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The White Luck Warrior: The Aspect-Emperor Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Scott Bakker
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Book Description

A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasûrimbor Kellhus rules all the three seas, the first true aspect-emperor in a thousand years.

As Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend.

Into this tumult walks the White Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World’s making . . .


Editorial Reviews

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"A fine example of the new anti-epic fiction at its best . . . This is one of the more brilliant pieces of writing that you're liable to read for a long time." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer



"Bakker has been praised by fans and critics around the world for his thoughtful, complex and meticulously detailed world, his colorful and credible characters, and his deviously intriguing, action-packed plotting." — Globe and Mail



"One of the major-league fantasy releases of 2011, the highly awaited The White-Luck Warriorby Scott Bakker . . . Nobody can deny the powerful nature of those books . . . Overall [Bakker's books have] enriched the potential of the fantasy genre quite a lot." — Fantasy Book Critic

Review

"A fine example of the new anti-epic fiction at its best . . . This is one of the more brilliant pieces of writing that you're liable to read for a long time."
(--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

)

"Bakker has been praised by fans and critics around the world for his thoughtful, complex and meticulously detailed world, his colorful and credible characters, and his deviously intriguing, action-packed plotting."
(--Globe and Mail

)

"One of the major-league fantasy releases of 2011, the highly awaited The White-Luck Warriorby Scott Bakker . . . Nobody can deny the powerful nature of those books . . . Overall [Bakker's books have] enriched the potential of the fantasy genre quite a lot."
(--Fantasy Book Critic

)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1843 KB
  • Print Length: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UFTY4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bakker keeps getting better April 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover
R Scott Bakker turns in a compelling page turner with The White Luck Warrior. The book pounds across a continent, rapidly and propulsively driving the story and overall plot forward while revealing tantalizing and sometimes shocking new aspects of his world. A massive amount happens to the three main plot lines of the book. Akka and the Skin Eaters slog at a mighty pace to the Coffers of Sauglish; betrayals, twists and turns of alliances are their constant companion. The Great Ordeal hurtles northwest into the heart of the Consult, laying waste to millions of enemy Sranc, who are far more clever and organized and fearsome a foe than has yet been revealed. And Esmenet rules a kingdom collapsing as she faces gathering attacks against the empire's borders and a crisis of confidence within. Her children are fascinating, sociopathic, terrifying monsters; naturally it is compelling to read about such devious characters. And the gods themselves, blind to the threat of the Consult, take arms against the Kellhus dynasty as they set their warriors--including the titular one--against the Emperor, Empress and their Empire.

The prose is stunning, Bakker has improved as a writer with every single book, and this book maintains the incredibly high quality of his writing and storytelling. Bakker continues the restrained level of philosophizing he introduced in The Judging Eye. Bakker's first series, the Prince of Nothing, is infamous for the density of its talking heads and abstract graduate level philosophy debates that go on between characters. In this series, Bakker has dialed this Herbert-like exploration of ideas back to a more manageable level of background noise.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel! May 2, 2011
Format:Hardcover
As was the case with The Judging Eye two years ago, I would like to thank R. Scott Bakker for giving me the opportunity to be the first reviewer to get a crack at The White-Luck Warrior. Usually, I refuse to read books on my computer screen because it makes my eyes bleed. But for the second installment in The Aspect-Emperor trilogy, I was happy to oblige!

Here's the blurb:

As Anasūrimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend. Into this tumult walks the White-Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World's making ...

The White-Luck Warrior is a story filled with heart-stopping action, devious treachery, grand passion and meticulous detail. It is both a classic quest tale and a high fantasy war story.

Given that The Judging Eye had all the hallmarks which made the first trilogy such a great reading experience, minus what many considered its shortcomings, I felt that it featured a Bakker writing at the top of his game. Still, many opined that the philosophical aspects and the inner musings were what essentially made the Prince of Nothing stand out from the rest of the SFF pack, and were thus a bit disappointed by the first volume in The Aspect-Emperor. So where does The White-Luck Warrior fit in in terms of style and tone? I would say that it is somewhat in between the Prince of Nothing and The Judging Eye. The absence of interior action, as Bakker put it, made for a much better paced novel in The Judging Eye.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Luck Warrior is what Judging Eye Should have been November 2, 2011
Format:Hardcover
First of all - I rate Bakker's The Darkness that Comes before as one of my favourite trilogies of all time.

And I have to say when Judging Eye came out I was most disillusioned. Where D.T.C.B was populated with strong characters and forboding, The Aspect Emperor seems bogged down in the petty factitions that previously formed the background of Bakker's writing but wasn't the key focus.

White Luck Warrior does improve on the Judging Eye however. More of significance happens, each of the three story arcs makes a leap worthy of a stand alone novel, even if Bakker appears to be falling into the fantasy trap of dragging his epic into more and more books.

See, I was dissapointed when the first trilogy didn't really feature much on the second apocalypse - now that Aspect Emperor chugging along, I'm feeling the same dissapointment as it becomes apparent this trilogy is merely an interlude. The revelations seem only self important, the tension feels contrived and if I hadn't enjoyed D.T.C.B then I don't think I would have related to any of the characters at all.

Of course much of this rant is due to high standards - White Luck Warrior is high powered fantasy, highly recommended and I still can't wait for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Depressing, in a good way November 12, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Spoilers:

The White-Luck Warrior is Bakker at the top of his game. It is book 5 in the overall Second Apocalypse series and is book 2 in the Aspect Emperor trilogy. It is not for casual readers. OK, now that that's out of the way, lets begin.

The book has 4 main story arcs. First: Acha, Mimara and the Skin Eaters survived (well a few of them did) Cil-Aujas and are in the sranc infested forest known as the Mop. The slog slowly becomes more and more desperate and their numbers grow ever smaller. Cleric begins dispensing Qirri- a mysterious drug that allows the band to survive the pace their journey requires but that still begins to destroy the parties sanity. Lots of other horrible things happen to the company but Acha no longer cares about anything or anyone except reaching the Coffers and then Ishual. The book ends with exactly that.

The Second story arc: The Great Ordeal continues its march to Golgotterath. Sorweel is torn between his hatred of the Anasurimbor family and the facts that keep proving their Great Ordeal is no hoax. The Goddess Yatwer has chosen Sorweel to be her instrument and she continues to help him gain prestige and even to fool the Anasurimbors into believing he has become a convert. All this to position him so that he may kill them. * A large part of me wonders if Kellhus was ever deceived by Yatwer and Sorweel or if he knows exactly what Sorweel feels but he pretends not to to draw Yatwer out somehow? Anyways, Sorweel is the main POV for the Great Ordeal. The story ends with the Nonmen of Isterebinth sending an embassy to meet with Kellhus and discuss joining the Great Ordeal. As part of the deal, Kellhus agrees to send 3 royal hostages and Sorweel is chosen to be among them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sustained across the series of books by great writing, plot twists and...
A rich and thought provoking world, sustained across the series of books by great writing, plot twists and exceptionally evil villains.
Published 2 months ago by Bexley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite authors did not disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by Ironguy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the first trilogy more
Published 5 months ago by A M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely sublime
nothing compares, in the genre, to the work of Bakker.
superbly written. cannot wait for the ending of this second trilogy,that turns Asoiaf in a soap opera.
Published 6 months ago by Bordeaux Dogue
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe that this book is one of the best of the serie
I believe that this book is one of the best of the serie. While the referances to philosophical arguments are still important, this is more balanced and introduces more action than... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Genius; so much so in his penchant for descriptive artistry, it becomes difficult at times to picture in the mind's eye(laborious at the least). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clint Callaway
4.0 out of 5 stars What a slog!
This has to be the best book of the whole series.( including the darkness books) . I felt this book had a lot of plot instead of to much word building. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dmcgowan
5.0 out of 5 stars best yet!!
Excellent series. Highly innovative -- immersive world building. Can't put them down. Waiting with bated breath for the next installation in the series.
Published 10 months ago by D
3.0 out of 5 stars weathered peach
Urgh.....good wrap up of characters great cliff hangers.....

Now for the love of Chipmunk and squirrel, hurry up and release the next books!!!!
Published 11 months ago by d.p.
5.0 out of 5 stars another great entry
Since Thousand Fold Thought I gave enjoyed Bakkers writing. The Aspect Emperor series is another strong series. Great characters and a compelling plot.
Published 13 months ago by Jonathan Foerster
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