The Prince of Nothing trilogy is the first of three series that comprise the Second Apocalypse sequence. It consists of the novels The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior-Prophet and The Thousandfold Thought, published between 2003 and 2006. It was written by R. Scott Bakker and is his first published work of fiction. It was followed by the Aspect-Emperor trilogy.
The Prince of Nothing tells the story of a Holy War launched by the Inrithi nations of Eärwa against the Fanim nations of the south-west, with the aim of recapturing the Holy City of Shimeh. As the conflict unfolds, a man named Anasûrimbor Kellhus emerges from the ranks of the Holy War to seize control of its destiny.