The Darkness that Comes Before

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Fiction - 589 pages
342 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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Beautifully imaginative, intellgent prose. - Goodreads
really hard to read but it was worth it! - Goodreads
Great writing definitely not a quick read. - Goodreads
Prose is arrogant & sloggish. - Goodreads
Really intricate storytelling. - Goodreads
I thought the political/war-making plot would get dry. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Katie Burton - Goodreads

This is a tricky one for me. The Darkness that Comes Before was, to me, better on first reading than the second. I think I was carried away by the prose and the scope of the world that the flaws ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Randal - Goodreads

I gave up about halfway through, which is rare for me (elsewhere on this site I get abused for carrying around a copy of Nostromo for two decades until I finally read it cover to cover). So why give ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco sharecropper, who grew up exploring the bluffs and woodland of Lake Erie's north shore. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. He is also the recipient of the Helen B. Allison Gold Medal and several different academic and literary fellowships.

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