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The Warrior Prophet Book Two of The Prince of Nothing finds the Holy War continuing its inexorable march southward But the suspicion begins to dawn that the real threat comes not from the infidel but from withinSteering

  • Title: The Warrior Prophet
  • Author: R. Scott Bakker
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  • Page: 483
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  • Book Two of The Prince of Nothing finds the Holy War continuing its inexorable march southward But the suspicion begins to dawn that the real threat comes not from the infidel but from withinSteering souls through the subtleties of word and expression, Kellhus strives to extend his dominion over the Men of the Tusk The sorcerer Achamian and his lover, Esmenet, submi Book Two of The Prince of Nothing finds the Holy War continuing its inexorable march southward But the suspicion begins to dawn that the real threat comes not from the infidel but from withinSteering souls through the subtleties of word and expression, Kellhus strives to extend his dominion over the Men of the Tusk The sorcerer Achamian and his lover, Esmenet, submit entirely, only to have their faith and their love tested in unimaginable ways Meanwhile, the warrior Cnaiur falls ever deeper into madness Convinced that Kellhus will betray their pact to murder his father, Cnaiur turns to the agents of the Second Apocalypse and strikes an infernal bargain The Holy War stands on a knife edge If all is not to be lost, the great powers of the world will have to choose between their most desperate desires and the end of the world Between hatred and hope Between Anasurimbor Kellhus and the second apocalypse

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    1. R. Scott Bakker

      Richard Scott Bakker, who writes as R Scott Bakker and as Scott Bakker, is a novelist whose work is dominated by a large series informally known as the The Second Apocalypse which Bakker began developing whilst as college in the 1980s.The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, with the first two books entitled The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect Emperor However, when Bakker began writing the series in the early 2000s, he found it necessary to split each of the three novels into its own sub series to incorporate all of the characters, themes and ideas he wished to explore Bakker originally conceived of seven books a trilogy and two duologies This later shifted to two trilogies, with the acknowledgement that the third series may yet also expand to a trilogy.The Prince of Nothing trilogy was published between 2003 and 2006 It depicts the story of the Holy War launched by the Inrithi kingdoms against the heathen Fanim of the south to recover the holy city of Shimeh for the faithful During the war, a man named Ansurimbor Kellhus emerges from obscurity to become an exceptionally powerful and influential figure, and it is discovered that the Consult, an alliance of forces united in their worship of the legendary No God, a nihilistic force of destruction, are manipulating events to pave the way for the No God s return to the mortal world.The sequel series, The Aspect Emperor trilogy, picks up the story twenty years later with Kellhus leading the Inrithi kingdoms in directly seeking out and confronting the Consult The first novel in this new series is due for publication in 2009.Whilst working on the Prince of Nothing series, Bakker was given a challenge by his wife to write a thriller To answer this, he produced a science fiction thriller based around a serial killer who can control and influence the human mind This book, Neuropath, was eventually published in 2008 Inspired, he wrote a second thriller titled The Disciple of the Dog in 2009.

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    1. Here we see philosophy brought to what is, in fact, a precarious position, which should be made fast even though it is supported by nothing in either heaven or earth. Here philosophy must show its purity as the absolute sustainer of its laws, and not as a herald of laws which implanted sense or who knows what tutelary nature whispers to it.—IMMANUEL KANT, FOUNDATIONS OF THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALSThere you go, a quote from one Immanuel Kant's essays at the very beginning of the book. And that's [...]


    2. Scott Bakker is officially one of my favorite authors. This book was awesome from the start and only got better. The characters have been introduced in the first book, we know their back story, we know themd now they're all together. One thing I love about this book is how characters CHANGE due to their circumstances. Characters who've felt betrayal so strong they just die inside, characters that literally go mad. I'm not a fast reader but I read the first one in 7 days n this in 10. The tale is [...]


    3. Observational aside: I will rarely reread books. Once I finish a book it is usually off to the next one, with few exceptions. In this case the sixth book in the series, The Great Ordeal, is coming out soon, a book I have waited nearly five years for, and I wanted to give myself a refresher on the entire series before it was released. I don't recall the first time I read "The Prince of Nothing" trilogy but assures me it was before I joined this website. Since then I have read literally hundreds [...]


    4. I should probably make a shelf named "Abandoned" because thats what this book is ending up as. I made it about half way and just cant bring myself to pick it up anymore.To call this a painful read is an understatement! I would give it negative stars if I could. Every single character in the story has been reduced to completely despicable stereotypes, leaving not a single likable thing about the story untouched. As the rest of the storyline is about the atrocities of marching an army from point a [...]


    5. This book delivered what The Darkness that Comes Before promised. Outlandish names for the various characters/sects/regions make more sense here and, as a result, the story feels more refined and seamless. In this second installment of the Prince of Nothing series, Bakker offers the reader fantastic scenes of action and depravity while continuing to weave plots through his interesting characters.Many of the hardships which the army faces remind me of similar situations during Steven Erikson’s [...]


    6. Second time through, and as an audiobook, I enjoyed more than the first time.I think it's better than the first book too. However, like Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars, or even the first two Hunger Games movies, the second can only be better due to building on the first. Building on the story and characters.Kellhus is fucking terrifying. Probably one of the best villains in any fantasy book I've read. Also, weirdly, one of the best heroes.Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #269.


    7. Many threads of the previous entry to the series were brought together at its conclusion, and this volume continues this rather original story with a more unified and committed spirit. It may be exactly because it was more straightforward and linear that I found The Warrior Prophet somewhat simplistic compared to The Darkness that Comes Before. Certainly other problems in the volume were compounded by the approach and came across too keenly.The battles are up to par and I continue to enjoy the w [...]


    8. This second volume of the "Prince of Nothing" trilogy is weaker than the first under every aspect.First of all, the plot fails to build upon the excellent foundations set in "The Darkness that comes before" resulting unmemorable and entirely predictable. If you've read the first volume then you already know everything that's going to happen here. Second, the atmosphere. Remember that awesome feel of brooding darkness with unseen demonic threats in the first book? GOOD! Hold tight to that memory [...]



    9. I'll keep this short since I am moving right on to book 3. I dinged the 1st book a little because it took awhile for the story to gel together/get going (but once it did, it did so nicely). The Warrior Prophet picks up right where the first book left off and it is a great story cover to cover. If you liked the 1st book, this book continues a great story. If you haven't read the 1st book yet, this book is 1 more reason to start this trilogy.


    10. This is a series that probably has to be read twice. Bakker does not hold your hand as he throws names, civilisations, cultures, religions and magic at you until you feel like it's just a tiny bit too much. At least, that's how this series makes me feel so far. I'm really enjoying the world building and the cast of characters, but I already know I will re-read this one day and hopefully manage to dig deeper and understand more.I enjoyed the first book a lot and thought it was worth putting in th [...]


    11. The sequel to The Darkness That Comes Before comes swinging out of the gate, but it spends its creative energies pretty fast. The novel does deliver on the promise of the first book: we get to see the Holy War well under way, and the result is pretty exciting. But most of the story is spent taking characters in unsatisfying directions. The writing is still pretty solid, although Bakker really needs to cut back on his usage of the adverb "fairly."The biggest problem I had with the story here is K [...]


    12. There weren’t enough superlatives to describe the brilliance of R. Scott Bakker’s first volume in “The Prince of Nothing” trilogy, “The Darkness That Comes Before”. After such an astounding debut, I wondered if the second volume could match the intellectual depth and overall intensity of the first book. Well, “The Warrior-Prophet” more than lives up to the lofty standards set by the previous book, providing one of my favorite fantasy reading experiences ever.Reading Bakker’s wo [...]



    13. In my review for The Darkness That Comes Before, I mentioned that the book was mostly spent setting the scene for the holy war that was about to begin. In The Warrior-Prophet, the war is very much underway. The book follows the progression of the army through all sorts of terrains and and all sorts of horrific setbacks. There's a LOT of violence. Bakker's method of writing the war scenes is reminiscent of The Illiad: he is clearly trying to capture all of the important events, such as the succes [...]


    14. 5 Stars This is my reread through book two in The Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Bakker. The Warrior Prophet was nearly impossible to put down againWhere book one excelled in the dialogue and the philosophy behind the story. This one is an action gem. Our two main heroes are front and center through out this intelligent fantasy. Akka follows his beliefs and his man Kellhus. The journey is vast and the action is intense. Kellhus becomes entwined with Cnaiür a tribe chief with revenge on hi [...]


    15. PROS: Every bit as meticulous, challenging, and absorbing as the first volume. The heart of this story is a Holy War, and I love the honest depiction of just how hard it is to assemble various factions and their sub factions and their sub factions and vaguely shove them in the direction of your enemy with the hopes that too many of your own villages won't get plundered before they read the destination. Magic fully comes into play and is a rich and complicate mixture of mathematics and philosophy [...]


    16. What Bakker began in "The Darkness That Comes Before," he continues to excellent effect in "The Warrior Prophet." I can't imagine a book better tailored to my current tastes and needs, bringing together the strengths of some of my more cherished authors -- Umberto Eco's genius at illuminating history, the dark imagination of a Clark Ashton Smith and Michael Shea's gift for language -- delivered with economic plotting and gifted character craft that allows for very little wasted motion. The book [...]


    17. I hope the "bad guys" win because this world needs to end. Of the major Characters only Achamian has any real redeeming qualities. Basically I hope that GRRM writes the third book and kills everybody off.


    18. Many authors over the history of SFF, but especially the last half century, have attempted the saga, a narrative epic stretched across many volumes of books. Arguably, there are many a mythos that have stood the test of a century and more that have anticipated and preceded The Second Apocalypse but few can match the insane talent, training, and ambition of its author, R. Scott Bakker.Spoilers for The Darkness That Comes Before (TDTCB) below:The Warrior-Prophet (TWP) opens on a Holy War converged [...]


    19. Everything I said about the first book in the series applies also to the second volume in this triology.And while it's still all about human psychology Bakker furthers here his exploration with a new theme: Transformation.In the first volume we met our main protagonists and were introduced to the psychological - and sometimes philosophical - questions they pose. The second volume tells us the story of a transformative event: The Holy War itself.The Holy War brings agony and pain. It's torture.An [...]


    20. I liked this book better than the first one. I felt extremely engaged by what was happening to Achamian, Cnaiur, and even Xinemus, while in The Darkness That Comes Before I didn't feel too connected to any of the male characters. Unfortunately, the female characters, although still interesting, were somewhat less interesting than they were in the first book, which I found to be a shame. I did, however, feel that Bakker showed the women to be believable people who had well-defined and individual [...]



    21. “A book was never ‘read.’ Here, as elsewhere, language betrayed the true nature of the activity. To say that a book was read was to make the same mistake as the gambler who crowed about winning as though he’d taken it by force of hand or resolve. To toss the number-sticks was to seize a moment of helplessness, nothing more. But to open a book was by far the more profound gamble. To open a book was not only to seize a moment of helplessness, not only to relinquish a jealous handful of hea [...]


    22. This is an odd one. On the one hand, I want to give this at least three stars for for writing style and an interesting and deep world with a well thought out background. On the other, I want to give this a one star for essentially a rather boring follow up to the much more promising The Darkness That Comes Before, and an excessive amount of rape and generally unpleasant sex scenes.Bakker's writing is easy to read and flows well, while at the same time being sophisticated and interesting and very [...]


    23. I put to the first book 5 points. The Warrior Prophet is also good, sometimes great. But i put only 1 point. Scott Bakker sought to spoil the book with much efforts. A tricky job. I don't know, why.N.B. This review doesn't contain spoilers, since the main spoiler is the author. The plot is based on events of the first crusade, which ended with crusaders' victory and capture of the holy city. Look at the content: first march, second march, third march. Now you know, holy army won't be defeated un [...]


    24. These books are pretty amazing. Epic in every sense. I think my favorite parts are where Achamian unleashed his powers, though I do like the philosophy laid throughout. There were a lot of really cool quotes, and I can't remember most of them.Duty measures the distance between animal and the divine.Life is the God's question to man. Actions are man's answer.I don't have any idea what happened right at the end where (view spoiler)[Kellhus pulls his heart out of his chest? (hide spoiler)] I guess [...]


    25. They should actually have a catagory called "Abandoned." After reading nearly 300 pages of this book, which is the 2nd in the series, I ditched it in frustration. So I think my opinion should have some credibility since I paid my dues an really gave it the old college try. Once again the writer falls under the misapprehension that his writing is too good to edit one single word out. Far too many characters (42 major ones) and just plain silly (and not in the amusing way). Bits of brilliance, but [...]


    26. Noooooooooooo!!! Why did it all go so wrong? After an incredible debut by R. Scott Bakker in The Darkness That Comes Before, we get this pile of steaming mess. Everything that was great about his debut novel has been reduced to Nothing.



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