The Judging Eye
A cult author now in the mainstream, the thrilling return of R. Scott Bakker and The Prince of Nothing universe.
The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought --collectively the Prince of Nothing Saga-were R. Scott Bakker's magnificent debut into the upper echelon of epic fantasy. In those three books, Bakker created a world that was at once a triumph of the fantastic and an historical epic as real as any that came before.
Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, Bakker has already established the reputation as one of the smartest writers in the fantasy genre-a writer in the line stretching from Homer to Peake to Tolkein. Now he returns to The Prince of Nothing with the long awaited The Judging Eye, the first book in an all-new series. Set twenty years after the end of The Thousandfold Thought, Bakker reintroduces us to a world that is at once familiar but also very different than the one readers thought they knew. Delving even further into his richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, and fully remolding the fantasy genre to broaden the scope of intricacy and meaning, R. Scott Bakker has once again written a fantasy novel that defies all expectations and rewards the reader with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of today's literature.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
For better and for worse, Bakker turned it up to 11 on this one. The psychology is more believable, more condensed, and much more revealing than in the first three books. The action is faster and more edge-of-your-seat. And the bravura set pieces are more worthy of a bravo. The first three books were more interesting than fun; this is as fun as it is interesting. Someone complained that the moral relativism is gone- well, you should read more closely, since we're told in no uncertain terms that the 'good' characters from books 1-3 are evil and/or self-loathing; and the 'good' characters you might think will replace them go in for human sacrifice. So if by 'moral relativism' you mean 'I'm okay, you're okay, everybody's okay' then yeah, it's gone. If you mean 'who'll cast the first stone,' it's still here. A downside. Sentence fragments. Indications of extreme emotional experience. Dreams. War. Violence. Omnipresent. Unnecessary. Kind of a pain in the ass. And the general tendency to over-describe really blows the hell up here, too: tell me more about that armor! No, really! Finally, a lot of people have pointed out that the last scene is very reminiscent of Tolkein. Nobody seems to have mentioned that it's also very reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, which suggests that this is not blatant rip-off. It's a fun combination of two distinct genres and a thoughtful consideration of their similarities and differences (i.e., the heroes in Tolkein are not scum-bag scalpers; the heroes in McCarthy do not come through with flying colors). Anyway, it's thoroughly enjoyable without being a guilty pleasure. No need to feel guilt: you can train-spot philosophical, historical and contemporary issues as much as you want.
Review: The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor #1)User Review - Goodreads
This would be my favorite of Bakker's books. One of the book's greatest strengths is predicated upon its greatest weakness : it requires reading of the previous trilogy to fully appreciate the ...