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The Darkness That Comes Before

R. Scott Bakker

6 Reviews

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Prince of Nothing, Fiction, Fantasy

A startlingly original and assured epic fantasy debut. A tale of conspiracy, holy war, empire-building and intrigue set in the most vividly imagined fantasy world since Tolkien's Middle Earth.

A score of centuries has passed since the First Apocalypse and the thoughts of men have turned, inevitably, to more worldly concerns... A veteran sorcerer and spy seeks news of an ancient enemy. A military genius plots to conquer the known world for his Emperor but dreams of the throne for himself. The spiritual leader of the Thousand Temples seeks a Holy War to cleanse the land of the infidel. An exiled barbarian chieftain seeks vengeance against the man who disgraced him. And into this world steps a man like no other, seeking to bind all - man and woman, emperor and slave - to his own mysterious ends.
But the fate of men - even great men - means little when the world itself may soon be torn asunder. Behind the politics, beneath the religious fervour, a dark and ancient evil is reawakening. After two thousand years, the No-God is returning. The Second Apocalypse is nigh. And one cannot raise walls against what has been forgotten...

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Praise for The Darkness That Comes Before

  • "Intelligent" is a term trotted out so often by publishers that it has become almost worthless - which is hard for the likes of Bakker, whose [The Darkness That Comes Before] truly is intelligent, and original, and all those other overused words. - The Guardian

  • The Darkness That Comes Before is a strikingly original work, the start of a series to watch. SF Site - 'The publishers hype compares [The Darkness That Comes Before] to The Lord of the Rings or Frank Herberts Dune, and gratifyingly the hype is not mispl

  • ''Intelligent'' is a term trotted out so often by publishers that it has become almost worthless - which is hard for the likes of Bakker, whose [The Darkness That Comes Before] truly is intelligent, and original, and all those other overused words. - The Guardian

  • Kevin J. Anderson, Bestselling author of Horizon Storms - 'Exquisitely intelligent and beautifully written, R. Scott Bakker's first novel in The Prince of Nothing series inspires both confidence and anticipat

  • The Darkness That Comes Before is a strikingly original work, the start of a series to watch. SF Site - 'The publisher's hype compares [The Darkness That Comes Before] to The Lord of the Rings or Frank

  • George Walkley, Ottakar's (Outland) - 'Bakker has created a gourmet feast for hungry fantasy readers, exquisitely prepared, carefully seasoned, and served with pomp and ceremony... The Dar

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