- Series: The Prince of Nothing, Book Two (Book 2)
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: The Overlook Press (September 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590201191
- ISBN-13: 978-1590201190
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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R. Scott Bakker is a student of literature, history, philosophy, and ancient languages. His previous books include the Prince of Nothing trilogy: The Darkness that Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought. The Aspect-Emperor series is a sequel series that includes The Judging Eye, The White-Luck Warrior, The Great Ordeal, and The Unholy Consult. He lives in London, Ontario.
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The premise of a frictional world where varying types of magic are contained in insular 'schools' and not shared with other schools is interesting. Add to that the adaptation of a more recent religious fervor that condems magic as blasphemy, and you get a great frictional universe to run a story in. Set against a backdrop of a forgotten war from thousands of years ago against evil so black it can read like a horror story, you can feel the frustration of the single school that remembers the war (through nightly dreams in which the relive part of it) and tries to not only watch for the signs it will occur again, but tries to warn everyone of the potential. The characters are well developed and have all the strengths and weaknesses of real people. There is no clear cut 'good'. Instead the frailities and weaknesses of the characters involved help drive the book in ways you do not always expect. Warrior Prophet is the second book in the series. You should start with the first, as it will help you truly understand the individuals involved in the outstanding fantasy series.
The characters here are well-written, and each has their own personality. Some of the one-off characters are a bit odd in that they are often given context that you later discover was meaningless. The number of kings of such and such and lords of so and so is vast, and they are nearly all just faces with no real point to their inclusion but to flesh out the world. It's a cheat, but one I don't begrudge the other considering the depth and style with which the world is represented.
Bakker is such a great writer. The characters are very well written and its easy to believe the realness of them. The story is great and keeps moving, doesn't lull or get slow. And the story takes off right from the beginning, which in my opinion can make or break a novel.
If you read the first one and liked it book two isn't going to let you down.
Devries is one of the elite narrators. There are none who could do a better job, and few who could perform as well.
Ever are men deceived.
There are some good plot twists and there are answers to some of the questions that were asked in TDTCB. Although, more questions are thought of in TWP, which I'm sure will be answered in "The Thousandfold Thought".
This is fantasy at it's best. I highly recommend this book as a follow up to TDTCB.