- Series: Aspect-Emperor (Book 2)
- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reprint edition (May 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590208161
- ISBN-13: 978-1590208168
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The White-Luck Warrior: Book Two (Vol. 2) (Aspect-Emperor) Paperback – May 29, 2012
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About the Author
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, and The Great Ordeal. He lives in London, Ontario.
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Not so with this book. Epic. Loved it. If you have liked any of these 5 books, you should have no problem loving this book. It has everything that has made this a unique and interesting fantasy series. Act 3 is as good as anything I've read. All three story lines were epic. The Great Ordeal-epic battles, struggles (internal and external), death, dust, despair. Kellhus was far more interesting, though not in much of the story. Esmenet - far far far more interesting story line with her, her insane children, Maithanet and the capital. Achamian-the best of all three. Interesting the entire way with an (word overuse warning) EPIC ending. Loved this book. Enjoyed every moment.
This second volume of The Aspect Emperor series has all the dilemmas and intrigue of the first and the characters we've come to enjoy. We're fully into the war against the enemy (with the Consult, and Sranc galore) and it is a pleasure to read. Bakker's descriptive powers are second to none, and the ambiguity about the Aspect Emperor's motives make the whole thing deliciously suspenseful.
We continue with Sorweel and his wrestling with self-doubt, Mimara and her confrontations with elements of the Consult and deepening understanding of the Judging Eye, the Great Ordeal and their conflict against the Sranc, and Esmenet and her challenges navigating the corridors of power as Empress. It's all presented with an eye to deeper themes about intention, manipulation, and self-discovery. Although integral, never do the ideas get in the way of the story, which is told with Bakker's deep narrative and descriptive skill. He has a gift.
Here's hoping the final volume of this trilogy can deliver on this incredible setup. The whole world teeters on the edge of disaster. I wouldn't be surprised if the author nudges it over, just to watch the whole thing shatter to pieces. It will make for yet more terrific late night reading sessions.
Kellhus' Great Ordeal has finally moved out of range of its grand supply lines, and now marches toward a teeming, seething, endless horde of Sranc. Sorweel is continually torn between his new ties with Yatwer, the Goddess of Birth, and his increasing appreciation for Kellhus' cause.
Meanwhile, Achamian, Mimara and the Skin-Eaters progress on their mad journey to the Library of Sauglish, as they are driven to a mad pace by Captain Ironsoul and his Nomman companion. Revelations abound as they approach the Library, where one of the series' absolute high points takes place.
This book has truly set the scene for a dramatic upheaval in the upcoming Unholy Consult book. What grave events will set the stage for the final trilogy in the Second Apocalypse series?? I look forward to finding out!
This book is wonderfully written and full of interesting twists.
***Contains spoilers beyond this point****
Esmenet hires an assassin to kill Maithanet and just when the two recognize their misunderstandings of one another and try to reconcile, Maithanet is murdered. Here we see just how fully power and Kellhus' manipulating words have corrupted Esmenet. Immediately Esmenet is "speaking oil" to curry favor with the onlookers and saying that Kellhus ordered Maithanet's death. She does not shed one tear for her brother-in-law; instead she puts on her mask and acts the roll of Empress. It will be interesting to see how the empire holds together without Maithanet helping to advise.
Oh, and what about Kelmomas. Isn't he a very talented, gifted little boy? So loveable and innocent, not capable of harm? Well, maybe not. He has turned into a homicidal, evil genius who is hiding in the palace and living off his victims. Meanwhile, Esmenet and Mimara think he's the only child capable of love. Boy, I can't wait to see their reaction when they find out the truth. I don't know if Esmenet will be able to survive the news, especially if she finds out that Kelmomas murdered Sammi.
The last shocking revelation: Mimara carries Achamian's child. Now that puts a strain on things. Achamian loves Esmenet. Esmenet's child is Mimara. Achamian views Mimara as his child. A little incestuous I'd say. Again I'm very curious to see Esmenet's reaction; not that she has any right to be mad after her betrayal. I still wonder how things will end.
Ok and I have to mention Kellhus and the Men of the Ordeal. Things don't look good on that front. They seem to be losing the war, despite Kellhus' best efforts. Kellhus' origins still remain shrouded in mystery. Here's my guess and it is only a guess, so don't hold me accountable. I believe Kellhus might have been created by the consult and the great twist will be he--master of all and great manipulator--was manipulated himself into thinking he was helping to defeat the consult. I could be wrong but that's my guess.
Go read the book. It is fantastic. Bakker remains a master of fantasy. I can't wait till the last book comes out.
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It can get pretty graphic, this is definitely not your kid's fantasy story.