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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.
This is the one character that seems to resonate the most with what we like to consider as a "good man", a person that we can relate to.
I will say you need patience to read the book as it sometimes seems the author is delving too far into something that doesn't really need to be explained.
Bakker creates an incredible world, and populates it full of characters with such reality and intellectual history as to be staggeringly fascinating.
Pure torture... The title of book three, "The Thousandfold Thought" might be the best way to describe this series, because this is all you get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter
As many have written before, I really wanted to like this book. As others have stated in one fashion or another, I absolutely HATED it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hexslinger
I got really into this book, but then couldn't finish it. There are some very interesting ideas, but also some very unrealistic (in terms of human nature) ones. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Lister
I rarely write a review, but if I can save someone else the agony I've gone through with this trilogy, well, I feel a sense of duty. I read. A lot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by julie
Great book...the best book I have read in a really long time. I don't throw this spring lightly, but "The Darkness that Comes Before" is up there with "A Song of Ice and Fire" and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Moonbiter
I don't think I can really top, or explain, any positive review that's already been written, but I felt a need to write a review and rate this book 5 stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marky
I read all 3 books of this trilogy. Although the author teases the reader with hints of interesting things to come, after reading all 3 books, you are left with no answers at all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by cottercat
I hope that this review will appear early on in someone's search for an honest opinion of this series. It is actually horrible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shaun
Alright, first some thoughts about this specific book, and then I'll give some thoughts about the entire series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric H