I’m not sure what the point of this book was.
The entire book follows Auri as she wanders around the Underthings, a forgotten web of tunnels, passageways and rooms underneath the University, thinking and doing strange things like finding objects and finding places to put them. It’s a lot like she has severe OCD.
What’s really strange is that the author tells us not to read this book because it is not a continuation of Kvothe’s story but in order to understand this book, he recommends we read The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man’s Fear first. I thought we would learn more about Auri who we had met a handful of times in the previous books. She is this strange girl who Kvothe met while playing his lute on the roof above an abandoned courtyard of the University. It took a while for her to approach him and when she did, she had all these strange quirks like she gives odd gifts, usually three at a time, and tells him they’re full of sunshine or moonbeams or something fantastical like that. He can’t ask her anything about her personally or she runs off.
We learned all that in the previous books but not in this book. He figures she is one of the many University students who have gone crazy from the intense mental strain and the nature of the studies. It happens so often that there is an insane asylum near the University just for this very thing. I thought she might be fae but this book seems to suggest that she has some training in magic or sympathy as they call it so she must have just cracked under the pressure.
I skipped pages and pages of Auri running from place to place setting objects on shelves, tables and mantels. This is what she did throughout the entire book of seven days as she waited for someone, who I assume is Kvothe, to visit on the seventh day.
What a waste of my time!