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I'm a strange reader. I tend to read authors I've read before, and tend to be weary of those I have not. So, when I picked up Bakker's "The Darkness That Comes Before," I was pleasantly surprised. The story was fascinating (especially for a student of Classical and Medieval histories, and philosophy), the characters believable, and the storytelling excellent. Bakker had me hooked from the first few pages, so much so that I bought the remaining two books in the trilogy becfore I finished the first one! Suffice it to say that I was a Bakker fan before reading "The Judging Eye" :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is different from the first three I read. While set in the same world, the "feel" of things is noticably different. Bakker made the story a bit less philosophical (both in plot and writing style), but no less interesting. As others have noted, with this book, Bakker spends less time in the characters' heads than in this Prince of Nothing series. This had the effect of making the story seem like a more typical fantasy story--but that is a naive interpretation. Bakker's story is completely his own.
Fans of the Prince of Nothing series will enjoy this book. And, perhaps more importantly, those not previously familiar with Bakker's work will find "The Judging Eye" an engrossing read!
Posted January 20, 2012
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