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Could have been great, but ended up being rather turgid and unconvincing,
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This review is from: The Darkness That Comes Before: Book 1 of the Prince of Nothing (Kindle Edition)
I really wanted to like this; Bakker does good work with the world-building, there is some political intrigue and a sense of history. However, he spoils that with over-writing and cod-philosophy that adds nothing to the book apart from weight.
What ruins the book, though, is Kellhus, the central character, who is utterly unconvincing as the almost entirely flawless warrior-monk, who can tie even the most impressive people round his little finger with a mix of charm, epigraphs from the Little Book of Zen and a highly dubious ability to read facial cues. So unconvincing is Kellhus that the writing seems more wooden when he is around and the reactions of other characters to him appear entirely unwarranted.
Bakker has been compared to Steven Erikson but this lacks the sense of truly epic scale and the humour of the Malazan books. This would not be too much of a problem were it not for the badly conceived and executed protagonist.