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The Judging Eye By R. Scott Bakker The Judging Eye A cult author now in the mainstream the thrilling return of R Scott Bakker and The Prince of Nothing universe The Darkness That Comes Before The Warrior Prophet and The Thousandfold Thought collect

  • Title: The Judging Eye
  • Author: R. Scott Bakker
  • ISBN: 9781590201695
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Judging Eye By R. Scott Bakker A cult author now in the mainstream, the thrilling return of R Scott Bakker and The Prince of Nothing universe.The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought collectively the Prince of Nothing Saga were R Scott Bakker s magnificent debut into the upper echelon of epic fantasy In those three books, Bakker created a world that was at A cult author now in the mainstream, the thrilling return of R Scott Bakker and The Prince of Nothing universe.The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought collectively the Prince of Nothing Saga were R Scott Bakker s magnificent debut into the upper echelon of epic fantasy In those three books, Bakker created a world that was at once a triumph of the fantastic and an historical epic as real as any that came before Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, Bakker has already established the reputation as one of the smartest writers in the fantasy genre a writer in the line stretching from Homer to Peake to Tolkein Now he returns to The Prince of Nothing with the long awaited The Judging Eye, the first book in an all new series Set twenty years after the end of The Thousandfold Thought, Bakker reintroduces us to a world that is at once familiar but also very different than the one readers thought they knew Delving even further into his richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, and fully 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 reader with an experience unlike any to be had in the canon of today s literature.
    The Judging Eye By R. Scott Bakker

    The Judging Eye Aspect Emperor, by R Scott Bakker Jan , The Judging Eye is very much the first volume in a new trilogy, despite all that happened in the three previous books Twenty years have passed and new factions, conflicts and mysteries have emerged. The Judging Eye One The Aspect emperor Bakker, R Exiled schoolman Achamian and Mimara, a witch with the Judging Eye, begin a dangerous trek to discover Kellhus true nature Kellhus wife, Esmenet, navigates the brutal politics left in her care, while son Kelmomas manipulates those around him. The Judging Eye One The Aspect Emperor Bakker, R Mar , THE JUDGING EYE R SCOTT BAKKER is the author of Neuropath and The Prince of Nothing series, which includes The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought, a trilogy that Publishers Weekly calls a work of unforgettable power The Judging Eye Prince of Nothing Fandom The Judging Eye is the first novel in the Aspect Emperor trilogy and the fourth in The Second Apocalypse series It was published in Publisher s Summary Plot Summary . Drusas Achamian . The Great Ordeal . Esmenet Point of View Characters Set twenty years after the end of

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    1. Terry on said:

      Despite some trepidation with the thought I keep coming back to the idea that R Scott Bakker s Prince of Nothing and Aspect Emperor series are, if not the true inheritors of Tolkien s legacy, at least the most innovative step forward in the realm of epic fantasy that is consciously derived from the genre changing or creating impact of JRRT Most other fantasies that are obviously influenced by the Professor are at best re treading the same, or similar, ground in fairly limited ways or, at worst, [...]

    2. Mike on said:

      Observational aside I will rarely reread books Once I finish a book it is usually off to the next one, with few exceptions In this case the sixth book in the series, The Great Ordeal, is coming out soon, a book I have waited nearly five years for, and I wanted to give myself a refresher on the entire series before it was released I don t recall the first time I read The Prince of Nothing trilogy but assures me it was before I joined this website Since then I have read literally hundreds of books [...]

    3. Cicero on said:

      R.Scott Bakker, is in my opinion, criminally overlooked by many of the lists discussing the best that fantasy currently has to offer.This book picks up 20 years after the events of The Thousandfold Thought and so there is defiantly a new feel to this book with new POVs characters and different plotlines This book feels like book one of a new trilogy which it is and does not read like book 4 of the series Unfortunately this means a lot of setting up is done and so two of the storylines had no rea [...]

    4. Terence on said:

      Reread April May 2011 I liked The Judging Eye better on a second read, and there was a lot of stuff that I had forgotten or didn t mention in my original review Like I had completely forgotten the possession of Incariol, the Nonman sorceror of the Skin Eaters, by Gin yursis, the last king of Cil Aujas Nor had I grasped the special nature of Mimara s sight Not only can she see the ontic bruise of sorcery but she possesses the even rarer ability to see the morality of it the judging eye of the boo [...]

    5. Leona on said:

      This book completely blew my mind.My main complaint about The Prince of Nothing was not being able to root for any of the characters, except for Achamian Akka a bit, even though they were incredibly well developed and detailed I just couldn t connect with them This definitely changes with the Aspect Emperor books Some of the existing main characters are there Kellhus, Esmenet, Akka, Maithanet , Akka got hell of a lot better and far charismatic, and there s a whole new cast of awesome characters [...]

    6. Rachel on said:

      This is another sequel whose success is predicated on the reader knowing and caring about characters from previous volumes The psychological depth of Bakker s earlier books is missing here, which in most cases is fine we ve already have about 1800 pages on the inner workings of the three main characters, Esmenet, Achamian, and Kellhus I missed the richness of perspective, though, and Bakker did introduce some new characters that could have been the lenses through which this story was told Mimara [...]

    7. Wise_owl on said:

      The Judging Eye starts the second series in R Scott Bakker s fantasy world, and in many ways it mirrors the first series while setting forth a broader, fascinating premise.It s impossible to discuss the book without discussion of the previous series, but suffice to say, all the philosophy that ladens the first book continues in this one, with the worlds key questions of metaphysics continueing to be almost, but not quite answered.The Holy War that was the setting for the first book is over, won [...]

    8. Therese Arkenberg on said:

      I cannot remember enjoying a sequel so much in years Although the worldbuilding behind what Bakker is now calling The Second Apocalypse is beyond complex, and a lot has happened in the 20 years since the close of the Prince of Nothing trilogy, I still felt able to dive right back into this world I hadn t realized how much I remembered of this meticulously crafted setting even though Sweet Sejenus has been my go to cussword for years Bakker doesn t waste the reader s time with a long introduction [...]

    9. Brian on said:

      I almost don t feel right giving this any sort of rating until I ve read the rest of the trilogy, but since the third book hasn t been published yet, I guess I should put something down.Full disclosure I LOVED the Prince of Nothing trilogy It s firmly in my top 10 So I wanted to love this I ve actually been putting off reading it because I know I m going to want to blow through them all, and I obviously can t do that without the third installment I m giving it 4 stars now, but that may change de [...]

    10. Neil Pearson on said:

      The 20 year skip forward in time is initially a shock but it works suprisingly well and gets to us to the meat of the story far quicker Because of the passage of time we now have a very different cast and the two remaining POVs are quite changed from the last time we saw them The new POVs are surprisingly good, Kelmomas being a favourite although Sorweel is a bit of a whiny drag though i suspect he has a far greater role A lot of people have complained about Kellhus taking a back seat but I thin [...]

    11. Robert on said:

      I was both hopeful and wary going into this second trilogy in Bakker s apocalyptic saga In fact, I re read the Prince of Nothing trilogy as much to enjoy it all once last time in case he managed to retroactively tarnish their brilliance Fortunately, I have not been disappointed The Judging Eye is very much the first volume in a new trilogy, despite all that happened in the three previous books Twenty years have passed and new factions, conflicts and mysteries have emerged Much like The Darkness [...]

    12. Carlo on said:

      When I read Bakker s Prince of Nothing trilogy I was mind blown, it redefined my idea of fantasy books, the astonishing uniqueness of its universe and the characters depth marveled me so much I found myself feeling sad by the end of the third book knowing it d be the last one However, I was baffled to find the trilogy s ending very inconclusive Of course my disappointed ended two weeks ago when i saw the Judging Eye on the Fantasy shelf, the best fantasy story ever continues Scott Bakker comes b [...]

    13. Patrick St-Denis on said:

      The long awaited and what should have been the final installment in The Aspect Emperor trilogy, but has since then been split into two volumes The Great Ordeal by R Scott Bakker will finally be released this summer It s been five years since The White Luck Warrior, the second volume, saw the light, so you can understand why Bakker fans are rejoicing Problem is, it s been a very long time in between books And for a midlist genre author, one that never was marketed much by his publishers to begin [...]

    14. Bryan on said:

      Although this is technically the first book of a trilogy, anyone who has not previously read any of R Scott Bakker s work should most certainly not start with this book In fact, it s a little unclear to me why Bakker would even bother calling this a new trilogy, seeing as it completely relies on the reader understanding the events of the preceding Prince Of Nothing trilogy for this story to make much sense Sure, there s a detailed synopsis included at the back of the book, though , and yes, 20 s [...]

    15. John on said:

      Review on my second reading view spoiler While The Prince of Nothing began with a quotation from Nietzsche, the follow up trilogy The Aspect Emperor begins with But who are you, man, to answer God thus Will what is made say to him who made it Why have you made me this way Does the potter not have power over his clay, to make, from the same mass, one vessel for honor, and another for dishonor ROMANS 9 20 21Nietzsche, famous as the God is dead philosopher, begins a trilogy that is largely illustra [...]

    16. Bruce on said:

      As much as I enjoyed R Scott Bakker s The Prince of Nothing trilogy, there were various points in the books where they could be a chore to read Bakker seemed to get bogged down in too much detail, and would allow his narrative voice to ramble a bit than necessary around his characters philosophical musings The Judging Eye contains no such eye glazing passages, and is in fact a downright easy read I m not sure whether this was a personal decision on the author s part or just a consequence of the [...]

    17. Crowinator on said:

      This new series begins twenty years after the conclusion of Bakker s Prince of Nothing trilogy Kellhus, the all seeing Aspect Emperor, is leading a second war, the Great Ordeal, against the evil Consult, intending to prevent the rise of the No God While his army continues to subjugate once proud nations, others plot to contest his domination Nannaferi, of the Cult of Yatwer, awaits the Goddess White Luck Warrior, prophesied to destroy the Demon Kellhus Sorweel, the young king of conquered Sarkar [...]

    18. Justin Evans on said:

      For better and for worse, Bakker turned it up to 11 on this one The psychology is believable, condensed, and much revealing than in the first three books The action is faster and edge of your seat And the bravura set pieces are worthy of a bravo The first three books were interesting than fun this is as fun as it is interesting Someone complained that the moral relativism is gone well, you should read closely, since we re told in no uncertain terms that the good characters from books 1 3 [...]

    19. Theodore Remington on said:

      R Scott Bakker continues his legacy of inheriting Tolkien s mantle and darkening it exquisitely with his supremely multi layered series, subverting expectations and plumbing deeper into the alien recesses of the human psyche via outlandish fantasy fiction Despite the protagonist s inhuman behavior which sinks or ascends, depending on your perspective to newfound depraved levels , I find Kellhus to be one of the most genuinely interesting characters I ve ever come across The centerpiece, however, [...]

    20. Maark Abbott on said:

      Absolutely fantastic Top book read in 2016 as of 20 06 further thoughts to come later.

    21. Debdip Chakraborty on said:

      Talk about continuing an epic with another this goes right into the mounds of Prince of Nothing trilogy and perhaps, does one bit The new characters are something to watch out for And the writing is perhaps the best in the genre, R Scott Bakker take a bow To the Coffers, boys

    22. Anne on said:

      Wow Talk about terrifying So glad to get back into E rwa Although, I would prefer not to be in the dark But wow I can t imagine What must it be like to write this way Wow.

    23. Bloggeratf on said:

      The The Judging Eye, by R Scott Bakker is set twenty years after his previous trilogy, The Darkness That Comes Before, which follows Anasurimbor Kelhus in his quest to kill kill father and save the world Kelhus is an off the charts genius bermensch bred in the traditions of the Dunyain, a secret cult whose only goal is to breed smarter children Having been polluted by the outside world through a dream sent by his father, Kelhus is exiled from the Dunyain and sent to kill him I highly recommend t [...]

    24. Sarah on said:

      I ve always wanted to like these books than I do I ve met Bakker, and he s an interesting, cool, thoughtful guy, with one of the best explanations of the innovative rather than inherently conservative qualities of fantasy as opposed to sf I ve ever heard However, all of the characters in his books are so broken he seem to write about mad people in a mad world, and it s impossible to quite like or trust any of them no matter how much you want to I actually have less of that problem in this book [...]

    25. Douglas Debner on said:

      I m changing my review now that I ve completed the series Initially I liked these books, and I m leaving my original review below in case anyone is actually interested, but this series goes significantly downhill as it progresses and has pretty much the worst possible ending Plus the author shows outright disrespect for storytelling, for example, he doesn t tell the story of the final resolution, instead he tells us a bunch of stuff that happens, without explanation, until he fills in the final [...]

    26. Eoin Flynn on said:

      All of Bakker s books are slow going for the first two thirds, as he baits and builds All are beautifully written, if slow moving And all reach tremendously satisfying, brutal climaxes This was no exception He pays homage to one of the great sequences in fantasy Tolkien s telling of the passage of the fellowship through The Mines of Moria Moria is usually simply ripped off Terry Brooks and Raymond E Fiest for example But Bakker is like an old blues man, working wonders with, and paying respect [...]

    27. Captivekraken on said:

      This was the first Bakker book I read, after hearing about it on GNXP.It s not actually an independent story it relies a lot on the cosmology characters from the previous series There is a section at the end of the book summarizing what has gone before, which mostly took care of that problem, though.Overall I liked it, especially the intense last section, which surpasses the mines of moria battle from LotR.

    28. Phrynne on said:

      This book picks up twenty years after the Prince of Nothing series finished The Prince of Nothing is now the Aspect Emperor and he has some mighty magical powers And lots of enemies I loved this book especially the parts where Anasurimbor Kellhus is featured This is a short book by Scott Bakker s standards and it is a quick and exciting read It finishes right in the middle of several separate story lines and there is a strong compulsion to move straight on to the next book.

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