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The Warrior Prophet: The Prince of Nothing, Book Two 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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 months ago by Ann Bernard
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 10 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 14 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.
However, it is unique in its premises, and its prose is superb. Read more
So much talk and philosophy. Characters I did not care about. Interesting world, but not my style of book.Published 16 months ago by Christian Gauthier