A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.
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A complete letdown
I would try another book from R. Scott Bakker but not with Kevin Orton som narrator.
I would change the narrator.
His reading was overall annoying.
It might have but I will have to read it in another format to find out.
I really looked forward to the Aspect Emperor triology, I even added the second book to my wishlist. But I see that Kevin Orton narrated that one too so it will get off the list.
Good, adult, story. Poor choice of narrator.
The Judging Eye is consistent with the previous trilogy. Bakker's stories and characters are deep and his story elements are mature.
I like that Bakker takes his subject matter seriously in spite of the story taking place in a fantasy setting.
David DeVries would have been a better choice of narrator. Kevin Orton's intonations are overly dramatic, even stodgy.
The characters are flawed in very human kinds of ways. They aren't typical "good guys" and "bad guys" for certain.
Overall, the book is quite good. If you like the original trilogy, you are likely to enjoy this book. Since the world is established, there is less time spent on world-building, however. This is important for those who were attracted to the first three in the series for their brilliant take on fantasy history.
The narration was completely inappropriate to the novel, however. There were moments when I was completely taken out of the experience of listening by the overly dramatic performance of the narrator. It seems clear that he did not understand the story or the characters.