It’s hard to write a full review for a book like this. This isn’t your typical book. This isn’t a stand alone book, and it doesn’t fit into The Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy. I’ve always loved orphaned things. Stuffed animals that were missing an eye, books with a tattered and beaten cover, forgotten toys and things that didn’t belong. This was a book that was written for me.
This is a book that doesn’t have a proper place. This is a story about Auri. It’s a story about a broken person and it’s written to people who are also broken.
Personally, I’m giving this book 5 stars. I loved it for all the things that it was and it wasn’t. It was written for a reader like me, and it may be written for a reader like you.
Here is what I can do for you, I can tell you what the book is and isn’t, and let you determine if The Slow Regard of Silent Things belongs on your shelf.
The book is:
Beautiful. It’s a close look at a character who will hopefully play a big roll in the Doors of Stone. It’s full of beautiful illustrations. It’s magical. It’s subtle. It’s a ripple in the water. It’s charming and whimsical.
The book is not:
The same kind of narrative as The Name of the Wind or A Wise Man’s Fear. It’s not about Kvothe. It’s not a rapidly moving story line. It’s not an exciting plot. It’s not bold, or brash, or daring. It’s not meant to be any of these things, and if that’s what you are looking for, I would look elsewhere.
This was written for those who are still looking for their own “proper place”, have a soft spot for orphaned things, or just love a beautifully written novella.
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