The Warrior Prophet

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The Warrior Prophet
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AuthorR. Scott Bakker
Audio read byDavid DeVries
SeriesPrince of Nothing
PublisherOverlook Press
Media typePrint (hardback, paperback), e-book, audiobook
Pages640 pages
Preceded byThe Darkness That Comes Before 
Followed byThe Thousandfold Thought 

The Warrior Prophet is the second book in the Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Bakker. It was first published in hardback on January 13, 2005 through The Overlook Press and was released in paperback in 2008. It was preceded by the 2003 book The Darkness That Comes Before and the trilogy concluded in 2006 with The Thousandfold Thought.


A battle has been waged against the heathen Fanim, but the Holy War is far from over and infighting has led to tension and delays. Meanwhile Kellhus has been patiently gaining a stronger following.


Critical reception has been mostly positive and the novel has received praise from Publishers Weekly and the Edmonton Journal.[1][2] In her review for the SF Site, Victoria Strauss rated The Warrior Prophet favorably, praising Bakker for his "meticulous world building" and "delving unflinchingly into the exalted heights and seamy depths of human nature".[3] The Bookseller favorably compared Bakker to Anne Rice and George R. R. Martin, also stating that "Dense and demanding are not terms you would use to describe most commercial fantasy, but I feel they are the very reasons why this should sell well."[4] The Guardian was slightly mixed in their review, writing that the book suffered from Bakker having only one year to write the novel and that "The Warrior Prophet is a good book; with more stringent editing, it could have brilliant. That said, it still leaves most of the competition trailing."[5]


  1. ^ Barbour, Douglas (27 June 2004). "Religions, cultures clash in troubling adventure". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ "THE WARRIOR-PROPHET: The Prince of Nothing, Book Two (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Strauss, Victoria. "The Warrior-Prophet (review)". SF Site. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ "R. Scott Bakker: The Warrior Prophet (review)". The Bookseller (5208): 34. December 9, 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ Grimwood, Jon Courtenay. "Out of body experiences". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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