The much-anticipated third installment of R. Scott Bakker's acclaimed series, The Aspect-Emperor.
Praised by fans and critics worldwide, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature. With The Great Ordeal, Bakker presents the long-anticipated third volume of The Aspect-Emperor, a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story.
As Fanim war drums beat just outside the city, Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace for her missing son, Kelmomas. Meanwhile, and many miles away, Esmenet's husband's Great Ordeal continues its epic march farther north. But in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect-Emperor's decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences even he couldn't have foreseen. And deep in Ishual, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth than when he set out.
The Aspect-Emperor series follows Bakker's Prince of Nothing saga, returning to the same world 20 years later. The Great Ordeal follows The Judging Eye and The White-Luck Warrior and delivers the first half of the conclusion to this epic story. Returning to Bakker's richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, The Aspect-Emperor continues to set the bar for the fantasy genre, reaching new heights of intricacy and meaning.
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Love the series, I think Orton is great. I just don't understand how Bakker and his team don't insure that whomever narrates, pronounces all the weird names and places the same from book to book. Unfortunately, even the same narrator who read the previous several novels, changes the pronunciation from book to book. Even the main characters. (WTH is "Kell hoose?! ")
Kevin Orton is a decent narrator, not as good as David DeVries, but after two book (40+ hours) suddenly many names are being pronounced differently. Not only are they different from the other two books he read but he changes during the book. It's super frustrating. Pick a thing!
I'll add my voice to the chorus and say the reading was annoying. He needs to decide how to pronounce the names. He's read two other books in the series. Take five seconds and figure it out.
Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.
I think Bakker fairly demands it. This is not a book you will be able to absorb in one sitting.
Sorweel's descent through Ishteribenth, the final confrontations, just everything with Dagliash... good stuff.
I suppose so. He obviously has an expressive voice and can bring real drama to the characters, but his inconsistent pronunciation of names was distracting. He definitely phoned this one in, which is odd, because he's narrated other books in the series. I certainly think the book would benefit from a better narrator, someone along the quality lines of Simon Vance or Michael Page.
I would not. I mean, there's not a theater one that would touch it.
It's better if you read it, just because Kevin Orton cannot decide how he wants to pronounce names, sometimes within the same sentence.
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