? $10 for a less than 200 page digital novella! Guess I'll have to wait for the library!
May 4, 2014 by Jeannie A Saucier |  See all 21 posts
Did any of you cheap haters actually read the story? Be the first to reply
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