The Prince Of Nothing

by R. Scott Bakker

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Book 56 of 255 in the Best Fantasy Series
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Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth—it's language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals—the kind of all-embracing universe that has thrilled readers of Stephen R Donaldson and George R.R. Martin.It's a world scarred by an acopalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Travelling among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus—part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence—from lands long thought dead. The Darkness that Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.With this stunning debut, R. Scott Bakker is poised to become one of the next great fantasy writers of his generation. The Darkness that Comes Before proves again that epic fantasy can be intelligent, majestic, and terrifying.

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3 comments
Bill S. | 2015-10-04 01:28:22
As this was one of my first forays into the fantasy genre beyond Dungeons and Dragons Dragonlance novels I read as a youth, I was blown away. The mature writing, philosophy, themes, violence and power of this trilogy was a welcome shock and provided a newfound appreciation and desire to begin reading again for enjoyment. Thank you R. Scott Bakker!
Anonymous | 2015-10-27 02:24:56
philosophy... id rather read a fantasy book, who want to read someone"s ideology for entertainment!
Anonymous | 2015-11-24 08:40:59
I had very mixed feelings about this series. Things I loved: his writing style, the way magic worked, the world-building. Things I did not like: a great many of the characters were hard to like -- not in the 'gray characters' sense... they almost all just came across as unlikeable people, with only one notable exception. The other thing is that I thought the first 2.5 books were outstanding, only to crash and burn at the end. It's not the way that the story itself ended that upset me (you can figure out where it's heading by early in book 3). What bugged me is that after the travel-tale pacing of most of the series, the ending felt horribly rushed, cluttered, and sloppy. And there was no reason for it -- there was plenty of space within both page and story to work with to create a better flow. It almost felt like the last half of book 3 was just slopped together in a hurry with minimal editing, to get it to the publisher on time or something. Ultimately, it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I was kind of disappointed to have spent so much time on it, only to be so let down at the finish.
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