The Darkness That Comes Before

The Darkness That Comes Before

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Strikingly original in its conception, ambitious in scope, with characters engrossingly and vividly drawn, the first book in R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series creates a remarkable world from whole cloth--its language and classes of people, its cities, religions, mysteries, taboos, and rituals--the kind of all-embracing universe Tolkien and Herbert created unforgettably in The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It's a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both two thousand years past and two thousand years into the future, as untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasurimbor Kellhus--part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence--from lands long thought dead. With this stunning debut, R. Scott Bakker is poised to become one of the next great fantasy writers of his generation. The Darkness That Comes Before proves again that epic fantasy can be intelligent, majestic, and terrifying.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 589 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 50.8mm | 839.16g
  • Overlook Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1585675598
  • 9781585675593

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"The Darkness That Comes Before introduces a vast and richly detailed world for lovers of good fantasy."
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14,741 ratings
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3 21% (3,055)
2 8% (1,233)
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