The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

By Patrick Rothfuss

  • Release Date: 2014-10-28
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4
From 109 Ratings
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The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri.

Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.

At once joyous and haunting, THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a rich, atmospheric and lyrical tale, featuring one of the most beloved characters from Rothfuss' acclaimed fantasy series.


  • What a perfectly crafted book.

    By Leoniepepperonibaloney
    I’ve never been on such an emotional journey through such a simple little story. Rothfuss is an unconventional mastermind, an artist.
  • Disappointing

    By Mnharris
    Loved the first two books, but this tangent was extremely dull and boring
  • The slow regard of silent things.

    By Granny grumbles
    Totally disappointed and annoyed. I have paid $11.99 for nothing. Will not read anything by this Author again.
  • A truth of sorts

    By jolly.jess
    Thank you Patrick Rothfuss for this beautiful insight into a character I've always desired to know more intimately. Auri is one of my favourite characters in your series. As a student of psychology, I find Auri represents the trueness of us all and although we may not know or find it enjoyable always she is what we should wish to be. Thank you again for this, it was truly wonderful. I read it in half a day because I didn't want to stop.
  • Beautiful but overpriced

    By Thammybear
    Lovely novella full of originality and portent. Her quiet power and knowledge of names was a surprise but somehow so neat a fit that I should have known. The story seems more channeled than written which drips honesty. In my opinion an important book to lovers of the series that will flesh out events to come. While I am glad to have purchased the book it is overPriced for a short story. I read it in a couple of hours and would imagine many people would feel ripped off. Sad really as I think it's an important piece of Patrick's unique puzzle. Overall my advice is buy it, read it, love it and then complain
  • Delightful

    By Ellie278
    What a beautiful short story this is! It is my new favourite story. An absolute pleasure to read. Thank you Pat Rothfuss.
  • The slow regard of silent things

    By Hottentottus
    This is a gentle gem of a story. Subtle and perplexing Auri is a Zen Master. So many surprises and so much promise. She will not allow Pat Rothfuss to finish with her just yet. More to come ...
  • Just beautiful!

    By BecPap
    Loved every word. What a lovely insight into the world of a much loved and little understood character!
  • Did not enjoy

    By Phillo99
    This was way too much like a children’s book for me - what exactly was the point of the illustrations? It was expensive for the length as well. Would have been nice if the author has focussed on finishing the main story before spending time on side stories. I hope the next one is better.
  • Curiouser and curiouser

    By Sazmaba
    I liked it. I didn't love it, only because (as you suggest) it's not a story I can lose myself in. I read to get away from this world for long periods of time; this book offered a little release. But it was beautiful. It reflects some of our unconscious thoughts that things should be done the right way. I also love that Auri wants to do the right thing by the wider and hidden world, something I wish more people did. She is a little broken and strange, but I didn't see this as much as I saw her as pure and whole. For someone to see the world, and see every little detail, but to look into the deeper detail that most would disdain, is beautiful and right. This is a person who is wholly connected to the world around them - that is more beautiful and human than the 'non-strange'. As I write this, I realise I loved it. But in being totally honest, I loved the little biter you left, that she will one day have to look after 'him'. Yes, I am a fan and am hoping beyond hope 'he' is who I think it is. But even if not, I look forward to find out who 'he' is. :) Sarah