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  • Series: The Prince of Nothing (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook TP (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590201191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590201190
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hawkinson VINE VOICE on January 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am shocked to see how dim witted some people can be when trying to read a book. They fail to look to the time trying to be portrayed and the roles that are evoked, and instead attempt to place a modern day contemporary point of view. Does this not go against fantasy all together?

Anyway, again, I am utterly amazed at this book. The first book was good, well written and good character interaction, but I didn't think it great. This book, on the other hand, adds to the first book and surpases it. I couldn't put the book down, not wanting to stop. Bakker ties in history (the crusades, obvioulsy, come to mind) with the fantasy aspect of otherworldy things (such as the Schools). This is the making of a great writer, one who can tie in what we know with what we don't and be able to make it one continuous believable story.

Again, I have only a petty complaint (same series, obvioulsy the same complaint), and that is that he attempts to make the names and places sound so foreign in order to bring you into the fantasy. I don't think it is necessary to distract that much from our contemporary lives, and, in fact, sometimes the names and places are distracting.

Again, one petty complaint for a book that is the best I have read in a long time. As Jordan and Goodkind fail to produce books worthy to mention, the gap needed to be filled next to Martin and Williams. Bakker stepped in at a wonderful time and I can't wait for the next book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Jantz on August 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book will force its way into your head and refuse to leave. I finished it a few days ago, and some of the more memorable words/phrases -- "Thousandfold Thought," "Golgotterath," "secret of battle" -- kept coming into my mind, forcing me to think about the events. The characters, though not always likeable, definitely resonate (I'll have trouble forgetting Kellhus, Achamian, Cnaiur, or any of the others.) The fantastic elements are unique, the world-building is on par with anything else I've read, and there's even some humor worked into the text (dark humor, as the subject matter demands, but humor nonetheless.)

One warning: reading these books have killed my taste for lower quality fantasy. This is good stuff!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Robertson on September 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let me preface this review by saying - 1) I loved the first book in the series, gave it five stars and thought it was not only well written but quite original, with new and complex characters and themes and 2) I will be reading the next book in the series. That said, the best I can say of this installment is that it was inconsistent. Unfortunately I found a great deal of it repetitive and boring. I guess my best analogy is that Bakker is like the lawyer who cleverly forces the witness into a damning admission and instead of saying "Your honor the prosecution rests," continues questioning to the point where the jury is unimpressed and the witness has been able to repair his credibility. Bakker seems intent on beating us about the face and neck with the characters' flaws, gives them little in the way of redeeming qualities and does all this while dragging us slogging through a depressing and squalid environment. His writing skill is such that I felt at the end that I had been dragged through the desert with the characters, but unfortunately I was also fed up with them. How many times, in how many ways, do I need to be reminded of the characteristics of a character before he thinks I get it? I also believe that because so much was made of their negative characteristics, characters who in the first book were real and complex became simple and one-dimensional. Maybe it was poorly edited, but in my view this second installment was too long and although it had its moments, in the end it flattened out what was a complex world and a set of complex characters.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By newyork2dallas on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book of what Bakker envisions will be the first of two consecutive trilogies in his fictional world of Earwa; the first was also in the 500-600 page range, so know what you're getting into.

The set-up is a more complex rendition of standard fantasy fiction fare: Two thousand years ago the ultimate evil, Mog-Pharau the No-God, walked the earth and created an Apocalypse that halted only because of the power of Seswatha the sorcerer and Anasurimbor Celmonas, wielder of a great talisman, the Heron Spear.

Presently, the Apocalypse is a distant memory and the secret cabal of magi (The Consult) who plot the return of the No-God and use the demonically lustful skin-spies as soldiers, is a child's ghost story to all people except the Mandate Schoolmen -- a sorcerous group who are the heirs to Seswatha. The "schools" of sorcery are divided such that the Mandate possesses sorcerous knowledge that the other schools seek, but which only the Mandate can be trusted to use.

The lands themselves are divided into two main religious groups, the polytheistic Inrithri and the monotheistic Fanim, whose names derive from their prophets. The Inrithri beliefs are a polyglot of Muslim, Catholic, Hindu and even some Judaic lore. The Fanim are essentially unexplained, but most closely resemble Crusades-era Muslims. The Inrithri "pope" calls for a holy war against the Fanim, and that war is the near-exclusive backdrop of this book.

Bakker is a philosophy doctoral candidate, and it shows. He also ruminates about religion. The semi-subversive theological question Bakker asks in this series is: what would have happened if an impure Jesus (put aside the potential contradiction of that characterization) hijacked the Crusades?
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