The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One (The Prince of Nothing)

The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One (The Prince of Nothing)

by R. Scott Bakker
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The Darkness that Comes Before (Prince of Nothing Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say I was intrigued at the onset of this novel. It did not possess a prologue filled with chaff and a meandering introduction into Bakker's world. We are presented with what should have been our proximal main character from the start and his subsequent venture out into the unknown world held promise. But then Bakker completely betrayed us with chapter after chapter of dross. It took another 300 or more pages to revisit our assumed hero, and the intervening pages were skimmable if not entirely skippable and unworthy of being read. Bakker appears so inflated of his own story's gravity and self-importance I could hardly take the plot seriously. His over-large cast of characters dilutes his potentially powerful prose and inhibits us from identifying with or even merely liking any of them. I was galled to find his stories brooking comparison with Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. You may as well compare a tabloid journalist who poses as a refined author to a true master of literature. My advice, if you are searching for fantasy full of war and passion, don't bother with Bakker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I totally got this because of the negative review below that said it's the dirtiest book ever. It's SO not. Though there are a few sex scenes (not nearly as many as the reviewer implied, even allowing for the expectation of exaggeration in a review like that one) they're not prolonged or gratuitous. They're straightforward, not written erotically. That said, I found the story compelling. I enjoyed the sweeping story, and the politics of the Holy War. The characters were interesting, but none of them were actually LIKEABLE, except maybe Achamian. It's a fun read, and will keep you occupied, but ultimately I don't really care whether the characters survive or not.
leparparatrooper More than 1 year ago
The story has more of a middle-east/asia feel. No elves, dwarves, or orcs. Military strategy, political machinations, religious conflicts, and sorcery are the key elements in this page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on page 164 and am going to look for some other book to read. There has not been any action yet. It's all psychological babble. Scorcers? There has not been any spells cast, no battles. Boring is the word that comes to mind. Don't waste your time.
HP_Stolz More than 1 year ago
With a unique story and writing style, Bakker introduces not only a fantastic plot, but subtle elements of psychology and philosophy. Although it is fantasy, in that his world is unique and original, many elements (excluding sorcery, of course) are based very much on the real world and cultures. He introduces some philosophy of why we, as people and societies, do what we do, within his story and characters, making for a very unique and unforgettable reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the freshest and most original concepts for the fantasy genre in years. From the beginning you are drawn into a world not only filled with magic, but one that is rife with political intrigue and religious themes. The characters are powerful and captivating, and the story has you flicking through pages like a lunatic. This is one of the few books I've ever picked up and not put down until it was finished. Absolutely riveting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story telling here is extremely engaging and interesting if not, aside from a well realized cast of people places and things, wholly original. I was amazed at the pace I found myself finishing this quite long novel. I found most interesting that I often lost sight of which side of Bakker's fleshed out characters to be on, while a few are less realized than others. Based in a complicated, presumably ancient but real feeling world, with elements from real historical cultures (Greek, Turks, Ottoman, Romans etc.) and with mutated ideas from other fantasy writers the story remains intelligent and layered enough to keep it's reader quite interested. After becoming accustomed to the initially frustrating foreign names of people, places and things (some being useless to the tale to the point of distraction), it's quite an intriguing and ADULT tale of deception on the grandest of scales, by, and of sorcerers, saviors, soldiers and society who are gathering for a brewing Storm of Holy War. Bakker should be discovered. I immediately bought the second novel.
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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.
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Just another author who thinks that by "over using" imaginary (tongue twister) names for people and places it some how makes the book a better read... NOT!!! He also grossly "over develops" said people & places!!!
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Dark, moody, poetic, and violent.
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Nice, fresh concepts.
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