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The Darkness that Comes Before is a strong, impressive, deeply imagined debut novel. However, this first book of an epic fantasy series is not accessible; it reads like a later volume of a complicated ongoing series. Author R. Scott Bakker has created a world that is very different from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, yet in depth of development comes closer than most high-fantasy worlds. In addition to providing five appendices, Bakker attempts to make his complex world clear to readers by filling the prologue and opening chapters with the names of characters, gods, cities, tribes, nations, religions, factions, and sorcerous schools. For many readers, this approach will have the opposite effect of clarity. It's like demonstrating snowflake structure with a blizzard. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grim, gritty characters without any typical good guys. Lots of travel and many small groups of slowly converging characters. Well written militaristic elements. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rip Shrecker
This book starts slowly but is the beginning of an epic adventure that is majestic in its unraveling.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sdub
Too many unfamiliar names for people and things made me spend my time wondering who is who and what ia what more than enjoying the story.Published 1 month ago by Gannon
Mr Bakker is a phenomenally good writer and his intellect shines through in a most appealing way. The story is original and epic in scope, and the world he has created may not be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is definitely not a quick or easy read, but an armchair late night experience - the experience is worth the effort.Published 4 months ago by it's okay
It's funny how many of the 1-star reviews think Robert Jordan is a good writer. That's probably a good litmus test for whether you'll hate this or love it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Xtofyr
I am posting my thoughts on the 3 books in the series. Afterall it reads as 1 story spread over 3 books.
This is not light reading. Read more
Loved this book the first time around, halfway through a second read now and it's still great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes the fantasy genre.Published 5 months ago by kyle Duncan
Horrible author. I read the rave reviews and made the mistake of purchasing all three. Do not buy anything from this author and now I will always question ratings from Steven... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jacques