As the Holy War continues its inexorable southward march, it is itself conquered from within — by Anasûrimbor Kellhus.
From the arid Plains of Mengedda to the humid banks of the River Sempis, the Men of the Tusk wage relentless war against the heathen Fanim. While the Lords of the Holy War plot and squabble, Kellhus patiently extends his dominion, steering souls through the subtleties of word and expression. The sorcerer Achamian and his lover, Esmenet, submit entirely, only to have their faith — and their love — tested in unimaginable ways. The warrior Cnaiür falls ever deeper into madness, convinced that Kellhus will betray their pact to murder Kellhus’s father.
And the skin-spies of the Consult watch with growing trepidation.
After a harrowing trek through the desert, the Holy War assembles about the walls of ancient Caraskand. At long last the Men of the Tusk stand upon the bourne of the Sacred Land, so near Holy Shimeh, the city of the Latter Prophet. Caraskand need only fall...
But another prophet has arisen, one who walks in their very midst — the Warrior-Prophet. Brother turns against brother. In the Holy War's most desperate hour, every man, every woman, is forced to choose. Between hatred and hope. Between their most desperate desires and the end of the world. Between Anasûrimbor Kellhus and the Second Apocalypse.
R. Scott Bakker is the author of 7 critically acclaimed books, including The Prince of Nothing, a trilogy that Publishers Weekly calls "a work of unforgettable power," as well as the Aspect-Emperor novels and the acclaimed thriller, Neuropath. He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife, Sharron, and his daughter, Ruby.