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In this shattering conclusion to The Aspect-Emperor books, praised for their "sweeping epic scale and detailed historical world building" (Grimdark Magazine), R. Scott Bakker delivers the series' feverishly harrowing and long-awaited finish.
In The Unholy Consult, the Men of the Great Ordeal have been abandoned by Anasurimbor Kellhus, and the grand crusade has dissolved into cannibalism and chaos. When Exalt-General Proyas, the Prince-Imperial Kayutas at his side, attempts to gain control of the lost Men and continue their march to Golgotterath, it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord and Prophet is not so easily shaken from the mission.
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By Josh on 10-17-17
Bakker still too impressed with himself
Dear R. Scott Bakker -
Yes, we get it...you know more about philosophy and religion than most other people...good for you. It's just too bad that fact got in the way of your very compelling story.
--now for my review--
I've heard people either love or hate this series...I both love AND hate it. And this book is exactly why. All of the important plot points are obfuscated to the point of nonsense or pure guesswork by the reader. The author tortures his few clear points so far that he condescends to the reader. Many characters have absolutely no purpose whatsoever - i.e hundreds of pages/tens of audiobook hours are spent on characters who could disappear entirely and the plot would change not one bit.
I so desperately want to only love this book and series at large. I have also always wanted to see someone make a serious effort at exploring the 'uber man' idea to it's logical conclusion in a compelling story. And I was given that with this series. Unfortunately it was written by someone more in love with his own 'cleverness,' than he is with writing coherent, enjoyable stories.
I love the grimdark sub-genre of fantasy, but also want to enjoy reading such books. This series and this book felt much more like required reading for a college course than something to read for enjoyment, and I almost dreaded pushing through it. Again, don't get me wrong...I love this series and it's incredibly compelling story... but I also hated reading it...if that makes any sense...
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By subetei on 07-13-18
The cliffhanger that will lead to the No-God
The beginning of the end, the Great Ordeal finally arrives at the foot of the Golden Horns and having survived the journey to Golgotterath and their own dark desires brought to life. Now they must face the end of the world and they will bring their own doom or salvation with them. The truth of the White Luck and the heart breaking revelations that will strip Esmenet to her core, while Achamian and Mimara finally arrive in the hopes to cast judgement on the aspect emperor, Sorweel and the siblings flee from the clutches of the mad Nonmen to an even deeper madness of men. But he Consult has unknown hands to play and the world will shiver when they are revealed.