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The Darkness That Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker
The Darkness That Comes Before
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Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth-its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and... show more
Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth-its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals-the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created unforgettably in the epic fantasies The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus-part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence-from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781585676774 (1585676772)
Publisher: Overlook TP
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
Series: The Prince of Nothing (#1)
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Brian's Book Blog
Brian's Book Blog rated it
4.0 The Darkness That Comes Before
Good debut novel by this author, following various individuals and factions as they set off for a remote corner of the world for their own ends.Each chapter is told from the point of view of just one or two characters, which helps introduce people and places slowly, and doesn't overwhelm you all at ...
Brian's Book Blog
Brian's Book Blog rated it
4.0 The Darkness That Comes Before
Good debut novel by this author, following various individuals and factions as they set off for a remote corner of the world for their own ends.Each chapter is told from the point of view of just one or two characters, which helps introduce people and places slowly, and doesn't overwhelm you all at ...
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog rated it
4.0
Bakker should have called this book "Bad Things Happening To Bad People". Okay, so that's a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, one of the weaknesses of this book was the fact that many(if not all) of the main characters are fairly hard to sympathize with. Achamian's all right, but somewhat of a...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
0.0 The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, Book 1)
I got as far as page 156 and I just don't care anymore. I'm quitting, maybe some day I'll return to it but I doubt it.
altheaann
altheaann rated it
2/13 - I'm currently on page 216 and it doesn't seem to be "getting better" yet. It's not the verbosity that's bothering me, it's the utter lack of characterization, combined with the lack of visuals. I feel like I can neither 'see' nor 'know' any of these characters. They're simply ciphers moving a...
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