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The Thousandfold Thought: The Prince of Nothing, Book Three [Hardcover]

R. Scott Bakker , R. Scott Baker
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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31 Jan 2006 Prince of Nothing

All opposition to the man once derided as the Prince of Nothing has vanished or been vanquished. Their leaders slain, the heathen Fanim have fled in disarray. One final march will bring the Holy War to the fabled city of Shimeh. But so very much has changed.

Anasurimbor Kellhus, the Warrior-Prophet, now leads the Men of the Tusk. The cuckolded sorcerer Achamian serves as his tutor, betraying his school to keep safe the man he believes can prevent the Second Apocalypse. The Scylvendi barbarian, Cnaiur, succumbs finally to madness. The Consult, sensing the endgame of millennia of planning, work frantically to prepare for the coming of the No-God.

The final reckoning is at hand. Faceless assassins will strike in the dead of night. Kings and Emperors will fall. The sorcerous Schools will be unleashed. And Anasurimbor Kellhus will at last confront his father and the dread revelation of the Thousandfold Thought.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (31 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585677051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585677054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,182,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the shattering climax to Canadian author Bakker's magnificent fantasy saga (after 2005's The Warrior-Prophet), the Holy War army has finally reached the gates of the holy city of Shimeh. The warrior-prophet, Anasûrimbor Kellhus, learns that the Thousandfold Thought, a great "transition rule" that promises to transform the two warring faiths of Inrithism and Fanimry, offers the only way to bring peace to the world of Eärwa and avoid a Second Apocalypse. Amid all the bloodshed and battle, Kellhus continues to respect his friend, the sorcerer Drusas Achamian, despite the conflict that arises when Kellhus takes "the whore Esmenet," hitherto Achamian's woman, as his consort. Esmenet's wavering love between the two men lends poignancy and personal depth to an epic story notable for its lack of melodrama. A large and varied supporting cast of heroes and scoundrels add further emotional realism. The Prince of Nothing trilogy is a work of unforgettable power. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

The Thousandfold Thought concludes with a tour-de-force set piece in which Bakker cuts back and forth between the battle for Shimeh - which must count as among the greatest descriptions of sorcery in war ever recorded - and each of his main characters as (Readers will be grateful for the Encyclopedic Glossary, a nearly 100-page-long treasure trove of essential information about everyone and everything in The Prince of Nothing. An absorbing read in its own right, it's an indispensable reference guide for vo)

REALMS OF FANTASY ('Few fantasies come more apocalyptic than R Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing sequence')

THE GUARDIAN; ('[R. Scott Bakker is a] class act like George R. R. Martin, or his fellow Canadians Steven Erikson and Guy Gavriel Kay. . .very impressive.') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The epic conclusion to the acclaimed Prince of Nothing trilogy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A final culmination - intelligently done 20 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
The final book of the trilogy, and like the Tolkien that inspired it, the final instalment is the finest.

Many reviewers seem to have missed the fact that destruction of Evil (the Consult) is not the point or intent for the Warrior Prophet who leads the holy war. This trilogy will be lost on the reader looking for a good vs. bad slugfest. The reader that wants to follow a cast of deeply constructed characters, and enjoys the build-up of characters with immense potential for power, will enjoy this series and the final payoff.

Bakker presents the reader with a violent reality, following characters that are broken and remade over chapters to create a cast that is as subtly beautiful and terrible as the desert they travel through. This is not light reading. This is a novel that demands your attention and rewards you for your efforts with the explosive conclusion in the final third of the book.

For readers of the previous novels wondering if this is worth it, it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy end to an amazing trilogy 21 July 2010
Format:Paperback
I've seen many of the other negative reviews of this book and frnakly I don't understand them. 'The Thousandfold thought' isn't much harder to read than either 'The Darkness that comes before' or 'The Warrior Prophet' and it definitely isn't as dark and depressing as 'The Warrior Prophet' as Kehllus' power amongst some of the characters weaken with one seeing right through him in the end. So why all the negative reviews? I've come to the conclusion that those who give the book such negative reviews didn't like the other two books in the series and so should never have bought the third book in the first place or that by the time that got round to reading 'The Thousandfold thought' they'd forgotten all about the previous two books and so didn't understand it.

The book itself is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction subverting many of the conventions of the genre, tying up many of the storylines in the previous two books and yes leaving a few cliffhangars because in a series as in epic like this I doubt you could tie up all the storylines in three books without making it seem rushed.
Achamian -one of my favourite characters- finally comes into his own in this book and the Seswatha flashbacks which I've always found to be one of the most fascinating parts of R Scott Bakker's books are even more interesting in this book than the previous two. Many of the questions about Kehllus and his father are answered in this book and the Scylevandi also like Achamian comes into his own; we see the effects of many of the events and decisions made in the second book including some that we would never have thought of and its rare to see such a realistic and gritty storyline in any fantasy book.

In short If you liked the previous two books you'll probably love 'The Thousandfold Thought' regardless of what other reviewers have been saying and If you like rich, detailed and innovative fantasy series' you'll definitely love 'The Prince of Nothing' Trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying 15 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
I have really enjoyed parts of Bakker's series. Some of his writing is deep, introspective, intelligent, well written and a great support to the main plot, but in this particular book, he has climbed deep into his back-end for the most part, torturing the reader with many, many pages at a time of introspectively banality for the sake of introspective banality. If there was a plot, I either missed it, or got so bored that I gave up caring about it anyway.

I am disappointed. The first book in the series was so different to the stuff I was reading at the time, and so very enjoyable, with subtle fantasy and intellectual content, that I was even willing to overlook the abysmal and childish idea for how magicians do their thing. But such patience and forgiveness has ran out with this effort.

If I were him, I would give up on this series and try to get back to basics on a new series with new world dynamics, or at least turn down the psychology student approach on this series, and get back to elements of psychology that support a decent plot with quality characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great finale 27 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bakker delivers on his promise with an excellent finale to the "Prince of Nothing" series. Expect plenty of twists an revelations that lead to even more questions as the Holy war finally descends upon it's final destination and Kellhus gets to confront his father. The characters still provide the best moments in the book with Cnaiur still being simultaneously brutal yet sympathetic (his meetings with Conphas and Moenghus for example) and a glimmer of hope is seen in the relationship between Achamian and Esmenet which rectifies some of the issues I had with the previous book.
With the first "act" completed (althought the end of the trilogy, there are more to come), Bakker's fantasy epic is easily at the top of the pile out of all the GRRM - style fantasy authors of the past decade.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars After Warrior - The Thought May Disappoint... 26 April 2006
By Philzee VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Okay - so we all know that the first book - The Darkness That Comes Before - was a metaphorical slap in the face that woke us all up from the generic, linear fantasy of recent years. Then along came The Warrior-Prophet which, in my opinion, was a literary masterpiece. So, with this in mind, my expectation for TTT was huge. This may account for my utter disappointment with the third story, but I can't help but feel that the story is inferior to what has come before it.

All of the ingredients are there: the Holy War finally makes it to the Holy City of Shimeh, there to reclaim what the heathen have abused. Kellhus and Cnaiur come face to face with their quarry in a war of words that would boggle the mind of Einstein. And good old Achamian, much abused, jilted and misunderstood, faces his nightmares of the First Apocalypse whilst he struggles to warm the cold shoulder his beloved Esmi shows him. Mix all of these up and you should have a satisfying conclusion (or at least extension, if this turns out not to be the last book) to the story. But for me it just fell flat. Way too much proselytizing and internal conflicts that obviously make sense and add depth to the characters in the mind of Mr Bakker, but just come off as a confusing and annoying to the reader. I read and re-read paragraph after paragraph to try and get the meaning of the internal struggles of all and sundry and just ended up completely frustrated.

I'm sure the story has tension, I'm certain the Consult get what they deserve, and I'm positive the No-God gets his well deserved comeuppance, it's just that I couldn't understand most of the cryptic fits of excellence the book has to describe them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff
An excellent continuation of a brilliant series
Published 1 month ago by Alex Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excelent read
Published 1 month ago by Sean OTreasaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great finish to a great trilogy
What the title says basically. Thoroughly enjoyed the series and I found the characters compelling, not at all one dimensional and I found the ending satisfying.
Published 14 months ago by numbnuts
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled and unsatisfactory conclusion
After thoroughly enjoying the epic scale and harrowing exploits of the Holy War in the opening two volumes of R Scott Bakkers Prince of Nothing series, I found the final volume to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Matt B
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the end.
This has been a good series, even though it can drag slightly with the discussions between Kelhus and his cuckold wizard. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by JS
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but not great.
This is a good read with most of the conflicts from the previous book being resolved and a lot of things explained. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2008 by plot hound
2.0 out of 5 stars Deathblow to the series
The series started off brilliantly with the first book (which took years to write), but then deteriorated with the second and third book (which was written in the spate of two... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by High Water
2.0 out of 5 stars what is the thousandfold thought?
Very very disappointing end to the prince of nothing trilogy. Sparse dialogue and confusing references to names,places and events from the first apocalypse made this a hard read. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2007 by redbrix
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfactory
I finished reading the trilogy, but will admit that it was an effort. The unremitting gloom continues into this third tome, but is compounded by a miserable, anitclimactic ending. Read more
Published on 18 July 2007 by MKJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Having enjoyed the first two books I really looked forward to this one. However this was a serious let down. Read more
Published on 18 July 2007 by asjeff
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