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The Thousandfold Thought

(The Prince of Nothing #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  10,948 ratings  ·  380 reviews
All opposition to the man once derided as the Prince of Nothing has vanished or been vanquished. Their leaders slain, the heathen Fanim have fled in disarray. One final march will bring the Holy War to the fabled city of Shimeh. But so very much has changed. Anasurimbor Kellhus, the Warrior-Prophet, now leads the Men of the Tusk. The cuckolded sorcerer Achamian serves as h
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Kindle Edition, 629 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published January 20th 2006)
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Shane Duquette I'm sure you could, but I'm not sure you'd like it, and I'm not sure you'd understand what's going on.

If you didn't like the second one, you won't li…more
I'm sure you could, but I'm not sure you'd like it, and I'm not sure you'd understand what's going on.

If you didn't like the second one, you won't like this one. They're very much the same. The pacing of both the second and third books is a bit clunkier than the first.

And this series is constantly introducing new puzzle pieces. If you skip over a bunch of them, I'm not sure the puzzle will really look right by the final pages.(less)
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Gavin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good finale to the Prince of Nothing series. I definitely consider this to be one of the best dark fantasy series I've read over the years. Bakker's fantasy world has plenty of depth and his story is engaging and full of twists and turns. It also helps that is is packed with memorable characters and that Bakker has an engaging writing style!

This final book focused on the conclusion of the Holy War story arc as well as Kellhus's confrontation with his father. Outside of that there was
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Terry
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, fantasy
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
Mark
Jun 05, 2013 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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Mike
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, war, fantasy, epics
August 2021 update: Sometimes you just need to re-read an old favorite. Glad I did, it has been a while since I last dipped my toe into this series and I will likely finish all of them by the end of the year. The below review still holds up.

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 w
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Doug
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Tolkien wrote his once-a-generation smash hit trilogy, a great part of his success can naturally be attributed to the man’s sheer creative willpower in spending nearly an entire lifetime creating a world with languages, traditions, and histories spanning as long (or longer) than our own world.

But Tolkien’s success was also due to his harnessing of millennia-Old myths that have prevailed even in the advent of the scientific and industrial revolutions. One thing that many fail to realize - a
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Chris Gousopoulos
I dont think I can express myself adequately after finishing The Thousandfold Thought. This book had one of the best and most satisfying end climaxes I have ever read. Its not easy to set such an ambitious story and manage to end it properly. The last chapters of this terrific trilogy were incredible. Homeric battles, revealing intellectual debates, dramatic events. All leading to a devastating and bitter finale that ended the first part of this apocalyptic tale leaving me numb and speechless. A ...more
SAM
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, 2020
I'm neither impressed or satisfied with the conclusion to this trilogy. Books 1 and 2 were full of plot, character depth and lots of philosophy and the dark ending to Book 2 set up the finale nicely. Or at least it should have. The Thousandfold Thought is a bit of a nothing book, which meanders along until finally the Holy War arrives at Shimeh with barely a hundred pages remaining. The long awaited meeting between Kellus and his father reminded me of Neo meeting the Architect in the Matrix; sev ...more
Leah
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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D. Eric
Jan 18, 2009 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
Chris Berko
What a tremendous letdown. This book seems like it was written by a five year old. Gone is the political intrigue and personal drama of the first one, gone is the coherency of the large scale battles and the flowing of the story as a whole. There were long periods where I was extremely bored but I pressed on hoping for something special because of how much I loved the first two and the trust I was developing in the author but C'mon man, that ending was about as anticlimactic as they come. 1800 p ...more
Tammy
Jan 20, 2016 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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Pranav Prabhu
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Ignorance was ever the iron of certainty, for it was as blind to itself as sleep. It was the absence of questions that made answers absolute—not knowledge!”

The first novel focused on the political machinations before the Holy War, while the second focused on the bulk of the Holy War itself. The Thousandfold Thought delves into the philosophical and metaphysical aspects of the world and its history. With compelling characters and stories, great battle scenes, and evocative writing, it was a
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Raja
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
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
Sud666
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
R. Scott Bakker's "Prince of Nothing" series concludes with this third book. While the overall story is superb, the events of the third book, especially near the final third, seemed to be a bit abrupt, if not rushed. I now see there is a series that comes after this (The Aspect Emperor series) and that helps to alleviate the mild disappointment with the ending.

Having prefaced why I deducted a star from this overwhelmingly excellent series, now let us get into the story. Anasûrimbor Kellhus has w
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Twerking To Beethoven
This was a GRANDIOSE epilogue to an amazing saga. Don't expect me to properly review the book because I would end up spoiling the whole thing. Trust me on this one, it was bloody good, that's all.

Oi, Vlad, what do you think mate?

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Exactly.
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Thomas Stacey
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main story of this trilogy may have reached its climax, but this book raised so many more questions then it answered. I’m glad there’s 4 more books available, but will need to slow my roll if I don’t want to wait too long for the last 2-3 that haven’t been released yet.

If you fancy reading a fantasy series that’s epic in scale, with a richly detailed and dense history, with morally grey characters and a tense story that feels like a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any moment into trag
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Redeagl
Jan 19, 2017 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.
John Scroggins
Jan 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
man what a book. again another 5-star book for me so that's 3 out of 3 from Bakker. I'm not sure I can adequately express how I feel about this series but I will try.. ill start with the prose. again beautiful writing and descriptions I don't think there were any repetitive or overused words or mannerisms that I noticed as with some books/series that has jarred me out of the story this was a very immersive book that like put me in the world and kept me there the whole time I was reading( mostly ...more
Zara
May 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q1
4.5, rounded up. I’ll write my thoughts once I’ve fully digested this insane trilogy (and that ending).
Michael Pang
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
Ned Ludd
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speechless. Utterly, incorrigibly fucking speechless! 5++
Logan
Dec 06, 2008 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 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
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Leona
Oct 17, 2014 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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Kostas
7/10

Coming to the third and final part of the The Prince of Nothing series, Bakker sets the bar once again very high, bringing a quite ambitious story that tries to pass much more that what it actually shows as, at the same time, his ideas continuously grow; but even though he partially manages to achieve that, the overall outcome leaves a very “bittersweet” feeling.

After a long march, passing through death and despair, the Holy War, now stronger than ever, is led by a living God; a God who will
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Daniel Roy
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sf
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
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Jason
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, e-books, 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.
Seán
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immense and exhausting - this is a series that requires plenty of work from the reader, but offers plenty of reward in the form of a rich world delivered with the depth (and sometimes to its detriment, the dryness) of a historical record. Grimdark doesn't come close to how utterly bleak and miserable this series can get - and I mean that as a compliment. ...more
Lee
Nov 05, 2014 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.
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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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