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The Judging Eye [Paperback]

R. Scott Bakker
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Jan. 20 2009 0143051601 978-0143051602

With this first book of his Aspect-Emperor trilogy, R. Scott Bakker returns to the world he created for The Prince of Nothing, giving readers a story filled with action, treachery, passion, and detail. Two thousand years have passed since the No-God last walked the earth; now Anasûrimbor Kellhus has seized absolute power with the promise of preventing his dread return.Will Kellhus save the world or has the end already begun?

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait March 11 2009
The Judging Eye continues the saga of Earwa begun in Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing trilogy. For one who read and enjoyed the preceding books immensely, The Judging Eye has been much anticipated and it has not disappointed. All of the elements that made The Prince of Nothing books so enjoyable are evident in The Judging Eye. Bakker is an accredited philosopher and as a result his works have greater depth of thought and theme than much of the work in the fantasy genre. This trend continues in his latest book. Since The Judging Eye is the first in The Aspect Emperor trilogy, there is some sense of prelude in this volume. At the same time there is the necessity of providing back-story for the events that are unfolding in this book that will be unfolding in the coming volumes. This tricky task, in the hands of lesser authors, can present a formidable obstacle often resulting in a disjointed narrative but not so with Bakker. What is presented in the way of prelude and back-story is seamlessly woven into the events of the present work so that we never feel that we are enduring obligatory exposition.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Judging Eye April 29 2010
While I really enjoyed this book, and I'm heavily invested in seeing the conclusions to the story arcs that were set up in this book, it took me a very long time to finish. I found that the ending of the book was dragged out just a little too long, and the description became repetitive and a little too trite. I will certainly read the next installment, but I can only hope that the pace is better in the next book. I find the characters in this book series to be very interesting, deep and emotionally engaging. The cultural backdrop is very unique, and a breath of fresh air in a world soaked in Europe-like fantasies. The use of philosophy as a foundation for magic is very compelling, and I would suggest that readers who enjoy this book seek out real-world philosophy texts to improve their understanding of our history, and the context of these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first series Aug. 2 2009
I have to admit - I was one of the folks who read R. Scott Bakker's first trilogy, the Prince of Nothing, and struggled trying to get a handle on the backstory of the first novel. The second novel, The Warrior-Prophet, was, to my mind, the best of the set, and the third, The Thousandfold Thought, was convoluted and left me feeling unfulfilled, the story seemingly incomplete.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love Nov. 23 2013
By M.
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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 out
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