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The White Luck Warrior (Aspect-Emperor #2)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,446 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasûrimbor Kellhus rules all the three seas, the first true Aspect-Emperor in a thousand years.

As Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own
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Trade Paperback, 587 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Orbit (first published April 5th 2011)
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Mike
Nov 29, 2011 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
Terry
Jan 23, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, canadian
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
Search
Jun 06, 2011 Search rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2013 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
Corey James Soper
May 07, 2013 Corey James Soper rated it really liked it
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 24, 2010 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Rosanna
Mar 24, 2011 Rosanna rated it it was amazing
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
Neil Pearson
Aug 07, 2011 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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Anthony Ryan
May 06, 2012 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing
Epic fantasy through the prism of Nietzschian philosophy, all rendered in compelling but exquisite prose. Highly recommended.
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Mind = blown.
Tammy
May 04, 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.
Phil
Feb 12, 2011 Phil rated it it was amazing
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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Thomas Edmund
Nov 02, 2011 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2012 Goran Zidar rated it did not like it
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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Bruce
Jun 19, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest chapter of Scott Bakker's increasingly epic saga was for me a slight letdown following the excellence of The Judging Eye. That's not to say the book wasn't very good (thus the 4 star rating), or didn't move the story along to where it needed to be (it did).

The White Luck Warrior wasn't the most difficult read in the series (the first volume still takes the cake on that front), but it was certainly the slowest. I found that the brisk, intense pace of the last two books was often brou
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Jason
Jan 02, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2012 Horus Odenthal rated it did not like it
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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Brian
Sep 28, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok
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
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
Joy
Jul 06, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2011 Ginny rated it it was ok
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.
Peter Smiley
Nov 26, 2012 Peter Smiley rated it it was ok
Very disappointing after the books that came before, as someone else mentioned it's the slog of slogs
Brian Durfee
Oct 21, 2011 Brian Durfee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed R Scott Baker's first trilogy more so than this one. That being said, this is still a very well written book.
Jason
Jun 04, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Damn good
Victorianne
Jan 27, 2017 Victorianne rated it it was amazing
Instant favorite! Classic! Top of my list now.
I gave the first book, the Darkness that Comes Before five star. After that, the entire series seemed to flunk. Even the Judging Eye felt like a dragged to me.

But White Luck Warrior is an absolute redeem of the series. It's just too good. There are many actions scenes. There are twists that will keep you on the edge of your sit. There are dark scenes, violence and sex. Definitely not for the kids. There are also romance, if you can call it that. Ther
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John
Jul 25, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
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Newton Nitro
May 05, 2014 Newton Nitro rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A cruzada do Great Ordeal, liderada pelo messias Kelhus, continua em sua luta para parar o Segundo Apocalipse. Porém, apesar dessa aparente forma épica de narrativa, R. Scott Baker tem um plano sinistro: desconstruir e inverter todos os motivos e arquétipos da literatura épica, criando algo que só pode ser chamado de anti-épico.

Os temas dos livros anteriores continuam em White-Luck, e fica claro que o principal alvo do diálogo literário de Bakker é Tolkien. Tanto a série Aspect Emperor quanto a
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Jeroen
Mar 16, 2015 Jeroen rated it it was amazing
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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Wise_owl
Sep 19, 2011 Wise_owl rated it really liked it
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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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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Aspect-Emperor (4 books)
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