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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.
The author's background in philosophy adds some fascinating dimensions to this book, and you can't quibble with the world building. Read morePublished 11 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
An adult fantasy novel written to be mulled over and thought about.
A thought provoking, mind bending read which changes your prospective on what can be accomplished in... Read more
I just recently finished the third book in the trilogy...almost too fast. I was generally impressed with the quality of Bakker's work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Ferguson
Great writing and character development. Look forward to reading the next one. Up there with Martin. Yet the style is Bakker's own.Published 4 months ago by Todd F. Gaines
Very different indeed. I enyoyed this triology as much as the first time a read it. It is very well written, has a good pace, credible characters. A classic if you ask me.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What starts out slow and very confusing, turned into a very interesting story. This book is definitely for someone who likes the intricate and multi layered story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darren McGowan