- Publisher: Tor Books; paperback / softback edition (1984)
- ISBN-10: 0812533704
- ISBN-13: 978-0812533705
- ASIN: B000NRVGZI
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,199,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE CHRONICLES OF THE BLACK COMPANY: Book 1: The Black Company; Book 2: Shadows Linger; Book 3: The White Rose; Book 4: Book of the South 1: Shadow Games; Book 5: Book of the South 2: Dreams of Steel; Book 6: The Silver Spike
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Admittedly, at first, I was confused by the strange feeling of being in the trenches with the soldiers, instead of the royal gardens with the king, but soon after I really enjoyed Cook's realistic characters. Think of how many soldiers fight in the epic wars almost all fantasy novels include. How many authors actually describe the soldiers feelings and reasons for their choice of joining the ranks of good or evil?
All in all, this book and the whole series, is a fun and gritty read with tons of battle scenes. It is a definite needed break from some of the recent attacks of gigantic fantasy sagas. One of the most amazing things about the book was that I felt that I knew the characters without being told all that much, instead I was able to pull from the characters' actions all I ever needed to know. To me that is the mark of wonderful storytelling.
I don't get it!
Perhaps it is because the book lacks the epic scope that has, for some reason, become almost synonymous with the fantasy genre. The Black Company is NOT epic, the purpose of the book is not to flesh out and then explore a complex fantasy world. Rather it is a dirty closeup of a mercenary group and of the means by which they survive. The main draw is in its gritty intelligence. These are characters that use subterfuge and wit rather than brawn. Cook manages to convince the reader that these truly *are* experienced proffesionals.
Also, the hackneyed premise behind so many other fantasy novels (that of the naive group, chased by evil) is discarded. Glen Cook describes a world where the characters must navigate in shades of grey, where they must make the best choices they can. I appreciate the lack of rigid good versus evil conflicts.
It is a quick and enjoyable read which rejueventates a stagnating genre
It is difficult not to chuckle at the feigned combative antics of Goblin and One-Eye, or the self-deprecating humor of the narrator, Croaker. While these are not men you would want to associate with in real life---their activities would likely quickly shorten your life expectancy or land you in goal---they nonetheless will inevitably appeal to male romantic notions exemplified by any number of anti-hero figures, most typified in Hollywood by the film roles of Clint Eastwood, and, if not too closely examined, certain to provide unadulterated masculine entertainment. The boy in you will be delighted.
Glen Cook invests his writing with assured skill and a tone completely complimentary to the task at hand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes the good guys aren't always the good guys. The Black Company, last of the free companies of Khatovar, are mercenaries who get caught up in events greater than themselves... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Keith Blodgett
This was a really interesting book. The writing style took a bit to get used to.Published 11 days ago by Nicholas Caley
It starts slow and and a little disjointed but if you stick with it you'll find the writers rhythm. Turned into a great story and looking forward to the next book.Published 25 days ago by Mike Elias
The writing is not that great. The constant use of modern language and idioms is distracting and jarring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great take on the usual 'rebellion vs an evil empire' fantasy story. The evil tyrant sorceress known only as the Lady has been resurrected, along with her ten powerful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack Baxter
Great alternative to Game of Thrones and other books of that ilk. Wonderfully written and grabs you faster than GOT.Published 1 month ago by SirBrushesAlot
This was a refreshing take on the fantasy novel. It had an epic feel with the main characters being down and dirty in the trenches interacting with the enemy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by redshirt05
A friend of mine recommended this series. I had just finished the Malazan Books of the Fallen and was looking for a new series to get lost in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DeDe