The Thousandfold Thought (Prince of Nothing Series #3)

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"In The Darkness That Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker's debut, readers were invited into a darkly threatening, imaginative universe as fully realized as that of any in modern fantasy and introduced to the powerful warrior-philosopher Anasurimbor Kelhus, on whom the fate of a violently apocalyptic Holy War rests. Bakker's follow up to The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet enticed readers further into the world of myth, violence, and sorcery. With the ultimate battle drawing near, Anasurimbor Kelhus closed in on the elusive goal of
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The Thousandfold Thought: The Prince of Nothing, Book Three

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Overview

"In The Darkness That Comes Before, R. Scott Bakker's debut, readers were invited into a darkly threatening, imaginative universe as fully realized as that of any in modern fantasy and introduced to the powerful warrior-philosopher Anasurimbor Kelhus, on whom the fate of a violently apocalyptic Holy War rests. Bakker's follow up to The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet enticed readers further into the world of myth, violence, and sorcery. With the ultimate battle drawing near, Anasurimbor Kelhus closed in on the elusive goal of reuniting with his father, mastering the ancient arts he will need to prepare himself for the encounter." "Will Kelhus be able to rise to claim his role within the ascendancy, or will he be overtaken by his enemies - both within and without? Will he reach the ancient city of Shimeh and reunite with his father? Upon the apocalypse, will there be survivors left to write the history of the Holy War?" The answers to these questions, left hanging at the conclusion of The Warrior Prophet, are brought into focus in The Thousandfold Thought, the conclusion to the Prince of Nothing series.
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R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing high fantasy trilogy rolls to a rousing conclusion in this full-bodied volume. The Thousandfold Thought brings to fruition what has been prophesied, but this truly epic novel also contains stunning, completely unexpected reversals. Mythos, magic, and action.
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In the shattering climax to Canadian author Bakker's magnificent fantasy saga (after 2005's The Warrior-Prophet), the Holy War army has finally reached the gates of the holy city of Shimeh. The warrior-prophet, Anas rimbor Kellhus, learns that the Thousandfold Thought, a great "transition rule" that promises to transform the two warring faiths of Inrithism and Fanimry, offers the only way to bring peace to the world of E rwa and avoid a Second Apocalypse. Amid all the bloodshed and battle, Kellhus continues to respect his friend, the sorcerer Drusas Achamian, despite the conflict that arises when Kellhus takes "the whore Esmenet," hitherto Achamian's woman, as his consort. Esmenet's wavering love between the two men lends poignancy and personal depth to an epic story notable for its lack of melodrama. A large and varied supporting cast of heroes and scoundrels add further emotional realism. The Prince of Nothing trilogy is a work of unforgettable power. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585677054
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/2/2006
  • Series: Prince of Nothing Series , #3
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Cheated

    I really enjoyed the first two books of this series. The third book left me feeling cheated at the end. Bakker left many questions unanswered and the last 100 pages of the book was a glossary. The Thousand Fold Thought was glossed over and almost never mentioned. There was plenty of material to write a four book, but Bakker decided to end it by completely leaving out what will happen with the Consult or the Dunyan. The conclusion of the series left me wishing I had never picked up one of his books.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Decent ending to the Prince of Nothing Series

    While continuing to drag in parts like the rest of this series, the Thousandfold Thought provides some interesting plot twists involving the major players in the Holy War. My only major grievance was with the ending, which seemed a bit contrived. However, if you enjoyed the other books in this series, this is a must read.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Better than most

    I liked the book (and the series), but felt that for all the characterization that the characters actually were/became flat. A great beginning, then he peaked and just rode it out; truthfully it got dull and I am anxious for it to end. I'm 100 pgs away and I'm bored with it.

    Too much sex for me also - hey a little smut is great, but enough is enough. If the abuse and rape is so pivital to the story, then I'll read something else. Besides that, all this humping is happening on the march for the most part, so you know everyone stinks of butt, armpits and snatch. It's overdone and every bad guy popping a woody every time they smell blood gets lame.

    Last complaint - to me it was a cross of The Lord of the Rings and Dune. Both the originals were done better. The names and the history just scream LOTR, and I expected any minute for someone to slip and call Kellus "Maud'dib". On second thought, what a great pair to splice!

    Whatever, it's still a good set of books and 100x's better than the vast majority of the crap we have to read. Buy it, it's worth it.

    Last thought - Paul would kick Kellus's butt (I keep picturing David Carradine playing Kung Fu while I read this - yea, I'm old)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Greatend to a fantastic trilogy

    Culmination of a great first series. Bakker's first effort is comparable to Stephen R Donaldson's first chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Like Donaldson's chronicles there is a little redundancy at times, with certain themes revisited too many times (as if to beat the point home). That said, the characters are very engaging and the world they live in is fascinating. The appendix alone is worth the price of the book (left me drooling for his next series). Bakker's philosophical studies are evident in his complex and thoughtful writing style. This is not your run of the mill fantasy series full of good/bad knights and all powerful magicians who never use their powers. This is the kind of book that sets its own path along the fantasy genre (one that hopefully will inspire new writers and reinspire current, formulaic ones). I eagerly await future releases from Mr. Bakker, because if this is his introduction to writing, then the sky is his limit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Genius

    Simply genius. The best of the three. Not merely a fantasy, but literature. And not merely a book put together by a writer, but by an author.

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