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The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3) Hardcover – February 2, 2006
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I eagerly dove into "The Thousandfold Thought," anxious to see how Bakker was going to wrap up this announced trilogy. In some respects, the plot of "TTT" is straightforward: the otherworldly Prince of Nothing, Kellhus, has led the Holy War to the threshold of its goal -- the plains outside the city of Shimeh. What ensues is, for approximately the last 20% of the novel, a battle between invader and invaded that rivals anything since the Battle of the Pellenor Fields from Tolkien's "Return of the King." It's hard to say who is more terrifying -- Bakker's battle-hardened human soldiers or their sorcerer allies. Nobody writes a more powerful, more dazzling battle scene than Bakker, and that's high praise indeed.
But much of "TTT" is given over to metaphysical debate as Kellhus confronts his father, the sorcerer Drusas Achamian confronts the truth of Kellhus and his love for his former wife Esmemet (now Kellhus' lover), and the barbarian Cnaiur confronts his former lover and tormentor. Plus, "minor" characters plot, scheme, and kill as they seek to twist the Holy War to their own ends.
To be honest, I am not all that interested in philosophy, so much of the metaphysical stuff Bakker obviously adores was lost on me. Bakker writes it well, but I am not the correct audience.Read more ›
Unfortunately, Bakker seems to have confused his protagonist with his antagonist. Anasurimbador Kellhus, as many have noted, is an atrociously bad character. His ability to control others to a point where they become reverent of him by doing what seems to be nothing more than making them cry, pointing out their own little contradictions and shortcomings, borders on the absurd. In addition, he possesses more than a few sociopathic tendencies, harming our favorite characters as he sees fit with about two lines (in a 1000+ page series) of remorse.
This would have been all well and good; not every character needs many shortcomings, and there are sociopaths in the world. Unfortunately, Bakker made the atrocious decision to turn Kellhus into the series' protagonist, simply in how he is written and described in the narrative. Bakker chooses to try--unsuccessfully--to convince us, and, perhaps, himself, that he is one of The Good Guys, come to save our world and yadda yadda yadda.
I may read the others, but only because I hope to someday see the characters I care about take down the one I don't. I hope Bakker comes to realize, even if he continues to focus on Kellhus, how he has written him and stops trying to convince us how incredible he is.
The entire final battle scene is really just a blur in my memory. I may as well have read the words "people are fighting" hundreds and hundreds of times. Perhaps this says more about me than about the book, though.
Still, there was a bit too much of Achimian's anguish about Esmet and Kellus. Really, how many times did we need to hear how weird it was to see her with him? This was especially grating after Kellus had just ordered a massacre in a recently conqured city. No tears for the dead innocents, but lots of tears for himself.
But what I found the most unfathomable was Achimian's behavior at the end. I really can't say I understand his motivations for any of the actions he takes. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just leave it at that.
Like so many other reviewers of this book, consider me disappointed.
Unless there's more to come, what was the point of the No-God? the bird, etc. While so many other authors of epic fanatsy simply keep the story going ad-infinitum (gouging their paying public?), I looked forward to a trilogy that actually was a trilogy, but this "conclusion" without a conclusion was just as frustrating and in many ways, more disappointing.
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But how did it end? The story is fantastic, the characters are well developed and interesting. However, I was left wanting after the last words were read.Published 4 months ago by D. Fogtman
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Disappointing conclusion to a trilogy that deserved far better. In retrospect I wound not waste my time on the trilogy. A sort of '...and then they were all run over by a truck. Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. Fleming
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Lacked the interest of first book, showing only how the Prophet acted but rarely his thoughts. Ending was disappointing.Published 22 months ago by buzkie