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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.
Like a Frank Hurbert of Dune, Bakker leverages a deep understanding of history, politics, and religion to animate realistic motivations of this layered and fantastical story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Richard Karas
The first half of the book wandered and didn't immediately suck me in, but as the world opened up and the plot unfolded I found it harder and harder to put down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. Holtschulte
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 months ago by buzkie
I'm a huge science fiction and fantasy fan and I recommend that everyone read this book.Published 6 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