Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Publication Date: 2014
Publishing House: Daw Books, INC.
I loved this novella. However, it is not one that could be easily understood without having first read The Kingkiller Chronicle. Auri is the sole human character of this book and we are given a chance to glimpse into her mysterious, lonely world. The other characters are the objects in her world. Rooms, stairs, items that she comes across in her day to day. Each place has a name and each item has a proper place. Each day has a purpose and everything from names to proper places to purpose is revealed in its own time to Auri.
From the outside Auri’s would seems childish but instead it is unique and understood by a brilliant but isolated young woman. This is not an origin story but an immersion into the thoughts and feelings and life of the person Kvothe found a name for in The Name of the Wind. She takes everything seriously but not gravely.
Auri’s story has no big plot. There are no villains seeking a way to defeat a hero. There is darkness and there is light. Most importantly there is understanding in the simple way that things need to be.
I recommend this book with the caution that it is a unique tale with its own beauty but is not a traditional story. If you have read it I’d love to hear your thoughts, if you haven’t check it out. If you enjoy my blog please consider buying me a cup of coffee.