The Darkness That Comes Before

Bakker, R. Scott

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Darkness That Comes Before
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 that has thrilled readers of Stephen R. Donaldson and George R.R. Martin. 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. Traveling 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. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion. 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.

Publisher: Woodstock, NY :, Overlook Press,, 2004
ISBN: 1585676772
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bak
Characteristics: vi, 589 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 04, 2015
  • GameboyAsh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very thoughtful and philosophical read. This story has great world-building, complex characters, and an interesting faction system.

Aug 26, 2010
  • Librarymans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great dark Fantasy. Characters have a lot of depth.My Favorite is Cnaiur Urs Skiotha, the most violent of all men.


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Sep 07, 2010
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Sexual Content: No pornographic, but fair amount of sex.


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Aug 26, 2010
  • Librarymans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am Cnaiur urs Skiötha, breaker-of-horses-and-men!"


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