Want it by Thursday, October 18
Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.
Same Day shipping in Manhattan. See Details
The “terrifying and astonishing” (Ian C. Esselmont) third installment of R. Scott Bakker’s acclaimed seriesPraised by fans and critics worldwide, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature. With The Great Ordeal, Bakker presents the penultimate volume of The Aspect-Emperor, a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story. As Fanim war-drums beat just outside the city, the Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace for her missing son Kelmomas. Meanwhile and many miles away, Esmenet’s husband’s Great Ordeal continues its epic march further north. But in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect-Emperor’s decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences even He couldn’t have foreseen. And, deep in Ishuäl, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth than when he set out.The Aspect-Emperor series follows Bakker’s Prince of Nothing saga, returning to the same world twenty years later. The Great Ordeal follows The Judging Eye and The White-Luck Warrior, and delivers the first half of the conclusion to this epic story. Returning to Bakker’s richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, The Aspect-Emperor continues to set the bar for the fantasy genre, reaching new heights of intricacy and meaning.
About the Author
R. Scott Bakkeris a student of literature, history, philosophy, and ancient languages. Hisprevious 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 series that includesThe Judging Eye, The White-Luck Warrior,The Great Ordeal, and The Unholy Consult. He lives in London, Ontario.
Table of Contents
What Has Come Before… 1
Prologue: Momemn 29
Chapter 1 Aörsi 37
Chapter 2 Injor-Niyas 56
Chapter 3 Momemn 80
Chapter 4 Aörsi 110
Chapter 5 Ishuäl 140
Chapter 6 Momemn 168
Chapter 7 Ishterebinth 189
Chapter 8 Ishuäl 213
Chapter 9 Ishterebinth 241
Chapter 10 Dagliash 267
Chapter 11 Momemn 282
Chapter 12 Ishterebinth 291
Chapter 13 Dagliash 334
Chapter 14 The Demua Mountains 383
Chapter 15 The River Sursa 411
Chapter 16 Momemn 419
Chapter 17 The Demua Mountains 462
Character and Faction Glossary 499
Map of the Tutelary Lands at the Time of the Great Ordeal 502
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book definitely lives up to it's title, but well worth it. Great book. Great battle at the end. Finally, we see what the Nonmen are really like (and it's CRAZY). We lose some old characters in blazes of glory and Sorweel, King of Sakarpus finally comes into his own. Four Stars.