The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor Series #1)

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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 end of The Thousandfold Thought, Bakker reintroduces us to a world that is at once familiar but also very different than ...

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Overview

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 end of The Thousandfold Thought, Bakker reintroduces us to a world that is at once familiar but also very different than the one readers thought they knew. Delving even further into his richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, and fully remolding the fantasy genre to broaden the scope of intricacy and meaning, R. Scott Bakker has once again written a fantasy novel that defies all expectations and rewards the reader with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of today's literature.

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Editorial Reviews

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In The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought, R. Scott Bakker unspoiled the history of the Prince of Nothing. In Just Another Judgment Day, he picks up the story 20 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy. Once again, heroic myths, violence, and sorcery converge in a fantasy that transcends the genre.
Publishers Weekly

Twenty years after the events of 2007's The Thousandfold Thought, nations unite in a holy war to prevent the No-God's apocalyptic resurrection. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus seems a benevolent messiah, but may be only a power-hungry demagogue. Exiled wizard Drusas Achamian's quest to expose Kellhus as a fraud could be a bitter cuckold's folly or the world's best hope. The Empress Esmenet juggles belief in her husband's godhead with grief for his lack of human attachment. Her bitter, abandoned daughter Mimara-an ex-prostitute, like her mother-begs Achamian to teach her sorcery, though the Judging Eye curse sends her visions of damnation. Bakker's lush language sometimes achieves poetry, but his plotting is less original; minor and nonsexualized female characters are conspicuously absent; and new readers will struggle with the intricate politics and history. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

Twenty years after the events described in "The Prince of Nothing Saga" (The Darkness That Comes Before; The Warrior Prophet; The Thousandfold Thought), the Aspect-Emperor rules a New Empire forged of war and prophecy. Yet new turmoil arises as the Emperor's fitness to rule and his divine descent are called into question by some factions and punished as heresy in others. Bakker's attention to detail and his depiction of a society modeled after those of ancient Asia should attract fans of the trilogy. Complex characters and intricate plotting make this a good choice for most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada
Kirkus Reviews
First installment of a new epic fantasy trilogy, set 20 years after Bakker's Prince of Nothing series. Anasurimbor Kellhus, the Aspect-Emperor of the Three Seas, has gathered a vast army to prevent the Second Apocalypse. Forced to join this holy war, conquered King Sorweel finds himself unwillingly affected by Kellhus's overpowering charisma. Meanwhile, Empress Esmenet maintains a shaky hold on the imperial court, threatened by assassins, religious dissent and her seven-year-old son Kelmomas, a murderous psychopath gifted at covering his tracks. In a distant land, Drusas Achamian, the exiled Wizard who still resents Kellhus for taking away Esmenet, seeks the enigmatic Aspect-Emperor's birthplace in hopes it will shed light on his motivations. Not much actually happens in this book. Bakker's poetic, almost baroque work appeals to a cerebral, patient reader willing to stick around and see what he has in mind. (Hopefully, that reader has already completed the prior trilogy; the synopsis included here is not entirely sufficient.) The author spends more time developing intricate philosophies and emotionally resonant characters than in advancing the plot, which concludes with a Mines-of-Moria sequence that, while extremely atmospheric, still feels like a cheat for such an accomplished writer as Bakker. Best left to his devoted fan base; others may not have the stamina.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202920
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Aspect-Emperor Series , #1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 239,610
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Scott Bakker holds a BA in English language and literature, an MA in theory and criticism, and a PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Monterey, California.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Ch. 1 Sakarpus 16

Ch. 2 Hunoreal 39

Ch. 3 Momemn 56

Ch. 4 Hunoreal 85

Ch. 5 Momemn 106

Ch. 6 Marrow 130

Ch. 7 Sakarpus 162

Ch. 8 The River Rohil 186

Ch. 9 Momemn 208

Ch. 10 Condia 230

Ch. 11 The Osthwai Mountains 251

Ch. 12 The Andiamine Heights 263

Ch. 13 Condia 277

Ch. 14 Cil-Aujas 296

Ch. 15 Condia 344

Ch. 16 Cil-Aujas 363

Interlude: Momemn 419

Appendices

Character and Faction Glossary 423

What Has Come Before ... 427

Map of the Kellian Empire in 4132 Year-of-the-Tusk 434

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    My opinion about all the books writen by Scott Bakker : 1) the

    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.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Excellent Book!!

    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!

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