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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.
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 3 days 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 8 days 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 2 months ago by jacques
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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Justin H.