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The White-Luck Warrior: Book 2 of the Aspect-Emperor [Paperback]

R. Scott Bakker
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2 Feb 2012 Aspect-emperor

A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasûrimbor Kellhus rules all the three seas, the first true aspect-emperor in a thousand years.

As Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend.

Into this tumult walks the White Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World's making . . .


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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495408
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful, engrossing, ferociously intelligent novel that sees Bakker at the very top of his game. It leaves the reader on the edge of their seat for the concluding volume of the trilogy, The Unholy Consult (THE WERTZONE (5 star review))

The worldbuilding is once again top notch. Bakker's narrative is richly detailed, creating an imagery that leaps off the page . . . The White-Luck Warrior is everything Bakker fans could hope for (PAT’S FANTASY HOTLIST (8.5/10 rating))

A wonderful sense of pace, some great action sequences and above all else the reader will have a title that really will satisfy the fantasy fan within. A great title all round and one that really has left the final book in the series as one where everything is to play for. Great stuff (FALCATA TIMES)

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The second volume in the ambitious and compelling Aspect-Emperor fantasy series

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel! 2 May 2011
Format:Paperback
As was the case with The Judging Eye two years ago, I would like to thank R. Scott Bakker for giving me the opportunity to be the first reviewer to get a crack at The White-Luck Warrior. Usually, I refuse to read books on my computer screen because it makes my eyes bleed. But for the second installment in The Aspect-Emperor trilogy, I was happy to oblige!

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As Anasūrimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend. Into this tumult walks the White-Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World's making ...

The White-Luck Warrior is a story filled with heart-stopping action, devious treachery, grand passion and meticulous detail. It is both a classic quest tale and a high fantasy war story.

Given that The Judging Eye had all the hallmarks which made the first trilogy such a great reading experience, minus what many considered its shortcomings, I felt that it featured a Bakker writing at the top of his game. Still, many opined that the philosophical aspects and the inner musings were what essentially made the Prince of Nothing stand out from the rest of the SFF pack, and were thus a bit disappointed by the first volume in The Aspect-Emperor. So where does The White-Luck Warrior fit in in terms of style and tone? I would say that it is somewhat in between the Prince of Nothing and The Judging Eye. The absence of interior action, as Bakker put it, made for a much better paced novel in The Judging Eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
The scope of this novel is as good as it gets. Add to it the originality, hard boiled characters and the epic battles and you have a classic. The characters often seem to have a distinct lack of humanity, which is probably more realistic than in the regular fantasies where characters are often unkillable heroes. Alot of reviewers of Bakker complain about the lack of likeability of the characters but to be frank this does not detract from the story at all. Along with Martin, Erikson and Abercombie I feel Bakker is one of the best fantasy writers today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Epic' doesn't even begin to describe it 5 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
One of the things which impresses most about this series is the way in which, even amidst the incredibly epic events taking place, the characterisation doesn't suffer in the least. Achamian remains a superb creation, a Gandalf for the 21st century, and Kellhus, despite or perhaps because he is no longer a character whose viewpoint the reader shares, is still a source of awe and wonder.

The plot of this series is even more impressive - the history, depth and world-building rival George RR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire', and the story itself is just as unpredictable (the conclusion of Achamian and Mimara's quest to Sauglish and beyond was simply astounding) and gripping. I can't think of another book or series that has been such a page-turner for me.

If you are new to the series, start with 'The Darkness that Comes Before', as the amount of back-story will be hard to catch up on otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lightness that comes After? 17 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Hooray, Bakker has a baby girl! and his world of brutal machination and sexual violence ruled over by the cold logical hands of the ultimate intellectual is suffused with a new aspect. One that has been a long time coming, but is all the more welcome for the hopeful anticipation.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the mans writing, his epic palette beautifully fills the fantastic detail around the philosophy, but cynical truth seeking takes him, and therefore his readers to some very dark places. I found Neuropath in particular deeply depressing, not because of what it revealed, but because of what it supposed, it is an enormous leap from determinism to the actual mechanization of the human mind and the difference is what keeps a lot of people from decent into life denying depression. The book was horror masquerading as thriller. Bloody good horror though.

Mixing philosophy with fantasy was always going to be volatile and I think with this latest installment R. Scott Bakker has the perfect formula. The earlier Prince of nothing series presented us with Kellhus, a dissembling amoral superhuman, apparently the product of an obscure cults eugenics program, and dealt with his seemingly unstoppable rise to power. In this world truth has a power of it's own, and the different ways of representing this truth (literal 'schools' of thought) separate the power players. The most persuasive, convincing man becomes the Aspect Emperor, a divine savior? A charlatan con artiste? Or something worse?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent second outing that builds on original 28 April 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The second title in the Aspect Emperor series and one that continues to build upon the success of the first which, whilst some thought was slow set the scene beautifully and allowed the reader the chance to get to know the principle players. What this title does though is not only build upon the world building and characters but also allows the reader to get a fuller picture of the events that have shaped the world to this point in the novel. It allows character growth organically, it allows a better understanding and above all else it sets the world up for the best possible conclusion in the third and final part.

Add to this Bakker's wonderful sense of pace, some great action sequences and above all else the reader will have a title that really will satisfy the fantasy fan within. A great title all round and one that really has left the final book in the series as one where everything is to play for. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Another great piece of work from a very good author. The white luck warrior was a well paced book that always left me wanting to read just one more chapter! Read more
Published 6 months ago by DC
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better
Great series, action starting to pick up. If you like your anti-heroes, and your stories dark.
Than i highly recommend both this and the Prince of Nothing series
Published 15 months ago by chad
2.0 out of 5 stars too many fillers and navel-gazing, not enough plot
The title says it all, which is a shame because I rate Bakker's first three books in this cycle among the best fantasy has to offer. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
Even better than the first. Contains more philosophical musings excellently meshed with the story, if you've liked the story so far then continue. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Alex Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly brilliant!
I loved the whole series. Love Bakker's way of writing- the detail and very human observations, the compassion for his characters even while describing unimaginable atrocities, the... Read more
Published on 29 May 2012 by blackmoon13
5.0 out of 5 stars The slog of slogs!
I'm not sure if Bakker was being meta but this book really feels like the oft-quoted "slog of slogs". Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by Neil J. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Ive leaned more towards sci fi in the last few years and get bored quickly with fantasy. Not so with this
book interested characters with huge dept. Read more
Published on 4 May 2011 by Colin Keogh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great second title
The second title in the Aspect Emperor series and one that continues to build upon the success of the first which, whilst some thought was slow set the scene beautifully and... Read more
Published on 27 April 2011 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
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