The Thousandfold Thought: The Prince of Nothing, Book Three
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The Thousandfold Thought: The Prince of Nothing, Book Three (The Prince of Nothing #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,722 ratings  ·  153 reviews
The conclusion to the groundbreaking epic Prince of Nothing fantasy trilogy.
ebook, 544 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Overlook (first published January 20th 2006)
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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
Book Bandit
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
D. Eric
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Daniel Roy
Ah well, so much for "The Prince of Nothing" trilogy. I loved the first book so much that I suffered through the vastly inferior second, then still forged on with this one. It's not as frustrating as the previous book (for one, the rape has been toned down), but it perpetuates a lot of the same problems.

It's easy to capture all the trilogy's problems in one word, and that word is "Kellhus." This character is so bad, he sucks the fun out of the supporting cast. This was painfully true in Warrior...more
May 25, 2009 Terence rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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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...more
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
Newton Tio Nitro
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.

Ness terceiro livro descobrimos mais sobre o mundo de Eârwa, com o avanço da Gu...more
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...more
Ward Bond
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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

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...more
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
I feel a little cheated. I thought this trilogy would be able to stand on its own, and it really doesn't. The end here is abrupt with major story elements, which were carefully built through the series, left to dangle in the wind. Reading this on my Nook I actually didn't realize it was over until I turned the page and found an appendix. I'm still a little shocked as I write this. There is a lot to like in this series, but the "conclusion" is anything but and leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. I...more
The Thousandfold Thought was an excellent finish to the Prince of Nothing trilogy. The culmination of the Holy War was very interesting and many of the ideas I had about where the plot was going based on the first two books were thrown aside or changed, but in very interesting ways. Without giving anything away, the book definitely leaves itself open for sequels (but since there's an entire sequel trilogy that doesn't really spoil anything). Overall a very good book which I would recommend to an...more
Священный город Шайме пал под натиском айнрити. Но войска - лишь пешки в руках Келлхуса, который играет людьми, заставляя их любить себя. Он познал Тысячекратную мысль.

Чувствую, пора завершать свой фэнтези-марафон, потому что последний том Бэккера показался излишне фрагментарным. Финальную битву он строит, совмещая небольшие куски текста о происходящем с разными ключевыми персонажами. Что-то вроде параллельного монтажа. Однако из-за такого разрыва, когда "камера" писателя скачет от одного к друг...more
Despite a promising beginning, this series botched the characters, plot, and story structure so badly that it isn't worth reading. Whether you're looking for good writing and deeper meaning or just an entertaining fantasy story, you'll find neither here.

Let's start with story structure: despite ostensibly being a series, none of the three books here stand by themselves, instead each abruptly ends and then immediately starts up again in the next volume. Thus, The Prince of Nothing is a single boo...more
Jeremiah Hebert
End to the first triligoy of the Prince of Nothing series. Loose ends tied up, world set up for future books. Fantastic sci/fi-fantasy blend. For mature readers ONLY.
Doug Kolar
I managed to finish. That's about the best thing I can write about. I wish I could have the time back I spent on this trilogy.
I really enjoyed the final volume of this trilogy, although it too me a while to get to it. Bakker is definitely not a writer whose books I can just power through, I need to have a break between each one as they are certainly on the "heavier" end of fantasy literature.

Overall Bakker has created an amazingly rich and detailed world and managed to make a story, which in essence covers the events of the First Crusade, feel fresh and original. I am someone who is very picky about my world-building i...more
Oct 10, 2008 Overlook is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
R. Scott Bakker’s celebrated Prince of Nothing trilogy (The Overlook Press / Now available) has been praised as elevating the modern fantasy genre to new literary heights. With all three books now available in stunning new paperback editions from The Overlook Press, Bakker’s extraordinary achievement can now be appreciated by a wider audience.

The epic trilogy, unfolding over The Darkness that Comes Before ($13.95 / ISBN: 978-1-59020-118-3), The Warrior Prophet ($13.95 / ISBN: 978-1-59020-119-0),...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Names. This entire trilogy is about names. Overloaded with names. Names of people, names of places, names of spells. And most of the names don't mean anything, aren't important, but as to fill space. And for those that are more important, that occur more than once...they're impossible to keep straight. I would have sworn the same person was killed at least 3-4 times because so many people had so similar names.

As for the story, it wraps up the greater thread of the plot, but is by no means the en...more
Justin Evans
Well, kind of a let down, but then, this is a single book in a trilogy masquerading as a self-standing trilogy, so I can't get that upset. This one was very, veeeerrrrryyyyy slow in places, although I suspect most people would disagree with me as to which bits were slow. Basically, I love reading about the characters' thoughts, the ideas, and the evil, evil bastards. My eyes glaze over through the battle scenes between mere mortals. In the first two books, they were at least particular scenes- s...more
Scott Bakker's attempt at something different (something daring!) seemed, at times, to be nothing more than hopeless illusion. The pacing was excruciating in parts and his treatment of female characters felt so fake that I cringed more than usual.
However, this "conclusion" (not really a conclusion, it clearly aims and shoots toward a new trilogy) wraps everything up with ingenious craftsmanship and sets the course of the story towards even higher grounds.

If there's an author that can describe th...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 writi...more
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