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The Darkness That Comes Before

(2003)
(The first book in the Prince of Nothing series)
A novel by

 
A score of centuries has passed since the First Apocalypse. The No-God has been vanquished and the thoughts of men have turned, inevitably, to more worldly concerns... Drusas Achamian, tormented by 2,000 year old nightmares, is a sorcerer and a spy, constantly seeking news of an ancient enemy that few believe still exists. Ikurei Conphas, nephew to the Nansur Emperor, is the Exalt-General of the Imperial Army and a military genius. He plots to conquer the known world for his Emperor and dreams of the throne for himself. Maithanet, mysterious and charismatic, is spiritual leader of the Thousand Temples. He seeks a Holy War to cleanse the land of the infidel. Cnaiur, Chieftain of the Utemot, is a Scylvendi barbarian. Rejected by his people, he seeks vengeance against the former slave who slew his father, and disgraced him in the eyes of his tribe. Into this world steps Anasurimbor Kellhus, the product of two thousand years of breeding and a lifetime of training in the ways of thought, limb, and face. Steering souls through the subtleties of word and expression, he slowly binds all - man and woman, emperor and slave - to his own mysterious ends. But the fate of men - even great men - means little when the world itself may soon be torn asunder. Behind the politics, beneath the imperialist expansion, amongst the religious fervour, a dark and ancient evil is reawakening. After two thousand years, the No-God is returning. The Second Apocalypse is nigh. And one cannot raise walls against what has been forgotten...

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Hardback Editions

1900 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, Book 1)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 1-58567-559-8 / 978-1-58567-559-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Overlook Books
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Paperback Editions

2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 1-59020-118-3 / 978-1-59020-118-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before (Prince of Nothing)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 1-58567-677-2 / 978-1-58567-677-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Overlook Press
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before: Book 1 of the Prince of Nothing
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 1-84149-408-9 / 978-1-84149-408-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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February 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before (Prince of Nothing)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 0-7434-7851-7 / 978-0-7434-7851-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 2004 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: 01 Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince Of Nothing Book One
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 0-14-301280-0 / 978-0-14-301280-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 0-7432-5668-9 / 978-0-7432-5668-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing Book 1)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 0-14-301374-2 / 978-0-14-301374-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
ISBN: 1-5226-0772-2 / 978-1-5226-0772-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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June 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Darkness That Comes Before: Book 1 of the Prince of Nothing
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
Publisher: Orbit
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September 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Darkness that Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One (The Prince of Nothing) (The Prince of Nothing Series 1)
Author(s): R Scott Bakker
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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