The Great Ordeal (The Aspect-Emperor #3) - R. Scott Bakker10.00

The much-anticipated third installment of R. Scott Bakker’s acclaimed series, The Aspect-Emperor

Praised by fans and critics worldwide, R. Scott Bakker has become one of the most celebrated voices in fantasy literature. With The Great Ordeal, Bakker presents the long-anticipated third volume of The Aspect-Emperor, a series that stands with the finest in the genre for its grandiose scope, rich detail, and thrilling story.

As Fanim war-drums beat just outside the city, the Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace for her missing son Kelmomas. Meanwhile and many miles away, Esmenet’s husband’s Great Ordeal continues its epic march further north. But in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect-Emperor’s decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences even He couldn’t have foreseen. And, deep in Ishuäl, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth than when he set out.

The Aspect-Emperor series follows Bakker’s Prince of Nothing saga, returning to the same world twenty years later. The Great Ordeal follows The Judging Eye and The White-Luck Warrior, and delivers the first half of the conclusion to this epic story. Returning to Bakker’s richly imagined universe of myth, violence, and sorcery, The Aspect-Emperor continues to set the bar for the fantasy genre, reaching new heights of intricacy and meaning.

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Release date: July 12, 2016
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 10.00/10
Total ratings: 4
Updated: August 24, 2021

The Aspect-Emperor :: Series

Belongs to the series The Second Apocalypse

The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor #1)8.28
The White-Luck Warrior (The Aspect-Emperor #2)9.00
The Great Ordeal (The Aspect-Emperor #3)10.00
The Unholy Consult (The Aspect-Emperor #4)


10/10 |
September 07, 2016
I loved this installment in, what is, a great series. It wasn't as introspective as White-Luck Warrior and contains some great action. A couple of interesting new characters also! Great read!