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The White Luck Warrior (Aspect-Emperor #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,178 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, R. Scott Bakker has already established his reputation as one of the few unique new talents in the fantasy genre. Now he returns with the long-awaited The White Luck Warrior--the second book in the Aspect-Emperor series. As Anasûrimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the wastes of the Ancient Nort ...more
Kindle Edition, 606 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Orbit (first published April 5th 2011)
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Terry
Feb 19, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
So, volume two of the “Aspect Emperor” series has come to a close and so far R. Scott Bakker still proves that he has the chops to pull off a multi-volume epic fantasy that not only uses the standard tropes in new and interesting ways, but that gives his characters depth, darkness, and complexity and does so with prose that is always enjoyable and sometimes downright exhilarating to read. I don’t think that I really *like* any of his characters (though Achamian, and to a lesser extent Mimara and ...more
Mike
Jul 17, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epics, reviewed
Observational aside: I will rarely reread books. Once I finish a book it is usually off to the next one, with few exceptions. In this case the sixth book in the series, The Great Ordeal, is coming out soon, a book I have waited nearly five years for, and I wanted to give myself a refresher on the entire series before it was released. I don't recall the first time I read "The Prince of Nothing" trilogy but Goodreads assures me it was before I joined this website. Since then I have read literally ...more
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An Overwhelming experience. Its shocking how this, a work of words rises above, transcends words.

With this series Bakker has become Tolkiens lost, maniacally, diabolically perverted, philosophical twin. If Tolkien was the creator of fantasy as it stands today, Bakker is its proud defiler. This man is pure evil to write what he writes and still command the adoration and awe of the reader, in-spite of the disgust, in-spite of the awareness of the mutilation.
Therese Arkenberg
Aug 05, 2016 Therese Arkenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty pages in, I realized I had come to approach this as a horror story rather than epic fantasy, as if I was reading Stephen King or the Lovecraft Unbound anthology. In the opening chapters, Bakker succeeds in making forests scary. Maybe if I'd seen the Blair Witch project or played that Slenderman game longer, this would not be news to me, but I grew up among friendly, sunlit trees. The same monumental gloom that pervades the Nonman fortress our intrepid heroes (or greed-driven antiheroes, ei ...more
Rosanna
Jul 07, 2011 Rosanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-aloud
The originality is back!! For those disappointed in Bakker’s previous book, The Judging Eye—due to its complete knockoff of Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring— Bakker more than redeems himself with The White Luck Warrior. Only Bakker can get away with combining the extremely bizarre and grotesque, while remaining philosophical and intellectually stimulating. This book has it all: an evil, murderous child infatuated with his mother, sranc who couple with the dead in the most gruesome way imagi ...more
Corey James Soper
May 11, 2013 Corey James Soper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I always find books like this difficult to review, because I acknowledge whilst I enjoyed it, most people would find it pretty tiresome. The premise, of Neitzschean superman let loose in a medieval Near East with a singular mission to prevent The Apocalypse may raise an eyebrow or two, and when it comes to the super-powers of the Anasurimbor Bakker resorts to a fair amount of hand-waving and obfuscation. It works because it does, and like the Believer-Kings, you just have to accept it. We take i ...more
Terence
Jul 22, 2016 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Tammy
Aug 20, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even for Scott Bakkers' high standards, this was an amazing book. Epic, Rewarding, Delicious.
Neil Pearson
Jul 07, 2013 Neil Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if Bakker was being meta but this book really feels like the oft quoted "slog of slogs". While "the judging eye" felt pacier than the previous books, this one seemed to reset the balance. I think this is partly due to the chapters being very long meaning we only drop in on Momemn's story 3/4 times throughout the book.
Negatives aside though there are still some great moments. Cleric is one of the most tragic "elves" I've read about and the Quirri storyline feels like a fantasy versio
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Phil
Apr 10, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's a extract from my review, full link: http://afantasyreader.blogspot.ca/2012/04/white-luck-warrior-review.html

When I read the Prince of Nothing several years ago, I was awestruck at the dimension of the characters, the depth of the plot, the ingenious, tangible and inflated world building and the philosophical/anthropological exploration found in the protagonists insights while they marched to war. I read that this last aspect (mostly so in the author's case) is seen for some as an author
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Anthony Ryan
Jun 18, 2012 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic fantasy through the prism of Nietzschian philosophy, all rendered in compelling but exquisite prose. Highly recommended.
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Mind = blown.
Thomas Edmund
May 20, 2016 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all - I rate Bakker's The Darkness that Comes before as one of my favourite trilogies of all time.

And I have to say when Judging Eye came out I was most disillusioned. Where D.T.C.B was populated with strong characters and forboding, The Aspect Emperor seems bogged down in the petty factitions that previously formed the background of Bakker's writing but wasn't the key focus.

White Luck Warrior does improve on the Judging Eye however. More of significance happens, each of the three stor
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Goran Zidar
May 17, 2012 Goran Zidar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this review by saying upfront that I really enjoyed the previous books by this author. The three books from the first series, and the first book of this series, are among my favourite books. I found the world building and the characterisation to be excellent and I was very much looking forward to reading this book.

With that behind me I am very disappointed in the result.

For me the entire novel exists to get the characters from point A to point B in the largest number of words pos
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Jason
Jan 09, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There is much to like and much to dislike in this series, much and more of it in this single volume. WLW may be the best of both trilogies.

The story flips back and forth between three main threads. Achamian and Mimara's remains my favorite, and the tragic Nonman Cleric featured heavily there. They face another epic danger from the ancient past, a part which stood toe-to-toe in quality with Achamian's final confrontation in the first trilogy.

Esmenet's seat of power continues to sway in the heigh
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Horus Odenthal
Mar 05, 2015 Horus Odenthal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abgebrochen
Ich glaube, dass sich hiermit meine Wege und die meines bisherigen Lieblings-Fantasy-Autors R. Scott Bakker trennen. "The White-Luck-Warrior" ist ein unerträglicher selbstgefälliger Sermon. Bis jetzt liest sich das Buch wie ein How-not-to-do-it. Und die Erkenntnisse, die ich bisher aus diesem Buch in dieser Hinsicht ziehen konnte, waren mir schon hinlänglich bekannt.
Es zeigt sich deutlich, dass Bakker an den ersten Bänden Jahre feilen konnte. Das ist deutlich mit zuviel Selbstgefälligkeit zu sch
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Liviu
Disappointing; it's probably me moving on beyond the kind of book this represents but I found it dull, boring and pretentiously empty; all the talk about kings, faith, all the philosophizing for which S. Bakker is renown just made me yawn and I couldn't give a fig for any of the characters of the book; if the No God would come and sweep them into history more the better; a series drop and I kind of regret it since i really loved the first trilogy - though I have not re-read it recently so I am n ...more
Brian
Feb 27, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Reads like a history textbook during battle scenes. Characters aren't very interesting anymore. Esmenet and Mimara are frustrating and seem to be only there for objects of sex. Bakker has always provided enough truth to keep me interested. Now he obfuscates and its deep philosophy is no longer entertaining or enlightening. I think part of my frustration as well was trading Kellhus for Proyas POVs. I think Proyas and Sorweel's constant reliance on religion is annoying as well. That ...more
Dan Smyth
Guy can write, that's for sure, but what's he writing about? Who knows any more. This series has gone seriously downhill. Prince of Nothing trilogy was pure awesome. In this book, all the characters seem to be doing is moping around psycho-analyzing one another. The first 300 pages was a serious SLOG to get through, and the final 300 felt like one random, violent occurrence after another. Such a waste of time and money (because I freaking bought the thing). If anyone else decides to read this, n ...more
Joy
Oct 27, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This remindes me of the Dune books in some ways. Very complex plot, with much of the explanation of why and how hinted at rather than spelled out. Intellectual concepts and not an easy read. Expect to take your time. The protagonist is still not clearly good or evil.
Ginny
Jul 31, 2011 Ginny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep reading this?! I liked his previous books but this one is bogged down in the details of three interlinked plots, multiple characters with similarly unmemorable names, and seems to mistake complexity for story. I'm 3/4 of the way done and wish I'd never started it.
Amanda Sautbine Clemmer
This is the most recent book in Bakker's trilogy of trilogies, which started with the Prince of Nothing. Set in a fantasy world with hints of sci-fi, the first trilogy builds the world in a convincing and fascinating method--only to smash it to bits with an even better second trilogy, which reveals that the first three books were only setting the stage. I enjoyed the last book, The Judging Eye, to a great extent... but it falls short of The White Luck Warrior. This book does everything you could ...more
Brian Durfee
Jul 10, 2016 Brian Durfee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed R Scott Baker's first trilogy more so than this one. That being said, this is still a very well written book.
Peter Smiley
Very disappointing after the books that came before, as someone else mentioned it's the slog of slogs
Hugo
Dec 19, 2014 Hugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
Man, these just keep getting better and better. This is the second book of the second trilogy of the overarching Second Apocalypse story, the third (and last?) being released in 2015, if I'm not mistaken.

The first trilogy - The Prince of Nothing - reads like a fantasy take on the first crusade to Jerusalem, coupled with elements of Dune, the Silmarillion and LoTR. Imagine Aragorn going insane, and becoming a prophet with a mission to unite the whole world under an iron rule, in order to protect
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Jeroen
Jul 29, 2016 Jeroen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The White-Luck Warrior starts at a point in Bakker’s ongoing epic where all the stakes are raised high, and the events of the previous book – The Judging Eye – will either lead to survival or ruin. After The Judging Eye set everything up, we now enter the real tests. This is the moment when the series, the Aspect-Emperor series, will have to show what it has up its sleeve, and whether it can hold its own in comparison to other fantasy series out there.

There are two main threads. The company of A
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John
Jul 28, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wise_owl
Feb 18, 2015 Wise_owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing the middle book of a trilogy is always the most difficult. The initial set-up of the first book is(or should be) long since established. The conclusions and moment of the conclusion are still distant, and so you end up wading through meat with out any clear ending in sight. Some books manage to be self-contained while being a step towards the final conclusion. Others feel like they are the middle cut out of a much larger work. The White Luck Warrior has hints of both.

This series has be
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Nathan
Dec 11, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Armies of Men march on the ancient evil stronghold, the rogue wizard continues his search for answers with his ever diminishing band of cutthroats, and the Empress and her son get embroiled in deadly dances around the throne. All the while, a mystery man walks the paths of past, present and future, and an old empire is stirred.

A busy book, then, even when much of it consists of various parties marching across the wilderness.

It is very much Tolkien via Abercrombie. It has the high language, t
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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 writin
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Other Books in the Series

Aspect-Emperor (4 books)
  • The Judging Eye (Aspect-Emperor, #1)
  • The Great Ordeal (Aspect-Emperor, #3)
  • The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor, #4)

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“Complexity begets ambiguity, which yields in all ways to prejudice and avarice. Complication does not so much defeat Men as arm them with fancy.” 6 likes
“The Men of the Ordeal do not march to save the World, Proyas--at least not first and foremost. They march to save their wives and children. Their tribes and their nations. If they learn that the world, their world, slips into ruin behind them, that their wives and daughters may perish for want of their shields, their swords, the Host of Hosts would melt about the edges, then collapse.” 5 likes
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