The Holy War fomented by the mysterious prophet Maithanet between "the two great faiths of Inrithism and Fanimry" in The Darkness That Comes Before (2004), the critically acclaimed first book in the epic fantasy trilogy by Canadian author Bakker, explodes in this compelling, if overly long, sequel set in the medieval world of Eärwa. Like many a traditional historical chronicle, the book mentions a plethora of people and places only in passing, but the all-too-human tale of love, hatred and justice, centered on the sorcerer Drusas Achamian and the monk Anasûrimbor Kellhus (aka "the prince of nothing") and their respective harlot lady friends with hearts of gold, Esmenet and Serwë, keeps the pages turning. The final cinematic scene, of a vast landscape filled with enormous armies, nicely sets the stage for book three of this daringly unconventional series in the Tolkien mold.
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Compelling... Keeps the pages turning. The final cinematic scene, of a vast landscape filled with enormous armies, nicely sets the stage for book three of this daringly unconventional series in the Tolkien mold. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Leaves most of the competition trailing GUARDIAN --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
There is something amazing about his world and aesthetic, its the individual characters and their continual psychological domination of sex that grew tiresome. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J dub's.
This novel is a little bit harsh on the reader, and I think it is overly dense at times.
However, it is unique in its premises, and its prose is superb. Read more
So much talk and philosophy. Characters I did not care about. Interesting world, but not my style of book.Published 5 months ago by Christian Gauthier
I felt like things really fell into a smooth groove in this book. The world continued to unfold. I yelled at the characters I love when they tragically made horrible decisions, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Holtschulte
Contained enough of Kellhus's thoughts and views to make it stand out from other similar books and his rise was interesting enough to hold this bridge novel together.Published 10 months ago by buzkie
The first book was very good, but this book is fantastic. Probably the best book in the trilogy and really converted me to a Bakker fan.Published 14 months ago by Caleb Indenbaum
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 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant continuation to a complicated and compelling world of characters. The author's spellbinding weaving of story, philosophy, religion, and psychology into an epic tale... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ernest morris