Readers have been waiting for a long time for another visit to the world of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. And while we're still waiting for the third book in the series, tomorrow sees the release of a novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things. And we've got an exclusive look at the illustrations.

These illustrations are the work of Nate Taylor, the artist who also illustrated Rothfuss's series of dark fairytale titles for adults, The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle.

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Here's the official synopsis for Slow Regard, which comes out tomorrow:

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri's life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri's eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows....

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle's most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

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And check out some of the illustrations in the book, exclusively at io9:

Graveyard Tree

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