The Warrior-Prophet: Book 2 of the Prince of Nothing Paperback – 19 Jan 2006
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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)
The second book in R. Scott Bakker's acclaimed fantasy masterpiece, The Prince of NothingSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Absolutely wonderful stuff, whilst the subject matter is much darker than the typical fantasy, the author handles it professionally rather than gratuitously. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is hands down one of the best book series ever written. Itś magical! The language, dept of character, story line etc it fantasticPublished 11 months ago by Andreas Ondris
Always striking the heart of men, our all seeing, all powerful hero sacrifices himself to take over the holy war. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Axwell
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 on 17 Jun. 2013 by MR M J HALL
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 itPublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by patrick Hughes
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 morePublished on 6 April 2012 by Dragon wolf
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 morePublished on 15 July 2010 by Mr. L. L. C. Alcolea