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The Warrior-Prophet: Book 2 of the Prince of Nothing [Paperback]

R. Scott Bakker
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19 Jan 2006 Prince of Nothing (Book 2)

The first battle against the heathen has been won, but while the Great Names plot and squabble over the spoils, Kellhus patiently extends his influence, drawing more followers to his banner. The sorcerer Achamian and his lover, Esmenet, submit entirely, only to have their faith tested in unimaginable ways. The warrior Cnaiür falls ever deeper into madness. The skin-spies of the Consult watch with growing trepidation. And as the vast host of the Holy War endures its sternest test in the searing wastes of the desert, a name - a title - begins to be whispered amongst the faithful. But who is the Warrior-Prophet: a dangerous heretic, who turns brother against brother? Or the only man who can avert the Second Apocalypse?

The Holy War stands on a knife edge. If all is not to be lost the great powers will have to choose between their most desperate desires and their most ingrained prejudice. Between hatred and hope. Between the Warrior-Prophet and the end of the world. . .


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (19 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494104
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 unconventional series in the Tolkien mold. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

Leaves most of the competition trailing (GUARDIAN)

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The second book in R. Scott Bakker's acclaimed fantasy masterpiece, The Prince of Nothing

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely mature and intelligent fantasy 29 Jan 2010
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With the second installment of The Prince of Nothing trilogy, things really start to move forward. The first book was all about establishing the Holy War and now we get to see what the Holy War entails. Bakker writes some of the most detailed and engrossing large scale battles in fantasy and the war in general is depicted with such brutal honesty that it is clear there are no "good guys" present. Amidst this backdrop of carnage we finally get to see just how powerful and dangerous Kellhus is as he increases his influence over the those involved in the Holy War. While characters such as Achamian, Cnaiur and Esmenet are still present this is very much Kellhus' book, so those who felt he was underused previously will be delighted. While the focus on Kellhus is entertaining it does mean that a lot of the prominent characters from the first book fade into the background, most notably Conphas and Xerius, who I felt had entertaining viewpoints. The other problem is that while it exemplifies Kellhus' power there are several characters who I feel are weakened by their readiness to succumb to his will and some parts had me feeling angry at both Kellhus and his victims. Then again it is this uncompromising and dark approach that makes me appreciate Bakker as the best of the current bunch of "mature" fantasy authors and with this book he demonstrates that he can deliver on a consistent basis. For anyone who liked, "The Darkness that comes before" but felt not enough happened, I would strongly suggest giving the series another chance as this is where the pay off to all the set up begins.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Series... 4 April 2006
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Format:Paperback
After a bit of a lean patch in the Sci-Fi Fantasy genre there are now several great authors producing quality series. Authors such as Steven Erikson and George RR Martin have redefined the genre while authors such as R Scott Baker and J.V. Jones are also producing original and gripping series; even Stephen Donaldson is back after more than 20 years!
Although I don't think Baker is quite on a par with Erikson and Martin, he's not far behind. I found the first book to be excellent and the second book follows on brilliantly, it looks like it may turn into a long series and if the quality is as good as this I can't wait for the rest.
It's just a shame that it takes so long to write a book as good as these!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Profound words of Anasūrimbor Kellhus 12 April 2007
By A. Gothorp VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I read an interview with R Scott Bakker on Sffworld and there is one thing he said that sticks in my mind. "Here I was, this egghead with a small deal in a small market, casting about looking for ways to reach those I thought would love the book: world-junkies (such as myself), and those who'd abandoned epic fantasy when they went to university."
I loved epic fantasy in my youth and for years I read fantasy almost exclusively. As I got older I realized I was missing out and migrated and expanded my reading interests and also started to feel that the majority of fantasy output was clichéd, unimaginative copies of Tolkien, and largely childish drivel (David Eddings and Terry Brooks spring to mind).
I started to feel embarrassed that I ever found this stuff so enthralling, and try as I might to find good adult, intelligent fantasy, I found the task impossible. For a long time I left the genre to the spotty adolescents, battling with their hormones and trying to find the meaning of life in the words of Gandalf.
It was the work of George RR Martin that showed me that there were authors out there writing intelligent and entertaining fantasy that could still appeal to people over twenty. So to me the work of R Scott Bakker is very special. Intelligent fantasy writing with philosophical undertones, it does come across as a modern Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't burden Bakker with the platitude of `best fantasy author since Tolkien'. However, I would say that hell of a lot of thought has gone into the Prince of Nothing series and Bakker's characters are deep and a pleasure to read.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Praiseworthy but flawed 12 July 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is an interesting series with great potential, rewarding in many ways, frustrating in others, and it deserves a review. What is written below covers both novels in the series published to date.
First, the good points. Bakker has created a genuinely interesting world. There is a good sense of his novel taking place across a great gulf of time, and he puts many of his set pieces in environments that stem from his world's antiquity. His writing often flows well, and many scenes are genuine page turners. In the Consult, he has fashioned something original, particularly its skin spies, and the scenes with them are excellent, sometimes spine-tingling, in particular the ravishing of Esmenet and the unmasking of Skeaos in Book 1. His politics are ambitious and have something of the complexity of the real world, although he seems to prefer attempting to psychoanalyse his characters and their actions and choices rather than deal with the really hard work and questions thrown up by the grand political vistas he lays out. His use of dreams to allow the propagation and preservation of knowledge across centuries is also interesting, although woefully under-exploited, as are the intriguing Cishaurim sorcerors. In Achamian and Esmenet he has fashioned two well thought out, usually sympathetic and engaging characters, and in the Scylvendi chieftain Cnaiur a genuinely nasty chap caught between two worlds and loyalties and for whom we end up rooting.
Now for the critical points. This is a world supposedly under threat from an old menace, the No-God, which brought about an Apocaplypse in earlier times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Warrior-Prophet: The Prince of Nothing Book Two
Always striking the heart of men, our all seeing, all powerful hero sacrifices himself to take over the holy war. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Khyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better that the first one.
I did not like this book. Very long and boring except the final third of the book. I only read this book because I have bought the trilogy in one go, it also the only reason why I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Axwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This saga just gets better and better. It's the best fantasy I have read since Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun"
Published 13 months ago by MR M J HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book is a great part of the series the story is interesting although it moves a bit of a slow read at times but worth it
Published 18 months ago by patrick Hughes
2.0 out of 5 stars philosophising
I bought this after reading vol 1 'The Darkness that Comes Before'which was promising.Well written,developed characters and plot and balanced action. VOl. 2 was a mistake. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Dragon wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to 'The Darkness That Comes Before'
The Warrior Prophet continues the enthralling tale began in 'The Darkness that comes before' and in many ways is even more bleak than its predecessor. Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Mr. L. L. C. Alcolea
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of a great series...
The Warrior-Prophet is a worthy sequel to the first book, which was absolutely brilliant. Like it's predecessor, it's superbly written with well-crafted characters and story. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2007 by High Water
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
I had hoped book 2 would be better than book one, but it wasn't. Gory and dour with very little to recommend it.
Published on 18 July 2007 by MKJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the majority of his peers...
If you loved the depth of JRR Tolkien's world, Stephen Donaldson's creation of complex and conflicted characters, or George RR Martin's use of subtle politics and intrigue, you... Read more
Published on 10 April 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series ever?
There aren't many fantasy series that come even close to equalling the achievements of R. Scott Bakker's masterful Prince of Nothing series. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2006 by J. F. J. Larner
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