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The Darkness that Comes Before (Prince of Nothing Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not your typically styled fantasy story

The story has more of a middle-east/asia feel. No elves, dwarves, or orcs. Military strategy, political machinations, religious conflicts, and sorcery are the key elements in this page-turner.

posted by leparparatrooper on May 16, 2009

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7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

hubristic build up to a whole lot of nothing

I must say I was intrigued at the onset of this novel. It did not possess a prologue filled with chaff and a meandering introduction into Bakker's world. We are presented with what should have been our proximal main character from the start and his subsequent ...
I must say I was intrigued at the onset of this novel. It did not possess a prologue filled with chaff and a meandering introduction into Bakker's world. We are presented with what should have been our proximal main character from the start and his subsequent venture out into the unknown world held promise. But then Bakker completely betrayed us with chapter after chapter of dross. It took another 300 or more pages to revisit our assumed hero, and the intervening pages were skimmable if not entirely skippable and unworthy of being read. Bakker appears so inflated of his own story's gravity and self-importance I could hardly take the plot seriously. His over-large cast of characters dilutes his potentially powerful prose and inhibits us from identifying with or even merely liking any of them. I was galled to find his stories brooking comparison with Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. You may as well compare a tabloid journalist who poses as a refined author to a true master of literature. My advice, if you are searching for fantasy full of war and passion, don't bother with Bakker.

posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    So I totally got this because of the negative review below that

    So I totally got this because of the negative review below that said it's the dirtiest book ever. It's SO not. Though there are a few sex scenes (not nearly as many as the reviewer implied, even allowing for the expectation of exaggeration in a review like that one) they're not prolonged or gratuitous. They're straightforward, not written erotically.

    That said, I found the story compelling. I enjoyed the sweeping story, and the politics of the Holy War. The characters were interesting, but none of them were actually LIKEABLE, except maybe Achamian.

    It's a fun read, and will keep you occupied, but ultimately I don't really care whether the characters survive or not.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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