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November Books 16) The Darkness That Comes Before

16) The Darkness That Comes Before, by R. Scott Bakker

Had been meaning to get around to this for ages. Hmm. Perhaps it's the consequence of reading it on a transatlantic flight at the end of my second working weekend in a row, but this didn't really do it for me. It's a big fantasy novel, the first (inevitably) of a series called "The Prince of Nothing", but I found the cultures and characters insufficiently distinguishable or engaging. Apart from the women, that is, though even there I was uncomfortable about their stereotyped roles (one querulous queen; one whore with a heart of gold; one naive concubine kidnapped by barbarian prince). I know other people have raved about this but I won't be looking out for the sequels.
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