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The highly anticipated and explosive finale to the master of grimdark R. Scott Bakker's acclaimed high fantasy series.

In this shattering conclusion to The Aspect-Emperor books, praised for their "sweeping epic scale and detailed historical world building" (Grimdark Magazine), R. Scott Bakker delivers the series' feverishly harrowing and long-awaited finish.

In The Unholy Consult, the Men of the Great Ordeal have been abandoned by Anasurimbor Kellhus, and the grand crusade has dissolved into cannibalism and chaos. When Exalt-General Proyas, the Prince-Imperial Kayutas at his side, attempts to gain control of the lost Men and continue their march to Golgotterath, it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord and Prophet is not so easily shaken from the mission.

©2017 R. Scott Bakker (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Josh
  • 17-10-2017

Bakker still too impressed with himself

Dear R. Scott Bakker -
Yes, we get it...you know more about philosophy and religion than most other people...good for you. It's just too bad that fact got in the way of your very compelling story.

--now for my review--
I've heard people either love or hate this series...I both love AND hate it. And this book is exactly why. All of the important plot points are obfuscated to the point of nonsense or pure guesswork by the reader. The author tortures his few clear points so far that he condescends to the reader. Many characters have absolutely no purpose whatsoever - i.e hundreds of pages/tens of audiobook hours are spent on characters who could disappear entirely and the plot would change not one bit.

I so desperately want to only love this book and series at large. I have also always wanted to see someone make a serious effort at exploring the 'uber man' idea to it's logical conclusion in a compelling story. And I was given that with this series. Unfortunately it was written by someone more in love with his own 'cleverness,' than he is with writing coherent, enjoyable stories.

I love the grimdark sub-genre of fantasy, but also want to enjoy reading such books. This series and this book felt much more like required reading for a college course than something to read for enjoyment, and I almost dreaded pushing through it. Again, don't get me wrong...I love this series and it's incredibly compelling story... but I also hated reading it...if that makes any sense...

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  • J Morehouse
  • 08-12-2018

The pinnacle of tediousness with no resolution

A style that was initially intriguing four long, tedious books ago has finally pegged my ability to stay interested. Only the excellent performance kept me going until this point. My God Bakker can ramble on for chapters of complete nonsense and get nowhere. Think a fantasy/Sci fi Moby Dick. What kills me is that under it all is an excellent and original plot. Huge fail on execution though.

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  • Jeremy W.
  • 05-09-2018

What! What kind of ending was that!

Really? “The end” that’s the wrap up here.
After 7 books that’s how your going to end it? The last 7 mins was a total joke. How anti-climatic!!

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  • Kenneth Brady
  • 29-07-2021

continually changing pronunciations

A very deep riveting and enjoyable story even the ending which was nihilistic.
I would have preferred a different narrator. I'm certain that listening to other books that he narrates would probably be enjoyable but not this particular series.

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  • subetei
  • 13-07-2018

The cliffhanger that will lead to the No-God

The beginning of the end, the Great Ordeal finally arrives at the foot of the Golden Horns and having survived the journey to Golgotterath and their own dark desires brought to life. Now they must face the end of the world and they will bring their own doom or salvation with them. The truth of the White Luck and the heart breaking revelations that will strip Esmenet to her core, while Achamian and Mimara finally arrive in the hopes to cast judgement on the aspect emperor, Sorweel and the siblings flee from the clutches of the mad Nonmen to an even deeper madness of men. But he Consult has unknown hands to play and the world will shiver when they are revealed.

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  • Gary Girod
  • 26-04-2022

Epic fantasy

A true gem, a brilliant culmination to an original world. Fantastically-delivered, and brought to life

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  • Alisha Dallas
  • 23-04-2022

Everything that has been said about author...

I hate to write such a specific and short review but I have to vent this. Near the end of the book I had to skip a whole 20 minutes because if I heard "our salvation!" one more time I was going to lose it. Horrible combo of an already annoying and lackluster line read by a narrator whos exclamations are already unbearable.

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  • Mark Beasse
  • 26-03-2022

Gainax Ending

The first novel of the series blew my mind and I think the recreation of 12th century crusades to Jerusalem was an inspired choice. The author has taken the story farther than I usually see in other fiction. The reality is there was no satisfying way to end the story. I'm not sorry I bought this book, but I am glad I got it on sale.

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  • Lucas
  • 09-06-2021

What an ordeal.

I suffered. Truly suffered through this series. Like most I fear, I had hope for an ending that would make me feel better after enduring, imagining that what I listened to would end in something giving me some grim satisfaction. No hope NoGod in this story.

I was amazed and enthralled the whole series. I imagine after I recover, I say recover because this review is part of my recovery process, I will relisten to the series minus all of the 30 second skips required for me to finish it the first time.

I guess, thank you for not giving a warning and titling the first book the Great Ordeal. I would have been second guessing and eventually blamed myself for putting myself through this. I'm of the opinion that the title "The judging eye" is a setup and the author new or was told not to use the Great ordeal as title for the first book in the series. I'm not sure how I feel about hearing all of this. I mean I don't think I would ever have imagined such a sordid turn of events. Yet the plausibility is there in this writing. There is gratitude but also numb disbelief mixed with grudging respect and awe for the author.

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  • Pheadra D.
  • 14-05-2020

Amazing, perfect, outstanding!

Greatest series in the history of all series. GoT is pathetic children's story in comparison.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-2021

Woof!

Homeric, Biblical, Epic. I'm off to read all 7 again! Good media needs a second and third digestion. Great media gives and gives everytime.

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  • Joe
  • 02-12-2019

awful ruined a fantastic series

first I will add I have loved the narration and storyline of the other books in the series this time has been awful. I wish I hadn't paid for the audible version as the terrible Reading has made it feel more like a summary than a good book

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