The Judging Eye: The Aspect-Emperor, Book One

R. Scott Bakker, Author . Overlook $26.95 (437p) ISBN 978-1-59020-169-5

Twenty years after the events of 2007's The Thousandfold Thought , nations unite in a holy war to prevent the No-God's apocalyptic resurrection. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus seems a benevolent messiah, but may be only a power-hungry demagogue. Exiled wizard Drusas Achamian's quest to expose Kellhus as a fraud could be a bitter cuckold's folly or the world's best hope. The Empress Esmenet juggles belief in her husband's godhead with grief for his lack of human attachment. Her bitter, abandoned daughter Mimara—an ex-prostitute, like her mother—begs Achamian to teach her sorcery, though the Judging Eye curse sends her visions of damnation. Bakker's lush language sometimes achieves poetry, but his plotting is less original; minor and nonsexualized female characters are conspicuously absent; and new readers will struggle with the intricate politics and history. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/03/2008
Release date: 02/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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