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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.
Apparently five stars is "I love it!", so it must be five stars, because oh lord do I love it. Once upon a time, I was gifted this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Justin H.
Good story but too many characters and factions. Couple that with all the names being hard to read (I couldn't imagine trying to read this out loud to anyone, even though the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Katherine Greenberg
After a slow beginning the book reveals it's unique perspective through the intriguing Kellhus and the unassuming Duras. Read morePublished 2 months ago by buzkie
I'm a huge science fiction and fantasy fan and I recommend that everyone read this book.Published 2 months ago by General Xy
Takes about 200 pages than it is worth the time
I enjoyed this book. It is very intriguing. It is unlike any book I've read
The author's background in philosophy adds some fascinating dimensions to this book, and you can't quibble with the world building. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy Vance
This was a tough read. I started and stopped multiple times. My friend kept pushing me to finish. Well, I finally did, and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jared
Pretentious, overwrought crap. After a promising prologue, the book plops you in the middle of a vast ocean of fantasy names, places, religions, factions and gods with little to no... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James A. Quirk
If you grew up on fantasy then lost interest because the genre didn't seem to grow with you, well this is the series to get you back. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer