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The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  8,063 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
510pages. 23x15x5cm. Relié.
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 2nd 2006 by The Overlook Press (first published January 20th 2006)
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Terry
Mar 28, 2011 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, canadian
This review applies to all three volumes of Bakker's 'The Prince of Nothing' series. First off, let me say that I'm really impressed with what Bakker achieved here. I'm reminded of something Guy Kay said when asked why he wrote The Fionavar Tapestry about wanting to prove that there was still life in the old tropes of high fantasy, as designed by Tolkien, and that new things could be done with them as opposed to mere slavish imitation. I think Bakker succeeded admirably in this (whereas Guy Kay' ...more
Mike
Nov 29, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, war, 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
Mark
Jun 05, 2013 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
From the very first book, I suspected that I would reach a point where I could no longer stand the parts that I don't like about Bakker's writing style. I was surprised that I made it through two books, actually, with the second book being excellent in spite of its raging Kellhus-ness.

I plugged away at this third book over several weeks and I still only made it halfway through. I have abandoned the pursuit. I cannot take it any more. I cannot stand the pretentious philosophical stuff that permea
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Tammy
Jan 20, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strong conclusion to this epic series. I really enjoyed this book and i'm a huge fan of Bakker's writing style. The story itself was amazing, the plotlines and plot twists, the unexpected happening's here and there, and these very real characters.
I also just noticed just how many awesome minor characters there are in the series, characters that are not the center of attention but whose deeds have important impacts nonetheless. Some of these are Earl Athjeari (very resourceful in battle tactics
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D. Eric
Jan 18, 2009 D. Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What a disappointing ending to an otherwise promising trilogy. Bakker almost abandons the Holy War until the very end then wraps it up in a somewhat disjointed and confusing finale that lacks any depth of understanding. Instead, the reader is subjected to a cerebral cacophony of redundant "mumbo-jumbo" that really seems to beg the question of the story, especially the importance of Khellus' father. By the end of the story, it seems Bakker is more interested in setting up his next series rather t ...more
Raja
Nov 08, 2008 Raja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
The first book didn't sell me, but the latter two had me absolutely enthralled. This is a fantasy series that is unabashedly dark -- if you like authors who shy away from the harsh realities of violence, war, and the periods in human history that most fantasy series draw inspiration from, then stay far, far away. If you don't mind that stuff, or if, you find it helps draw you further into the world, I haven't encountered a better dark fantasy series in my lifetime. Glen Cook's Black Company is a ...more
L
Jun 13, 2013 L rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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BookBandit
Disappointing end to the trilogy. As a whole the trilogy is good and Bakker creates a wonderfully rich setting. The series was a bit of a roller coaster for me, the first book I gave 4 stars, the second book a 5 stars and regrettably, 3 stars here. The first 1/2 of the book abandoned the Holy War and it wasn't till the 2nd half did it return to it. I guess I just didn't find the character Kelhus compelling enough to warrant moving away from the events of the Holy War. I will say the 2nd half has ...more
Jason
Aug 10, 2009 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, reread, read-2015
2 Stars

After the brilliance of the first two books, this one should have been a knock out. Even after a second read, I could not get over how boring this one was in comparison. Even with some exceptional battles, I had a tough time speed reading this for a second time. I will still move on to the next trilogy as Bakker is an exceptional author. Hopefully I will come back to loving this complex world.
Lee
Nov 05, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I feel like I have finished reading the bible. That was huge. I need time to put my thoughts together on this.
Logan
Dec 06, 2008 Logan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
Oh...this book. Not only did it take me forever to get through it, but it also left me entirely unsatisfied. About halfway through the book I decided it was only getting two stars (a fantastic final scene in which Achamian finds within him the strong, vicious man I always knew he could be made me consider giving it three, but it just doesn't deserve it).

Three books ago, I stumbled upon The Prince of Nothing and was immediately intrigued by its promise of wasted kingdoms, dark history, sorcery, l
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Bryan
May 22, 2013 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bakker's style has a number of strengths which I felt were brought to the fore with this, the last book in the first of three planned trilogies in the world of Earwa. Firstly, the Homeric large-scale battles were depicted quite well, as in The Warrior-Prophet (although toward the end, I was a little tired of the phrase "death came swirling down"). Secondly, Bakker's non-Kellhus characters kept developing in real and believable ways, even though I was a trifle surp ...more
Michael
Alright, this was pretty badass. But it was only PRETTY badass. It could've been DIZ-AMN! Yet it was in fact just, OH, SNAP.

Book 1: 600 pages with some fairly dramatic moments, but mostly setting the chess pieces.

Book 2: 600 pages. Some very cool dramatic moments, a lot of suffering, some very startling discoveries. Still felt somewhat slow.

Book 3: 300 pages more of buildup. Then, 100 pages where everything goes crazy, and bodyparts fly all over the place, and with a flourish, it's over.

I gues
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Pietro
Despite the lower rating I don't think this was really much worse than The Warrior Prophet.
The difference is that while the previous book took advantage of the momentum of the excellent "The Darkness that comes before", this one suffers from the flatness of its predecessor.
I started reading this already fed up with the numerous faults of The Warrior Prophet and all I got was another 500-pages-long serving of them.
The characters are stil flat, Kellhus is still awesome in everything, everyone is
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Redeagl
Jan 19, 2017 Redeagl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is life changing.It ruined other books to me. I am lucky that I am easily pleased with books else there would have been a lot of negative ratings for every other book.
Robert
Oct 09, 2007 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bakker's work continues to constitute the best new fiction I've read in years. The man is a master. It is writing of this caliber that makes life more interesting -- epic fantasy through the filter of philosophy, "Lord of the Rings" for the 21st century adult, sorcery written with the imagination and gift of language to do it justice.

UPDATE: Even better the second time through, in part because I wasn't rushed by the need to know what was going to happen. I got to savor the depth more this time a
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Mike Hillcoat
Feb 05, 2013 Mike Hillcoat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Many authors over the history of SFF, but especially the last half century, have attempted the saga, a narrative epic stretched across many volumes of books. Arguably, there are many a mythos that have stood the test of a century and more that have anticipated and preceded The Second Apocalypse but few can match the insane talent, training, and ambition of its author, R. Scott Bakker.

Spoilers for The Darkness That Comes Before (TDTCB) and The Warrior-Prophet (TWP) below:

The Thousandfold Thought
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Outis
Aug 26, 2013 Outis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
More of the same rapey fare. This time with a broken plot. And Gary Stu dialed to 12 (book two had it at 11 already).
While we are predictably treated to more porn and melodrama, now it's even more obviously sexist.
The trend established at the end of the previous book continues as the plot makes less and less sense.

Worse, the bizarre events of the end of the second book are not explained here (as I hoped). Quite the contrary, their strangeness is underlined (at least they're not retconned away or
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Jon
Apr 08, 2011 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I cared more about Seswatha than Achamian, and Achamian was by far my favorite character. Kellhus is interesting in the way my Philosophy professor was interesting in College. Then, about half way through the course, the new and fascinating aspects of philosophy fall away and I realized philosophy is eerily familiar to religion. It takes a lot of faith to believe what philosophers are saying and they speak in such a convoluted way that I don't think they fully grasp half the ideas they are ...more
Bartek
Sep 02, 2012 Bartek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Terence
Apr 19, 2008 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I've now read this book twice: The second time around I enjoyed it much more than before though I agree with the opinions of a few other readers here on GR that it feels rushed toward the end. I rarely say this about modern SF/Fantasy but the novel could have used 50-100 pages of narrative.

The third entry in Bakker's series wasn't as good as the first two but the appendices alone are worth the price of the book (in my opinion).

Hopefully, the projected sequels (The Great Ordeal, The Horns of Golg
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Luke Burrage
2010: I learned that a really bad third book in a series makes me want to read the first novel in the next series, due to being almost completely unsatisfied.

2015: Actually less enjoyable the second time around. This was a 17 hour audiobook but there was only about 3 hours of good stuff in it. This is a BIG step down from the previous books, which were mostly great with just a few short passages that were a slight let down.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #270.
Newton Nitro
Nov 22, 2013 Newton Nitro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A saga Prince of Nothing encerra de maneira apocalíptica e brilhante o esforço monumental de R. Scott Baker na criação de uma Cruzada sendo sequestrada e manipulada por um messias impuro. Esse é mais um livro contemporâneo de fantasia que rompe com os limites desse gênero de literatura, e ambiciona entrar em discussões filosóficas sobre a natureza da realidade e sua relação com a complexidade da psique humana.

CENÁRIO:
Ness terceiro livro descobrimos mais sobre o mundo de Eârwa, com o avanço da Gu
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Bruce
Apr 24, 2013 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting final act to a complex and captivating series, The Thousandfold Thought rounds up many of the best elements of the first two books, turns some of them on their ear, and turns the rest up to 11 in delivering a page-scorching conclusion fraught with magic, mysticysm and moments of devastating impact. The weird gets weirder, the crazy gets crazier, the deep gets deeper and the magic gets...magicker?!

For me the book was roughly divided into thirds. The first part of the story deftly sett
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David
Oct 31, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3 Stars for this book, 4 for the Prince of Nothing series.
Bakker’s Prince of Nothing trilogy is the chronicle of a holy war between many nations of Earwa. It follows many characters in their journey as part of the war. It is a huge, sweeping storyline in an expansive and detailed world. The underlying journey follows Kellhus, a prophetic figure who takes control of the Holy War through his stunning intellect and emotional manipulation of those around him. The Thousandfold Thought, the conclusio
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Kirsty Bassett
Found myself bored throughout this book, it was shorter than the last two but such a drag to get through.

By this point I just didnt care about the holy war. I mean it was just being used by so many different factions, honestly who really cared if they got all their shrines back?

Thought the ending was pretty predicatable, I mean Kellhus was never going to get taken out, no matter how much I wanted Cnaiur to kill him.

It says something when a woman beating insane rapist is the closest thing to a h
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London
May 14, 2014 London rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The series plot kept me going, mainly to find out how things went for the mage Achamian, who was a recognizably human character. But every flaw of the previous books is magnified here, with a plot that turns on the super-human powers of the most annoying character ever written, Kellhus the ponderous. I reached the point where I hated so much about the book that I would read a few paragraphs every 50 pages to keep up with the plot, and skimmed for sections where the one character I could stand at ...more
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Product Description

The conclusion to the groundbreaking epic Prince of Nothing fantasy trilogy.

From the Publisher

Will Kelhus be able to rise to claim his role within the ascendancy, or will he be overtaken by his enemies--both within and without? Will he reach the ancient city of Shimeh and reunite with his father? Upon the apocalypse, will there be survivors left to write the history of the Holy War?

The startling and far-reaching answers to these questions, left hanging at the conclusion

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Leona
Oct 17, 2014 Leona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
The philosophical and intellectual aspects of this book are very impressive just like the first two books of the series. I really sympathized with Drusas Achamian, and while Kellhus dropped my jaw in the first two books, I couldn’t help but curse him in this one. The climax scene of Cnaüir was excellent just as I expected. Though the war scenes in Shimeh, especially those involving the sorcerers were unnecessarily long and even boring in a few places, but in general it is a great book.

Read my fu
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James
Jun 27, 2010 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in recent memory I did not finish a book. I really struggled through the first two and just couldn't take it any more. There was so much potential for a great story but in the end the flaws were just to much. I never could get into any of the characters. I thought the story wandered, very slowly, around pointless diatribes. The author clearly has some major sexually issues. I don't mind that kind of writing but it is just endless and mostly pointless. This guy was clearly over ...more
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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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The Prince of Nothing (3 books)
  • The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)
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