Sunday, 22 May 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Aspect Emperor 2: The White Luck Warrior - R Scott Bakker

Release Date: 05/05/11


A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasurimbor 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 ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend. Into this tumult walks the White Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World's making ...


The second title in the Aspect Emperor series and one that continues to build upon the success of the first which, whilst some thought was slow set the scene beautifully and allowed the reader the chance to get to know the principle players. What this title does though is not only build upon the world building and characters but also allows the reader to get a fuller picture of the events that have shaped the world to this point in the novel. It allows character growth organically, it allows a better understanding and above all else it sets the world up for the best possible conclusion in the third and final part.

Add to this Bakker’s wonderful sense of pace, some great action sequences and above all else the reader will have a title that really will satisfy the fantasy fan within. A great title all round and one that really has left the final book in the series as one where everything is to play for. Great stuff.

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