The Darkness that Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker's magnificent debut, drew thunderous acclaim from reviewers and fellow fantasy authors. Listeners were invited into a darkly threatening, thrillingly imaginative universe as fully realized as that of any in modern fantasy and introduced to one of the genre's great characters: the powerful warrior-philosopher Anasrimbor Kelhus, on whom the fate of a violently apocalyptic Holy War rests. Bakker's follow-up to The Darkness that Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet enticed readers further into the richly imagined world of myth, violence, and sorcery. The startling and far-reaching answers to these questions are brought into thrilling focus in The Thousandfold Thought, the conclusion to The Prince of Nothing trilogy.
Casting into question all the action that has taken place before, twisting listeners' intuitions in unforeseen directions, and remolding the fantasy genre to broaden the scope of intricacy and meaning, R. Scott Bakker has once again written a fantasy novel that defies all expectations and rewards the listener with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of fantasy literature.
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"The Prince of Nothing trilogy is a work of unforgettable power." (Publishers Weekly)
After listening to the last ten minutes I sat dumbfounded for a good five minutes. Suddenly things foreshadowed and subtle tidbits started to make sense. The tingling sensation when you realize you've just read something awesome kicked in; it continues as I write this.
I have a feeling the ending of this series could polarize readers much like the First Law Trilogy. I however loved it.
Not telling me things instead of showing me things for eight hours straight.
Not having an hour long intro with a very poor story line.
He could have used multiple tones of voice and inflection instead of being monotone.
I'm not sure whether or not this book was poor because of the presenter or the writer. It reminded me of my childhood in school when my teacher would tell me "Don't tell me show me!".
"Violent but thoughful"
This is the start of the Prince of nothing series and revolves around the character Anusurimbor Kelhus, a wandering vagabond who meets up with the last member of a barbarian tribe, Naiur Urs Skiotha. His immediate task is to track down his father who joined a sect of heretic priests in the far south.
Along the way he meets up with a prostitute and a learned schoolman and uses his preternatural powers to take over a crusade.
The narrator does a wonderful job with all the names and places and really brings the book to life.
The whole series is a bit unrelenting in it's bleakness and violence but it is an interesting take on the relationship between religion and politics, and the motivations of people in society.
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