The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker Review

There are spoilers for The Darkness That Comes Before in this review, proceed with caution!

If you would like to watch a chapter by chapter break down for this book or The Prince of Nothing series, it can be found here on YouTube or hosted on my podcast.

Immediately following the events of The Darkness That Comes Before, the Holy War marches on.

The first book in the series is definitely very dense and complex, The Warrior Prophet is dense but not nearly as much as the first book. It’s a little bit of a faster read, we get more plot movement and less focus on history and characters. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a ton of information to gather but it’s a little bit of a change of pace.

What I Liked:

Learning more about the characters and their histories. With this kind of book, you know not everyone will make it and that adds to the anticipation of turning that next page. The way the characters evolve has been subtle but very interesting.

I’m amazed at how much information was packed into the prologue of book 1. There are always things I go back to and that speaks to the depth and scope of the story.

Bakkers prose is phenomenal. So many sentences that I still think about. His combat is especially enjoyable.

I’m immersed the the world that is being created and it’s history. Learning more about The Consult, skin spies, the first apocalypse is slow going, but every little bit of information feels like a lot.

The last little bit of the book was pretty shocking and it’s something I’ll think about for a while.

What I Didn’t Like

Maybe it’s because I loved the first book so much, but the subtle change in style was noticeable.

Overall Thoughts

I love this series, on one hand I want to get some answers but on the other I don’t want it to end. There were times I felt as though the story wasn’t moving fast enough or enough wasn’t being revealed but they are minor complaints. The end was especially shocking, and that doesn’t happen to me that often. I’m fortunate to have read this with Daniel and Katerina for the podcast series we’re doing, breaking down each chapter. They helped me understand what was happening and keep track of all the different plot threads. You can blaze through it, but you’ll miss so much.

For those of you wanting to read the book or who have already read it, here’s our YouTube playlist that we break down each chapter

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