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The Warrior Prophet: The Prince of Nothing, Book Two (The Prince of Nothing) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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One warning: reading these books have killed my taste for lower quality fantasy. This is good stuff!
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.
In the hands of a lesser writer, "The Darkness That Comes Before" would have been an annoyance rather than a great read, but Bakker brings the goods. A poetic style combines with the patience to only gradually reveal key details to make "The Darkness That Comes Before" a truly enjoyable journey through an original, if completely foreign, land.
In "The Warrior Prophet," Bakker hits a new high mark, as the various plots and agendas of the vast cast of characters are much clearer. The Holy War, which is essentially a medieval Crusade on steroids, is marching south towards its goal of the city of Shimeh. Being an amalgamation of forces and followers from various nations, the Holy War is plagued by in-fighting, and there is almost as much bloodshed within the Holy War as there is directed towards their hated foes.
While the nobles still lead their respective armies, it is undeniable that Anasurimbor Kellhus (the titular "Prince of Nothing") is growing in influence and is gradually becoming the de facto leader of the expedition. Kellhus, who may be even more of a demi-god in this second novel than he was in the first, continues to pursue his own agenda by seemingly coopting the agenda of the Holy War.Read more ›
The first novel, the Darkness That Comes Before, is one of the finest fantasy novels I have ever read. And the strengths of that novel return here in the Warrior Prophet. The problem is that the weaknesses of the Darkness That Comes Before also return here, but in greater force. First, the positives: Bakker has created a fascinating, unbelievably deep world. His world is incredible - it's one that I dove into and never wanted to leave. It is a cruel, harsh world that, even with the fantastical elements built into is including magic, demons, shape shifting, etc., manages to be remarkably realistic.
With a few limited (but notable) exceptions, the characters seem like real people who act according to realistic emotions, such as fear, greed, love, hatred, bitterness, and so on. Some of them, such as Cnaiur, Achamian and Esmenet, are extremely sympathetic and likable. Although the story is an analog of the Crusades, the plot is neither derivative nor, generally, predictable. And, finally, Bakker's writing is excellent. He writes snappy, believable dialog and flowing, occasionally beautiful, narrative that usually adds to the reading experience, but more importantly, never detracts from it.
My biggest complaint with the first novel of the series is the seeming infallibility of Kellhus.Read more ›
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The middle part of book 2 dragged on a bit...and I was starting to see holes in the plot line that were eventually brought back together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Bernard
As a series, it can be pretty boring at times--listing off made up names of made up people who only appear a couple times in the story but their descriptions and family histories... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Renee
This is one of the most satisfying book series I have read in years. Innovative characters, compelling plot, a fantastic and well-imagined world and thought-provoking overarching... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 8 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.
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So much talk and philosophy. Characters I did not care about. Interesting world, but not my style of book.Published 11 months ago by Christian Gauthier