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The Judging Eye: The Aspect Emperor Book I Paperback – Jan 20 2009
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'[R. Scott Bakker is a] class act like George R. R. Martin, or his fellow Canadians Steven Erikson and Guy Gavriel Kay. He gets right away from the 'downtrodden youth becoming king' aspect of epic fantasy in his very impressive first novel - THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE. No clunky analogy of medieval Europe here. Odd, fascinating characters in a world full of trouble and sorcery' '10 Authors to Watch' SFX --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Scott Bakker is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, and the winner of the Helen B. Allison Gold Medal. He is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Prince of Nothing Trilogy, a series that Publisher’s Weekly calls “a work of unforgettable power.” His novels been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and daughter.See all Product Description
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Characters introduced in the initial trilogy continue to entertain and new characters introduced in the present work are every bit as fascinating. Bakker is a master of presenting characters, events, and settings with amazing depth, consequently endowing these elements with rich and meaningful context. Throughout we feel immersed in an world with a palpable sense of dramatic and violent history. For me, one of the most compelling aspects of Bakker's works is the questions they raise both of the philosophical sort and with respect to the sense that there is always more going on than either the reader or the characters themselves can penetrate. We are continuously compelled to read on. The good news is that the wait for the first volume in the Aspect Emperor trilogy is over but the bad news is that now the wait for the next instalment in this series begins.
Not much has changed in the world, the setting, or the writing. Several characters are the same, only older, and there are a few new ones, including the children of the Aspect-Emperor Kelhus and his wife Esmenet.
The events of the book are told through the eyes of several "main" characters.
Esmenet, the Empress, is a mother fooled by her young son Kelmomas, who is a real wild card. Much of the story played out in the capital is seen through his eyes, and produced by him. His mother, though the regent in the absence of the Emperor, seems strangely passive.
Sorweel is the teenaged son of the king of Sakarpus, the last free city at the northern edge of the Empire. As it is crushed like an insect by the massive army and powerful sorceries of the Empire, Sorweel becomes its king. Immediately, he is abducted as a hostage into the great army, and carried north to war, the Aspect-Emperor's crusade against the No-God. Sorweel grows up rapidly, from an ignorant child to a thoughtful adult, gathering strength and understanding. He is clearly preparing for a larger role in the next two books.
The last major part of the story is seen through Drusas Achamian, the only Wizard (non-aligned sorceror) in the Empire. He remains the enemy of the Aspect-Emperor, who of course stole his wife. Almost too late, he hears of the crusade (the Great Ordeal) and starts to try to counterattack. At the same time, Mimara, daughter of Esmenet from her days as a whore, joins him to learn sorcery. This part is actually the main portion of this first volume, as Achamian hires a group of Scalpers to take him to a cache in the North where he hopes to find proof that Kelhus is a fake.Read more ›
I'm happy to say that the first installment of this new trilogy, The Aspect-Empereror, had me hooked from the get-go and didn't let go. I finished the last half of the book with nary a pause in reading, after moving through the first half at a slower pace. By the ending chapters, I could barely tear my eyes away from the page. I'm now left salivating at the prospect of the next novel in the series.
The Judging Eye is told from three different locations, by a handful of different characters, equally split amongst new characters and old standbys from the first trilogy. It takes place approximately twenty years following the conclusion of the Thousandfold Thought, on a continent newly conquered and united (mostly) under the god-like rule of Anasûrimbor Kellhus, the Aspect-Emperor.
One third is told from the Andiamine Heights, the Emperor's palace in the capital city of Momemn. Esmenet, empress and wife of Kellhus, the Aspect-Emperor (who only makes a couple of appearances throughout the novel) tells the tale here, as well as her youngest son, Kelmomas, a despicable child if I've ever seen one (and worthy heir to his father, based on the first trilogy.)
The second tier takes place on the frontier of the Ordeal, Kellhus' massive army trudging across the Ancient North to war against the "evil" (relatively speaking) Consult and the No-god, Mog-Pharau.Read more ›
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this whole series is fasinating and so involved, would recommend them to anyone who enjoys total fiction my daughter can't wait till third in the 2nd set is outPublished on Nov. 23 2013 by M.
Loved it, continues to add a gritty interesting element to the genre with characters whose motivations come from a place other than an old hermit told me to do it! Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2011 by Cal 0_o