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Casting into question all the action that has taken place before, twisting listeners' intuitions in unforeseen directions, and remolding the fantasy genre to broaden the scope of intricacy and meaning, R. Scott Bakker has once again written a fantasy novel that defies all expectations and rewards the listener with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of fantasy literature.
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By Cody on 07-19-12
After listening to the last ten minutes I sat dumbfounded for a good five minutes. Suddenly things foreshadowed and subtle tidbits started to make sense. The tingling sensation when you realize you've just read something awesome kicked in; it continues as I write this.
I have a feeling the ending of this series could polarize readers much like the First Law Trilogy. I however loved it.
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By Leni on 06-17-18
DeVries lifts a dreary snuff-orgy.
The book has drained my enthusiasm for the series, so I'll just leave this warning:
DeVries is a master of his craft, and brings to life the characters with unparalleled immersion and skill.
Bakker is amazing at worldbuilding, concepts and outlandish ideas.
Sadly, he's also awful at writing women and sexual scenes, which becomes extremely apparent in the many (many!) rape scenes.
The Prince of Nothing trilogy starts out promising and bold, but slowly devolves as Bakker's obsession with Rape, Snuff, Sex and Suffering take over. Not only does it turn into a bland morass of anguish, the quality of the writing and prose- that is so impressive most of the time- takes such a nosedive it turns into fanfic levels of "erotica".
You'd think I could overlook this in favor of all else that is good, but sex and rape grow in importance until it seems every other chapter includes it- it blots out all else.
If you're squeamish, stay away.
If you're not squeamish, stay away.
If you're not squeamish and can overlook the horrible sex scenes/multiple rape scenes/women who are nothing without men and quver in bliss the moment a penis is within a five foot radius, go for it.