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3.0 out of 5 stars Off the beaten track and keeps going..., 1 Jun 2007
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This review is from: The Thousandfold Thought: Book 3 of the Prince of Nothing (Paperback)
The first two books in this series were relatively well-paced and refreshingly different. There were some interesting ideas mixed into the Crusades-based story and tension was building. Unfortunately the pace and tension have been diluted here.

Following a rather lengthy summary of the first two books (admittedly these are necessary) the reader has to struggle through a few hundred pages of non-activity. The story is not advanced significantly and the philosophical angle gets a bit tiresome. About two thirds of the way through the plot picks up and things begin to happen, but the book then rushes to an unsatisfying anti-climax with the promise, presumably, of a further book in the series. This is followed by a very lengthy glossary, the presence of which should, in my opinion, be viewed as a bad sign for any non-reference book.

The main character is described by turns as fat, ugly, smelly, cuckolded, and vindictive. This doesn't help if the reader is trying to sympathise with him, and the only excuse he might have (his struggles with his ancestral-dreams) don't make much sense unless you read the glossary before you read the book. Moreover, some of the chapters are introduced by his writings from a future chronicle, which effectively kills off some of the suspense by illustrating that a) he is alive and b) he can write a book after the supposedly imminent apocalypse.

The secondary characters of Esmenet and Kellhus do not spend much time centre-stage, seemingly spending most of their time drifting in and out of tents and pontificating. Cnaiur, on the other hand stays pretty active throughout the book and despite being a rather verbose barbarian he gets involved in plenty of violence.

I don't wish to be overly harsh - everyone's a critic - but I felt a bit let-down by this book. The current trend to draw out fantasy stories is not a good thing. Hopefully the best is being saved until last.
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