Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Chronicles of the Black Company Paperback – November 13, 2007
|New from||Used from|
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“With the Black Company series Glen Cook single-handedly changed the face of fantasy--something a lot of people didn't notice and maybe still don't. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliché archetypes of princes, kings, and evil sorcerers. Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote.” ―Steven Erikson, author of Gardens of the Moon
About the Author
Glen Cook lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first part reads like a war diary (which, it kind of is) in a medieval "Vietnam". The "good guys" are hardly good, the "bad guys" are not all that bad, most of the time. He approaches his fantasy world in varying shades of grey, with true light/darkness being very, very rare. War is pictured as the ugly, dirty thing that it truly is (former combat medic myself... so maybe I'm biased), with all of the moral ambiguity and heartache that can accompany it. There's no sex scenes but there's some discussion of the things men historically have done in war as conquerors. The ugly side of human nature isn't overly dramatized as Martin tends to do..... but the author does not shy away from it either.
My best recommendation to a reader new to it is.... start reading, and don't give up for at least 10 chapters. Admittedly, I passed up this book several times before my friend convinced me to really try it. I started it, got about 10% in...... and was firmly hooked to the point of staying up waaaaaaaaaaaay too late on worknights.
Not a typical evil is evil and good is good epic, human failings are real, and integrating that makes the characters that much more realistic and relatable.
Conflict is not only on the battle fields,the subtle conflict in the hearts of the main characters as they struggle to understand what is truly right keeps them fresh and unpredictable in the long run. The lack of a stylish "beautiful" fantasy world gives the tale it's gritty reality but paints a world with no less depth than other popular fantasy works. The mercenary outlook and toned down "Magical" element give the story a human feel that latches on and makes it hard to put this book down. Should be part of any action/military/fantasy readers collection!
In an original move the story is told mainly from the point of view of the company's doctor who is fairly high in the company's ranks being a non-commissioned officer and the keeper of the company's history. There is nothing special about him except for the fact that the Lady takes an interest in him being a historian.
It is tough to compare Cook's series to any other. It has a touch of the gritty Abercrombie but that is where the similarity ends.
I liked the theme of comradeship that is the focal theme of the books. I also liked the personality journey that the core group of the company experience. Going from having no loyalty and no value in life except for their own, to believing in a cause and putting their lives on the line for that cause.
I thought that there were some slow periods and that some of the story lines were a bit repititive. Also the magic system was vague. Some people such as the Lady and her minions were all powerful and others such as the company's wizards were not very powerful- basically lacking depth and explanation.
Nevertheless these complaints are easily overlooked when thrown into the depths of Cook's writing.