The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, Book 1)

3.78 avg rating
( 16,083 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781841494081: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, Book 1)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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...

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Many centuries ago, the world was nearly destroyed by the dark wizards of the Consult, and the High King's family was wiped out--or so it seemed. Then from the wild, uncharted north comes a mysterious and extraordinarily powerful philosopher-warrior, Anasurimbor Kellhus, descendant of the ancient High Kings. But the return of the king's bloodline is little cause for rejoicing. For Kellhus's appearance may signal the overthrow of empires, the destruction of the sorcerous schools, the return of the Consult demons--and the end of the world.

The Darkness that Comes Before is a strong, impressive, deeply imagined debut novel. However, this first book of an epic fantasy series is not accessible; it reads like a later volume of a complicated ongoing series. Author R. Scott Bakker has created a world that is very different from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, yet in depth of development comes closer than most high-fantasy worlds. In addition to providing five appendices, Bakker attempts to make his complex world clear to readers by filling the prologue and opening chapters with the names of characters, gods, cities, tribes, nations, religions, factions, and sorcerous schools. For many readers, this approach will have the opposite effect of clarity. It's like demonstrating snowflake structure with a blizzard. --Cynthia Ward

About the Author:

R. Scott Bakker is a student of literature, history, philosophy and ancient languages. He divides his time between writing philosophy and fantasy, though he often has difficulty distinguishing between them. He lives in London, Ontario.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # HUK9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # HUK9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # HUK9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.84
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Orbit (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Orbit, 2005. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # GH9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.43
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Bakker, R. Scott
Published by Orbit (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Softcover Quantity Available: 9
Rating
[?]

Book Description Orbit, 2005. Condition: New. 2005. New Ed. Paperback. 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. Series: The Prince of Nothing. Num Pages: 656 pages, maps. BIC Classification: FM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 177 x 109 x 41. Weight in Grams: 366. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

R.Scott Bakker
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST1841494089. Seller Inventory # ST1841494089

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Bakker, R. Scott
Published by Orbit
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Softcover Quantity Available: 9
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Orbit. Condition: New. 2005. New Ed. Paperback. 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. Series: The Prince of Nothing. Num Pages: 656 pages, maps. BIC Classification: FM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 177 x 109 x 41. Weight in Grams: 366. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Orbit (2005)
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Softcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Orbit, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781841494081_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.04
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

R. Scott Bakker
Published by Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New Paperback Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Book Group. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9781841494081

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.04
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Bakker, R. Scott
Published by Orbit
ISBN 10: 1841494089 ISBN 13: 9781841494081
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 11
Seller:
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Orbit. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1841494089 Brand New ,Original Book , Direct from Source , Express 6-8 business days worldwide delivery. Seller Inventory # DG#IM111421

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.90
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book