The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this series a LONG time ago, and upon reading this final installment, I find myself somewhat torn.
First, being the world building freak that I am, Mr. Bakker's skill is on full display, you would be hard pressed to find more of a deep, expansive world and history than you do here. The frigging beginning of the book has a recap of the previous tale which is dang near long as some books I have read. That isn't the issue with me, You read this...you best pack a lunch and have your big boy pants on because there is depth on depth on depth in Mr. Bakker's world.
The problem is...while the soaring expanse and pure holy crap grand scale of the world slaps you in the face, the story and the characters leave me feeling cold. I know that bleakness is part of the overall story but I feel that in all this world, the "heart" is cut out of it. It might be me, but when I was younger, the arrogance of this epic world building would appeal to me, but as I progress (I hope) in my pursuits of literary works, I want the story to move me, and in the end, it doesn't.
Is the series worth a read? Yes, the scope of this world is mind blowing, but just be prepared to come out cooler than you go in.
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