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Surrender to the Will of the Night (Instrumentalities of the Night) [Kindle Edition]

Glen Cook
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Piper Hecht's first and greatest secret is that he knows how to kill gods. What's not a secret is that he knows how to win wars.

Hecht's secrets make him dangerous, but his skill and his reputation put him in danger—from his enemies, who fear what he might do or who want revenge for what he has already done; and from his friends, who want to use his military gifts for their own purposes.

His sister Heris and his living ancestor Cloven Februaren, the Ninth Unknown, have made Hecht part of their fight against the return of the dark god, Kharoulke the Windwalker. At the same time, the half-mad Empress Katrin wants Hecht to lead the armies of the Grail Empire eastward on a crusade against his old co-religionists the Praman.

Meanwhile, the world is changing. The winters are growing longer and harsher every year, and the seas are getting shallower. The far north and the high mountain ranges are going under the ice, fast. The Wells of Power are getting weaker, and the old evils, the Instrumentalities from the Time Before Time, have begun to ooze back into the world.

Surrender to the Will of the Night is the third book in Glen Cook's phenomenal Instrumentalities of the Night fantasy series. As ever, the genius of Glen Cook's storytelling lies in his common touch: in soldiers, who are like real soldiers; in men and women, who love and laugh and sweat, with real hopes and real fears, united only in their determination to face the oncoming night.

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Piper Hecht has a dilemma. His sister and her allies want him to take up his secret powers and with them slay a dark and menacing god, the Widowmaker. His half-mad imperial overlord wants him to use his well-known skills as a military commander to lead a crusade against the faith among with whichhe grew up. And meanwhile, changes are occurring in the weather, in human behavior, and in everything else by which reasonable men and women measure the state of the world. Chaos is no longer a theory—and what can Piper do but fight it? Readers familiar with Cook’s massive body of fine fantasy will dive into this one expecting it to be both grim and absorbing—and they will not be disappointed. --Roland Green


“Cook follows up on his lauded Black Company military fantasy with another powerful series, combining a fast-moving plot with a harsh, credible world of religious conflicts, ravenous aristocrats, and refugees struggling to survive.” —VOYA on Lord of the Silent Kingdom

Product Details

  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0070NFY5G
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9WEFC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, not outstanding December 4, 2010
After waiting a couple of years for the 3rd book I think my expectations might have gotten a little too high for this one. Don't get me wrong, this is still Cook at his best but something seemed to be missing in this one. I liked "Lord of the Silent Kingdom" better than the first book and expected "Surrender" to surpass book number 2. Unfortunately this was not the case and I'd have to describe this installment as 'satisfactory.'

Like I said, Cook is still writing wonderfully and this book was the page turner that all of his works seem to be. Yet something was lacking and I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. Perhaps its the fact that he has too many POVs; the chapters on Piper and Februaren/Heris was exciting and satisfying but the chapters dealing with Nassim were dull and (unless Cook unveils something big in book #4) didn't seem to be that relevant to the overall plot. I've been surprised by Cook's plot twists before and hopefully he's doing a little sleight of hand and misdirection to set his readers up for a big finish with the last book. If Cook holds to form then readers can expect lots of main and secondary character's deaths in book 4--the holocaust of characters in the last book of the Black Company series left my jaw on the floor.

Overall "Surrender to the Will of the Night" is solid but not outstanding. I know Mr. Cook juggles lots of series' at once (Garrett, new Black Company Books!, and this series) but hopefully he'll focus in on book #4 of this series and give it the finish it deserves.

PS: Highly recommend Cook's other series': Black Company, Dread Empire, Garrett P.I., Darkwar.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ambitious and flawed, rewarding but frustrating, weak 4 November 29, 2010
Surrender to the Will of the Night is Glen Cook's third book in his Instrumentalities of the Night series, and despite its great potential, shares some of the same flaws as its two predecessors.

There are several major plot strands braided together. One involves Piper Hecht's growing entanglement with the Grail Empire, headed by Empress Katrin, who wishes to hire Piper away from the Patriarch's army and make him commander of her new Righteous Army, which she plans to send on crusade to rid the Holy Lands of the Praman's. Luckily for her, upheaval in the Patriarchal hierarchy may make Piper free to consider her request (Piper's attraction to Katrin's sister Helspeth doesn't hurt). Speaking of the Holy Lands and the Praman, a secondary plot involves an attempt by Indala al-Sul Halaladin to unify the Praman into a single kaifate, ending their internecine warfare/raiding and freeing them to focus on liberate the Holy Lands in a counter-crusade. Meanwhile, parallel to all this is a magical battle by Cloven Februaren (the "Ninth Unknown") and Piper's sister Heris against Kharoulke the Windwalker, one of the most powerful and worst Instrumentality. And, as usual in this series, there are a host of other "meanwhile's" one could add.

The most captivating plot I thought involved the book-length campaign against Kharoulke, in which Februaren and Heris have to enter another world, enlist the aid of long-vanished dwarves, find a way across the rainbow bridge into the castle of the gods, etc. The plot-line itself was interesting and enlivened by the entry of Norse mythology fully into the storyline, an entry made more complex and rich by the clash of that mythology and traditional magic with the increasingly sophisticated technology beginning to be deployed in this world.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Cook's better works November 26, 2010
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I found this to be the best of the Instrumentatlies of the Night series yet. Interesting scenarios, fun characters, surprising plot twists, and an engaging writing style serve to make it a great book.

My own criticisms would be that Cook ends up Jordanizing a bit here... He doesnt do a lot of refreshers on what happened in the previous book, and there are an awful lot of character threads, some of which are just not terribly interestingly, even though they are important to the story. I think this book would have been a lot better had he clipped out one of the side threads, and focused more on the core threads of Hecht/Tage and the 9th unknown.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewards reading closely November 27, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not the place to start reading Glen Cook, or even the Instrumentalities of the Night series: its book 3 of a planned 4 volume series which is densely plotted and involves a lot of jaw-breaking names. If you want to try Glen Cook, start with The Black Company or Garrett PI (depending how much humor you like). I think that this "Night" series is closest in spirit to the Black Company of all the other Cook stuff I have read, so if you liked that, you will probably like this.

This is the continuing story of Piper Hecht, commander of the armies of the Brothen, locked in a tussel with the Pramans over the Holy Land where the magical Wells of Ihrian are failing. However, Piper Hecht is in fact Else Tage, the Praman Sha-Lug janissary captain on a secret mission to the West. Except that's not his real name either, and his Western family have recovered him, and they all turn out to be sorcerors who have congress with the Night (ie various demons, devils, spirits, imps and gods). Confused yet? You will be. And that's the background of the last few books, not any of this one.

Like all the Night series, it's a struggle to get through the first 50 pages, but after that it all starts to make a little sense. While the focus is on Piper Hecht and his godslaying antics, it now widens to include his family, including his sister Heris, who may turn out to eclipse Piper in all of this. We also get to see the continuing diversions in the Connec, largely via Brother Candle, a Maysaylean Perfect who tends to have strange things happen around him, and also the disputed Holy Land, via an old friend of Piper's.

There are major quests, political disputes at 30 paces, changes of employment, requited but unfulfilled love and unwanted unrequited intercourse.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If not for the gratuitous perversions, it would be ...
If not for the gratuitous perversions, it would be an acceptable time-waster for long train commutes. Nothing more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive
Very clever and engaging once you get past the crazy names and the twists on the world history as we know it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
so many names and titles I feel asleep trying to wade through them all
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
item was as advertised and shipping was excellent
Published 2 months ago by Ole Sailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugh, please write and publish FASTER!
Love this series. A change of pace from some of his other fantastic works but I love the gritty personality behind it.
Published 3 months ago by Mitchell D. Elkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 3rd in the Series
Glen Cook's "Surrender to the Will of the Night" is another troublesome book to rate. If this were a stand-alone book, I'd rate it at an OK 3 stars out of 5. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David A. Lessnau
5.0 out of 5 stars appreciation of Medieval History required
I love Glen Cook's Instumentalities series. However, I earned a degree in Medieval history, and still read the stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Justin & Kathryn Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As a huge Cook fan I did not think he can get any better. But, in this book he takes his imagination and world-building to the next level. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T. Rubino
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for a reason
Situated squarely in the wheelhouse of Glen Cook, this military fantasy is the first book in the series Instrumentalities of the Night . Read more
Published 19 months ago by Matthew Kossler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Glen Cook puts together some great worlds. This is one of the most complex, yet well constructed yet. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Charles B Young
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Where is book 4?
Comes out next March...
Sep 13, 2013 by epb |  See all 2 posts
Surrender to the Will of the Night
Yup. Completely unrelated to the Black Company so far, though. I suspect that Mr. Cook just liked that phrase enough to re-use it.

This series does remind me, a little bit, of the Dread Empire series. Just a bit.
Oct 5, 2010 by Brad Smith |  See all 6 posts
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