Patrick Rothfuss’s Slow Regard of Silent Things is, to say the least an odd book. I have seen it classified as “Epic Fantasy” because it’s book 2.5 of the Kingkiller Chronicles, but it weighs in at only 159 pages. There is a solid chapters worth on a soap making adventure. Rothfuss himself warns people away from the book, an odd move to say the least. But to be fair, this is the story of a fascinating, but exceptionally strange character in his Kingkiller chronicles.
The story follows Auri, who lives below the University in what she calls the Underthing. You could call it a character expose, following Auri over the course of a handful of days as she explores the secrets of her world, lives, and prepares to meet Kvothe. Patrick brings the same poetic style as Name of the Wind, but condensed and with all the brilliant action and snarky dialogue thrown right out the window. What is left is strange, but extremely fitting to both the character and the world Rothfuss has created, a brief but excellent tale.
In the end, I definitely would recommend this book; however, I would also suggest that you first read The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear to get a sense of the Rothfuss, the story, and of Auri. I realize that this exceeds 1500 pages, but if you are a fan of fantasy, every last page is worth it. The only down side is that Rothfuss is still in the process of writing the last book of the trilogy, but be patient, he will get it done.