The Darkness that Comes Before

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Fiction - 589 pages
23 Reviews
Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth--its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals--the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created unforgettably in The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus--part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence--from lands long thought dead. With this stunning debut, R. Scott Bakker is poised to become one of the next great fantasy writers of his generation. The Darkness That Comes Before proves again that epic fantasy can be intelligent, majestic, and terrifying.

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I enjoyed the prose for the most part. - Goodreads
Every female character in this book is a whore. - Goodreads
The writing is all tell and little show. - Goodreads

Review: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing #1)

User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

This is a beautifully written book, and it is also very intelligent. Its the kind of book where you savor every line. The plot does move a bit slowly throughout the book, with some parts being slower ... Read full review

Review: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing #1)

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

This book, more than any other book seems to polarize my GR buddies. I don't know many people who sit on the fence with this book. At one end of the scale you have "my favourite series, this is ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

R. Scott Bakker holds a BA in English language and literature, an MA in theory and criticism, and a PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Monterey, California.

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