The Darkness that Comes Before

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Fiction - 589 pages
4 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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The beginning of a great trilogy

User Review  - anonymous91829 - Borders

This was a book that I actually picked up based off of the cover (the hardback version). I remember seeing it on the bookshelf and being drawn to the strange writings on the black cover. When I read ... Read full review

Fantasy for the Intellectual

User Review  - TheTrave - Borders

This book was a lot more than I expected. I had anticipated some dark fiction, maybe with some interesting complication, but not much more than that. What I got was a really dark fiction with ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Scott Bakker is the author of The Prince of Nothing, a trilogy that "Publishers Weekly "calls a work of unforgettable power, the Aspect-Emperor" "novels" "and the acclaimed thrillers, "Neuropath "and" Disciple of the Dog". He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife, Sharron, and his daughter, Ruby.

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