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The Darkness That Comes Before (Prince of Nothing S.)

4.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Prince of Nothing Series

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Product details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743478517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743478519
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,529,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Darkness that Comes Before is a strong, impressive, deeply imagined debut novel. However, this first book of an epic fantasy series is not accessible; it reads like a later volume of a complicated ongoing series. Author R. Scott Bakker has created a world that is very different from JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth, yet in depth of development comes closer than most high-fantasy worlds. In addition to providing five appendices, Bakker attempts to make his complex world clear to readers by filling the prologue and opening chapters with the names of characters, gods, cities, tribes, nations, religions, factions, and sorcery schools. For many readers, this approach will have the opposite effect of clarity. It's like demonstrating snowflake structure with a blizzard. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com

Synopsis

A score of centuries has passed since the First Apocalypse. The No-God has been vanquished and the thoughts of men have turned, inevitably, to more worldly concerns...Drusas Achamian, sorcerer and spy, seeks news of an ancient enemy. Military genius Ikurei Conphas plots to conquer the known world for his Emperor and dreams of the throne for himself. Maithanet, spiritual leader of the Thousand Temples, seeks a Holy War to cleanse the land of the infidel. Cnaiur, exiled barbarian chieftain, seeks vengeance against the man who disgraced him. And Anasurimbor Kellhus, disciple of a mysterious order, seeks to bind all - man and woman, emperor and slave - to his own mysterious ends. But the fate of men - even great men - means little when the world itself may soon be torn asunder. Behind the politics, beneath the religious fervour, a dark and ancient evil is reawakening. After two thousand years, the No-God is returning. The Second Apocalypse is nigh.

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