So I finally finished The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker this past month, and it gave me no reason to retract any of my previous statements. If you haven’t seen my preliminary review of the book, then go and check it out first.
So the Holy War does in fact reach Shimeh, and on the way Achamian continues to suffer more and more at the hands of Kellhus’s and Esmenet’s marriage. Meanwhile the Sclyvendi Cnauir gets in league with the Consult who feeling threatened by the warrior prophet, begin to take decisive action against him.
On the other hand, our warrior prophet Kellhus, isn’t the least bit threatened by them and continues to outsmart them at every turn. Simultaneously becoming a sorcerer in his own right, as he learns and masters the trade from Achamian.
The story as a whole leaves a bitter sweet taste behind as you marvel at how the prince of nothing becomes king of everything and the potential saviour of the world, yet mourn the cost at which this saviour came. It’s almost analogous to the story of Jesus except that this saviour is neither holy nor benevolent. He is a man unlike any other. He is Dunyain. Through him the world is saved, and yet by him, the people are destroyed.
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