The Darkness That Comes Before

The Darkness That Comes BeforeThe First Book In R Scott Bakker S Prince Of Nothing Series Creates A World From Whole Cloth Its Language And Classes Of People, Its Cities, Religions, Mysteries, Taboos, And Rituals It S A World Scarred By An Apocalyptic Past, Evoking A Time Both Two Thousand Years Past And Two Thousand Years Into The Future, As Untold Thousands Gather For A Crusade Among Them, Two Men And Two Women Are Ensnared By A Mysterious Traveler, Anas Rimbor Kellhus Part Warrior, Part Philosopher, Part Sorcerous, Charismatic Presence From Lands Long Thought Dead The Darkness That Comes Before Is A History Of This Great Holy War, And Like All Histories, The Survivors Write Its Conclusion. Found this in the parents room at the hospital.So I ve seen a lot of Bakker talk online and you d think to read it that the man was either the devil incarnate or a seven fold genius come to show the true way A phrase I m used to hearing is marmite book , another is you ll either love it or hate it there s no in between All as much bollocks here of course as when applied to my own work A simple click of the ratings button shows a vast number of in betweens In fact most people are in between the 5 and the 1 on this book as on mine Most people give it 4 , 1 is the least popular rating.There are plenty of good things to say about the book.I ve heard it comprises dense philosophy To my mind that would make an awful work of fiction I ve read philosophy text books, and the fiction of Satre, De Beauvoir, and others This is nothing like that This is a fantasy story with a complex plot and plenty of action Yes there s a little introspection than typical for the genre But philosophy Very little Bakker wisely opts for aphorisms and a measure of psychology to scatter around and cre
4.5 5 The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before Jason Deem s re imagery of the series covers. Which I prefer to the original covers which is half a face in a circle..This novel is one of those novels that are basically impossible to review So excuse the word vomit Like a Malazan book, this series goes in its own category of badassery and uniqueness It can t be compared to just your standard fantasy due to the complexity and HUGE plot and backstory This whole entire world is new, unique and fascinating and you will not find another story like it, this is the reason why I m literally urging every grimdark fan to go read this now Seriously, you will thank me later. Some events marks us so deeply that they find force of presence in their aftermath than in their occurrence They are moments that rankle at becoming past, and so remain contemporaries of our beating hearts The Darkness That Comes Before is Richard Scott Bakkers
Ha I love the reviews for this book If you re older than 14, and have ever read anything the cover of which does not feature embossed gold lettering and a fire breathing dragon Goddess, you love it People who don t understand the show vs tell distinction but use it anyway, people who have the vocabulary of a 12 year old, and people who are unwilling to put in any effort whatsoever hate it I don t read much fantasy, just because I can t take much description in prose, let alone the stilted, turgid style that seems to dominate the genre But that s not a problem here Simply put, this is beautifully written, very intelligent and suitably imaginative Reading it is a pleasure thanks to Bakker s style it s engrossing thanks to the characters and the story and it s funny if you can train spot all the historical references They range from the first Crusade Xerius Alexius I Maithenet Urban II through a whole range of philosophical schools from the Eastern and Western traditions Most of the book is written in varying degrees of free indirect style, and occasionally Bakker s need to stuff information into a scene is a bit too noticeable But given how much information the reader needs in order to understand the world she s being thrown in
This was a disappointment I generally like epic fantasy, but this author is convinced that having absolutely no exposition is perfectly okay when creating a world It s not If there are 8 different countries and nationalities, a few nobles, a few peasants, 12 different factions within each nationality, 5 different schools of magic, 3 different major relig
This is a fantasy tale of epic proportions it starts with events taken place 2,000 years ago and continues all the way to present As the events of the past were described in 2 pages and the rest 600 pages took place now I will ignore the former We are talking about lands with multitude of people with different languages, cultures, religions, etc A long time ago practically everybody was obliterated by so called First Apocalypse or great war, to put it in simple terms These days a charismatic leader appeared from nowhere and decided it would be a good idea to get things moving by declaring a Holy War Everybody and their brother realized it would be fun to have one, so the world kept its breath waiting for the Big Boss to say against whom the war will be Finally a victim was chosen and the preparations began Obviously every single ruler of the every single nation began looking for their own advantages, thus intrigues were plenty Add to this a mysterious all powerful guy I always envisioned him as Yoda on steroids whose purpose was unclear even to himself, a barbarian who made Conan look like a kindergarten bully, a s
I never finished this book, actually I never finished the first chapter I couldn t read this book it was like the author grabbed a thesaurus and picked out vocabulary that would have even made Jerome Shostak have to look it up It made me hate t
There are very few books that are as ambitious as R Scott Bakker s The Darkness That Comes Before Most authors would never attempt to create such a vast world with a deeply encompassing and vital intellectual history, and disparate races that have varying philosophical viewpoints and ways of perceiving the world This novel, while a putative fantasy, is so remarkably well conceived and executed that it feels like a historical recollection of a lost world In fact, Bakker liberally uses real Western civilization history and philosophy with some aspects of Middle Eastern thought and reshapes it especially for his world The result is an absolutely brilliant fantasy novel that elevates the entire genre to a new level.First, I will admit to being bias toward Bakker s novel I studied philosophy both as an undergraduate and graduate student, so there is much here I recognize and appreciate from my studies Let s just say, the complexity of Bakker s work is suited to my kind of academic geek, one who is deeply fascinated in the why of things, events and history One who may be interested in Bakker s concept of the darkness that comes before, and what events result from that state of pre rationality The novel is segmented into parts, each one following a different character and setting the scene fo
Its jacket covered with hyperbolic praise, this book intrigued me enough that I borrowed it from our local library Reviewers compare it, ecstatically, to both the Song of Ice and Fire and the Lord of the Rings, though in some measure surpassing both of them Well, comparisons to LotR are de rigeur for any fantasy novel wanting to be taken seriously But why compare this to GRR Martin s series For the first hundred pages, the comparison seems nonsensical But then it starts to make a twisted sense The Darkness that Comes Before tries to take aspects of The Song of Ice and Fire in large part, many of the unpleasant aspects and surpass them The book follows multiple characters, but it doesn t follow the clear delineation by chapter break that GRRM does it s like an MTV jump cut version of character POV, as Bakker switches without warning between characters from one section to the next Thankfully, much of the time which character is speaking can be inferred by the context of the location setting Sadly, each of the ch
This is my second read of Bakker s compelling dark fantasy The Darkness That Comes Before My first read was around the original publication date I recall this being one of the best dark fantasy books I d read to that point I remember thinking the writing was engaging, the plot was interesting, the world building was fantastic, and that the characters were memorable The only flaws I had identified was that the sheer complex nature of the world and characters meant that it took me about 100 pages or so to get to grips with the world and the characters I thought this was a sure 5 star read and one of the best dark fantasy books I d ever read So how did this hold up than a decade later with the added experience of having read a ton of other dark fantasy stories in the wake of the boom of the grimdark fantasy subgenre It held up really well This still ranks as one of my all time favourite dark fantasy books I still find Bakker s writing to be very engaging and I still feel like the depth
This trilogy is really crazy interesting My friends and I have a category of literature that I enjoy, basically calling it Lit grad student masturbation e.g Cloud Atlas, Infinte Jest Although it s mainly used in the perjorative, it also describes incredibly accurately the writing style, very heady, involved, and vocab intense This is

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  • Paperback
  • 573 pages
  • The Darkness That Comes Before
  • R. Scott Bakker
  • English
  • 19 August 2017
  • 9780743256681