The White-Luck Warrior

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The dazzling second book in Bakker's "exquisitely intelligent and beautifully written" (Steven Erikson) saga.

Praised by readers and critics around the world, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy fiction. The Aspect-Emperor trilogy follows on from the acclaimed Prince of Nothing saga, and The White-Luck Warrior is the chilling second book in the new series. Ruler Anasurimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the Ancient ...

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The White Luck Warrior: The Aspect Emperor, Book 2

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Overview

The dazzling second book in Bakker's "exquisitely intelligent and beautifully written" (Steven Erikson) saga.

Praised by readers and critics around the world, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy fiction. The Aspect-Emperor trilogy follows on from the acclaimed Prince of Nothing saga, and The White-Luck Warrior is the chilling second book in the new series. Ruler Anasurimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the Ancient North, as his consort Esmenet finds herself at war. Exiled wizard Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag mission to the legendary ruins of Sauglish. Into this tumult walks the White-Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both . . . . . . In this ambitious volume, Bakker delves even further into his richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery.

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Editorial Reviews

Fantasy Book Critic
One of the major-league fantasy releases of 2011, the highly awaited The White-Luck Warriorby Scott Bakker . . . Nobody can deny the powerful nature of those books . . . Overall [Bakker's books have] enriched the potential of the fantasy genre quite a lot.
Globe and Mail
Bakker has been praised by fans and critics around the world for his thoughtful, complex and meticulously detailed world, his colorful and credible characters, and his deviously intriguing, action-packed plotting.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A fine example of the new anti-epic fiction at its best . . . This is one of the more brilliant pieces of writing that you're liable to read for a long time.
Publishers Weekly
Even fans of 2009's The Judging Eye who haven't reread it recently may be confused by the dense and complex infodump that opens this ponderous sequel. Those who persevere will be richly rewarded as the plot and characters are slowly refined. Mimara, stepdaughter of the Aspect-Emperor, outgrows revenge in favor of love; Achamian, former friend of (and cuckolded by) the emperor, undertakes a dangerous quest for truth; Cleric is a nonman whose drive to feel and remember twists attachment into terrible forms; Sorweel must decide whether to believe in the Aspect-Emperor's quest or kill him for the gods. The reader cannot tell heroes from villains, and neither can the heroes and villains themselves; all are sympathetic and horrific at once. A cliffhanger ending builds suspense for the final volume. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590208168
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 254,359
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Scott Bakker's previous books include the Prince of nothing trilogy: The Darkness that Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought. the Aspect-Emperor series is a sequel trilogy that began with The Judging Eye. R. Scott Bakker lives in London, Ontario.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

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    Fantasy's Best Kept Secret...

    I have been a huge fan of R. Scott Bakker since i first stumbled upon The Darkness That Comes Before, nearly 4 years ago. I bought it because of the Middle Eastern Feel and because of it's mysterious cover. I had just read George R.R. Martin, and was eagerly searching for my next fix of dark, adult, character driven fantasy. Upon finishing that first book, i couldn't agree more with Steven Erickson's quote on the cover which states, "Something remarkable has begun". This series has swept me away and with the newest book in the series, "The White Luck Warrior" I can confidently say that this is my favorite book series of all time.

    If you haven't yet read the first 4 books in the series, then you will be completely lost. Trust me when i say that this series is not for the faint of heart. Murder, corruption, incest, cannibalism, and human tragedy are all present within the world of Earwa. This is what makes Bakker such a powerhouse of a writer, but at the same time these themes will turn off many readers of traditional fantasy. Another common complaint with this series is it's underlining themes of philosophy. Personally this didn't bother me, but many people might find it preachy.

    My headline is "Fantasy's best kept secret" because for some odd reason, many people haven't ever heard of Bakker. My boss at work is an old school fantasy fan who has read Glen Cook, Martin, Jordan, etc. I leant these books to him and he had devoured the whole series in 1 month. With this latest entry Bakker has proven that not only can he write a beautiful novel, but he is in this until the bitter end, and with each book, the writing and story only gets better. Do yourself a favor and read this series, but be careful because it has a very draining effect on you. The dark themes are often times emotionally draining, and downright depressing. I have never shed tears of sadness while reading until i read this book....seriously it's that good. Bakker if your out there reading this, thank you for writing such a unique entertaining series, and please please please keep it up!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.
    5) The glossary is not a substitute for good writing. Nobody should have to refer to a glossary several times per page just to find out whoever they are reading about actually is. That's something that should happen naturally in the story
    6)Several battle sequences ended with the phrase "and death swirled down". After a few repetitions It was frustrating

    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 June 17, 2013

    Amazing

    Bakker is awesome. Battles with the Sranc and Akka battles a Wracu with a Nonman!

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    Posted January 27, 2014

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