The Great Ordeal Praised by fans and critics worldwide R Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature With The Great Ordeal Bakker presents the long anticipated third volume of The

  • Title: The Great Ordeal
  • Author: R. Scott Bakker
  • ISBN: 9781468301694
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Praised by fans and critics worldwide, R Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature With The Great Ordeal, Bakker presents the long anticipated third volume of The Aspect Emperor, a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story As Fanim war drums beat just outside the city,Praised by fans and critics worldwide, R Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature With The Great Ordeal, Bakker presents the long anticipated third volume of The Aspect Emperor, a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story As Fanim war drums beat just outside the city, the Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace for her missing son Kelmomas Meanwhile and many miles away, Esmenet s husband s Great Ordeal continues its epic march further north But in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect Emperor s decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences even He couldn t have foreseen And, deep in Ishu l, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth than when he set out The Aspect Emperor series follows Bakker s Prince of Nothing saga, returning to the same world twenty years later The Great Ordeal follows The Judging Eye and The White Luck Warrior, and delivers the first half of the conclusion to this epic story Returning to Bakker s richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, The Aspect Emperor continues to set the bar for the fantasy genre, reaching new heights of intricacy and meaning.

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    1. R. Scott Bakker

      Richard Scott Bakker, who writes as R Scott Bakker and as Scott Bakker, is a novelist whose work is dominated by a large series informally known as the The Second Apocalypse which Bakker began developing whilst as college in the 1980s.The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, with the first two books entitled The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect Emperor However, when Bakker began writing the series in the early 2000s, he found it necessary to split each of the three novels into its own sub series to incorporate all of the characters, themes and ideas he wished to explore Bakker originally conceived of seven books a trilogy and two duologies This later shifted to two trilogies, with the acknowledgement that the third series may yet also expand to a trilogy.The Prince of Nothing trilogy was published between 2003 and 2006 It depicts the story of the Holy War launched by the Inrithi kingdoms against the heathen Fanim of the south to recover the holy city of Shimeh for the faithful During the war, a man named Ansurimbor Kellhus emerges from obscurity to become an exceptionally powerful and influential figure, and it is discovered that the Consult, an alliance of forces united in their worship of the legendary No God, a nihilistic force of destruction, are manipulating events to pave the way for the No God s return to the mortal world.The sequel series, The Aspect Emperor trilogy, picks up the story twenty years later with Kellhus leading the Inrithi kingdoms in directly seeking out and confronting the Consult The first novel in this new series is due for publication in 2009.Whilst working on the Prince of Nothing series, Bakker was given a challenge by his wife to write a thriller To answer this, he produced a science fiction thriller based around a serial killer who can control and influence the human mind This book, Neuropath, was eventually published in 2008 Inspired, he wrote a second thriller titled The Disciple of the Dog in 2009.

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    1. The Darkness That Comes Before reviewThe Warrior Prophet reviewThe Thousandfold Thought reviewThe Judging Eye reviewThe White Luck Warrior reviewFinally, the next installment of the Aspect Emperor and the next chapter in the epic story of Aka, Khellus, the Three Seas, and the genocidal space aliens has been published. I have waited five years for this one and it has more than lived up to my high expectations. I can see why Bakker ended up splitting the last book into two (the other being The Unh [...]


    2. I'm having real trouble reviewing this book. I'm a huge Darkness that comes before fan, and if not as enthused about Aspect-Emperor still reading each installment rabidly to see where the unpredictable tale goes. The Great Ordeal without a doubt, has got to be the most confusing, provoking, bizarre 2nd Apoc book yet, so despite several criticisms I have the book definitely succeeds in moving a reader.So where to start? Well I'll probably add a spoiler section at the end to go into more depth, bu [...]


    3. 503 brilliant pages. I loved it!This is another supposed trilogy which has turned into four books but I don't mind at all. The more the better I say:) Kellhus has been one of my favourite book characters since the very beginning and he still does not let us down. Parts of the final battle scene were made all the more splendid when he demonstrated some of his wizardly skills. Some of it was pretty gory. It was interesting for example how they solved the problem of feeding thousands of soldiers on [...]


    4. Another dark gem from Bakker but honestly I wouldn't say this is his best work. This is supposed to be the first half of the final book and it showed as majority of the book-though still enthralling- seemed like a set up for the final one. In fact, I thought I was gonna give it a highly rated 4 stars, but then the last 4 chapters blew my mind, scene after freakn scene. This book, for me, has one of the most exciting endings in the series.There's so much more I'd love to say but I'd hate to be th [...]


    5. Fans of R. Scott Bakker’s The Second Apocalypse series slog on, book after book, chapter after chapter, one page to the next, seeking revelation. In Earwa, Bakker has crafted a world so dense and possessed with epochal mystery that readers find themselves consuming every morsel only to be twice as hungry for more Meat. Through his five Earwan novels thus far, Bakker has conceived and kindled the reader’s lust, patiently starving us on our journey, hoarding his greatest secrets. With The Grea [...]


    6. Review by Durand Welsh on behalf of Grimdark MagazineLink to original review: grimdarkmagazine/blogs/ne(WARNING: Contains Minor Spoilers)The Great Ordeal, the penultimate novel in R. Scott Bakker’s Aspect-Emperor series, is finally upon us. His fans have been waiting a long time for this one, and it’s a testament to the quality of Bakker’s work and the loyalty of his readership that the wait hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm.Outside his fan base, Bakker’s novels themselves have had an u [...]


    7. I'm at a bit of a loss for what to say about this volume. It was certainly enjoyable, but after what I considered the superlative efforts of the first two books in this part of the series (The Judging Eye and The White Luck Warrior) I was perhaps a tad let down by this one. Most likely this is due to the fact that, frighteningly like GRRM, Bakker was forced to split what was supposed to be one book into two: in this case the originally proposed final volume of the 'Aspect Emperor' series has now [...]


    8. As much as I have adored Bakker's style throughout this slog of slogs: The Great Ordeal does not feel like the payoff worth the weight of years behind it. The book seethes with intellect, with possibility and dense worldbuilding, but in the end, I'm sad to say, it suffers from a sense of too much set up and not enough time on the actual journey—which, in one half of a grand finale, is far from what one would desire.Don't get me wrong: there are parts of this book which sing with the classic Ba [...]


    9. It would be impossible to discuss anything that happens in the third book of R. Scott Bakker’s Aspect Emperor series without massive spoilage so I’m only going to hint at what’s happened since the end of The White-Luck Warrior and offer a few thoughts on the series [NB: I’m going to assume readers of this review have read the latter book and will not avoid mentioning events from it].The last book ended on several cliff hangers: In Momemn, Maithanet had been assassinated and Esmenet had s [...]


    10. "The Board is set, the pieces are moving" I can't think of a better description for The Great Ordeal. If you've made it this far then you're most likely a fan of the "Grimdark" masterpiece that is The Prince of Nothing saga. Fans have eagerly awaited years for this volume, and let me be the first to tell you, the wait was worth it. If you haven't given this series a try, then I urge you to. If you're a fan and you've come this far, then prepare to have your mind blown. Bakker has cemented his pl [...]


    11. The long awaited third book of the Aspect-Emperor series is finally here. The previous instalment, The White-Luck Warrior, ended on a bunch of cliffhangers: everyone arrived at places, be it Ishual, Ishterebinth, Momemn or the high north. In part three, we move even farther away from the normal human world, and the series becomes even more heady and cryptic.For an epic fantasy, a lot of the story revolves around (apparent) madness. We follow the machinations of the transhuman, passionless Dunyai [...]


    12. Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Too much setting the table, not enough eating dinner.Honestly, this book is a 5-star read at times, a 2-star read at times, and an overall frustrating experience in "if only I had the time to go back and re-read all of the books in the series, or at least the two preceding this one". Thankfully, this book starts with a "What Has Come Before" section where the previous trilogy and the other two books preceding this one are summarized. Although it is dry and dense as hell [...]


    13. To be fair, you have to have a very, very high IQ to understand Bakker's books.The story is extremely subtle and without a solid grasp on philosophy and literature, most of the story will go over the typical reader's head. There is also Bakker's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into the characterization and prose. The prose for example, drew heavily from Greek literature. The fans understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of Bakker's choic [...]



    14. Spoilers everywhere. Just some notes, rather than a proper reading—“It was narcotic for simply being so strange” (180) - xenos as opium.Injunction that the “living shall not haunt the dead” (122) meets “the horror of the Real” (122). And that horror is to be controlled: “to see a thing was to possess power over it—this was the truth behind the Unreality. The World was Real only to the degree it resisted Desire, and she, like her Dunyain father, could crush the resistance of the [...]


    15. These are my favorite books in the world (really!), but this one didn't do it for me.1. Not a lot happens.2. (view spoiler)[There is a "big surprise" at the end, except that I've been expecting that surprise for 3 books now, so it wasn't such a big surprise. (hide spoiler)]3. Every single Ishterebinth chapter is like a total word salad of made up nonman words. They read like they were written by some text generation neural network trained on the nonman parts of the first 5 books:"Mu'miorn!" the [...]


    16. Hard to qualify this one Suffers a bit from A Feast for Crows-syndrome: half of the book that was planned. I had this book built up as much, much more in my head. Add to that, Bakkers books practically beg for a reread. After I've had the time to go through it again, I might feel different. As it is, I still really liked it, but the unfulfilled potential still gnaws at me. (It was either Werthead from Wertzone or Patrick from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist who said the complete book could have been Bakke [...]


    17. Just reading the"previously in" from previous books in the series I was amazed at the depth and breadth of all that has happened. Bakker's writing is so dense and filled with amazing words for peoples, roles, magical schools, countries, and on and on, that it made the going slow at first. All that was made worthwhile as the Kelhus's Great Ordeal itself rolls toward its climax. There are also separate threads for Esmenet's trials back on the throne, Sorweel's journey through Ishterebinth with Kel [...]


    18. Another intricate, smart, deep, thrilling entry from R. Scott Bakker. Poignant, gripping, tightly-paced (a rarity for Bakker), and of course layered with revelation about the core ideas of the series and the philosophies of the characters (and the author). I can't say much without going into spoilers, but suffice to say that the central plotlines are well-explored, well-thought out, and conclude on very strong notes. This book didn't feel like half of a split book - it was whole and complete in [...]


    19. Bit dissapointed. Never thougt I'd give a R. Scott Bakker book anything less than 4 stars.It has some epic chapters, but in my opinion anyway, there is WAY to much filler. I didn't seem to notice this in the other books, that I re-read about 4 times before this one came out thoughts:-Should not have been split up in 2 parts (fillerllerller).-to much focus on minor uninteresting characters (you know who I mean)-creating characters to kill them later, stretch the story+DAGLIASH!+other spoilery stu [...]


    20. Still contemplating what I think on this one review to come sometime later. Certainly the best (and weirdest) of the Aspect Emperor series so far.




    21. This book deserves negative stars. All of the Aspect Emperor books go down in intelligence and actively undermine the good work done in the Prince of Nothing books that set up this series. Since this is the third book in the series I'm getting tired of saying this so I will just give a couple of example of how stupid this book is.Achamian, a sorcerer, is on a suicidal mission to find the Dunyain monks, monks that survived the first apocalypse and the intervening 2,000 years by hiding. The Dunyai [...]


    22. With the fourth and final book in the Aspect-Emperor series coming out later this month, I decided to revisit this volume in preparation. For this second read, I actually got a free book on Audible so I could listen to it, as I had more time to listen than to sit down with an actual book just now. It probably goes without saying, but you definitely can't start here--this book only works if you read the Prince of Nothing trilogy as well as the first two books of the Aspect Emperor series. Even th [...]


    23. The Great Ordeal–penultimate volume of the Aspect Emperor No-Longer-A-Trilogy, the conclusion of which, The Unholy Consult, was released yesterday–is not only a compelling novel but also very useful as a physical object. A nine-inch by six-inch by three-inch rectangle with the words THE GREAT ORDEAL across the front in an emphatic font is basically the world’s best portable Demotivator.The book itself proved helpful in getting me to forget all the real-life grimness by diving into some fan [...]


    24. First impressions (as this book definitely needs multiple re-reads!) - Brilliant writing as always, prose almost scriptural, which is fitting. Lots of plot advancement, although it's only part 3 in the series, so almost every thread is still left hanging, hopefully to be resolved in the next book. And the metaphysics. Oh the metaphysics. I feel like I need to study philosophy for years to -really- get my head around it, but interesting revelations about the Gods. Overall, a very difficult but gr [...]


    25. This book was so crazy that in some long sections I had no idea what was going on. For the most part I enjoyed this book but many times it could be a difficult read. Trying to understand all the weird terminology and spelling of places, names, and things can get a bit confusing. I felt there was too much time spent on Sorweel and Proyas and not enough time spent with Akka, Esmi, Serwe, and Kelmomas. The ending of all the major POVs was incredible and some shocking and some awesome unexpected rev [...]


    26. Remains the best epic fantasy I know—exciting, taxing, in equal parts annoying and endlessly satisfying, beautifully written, stupefying, and mind-blowing. The world-building rivals Tolkien’s and the thematic ambition is off the scale.



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