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Review of The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing Book 3) by R Scott Bakker

The first thing to say about this book is that it maintains the high quality of the first two – more or less, anyway. I couldn’t help thinking that, while it’s just as well-written, for the first three quarters it was quite as involving as The Darkness that Comes Before or The Warrior-Prophet. It’s difficult to say just why, though. Maybe the plot had lost its way slightly, and the story was just biding its time until the climax. Or maybe the domination of the Warrior-Prophet over the other protagonists was just a little boring.

Whatever. By the time I reached the last few chapters it all paid off. In fact, the climactic final scenes seemed quite unusual, being a mixture of epic battle and intimate confrontation. It also felt somehow un-high fantasy-ish. The sorcerers of the various faction knock seven bells out of each other, yes, but the implied Second Apocalypse doesn’t happen – doesn’t really threaten to happen. The crux of this trilogy is the Anasurimbor father/son confrontation, and we finally learn what Moenghus has been up to.

The resulting explication is pretty metaphysical and, to be honest, I don’t think I took it all in. One thing is clear, though – while this trilogy may have ended, the true crux of R Scott Bakker’s story lies in the future, in the trilogy that comes after: The Aspect-Emperor.

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  1. 9 December 2010 at 11:19 pm

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