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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. Scott Bakker Narrator: Kevin Orton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aspect-Emperor Series Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9781470335816
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Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, Bakker has already established his reputation as one of the smartest writers in the fantasy genre—a writer in the line stretching from Peake to Tolkein. Now he returns to the Prince of Nothing universe 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.

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  • “Essential for Prince of Nothing fans.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/20/2014

    " The change in scope and focus from the first trilogy manages to not be jarring. Bakker's writing is still plenty interesting. As he showed with his host of characters from the first series, he doesn't need to be details the adventures of a superman to show just how clever he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DMS | 2/17/2014

    " This is how to do bleak. This is the kind of book that makes me go outside and sit in the sun for a few minutes just to keep the unrelenting darkness from crushing me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arik Hetue | 2/11/2014

    " After reading the first series in roughly a week, I was hoping for more greatness. Cannot say that, its definitely good, but has a very "setup" feel. Loving the older crazier Akka. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spinwallah | 2/11/2014

    " ok i was a little disappointed, not crushed but esme annoyed the fuck out of me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/5/2014

    " A bit of a stumble after the amazing first trilogy, but I still love the world and haven't read book 2 yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Igor Raffaele | 1/31/2014

    " Better than the previous two books in the saga, nowhere near as good as 'The Darkness That Came Before' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 1/20/2014

    " This is probably the best of the books by R. Scott Bakker. He really shows a focus in the narrative and a greater depth in his characters than in the previous books. There is also a long, fantastic section that reminds me of Moria, but with his own dark, hopeless Bakker-ian flavor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/13/2014

    " Who is the great evil or the most evil continues to be allusive. A densely packed plot of characters, philosophy about what motivates religion and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belen Schneider | 12/30/2013

    " Flash forward 20 years and see how the fight continues. Many old faces, some new and interesting ones to develop from scratch...I think Bakker is keeping his momentum as he embarks on the next trilogy - yay! We have had more than a few late nights not wanting to put this book down to go to sleep :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Burrage | 12/19/2013

    " Full review on my podcast SFBRP #131. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gareth | 11/8/2013

    " This series continues to be my favorite. Fantastic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timmy | 9/16/2013

    " I was disappointed by this book, especially since his first trilogy was well-written and made the reader want to read. This was still in-depth but paid too much attention to the surroundings and not the storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/5/2013

    " I felt that this was the best book in the series so far (with the possible exception of The Thousandfold Thought). I eagerly anticipate the next installment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brennon | 9/3/2013

    " Nope. Don't do it. This is a complete pile of garbage with some of the same characters as the MASTERFUL "Prince of Nothing" series. Bad, bad, bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/27/2013

    " Like The Prince Of Nothing trilogy, Bakker's writing is so good that his few flaws stand out all the more - in part because the parts I don't like are clumsily handled. Still, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jesse l mabus | 7/24/2013

    " i would give it five stars but the mines of moria was just a little too familiar in this setting... "

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About the Author

R. Scott Bakker’s previous books include the Prince of Nothing trilogy: The Darkness that Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought. He lives in London, Ontario.

About the Narrator

Kevin Orton is a musician, composer, and actor. He performed in the 1999 Broadway revival of Amadeus and has appeared in numerous other New York and regional theater productions, as well as on television and in film. As a musician, he is most noted for composing and performing original music in the Tony Award–winning production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.