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The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
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it was amazing

This is a glorious indulgence, hot buttered toast with a smear of Marmite: some will love it, some will hate it.

It doesn't shuffle along the main plot of the series apart from one intriguing teaser. There is no sword and sorcery action. The style is a bold choice, which is another way of saying: could have gone horribly wrong.

Enough of what it isn't.

For my money it works. It is an author's prose-poem love letter to one of his characters. It is an insight into the mental and physical refuges of those who have suffered trauma. It is a mad experiment in which most of the characters are objects and places. And it is a reassurance that sometimes the proper order of things is for them to be broken.

I called it an indulgence because the things that it is will be of little interest to most Kvothe followers, and it seems to have annoyed many because of the implied delay to the main series. On that I will merely observe that as a writer you need to have a huge amount of discipline, but sometimes there is another story that you just have to get out. Until it is written and made real it occupies head space and demands attention. Perhaps that is what happened here.

So for anyone in need of the Kvothe plot rattling along, stay away. For those intrigued by Auri, or maybe just a bit broken and wondering where they fit in, this is a delightful moment to lose yourself in.
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Victoria This is a fabulous summary of a briliant bit of writing.

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