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on October 21, 2008
Scott Bakker, has finally brought the epic trilogy to its end. Through war, strife, heart-ache, numerous betrayals and revelations the characters have finally reached their goal. The Holy City of Shimeh. I loved this book, however, I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the rushed ending. Perhaps Scott was having to deal with a deadline or perhaps maybe that he intends to produce a fourth book as the conclusion really does lend itself for explanation.

All the beloved characters had all of their "tracks" neatly tied but some left me wanting more, especially concerning my favourite character Achamian who is left desolate and alone once again. The ending certainly makes one feel absolute pity for him...I won't spoil it but it is a real heartrending scene. If anything the odd turns in the book are made up for by the awe inspiring Glossary in the back of the Paperback book. It really helps that this time instead of dividing names and places by their factions and allegiances as in the previous two books the glossary for the third is all alphabetical which makes it easier to go through.

I highly recommend this book to fans of Steven Erikson's Malazan books. Because Scott and Steven are going to revolutionize Canadian literature and I can't wait.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 30, 2006
A fabulous finale!
This is the concluding book in the “Prince of Nothing” trilogy by Scott Bakker. I'd waited in eager anticipation for this release; I was not disappointed.
The book effectively ties up the loose ends of previous episodes and (thankfully) comes to a definitive ending; and yet, not surprisingly, it may have opened a few new treads at the conclusion as well. This book deals with the same major characters as the previous books; that being Kellhus, Achamian(Akka), Esmenet and Cnaiur, as well as a new “concern” that was mentioned passingly in previous books.
Well written, gripping and intriguing right from the word go, this book was a page turner; also there was an erotic quality in some areas that was “intense” to say the least. As with most great fantasy novels there is a liberal dose of magic, deceit, love, betrayal and some really great battles.
In addition to the storyline itself, there are 3 maps at the back of the book to keep you abreast of the Holy Wars' locations: as well, there is a 100 page “Encyclopedic Glossary” at the end of this book giving added descriptions of persons, places and things mentioned in the trilogy. (it's this “glossary” that makes you realize the depth of research of the storyline that the author has put into developing this epic fantasy)
And yet, despite the greatness of the story, there were segments of this book that I did not find easy to read; e.g. I found I really had to concentrate hard (and sometimes read repeatedly) for some of the philosophical discussions between Akka and Kellhus and also for some chapters of the internal musings of Akka and Cnaiur as they went through periods of internal upheaval. This “concern” however is a minor complaint when weighed against the overall quality of the rest of this book.
All in all, if you liked the previous installments of this series, I think you will find the conclusion equally enjoyable. Recommended! 4 & ½ stars.
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on November 12, 2015
Excellent conclusion to the Prince of Nothing Series. I never liked fantasy until I read R. Scott Bakker.
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on October 19, 2014
Great book!
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