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The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor Series #1)

The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor Series #1)

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by R. Scott Bakker

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Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, Bakker has already established his reputation as one of the smartest writers in the fantasy genre--a writer in the line stretching from Peake to Tolkein.
Now he returns to The Prince of Nothing universe with the long-awaited The Judging Eye, the first book in an all-new series.
Set twenty years after the

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The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Hyperion1110 More than 1 year ago
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" :) 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning of "The Darkness that Comes Before" I knew that this wasn't going to be a quick and easy read. And if that's what you want in your fantasy stories, simple words and grammar, then I suggest you stick to your teen fantasy. Yeah, I had some trouble with sentence structure, causing me to re-read a few sentences to make sure I caught the jist of what Bakker was writing. But I enjoy finding an author that makes the mind work while the story goes on. Maguire, Martin, and now Hair all offer more than 'a quick read'; their fiction is deeply imaginative, captivating, and addictive. But Bakker's "The Prince of Nothing" series is like freebasing the methamphetamine of adult fantasy fiction. I hadn't heard about Bakker before I devoured George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" series, and when I finished it, I was left jonesing for more. Then I came across "The Darkness that Comes Before" on the shelf of a Goodwill. Man, what a score! It only took me the first few pages to bind my eyes to the story. The characters are so beautifully developed before us and I found myself seeing these people with details that I would otherwise leave out, caring about their emotions, and feeling their pain, love, and happiness, the world that Bakker creates, the separate regions, different cultures, and abilities that never seemed far-fetched to me. The constant development of norms and beliefs, frequent swaying of enemies fighting for a common goal, and the heartbreak of lovers stolen are so crafted as to make it all undeniable. Awesome to the last page and painful to have finished, the first two books of "The Aspect Emperor" series are every bit as good as his first trilogy, "The Prince of Nothing". But, readers finding "The Judging Eye" or "The White Luck Warrior" really should put those on hold and start this saga from the beginning. The character development and lay of the land are so very important to understand. I fear that even the most educated readers out there would have a hard time with the story of Kellhus, Achamian, and what the Dunyain monks are all about without having read his first three. Bakker is at the top of my list of serious adult fantasy; only second to Tolkien.
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My opinion about all the books writen by Scott Bakker : 1) the books are dificult to read. the english is not outstanding, but the sentense construction is unnecessarilly made complex. Most of the sentenses are broken with innumerous commas and punctuations. 2) World building is too vague. A reader needs to have exemplary imagination to understand the topography. 3) war scenes are too brief. A reader loses interest, instead of having that "edge of the seat" excitement feeling while reading the book. 4)Resemblance to previous context is missing. for example: - Even though scarlet spires is the most powerful school in the three seas, they were wiped off like a bunch of rabbits. what a laugh. LOL In all a very disappointing experience. Thank god, I didnt buy the books but read the books online for free.