Pat Rothfuss is famous for his two books in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear. In October, he released a third novel set in his world
Temerant: The Slow Regard of Silent Things. It is one of the most beautiful books of the year.
«How terrible to live surrounded by the stark, sharp, hollowness of things that simply were enough?»
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is more than enough. The novels follow a week in the life of one of the characters of Rothfuss Chronicles: Auri. She lives in the Underthing, under the University known from its predecessor, on her own, but she never truly is alone. Why? Because she has formed a connection to all kinds of inanimate objects. She tries to find the right place for every object she collects. Sometimes they just don’t feel right where they’re placed. We follow her in her set rituals through one week and get to know the wonderful character that is Auri.
She is shown as a determined, powerful, highly intelligent and vulnerable being. And this is but a glimpse of her as we only get to see this snapshot of her life. This way, Mr. Rothfuss makes sure that not everything is explained and invites readers to draw their own conclusions.
A Simply Beautiful Book
The story is exceptionally well-written. Mr. Rothfuss makes sure to paint the picture of the world in the reader’s mind, making A Slow Regard of Silent Things more accessible. This creates an atmosphere of wonder and curiosity: Auri is a wonderfully unique character.
The stakes aren’t as high as in the Kingkiller Chronicles, but the story invites the reader to take a step back and to start noticing the little things around them. Auri does everything with great care and it seems she shares that trait with the author. Mr. Rothfuss writes with great attention to detail, making sure his words have the most impact. This way, Auri’s world really comes to life.
The book is accompanied by beautiful illustrations that complement the story excellently. They never take center stage, but had a lot of flavor and atmosphere to the writing. The hardcover edition simply is one of the most gorgeous books around.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is an unusual story, and Mr. Rothfuss admits to that in his foreword and afterword – he even tries to put off prospective buyers by saying this book is not for them. It is definitely recommended to read the equally excellent Kingkiller Chronicles first, but this book also stands on its own. It is a tale to be read and read again, with each reading giving the story and days in Auri’s week a different meaning.
Like Auri says “Some things can’t be rushed” and reading this story shouldn’t be either.
Anyone who enjoys fantastical stories should take a look at Mr. Rothfuss’ books: The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear were both truly excellent and his newest story, A Slow Regard of Silent Things, might just be the most beautiful book of the year.