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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 yearsThe Unholy Consult is the hugely anticipated final novel in R Scott Bakker's acclaimed Aspect Emperor series set in a vivid world of myth war and sorcery It is a series that stands alongside the finest in the genre for its grand scope rich detail and thrilling story


10 thoughts on “The Unholy Consult

  1. says:

    EDIT Now that the book has been released until I read the book I have revised this review from 1 to 3 stars I leave the review in place as an historical Goodreads artifactI was very disappointed in The Unholy Consult This is a book with some major major problemsInitially I was super excited because of all the 5 star reviews of it on Goodreads That's a really good sign Plenty of the reviews on Goodreads are deep and insightful and while the whole 'rating' thing can be suspect surely the fact that so many people liked it was a promising leading indicator right?However once I actually began reading the book I encountered a serious problem it doesn't exist All of the pages I looked at were blank or precisely existed in an alternate unreachable universe from the one that I am currently living in I have spent literally hours and hours not reading this book; yet no matter how much I don't read it it continues to not exist The characterization plot and writing were all extremely flat perfectly flat in fact and as you can imagine the dramatic tension simply wasn't there at all The book's complete nonexistence is a major problem and one that I hope the author will address in future revisionsAnd the unanswered uestions from earlier books are legion What is the relationship of the Consult to Kellhus? What are the aspect emperor's end goals? And what about Naomi? Will she love again? None of this is addressed in any of the chapters that I could read which is none of themPerhaps I will revise this review once the book actually exists but for now two thumbs down This is perhaps the WORST book that doesn't exist that I never read


  2. says:

    I wanted to like this so much SO much I love his other books But it's awful in my opinion just wretchedly awful It's about 30% super gross and repetitive gay snuff porn maybe expect the first 40% of the length of the book to be little else Bakker repeats the same lines over and over and over with a lot of arbitrary italics to try and lend weight to certain phrases the Meat vile angel argh Always verbose he takes it to the next level here framing scenes of mass gay rape and necrophilia with ponderous musings about the shitty nature of the human soul Bakker for some fucking reason felt the need wax on with not just phallic imagery but romance erotica language like his manhood and throbbing phallus and turgid horntoo many times to even count Entire major storylines that have been built up over the last 2 3 books get dropped like red herrings Major characters die but not in the George R Martin school of OMG It's like what that's it??? Whole story arcs just fizzle into literary blue balls And when you come up towards the end and you're still baffled but you've got another 20% to go so your figure there's still timeNOPE That last 20% of the book is appendixes Yes there is good info there but I shouldn't have to read The Unholy Silmarillion to understand the book I just spent days readingAnd as usual Bakker has issues with writing female characters They're all dependent on male characters and largely useless outside of their interactions with them with one exception which I'm not naming for spoilery reasons Her character has strong development but was still pockmarked with dumb things like when describing her genitalia because of course he does the downy hair of her cursed sex No reason it's not cursed in any relevant sense Bakker apparently just felt like saying that And while her character is one of the best she nevertheless feels like fan service like look I can write a strong femaleso I'm gonna make this chick basically a superhero to offset all the whores and pregnant women who depend on men in this series She still dies in obscurity for what seems like no reason at all And a dragon literally yells I LIKE CUNNY lmfaoIt's a lot of pornographic pontification about blah blah the soul blah blah the holy blah blah ejaculating on a corpse blah blah human nature That may seem like a given but this book took it to the nth degree It wasn't just shocking it was incredibly boring and repetitive And most of the book just makes no sense at allYeah I'm mad at this book I am such a big fan and I feel not only let down but honestly a bit offended that this was even published in this state


  3. says:

    The Darkness That Comes Before reviewThe Warrior Prophet review The Thousandfold Thought review The Judging Eye review The White Luck Warrior reviewThe Great Ordeal reviewIf there is one thing this series has demonstrated again and again is that it does not stick to conventional fantasy narratives Characters can and will die in terrible ways Good and evil are but labels applied to achieve some other end by those in power The greatest power is not strength of arms or magic but the ability to manipulate the beliefs and aspirations of whole peoples There are no shining heroes there are no maidens in far away towers the sum of an individual's achievements is insignificant when arrayed against the tapestry of humanity Bakker's world is bleak in a way that is both refreshing and a bit transgressive when compared to other fantasy that is out there I have found the entire series both engaging and challenging though I will be the first to admit it is not for everybodyThat being said I can see how lot of people who have made it this far in the series could come away from this book feeling disappointed The series itself has evolved uite a bit from the first installment In fact what initially caught my attention was how the first book and indeed the first trilogy was basically a retelling of The First Crusade set in a really fascinating fantasy world I am a sucker for good world building and this series delivers that in spades It then evolved into this apocalyptic struggle between humanity and genocidal space aliens that sought to save themselves from eternal damnation by closing the world through said genocide to the Outside trust me it makes sense in context As you can see there was a bit of a topical shift between the first book and this one In spite of this however I think the series holds together very well What is unfolding in this book is a conseuence of the elaborate history and world building work that was present since the first book It is the natural by product of following the world and its conditionsThat being said this particular installment did come up a bit short for me compared to the others in the seriesFirst off the initial plan was for the Aspect Emperor series to also be a trilogy Then Bakker decided to split the last book into two this one being the conclusion to the installment The final product in my opinion did not need to be split into two books I think Bakker could have cut some rather graphic and probably unnecessary fluff in this book and merged it with The Great Ordeal to deliver a complete and compelling conclusion to the Aspect Emperor booksAnd this book was short clocking in at only 451 pages with a good chunk of the space between the covers taken up by an extensive appendix which I loved but acknowledge was probably not necessary and two previously released short stories which weren't terribly compelling There was also a section towards the beginning of the book that was as repetitive as it was revolting So the percentage of the book that comprised compelling reading was lower than previous booksI also thought a few character's arcs were cut short or just turned out to be sort of pointless I can certainly understand why somethings turned out the way they did but that didn't make me feel any less disappointed with the end resultsThat being said this book did deliver some amazing scenes and developments that I have been waiting for since the beginning Just about all the characters come together after being separate for the past three books We see a clash between the Great Ordeal and the forces of the Consult We get to see the Consult itself There are lots of payoffs that have been building up both from the Aspect Emperor series and the series as a whole And the ending was one of the ballsiest endings I have come across in any fantasy book I did not for one moment think things would turn out the way they did and I applaud Bakker for his decision on how to end the Aspect Emperor seriesSo while it wasn't the best possible book to end this series it was still a compelling and engaging read the delivered some really fantastic scenes and revelations If you have gotten this far you will probably find a bunch of things to like about this book even though it is by no means perfect This is not the end there will apparently be another two or three books that follow the events of the Aspect Emperor series I am really looking forward to them


  4. says:

    Rereading Awe begets awe begets awe Knowing what was coming I slowed down and tried to fully grasp the tragic profound and dense magnificence of this book The birth of Apocalypse So biblical grand ominous philosophical and dramatic Awe inspiring scene after awe inspiring scene R Scott Bakker is my favorite author His prose is incredibly strong and evocative full of meaning He is able to write iconic scenes of beauty or dread like no other With the Aspect Emperor series he pushes the boundaries of the genre making it for many of his readers obsolete A twilight world of wonder and craving desperationBefore I say anything I would like to to express my puzzlement for all those whining that the book ended at 23 and there was an appendix following The book ends at the end 22 33 312312 U name it We are just lucky to also get a very interesting appendix in compliance with the terrific worldbuilding of these books To the book itself The Book as I mention the whole series to friends I dont know how to express myself I finished it last night and I am overwhelmed I ll just say that we get the end that was coming BecauseThe Darkness that came before Many ppl expected a happier ending but I dont know how they got that idea reading these 7 books After all there is to the story so we will have to see what will be the aftermath After very depressing morbid events and situations we reach the final stage of the Great Ordeal Humanity against the threat of Apocalypse Through very epic and tragic climaxes we get to the end There are many uestions and things left to our subjectivity but I know that Bakker wanted that He claimed so in some A Seeing everything from the end I cannot but admire the way he foreshadowed so many things They way pieces were set The whole story was incredible It had everything I long for Very epic and so disturbing at the same time Morbid Insane Actionwise it never got cheesy Only epic after epic Drama after drama Tons of intensity and gravity Sacrifices betrayals bravery bitterness addictions passions reason manipulation love faith Everything conflicting and struggling I know that not all people would like these books but they are definitely extremely original groundbreaking penetrating and thought provoking Demanding You have to try them just to experience them I could praise them forever but I prefer to withdraw and contemplate on them reading the endless insight and theories in the Second Apocalypse forums Reading wont be the same after the Second Apocalypse Standards raised way too high Its one of the very few times that I have finished a book and I dont feel like starting another I just cant stop thinking when we ll get the No God books and I ll return to the incredible world of Earwa


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    The conclusion to the Second Apocalypse’s “The Aspect Emperor” tetralogy an extended double book of The Great Ordeal The Unholy Consult After thousands of pages exhausting the reader in a ‘slog of slogs’ the two threads of the plot the wizard and the crusade finally converge at Golgotterath for the epic battle at the ultimate stronghold of the Consult which consumes the majority of the book and harks back to Lord of the Rings WoT’s A Memory of Light The end of the battle sees a stack of revelations unfold including at least two that could be called literal deus ex machinas the failure of the Great Crusade and the second resurrection of the No God I would worry about spoilers here but seriously you are reading R Scott Bakker’s fiction you didn’t actually think the Crusade was going to succeed defeat the Consult prevent the No God’s resurrection and not go horribly wrong somehow did you? This sets the stage for presumably another trilogy covering the fight against the No God and Achamian re enacting the First ApocalypseBakker remains Bakker technology like nuclear bombs lasers are uietly slipped into the fantasy setting the sex remains disturbingly weird the influence of Frank Herbert remains profound and probably missed by most readers I was particularly struck by “No God” literally there in the name yet I missed it What is good I found The Great Ordeal to be compelling in several ways; in particular I was interested in the description of the Crusade’s logistical struggles across the plains and their slow brutal moral mental degradation degeneration from eating Sranc meat and Kelhus’s manipulations of the Crusade to get it to Golgotterath such as a nifty exegesis of Girardian mimesis including in a signature Bakker ‘WTF’ a sudden homosexual rape out of nowhere While the writing here got repetitive I think it was necessary to drum things in the Non men a dark twist on Tolkienesue elves receive extensive coverage as long passages are set in the last Non men city of Ishterebinth; while with worldbuilding and alien species familiarity all too often breeds contempt Bakker manages to make the Non men even interesting than they were when we had mostly hints a lot of world building and backstory gets filled in the final battle is worth the journey it took to get there Downsides ending is a huge uestion mark abrupt several of the revelations as mentioned feel like deus ex machinas and not in a good way Thinking about it made some of it make a little sense but most of it remains unsatisfying and awaiting better justification in the seuels Kelmomas as both a character and plot arc continues to feel arbitrary and poorly written; I hated and was bored every page he was in except the last This made several arcs appear totally pointless particularly Sorweel I loved seeing Ishterebinth but was all of that really nothing but setup for Kelmomas to interfere at the last second? considerably less uotable; prose can be described as overwrought to the point of making it hard to understand what is going on at all; certain words such as ‘licentious’ are vastly overused by Bakker where was the editor? and he should write a little shell script to flag them in his drafts I must however defend Bakker against the review which called it 450 pages of various descriptions of each and every character's turgid member however—many of those members were flaccid not 'turgid' So I thought The Great Ordeal was a considerable success but The Unholy Consult I am not sure As the uip about the French student riots go “it is too soon to tell” Dune and BakkerTo elaborate a bit on some of the easier analogies between Dune and Bakker irri spice; Dunyain Bene GesseritMentat; Kelhus Paul; the Breaking of the HousesGreat Crusade ButlerianPaul's Jihad; KelmomasNo God No shipsNo globesSiona; Tekne Family atomics; Dûnyain whale mothers Tleilaxu axolotl tanks; Probability Trance mentat computation; sorcery prescience; Crusades Caucasus rebellions It would not be going too far to view Bakker as telling the Dune saga in a far brutal fashion and going far in depth into the Jihad part than Herbert did Both are fundamentally concerned with human freedom in a deterministic universe—but reach opposite conclusions about the endpoint of human agencyThe most transparent reference to Dune is the name No God which follows the same naming pattern as no globes and no ships in the later Dune books The reason this is important is that the 'no' prefix doesn't mean simply 'fake' or 'false' as I imagine most Bakker readers assume the No God is simply a fake replacement god and it's a derogatory name given by its enemies who follow the true gods but it's an active negation of another power in Dune no globes actively destroy the power of prescient people to look into possible futures by hiding things which can then affect the futureThis I think may be key to interpretation In Dune as often missed by readers of Dune prescience doesn't just work forward but also backward those who foresee the future enable their future selves to reach back in time and create their futures Thus in the Dune novels many of the characters are slavesIn Dune Paul Atreides is manipulating events from before he has ever consumed spice and indeed manipulating events before his birth; long before the Spacing Guild sees a 'nexus' and the Bene Gesserit are concerned that a 'higher order power' is taking control of Arrakis and thus the future of the universe as revealed by anomalies like the Lady Jessica's betrayal to conceive a son or the seeding of manipulative memes among the Fremen to make them tools of the Bene Gesserit The move to Arrakis defeat the fleeing to the desert the Jihad—all are caused by Paul's prescient vision being so strong as the first Kwisatz Haderach as to override the weaker visions of spice consumers like the Fremen aided by tools like the Dune Tarot the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mothers and the Guild Navigators forcing them to act as necessary to bring Muad'dib into existence Muad'dib is a self fulling prophecy but not merely self fulfilling he is the stable fixed point In Dune MessiahChildren of DuneGod Emperor of Dune Paul Atreides is in turn himself enslaved by his son Leto II who is an even powerful prescient being and manipulates Paul from the future to bring himself his sister into being and intervenes as necessary to defeat Scytale etc Leto II's 'Golden Path' creates no globesno ships the human euivalent of no globes Siona descendants and built up pressures yielding the Scattering across the multiverse of Siona descendants in no ships The no ships Sionas guarantee that no prescient vision no matter how powerful will ever again be able to see and control all of humanity and the Scattering ensures that no single political polity or military or civilization can ever physically track and destroy all of humanity Why is the Golden Path so critical and the core of Leto's entire story? Because Leto's actions in creating the Golden Path also make him the final all prescient being and a fixed point Leto's prescient visions exploring all the possible futures showed him that there were still further distant futures in which Ixian hunter kill prescient machines the primitive prototypes of which replaced Guild Navigators surpassed human beings and thus could create the past in their image—except that the Golden Path blocked their retrocausal influence by crippling prescience millennia before taking much of the universe out of prescient control Otherwise the possibility of superhumanly prescient machines would have been another self fulfilling stable point manipulating human history to bring them into existence As is entirely possible as machines are not limited by human limits and can be superior to humans; the evil of the machines is that they do not share human values and can be abused by other humans 'Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them'The self proclaimed goal of the Bene Gesserit is to create 'adults' by breeding and every other method humans who are self controlled who have all possible abilities from martial arts to rhetoric to prescience to ancestral memory access who can adapt to all circumstances and embrace change who are 'awake' one might say As the Dune saga develops humans grow ever capable the revived swordmaster Duncan Idaho is told he is literally slower and an obsolete model by a distant descendant who even as an old man can defeat Idaho Norman Spinrad remarks that the libertarian Herbert once told him that he'd like to conclude the saga by eventually developing the universe into a democracy shedding the elitist aristocracies and gerontocracies and tyrannies and theocracies and secret societies which dominate the Dune universe; this would be the logical endpoint of the growth maturation of humanityYou are a contradiction my friend You choose You decide You hold responsible and are held responsible But at the same time you’re a machine something that can be conditioned repaired turned on or off piloted with greater ease than a drone—so long as you remain convinced that you choose and decideThe Dûnyain have surrendered themselves to the Logos to what you would call reason and intellect We seek absolute awareness the self moving thought The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness If you are the movement of your soul and the cause of that movement precedes you then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions to throw off the yoke of circumstance And only the Dûnyain possess this knowledge plainsman The world slumbers enslaved by its ignorance Only the Dûnyain are awakeThe truth about the world he said is that anything is possible Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is a hat trick in a medicine show a fevered dream a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent an itinerant carnival a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part Even in this world things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there like a string in a maze so that you shall not lose your wayIn Bakker's terms the goals of the Dûnyain Bene Gesserit are the same they seek to liberate mankind from the darkness that comes before All men are slaves when they walk 'conditioned ground' bound by the shackles of causality In particular they are manipulated by the gods who wish to feast on their souls in the afterlife and to ensure a steady supply of fodder intervene in worldly affairs by manipulating probability the future using prescience creating entities like the White Luck Warrior who is simply so lucky that he can kill anyone because all events just happen to occur as necessary foreseen akin to Paul Atreides after being blinded in Dune Messiah Whether men are manipulated by Dûnyain or by gods or by material conditions prior to that moment what difference does that make? One must be freed But what of prescience? Normally that which comes before determines that which comes after but with prescience and retro causation that which comes after determines that which comes before Bakker appears to be borrowing this heavily in discussing how the No God overwrites the timeline of the gods in the past before it exists to bring itself into existence that which comes after determines that which comes before The gods see only that which comes before and are blind to the No God or a select few individuals like Kelmomas They cannot see it except indirectly and cannot prevent it or react to it It provides freedom from the darkness that comes before The Dûnyain are natural allies of the Inchoroi No God once they learn they were mistaken about the existence of sorcery gods and afterlifeHell the gods are their enemies claims to be the font of 'morality' laughable the afterlife a fate far worse than death Their sight must be blinded and the world closed against HellOr so the captive Dûnyain think The key to the saga is Koringhus 'The Survivor' greatest of the Dûnyain The Great Ordeal ch814 self shattered by the ordeal of the destruction of the Dûnyain Emerging into the world Koringhus realizes the error of the Dûnyain they had deceived themselves that which came after could indeed determine that which came before and the world has many floors indeed Meeting Mimara and seeing the one true god look at him via the Judging Eye he completes the Dûnyain doctrine the world is a block universe and there is an unconditioned absolute which truly comes before all that which comes either before or father and the past is determined by the future just as much as vice versa This absolute block universe is the one true God the 'Zero that is One' And seeing the 'semantic apocalypse' enlightened into eliminativism and forgiven by the Judging Eye Koringhus leaps to his death the Shortest Path to the Absolute the Logo the only source of all movement and darkness and wakefulnessA third SF perspective is the Zen of Story Of Your Life the enlightened is one with causation neither free nor unfreeIn Zen acceptance freedom in the moment; In Herbert human development culminates in an endless jazz jam session across an infinitely undulating multiverse of provisional phenomena dubbed 'illusions' by the pessimistic—If you must label the absolute use its proper name 'Temporary'; in Bakker human development culminates in the shattering of all illusion and the greatest illusion that of the self—and embrace of the absolute in death


  6. says:

    The Unholy Consult by R Scott Bakker crashes into the inevitable contest between the Dûnyain Prophet Anasûrimbor Kellhus and the vile Consult hierarchy This novel the fourth and concluding volume of The Aspect Emperor series chronicles a convergent conflict millennia in the making between Men Nonmen and Inchoroi abomination Tekne and Logos will vie for the fate of the world the fate of souls The Great Ordeal will traverse the unnatural wastes at the end of the world to face itthe Golden Horror

Weaving the narrative threads of The Aspect Emperor into a rope The Unholy Consult hangs from the Horns of Golgotterath The survivors of Ishterebinth make haste to join the Great Ordeal which in turn staggers in its last desperate trek through the Fields of Woe Following the destruction of the Horde at Dagliash the false Believer King Nersei Proyas struggles to steer the might of Earwa across ashen Agongorea Stripped to the foundation of their Meat the Men of the Ordeal find they must overcome themselves to march upon their foe to achieve the reuisite mad ferocity to topple wicked and alien heights  Besotted crazed with loss and bewildered hope the old Wizard Achamian and the pregnant Prophet Mimara draw near to gaze upon the Aspect Emperor with the Judging Eye Even the eyes of the damned will stand witness to the Warrior Prophet’s ultimate disputation of war Gobozkoy like no other As the Great Ordeal unleashes its collective might on Unholy Golgotterath Bakker rolls into one all the strategy tactical reversal and heartbreak of the battle seuences of his six preceding novelsand the Gods play benjuka across the very the plate of the world

Thematically the darkness that comes before dominates all individuals through every faction In a contest of this magnitude none can be sure their cause is righteous truth  Meat and spirit meaning and its wages compel reason run to the end of sanity— The Unholy Consult emerges as the most profuse expression of Bakker’s philosophical viewpoint on humanity’s frame and substance Stylistically Bakker furthers the coiled power of word and verse from The Great Ordeal epic fantasy as adventure and elegy  This novel is word for word line for line condensed packed loaded In the end Bakker sparks a detonation proper to the termination of The Aspect Emperor series  A rebuke of and tribute to the Tolkinesue tradition a rumination on holy scripture and prophetic word The Unholy Consult is above all a tale to grasp the heart

Included with The Unholy Consult is an expanded encyclopedic glossary elaborating on the glossary of The Thousandfold Thought divulging history secrets lies and promising   A particular highlight is a short account concerning the Aspect Emperor revealing insight into his peculiar magic and snatched it would seem while the Anasûrimbor thought no one watching Bakker’s previously available online Atrocity Tales short stories set in Earwa “The False Sun” and “The Four Revelations” are also included as Appendices Two and Three  “The False Sun” constitutes an episode from the formation of the Consult and their grudge with the ancient Grandmaster of the Sohonc mighty Titirga “The Four Revelations” takes the reader inside the mind of a Nonman Erratic long lived beyond all dead glory and sanity

Tragedy tragedy averted tragedy necessary and inescapable The Unholy Consult marches toward Golgotterath measuring its path by the suffering of its persons This is the seventh book in The Second Apocalypse series  Apocalypse is revelation  Bakker delivers humanity character and reader alike to the revelation of the fate of worldsBehold The Passion of the Warrior Prophet


  7. says:

    WTF No really WTF Really???????? This is it???? Probably the most devastating series finale I ever red


  8. says:

    A review came swirling downI have now read six gargantuan tomes of the Second Apocalypse my slog of slogs my Great Ordeal and in this final outing we will have our uestions answered let's grab Golgotterath by the horns and get on with it I read the first one as it was pitched as a gritty philosophical Game of Thrones to scratch the Winds of Winter itch When I was immersed in the fanaticism and butchery of the Holy War I was hooked When it transpired that the Cishuarim Fanim and the whole Three Seas were but pawns in some cosmic chess game of unparalleled bleakness I stayed When we got to the spaceships and rape aliens and wait a minute maybe Kellhus actually is JesusI eyebrows arched loins girded awaited some conclusion But I was perversely fascinated by the sheer scale of Bakker's imagination and his ability to treat with deadpan dignity a plot whose premise I cannot explain to people without them thinking this is some 1920s Pulp mash up bullshit about Orcs on Mars The sheer dazzling maddening complexity of his cast of thousand An as Ordealsman who has waded through throngs of battles and treatises and the many many many engorged phalluses of this series it was with a hungry eagerness I hoped to see Kellhus crack open Golgotterath punch the Consult in their engorged phalluses and finally tell us what the fuck is happening in this fucking crazy series I have finished almost four thousand pages of purple prose Bakkerverse and I'm still basically ignorant of his world's metaphysics and rules And I like that it's a world of dazzling byzantine detail and soaring mythic tone a universe of flesh and of the mind and one of the most believable universes If you don't like it and you didn't like it you will be sadly disappointed by the final conclusion The unrelenting bleakness and savagery is still there there are three chapters of unfettered rape and cannibalism that make the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like the Teletubbies If you like the previous outings this is pure concentrated Bakker refined to an arrow point in his style I read the whole 482 pages in a single breathless weekend waiting for the endingSPOILERS AVOID RUN AWAYThe ending is shit isn't it? We marched and massacred our way to here in order for the following things to happen1 Mimara to never look at Kellhus with the Judging Eye2 She gives birth to the last baby ever then presumably is murder eaten by a trillion Sranc 2 Achaiman to hang out with Esmenet for a bit neither discussing or acknowledging the situation3 A brief summary of what the Inchoroi are about4 Serwa my favourite Anasurimbor kills a dragon This is never mentioned again and achieves nothing Cynically this girl power moment feels like Bakker trying to undo some of the accusations of sexism in the series 5 Kelmomas the irksome little fucker we all hated in every book because if there's one thing Bakker likes than engorged dicks its italicised Mummy is magically invisible to the gods for essentially no reason and momentarily distracts Kellhus in his moment of triumph and then some random Skin Spy offs him They chuck Kelmomas in a coffin and now he's Mog Pharau and everyone in the world is going to die sorry And like a reject from Les Mis we'll be treated to Mog's soul searching WHO AM I? whilst he kills everybody making the entire trajectory one of the longest bloody paths in fantasy literature totally fucking pointless Do not get me wrong I loved the majesty and scale and artifice of this series but I cannot understand the sense of the ending


  9. says:

    The Second Apocalypse forum is the place to discuss Bakker's fiction especially the Second Apocalypse narrative wwwsecond apocalypecomThis is the second rendition of the Second Apocalypse forumPast links to the Ch 1 Excerpt are now down new linksCh 1 ExcerptCh 3 Excerpt SummaryCheersTHIS BOOK CANNOT BE RELEASED SOON ENOUGH SUPPORT R SCOTT BAKKER


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    From the first time I saw a map of R Scott Bakker's Earwa I've wondered about Golgotterath The name metal as hell the location the middle of crater it has Dark Lord of Evil written all over yet But despite its importance it's stayed in the background a threat yes but something distant and abstract That all changes in The Unholy Consult After 6 books of teases R Scott Bakker finally pulls back the curtain and reveals the nigh impregnable stronghold of Earwa's enemies And what a revelation it is The book itself is structured in two acts the convergence of forces at Golgotterath and the attack on the stronghold itselfThe first details the various groups converging upon the Black Furnace Plain I don't want to give too much away about this but I will say that it's an emotional rollercoaster Long anticipated reunions shocking betrayals and acts of unspeakable horror Bakker outdoes himself here it's a hell of a ride I've been an avid fantasy reader for 30 years and honestly can't remember feeling so emotionally drained as I did by the end of this section Tip of the hat to Bakker by the time you reach the Maw of Golgotterath you are every bit as blasted as the men and women of the Great OrdealThe second act features uite possibly the best battle seuence ever written in the fantasy genre It is of course mind bogglingly epic What makes it transcend however is how skillfully Bakker weaves a coherent thread through the action Unlike the closing battles in other masterworks Wheel of time or Malazan Books of the Fallen I didn't find myself struggling to remember who someone was or why they were doing what they were doing And despite being a long seuence nearly half the book it somehow felt lean excellent work by Bakker and his editorsThe final chapters are as revelatory as you'd expect from Bakker and then some There was one particular moment hint it involves stairs where I literally said are you f kidding me out loud and put the book down for a day to process But what I really appreciated was that like any great mystery the surprises made perfect sense within the logic of Bakker's universe and the seeds that he's planted since the opening sentence of The Darkness That Comes BeforeAnd the ending? All I'll say is that it's perfectly Bakker 55