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The Warrior Prophet: The Prince of Nothing, Book Two Paperback – September 2, 2008

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Book 2 of 3 in the Prince of Nothing Series

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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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'[R. Scott Bakker is a] class act like George R. R. Martin, or his fellow Canadians Steven Erikson and Guy Gavriel Kay. He gets right away from the 'downtrodden youth becoming king' aspect of epic fantasy in his very impressive first novel - The Darkness That Comes Before. No clunky analogy of medieval Europe here. Odd, fascinating characters in a world full of trouble and sorcery.' "10 Authors to Watch," SFX Magazine '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 unconvetional series in the Tolkien mold.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Prince of Nothing (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590201191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590201190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Just like the first one, this is such a great book. Couldn't put it down, and it stayed on my thoughts all day.

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.
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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 take up pages.
The best I can hope for this book is that religious people read it and it opens their eyes to some of the absurdness of their religious beliefs and histories. It blatantly rips off many religious texts.
I would rather read an abridged version I think.
The plot overall, the fantasy and detailed logic of it, is interesting and fun most of the time, but is too much at times.
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So, yeah, more good stuff. Really, I should just leave it at that since I lack the vocabulary to truly express how soul absorbing I find Mr. Bakker’s writing. I have a spot bookmarked close to the beginning of “The Warrior Prophet” where Akka, whom I think of as the main protagonist, struggles out of his pitiful tent after another sleepless night that leaves him so hopeless of mind and trembling of body he feels as if – “… he stood upon the very lip of the world, that if it tipped by the slightest measure, he would be cast into an endless black.” This sort of descriptive quality leaves me feeling wholly inadequate and unworthy of leaving a review.

Still, here I am, stumbling my way through as best I can.

In short, the story isn’t overly complicated. It’s a fantasy telling of a crusade, a retaking of the holy land by one group of religious fanatics from another. Like the crusades from our world, great tragedy follows in its footsteps. Men are able to rationalize the most awful of crimes when they feel entitled by their belief system. If you’re looking for a clear cut good guys vs. bad guys story, this isn’t it. The loss of life from battle, disease, terrain and just plain stupidity is daunting and very believable.

Yet within the tapestry of this enormous war, there are individuals who shape or are shaped by the events they endure. Within the center of all that occurs is Akka (Drusas Achamian), a man both humble and almost godlike in power. He is torn by what he desires, what he feels is right, and what is his duty. He relives the past every night and dreads what the future holds. He questions everything he does and suffers terribly knowing he could be dooming the world if he makes a single error. It’s a wonder he hangs on to his sanity at all.
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I stumbled on to this series by chance. As a reader of complex sci/fi and fantasy, I enjoy deliving deep into a story, getting to know the characters, understanding their world, etc. The Prince of Nothing series offers that in spades.
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.
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