The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

"But how awful would that be? How terrible to live surrounded by the stark, sharp, hollowness of things that simply were enough?” 

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2.5
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★

I ordered this at the same time I ordered "A Wise Man's Fear". While I wasn't planning on bringing it on my honeymoon with me (as I did with "A Wise Man's Fear"), I was aware that the story followed Auri, a character from the Kingkiller Chronicles that I was more than willing to learn more about.

Auri is a mysterious pixie of a character who lives beneath the University. Little is known of Auri's origins. She was at one point a student of the university. She lives in the "Underthing", often keeping herself tucked away in her own little world. In the Kingkiller Chronicles, Kvothe befriends her by luring her from the Underthing with music. The pair often exchange gifts when Kvothe visits her. In this novella, Auri knowsthat Kvothe will be visiting in seven days, and she sets out on a quest to find three perfect gifts.

This novella was adorable and the illustrations were enchanting. Patrick Rothfuss included the story of how the novella came to be, along with a warning that you might not like this book. It is a very peculiar little story, but then again, Auri is a peculiar girl. No "sensible" story would have been right for her. 

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."

The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★

My husband I recently went on our honeymoon to New York. After my love for "The Name of the Wind", I opted to bring it's sequel with me. It fit my preferred traveling criteria; paper, chunky enough to last, and interesting enough to get me through the long flights. Somehow during my honeymoon of all times, I nearly finished it. If that's not an indication of how much I enjoyed this book, I don't know what is.

The second novel of the Kingkiller Chronicles continues to follow Kvothe on his adventures around the university and beyond. This novel sees Kvothe's true legend come to life. Even in the young age of his teens, the world is only hearing the beginning the Kvothe the Bloodless.

I thoroughly enjoyed "A Wise Man's Fear". Possibly more then "The Name of the Wind" (though obviously one cannot exist without the other). The adventures are wider, the perils deeper, and it's not over yet. 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

"I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me"

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★

I spotted this book in a bookstore. Before that moment in time, I heard good recommendations, but I didn't have the foggiest idea what the book was actually about. The back cover content didn't help matters either. All I knew, that it was somewhere in that new-to-me area of epic fantasy and I had just finished George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons. So I opted to stay in the genre a little longer. 

The story centres around a boy named Kvothe. We meet Kvothe working as an innkeeper in his adult years. Kvothe has led a life that had left a legend in his wake. However, most legends are a far exaggeration from the truth. A scribe known only by Chronicler offers Kvothe the chance to tell his story as it really happened. 

Kvothe begins his story at, well, the beginning; as a young boy living in his parent's caravan. He is presented as being incredibly smart. Often his mind is the only weapon against the obstacles that plague the early steps of his legend. 

The world Rothfuss as presented is rich and with the depth of Mariana's Trench. From the very beginning, you are immersed in varying cultures, beliefs, religions, and languages. It is the type of world where every character, every bandit, and pickpocket and scribe, has their own life they live beyond Kvothe's little corner. 

My final verdict is that this novel was stunning, immersive, and a fun ride. Immediately after finishing, I purchased the sequel A Wise Man's Fear as well as the accompanying novella A Slow Regard of Silent Things. If that's not an indication of how good it is, I don't know what is.