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The elaborately wrought second installment (after 2005's Tyranny of the Night) in Cook's dark military fantasy saga promotes Piper Hecht—previously known as Else Tage before he vanquished an immortal foe—to the rank of captain-general under Emperor Sublime V. While Piper staves off the menace of the Tyranny of the Night, which is slowly freezing the lands around the Mother Sea, he also battles the Patriarchs, stubborn in their opposition to imperial rule. Cook ups the intrigue when Piper discovers a necromancer lurking among his supposedly trustworthy allies, while a prophet thought long dead reappears and allies himself with the captain-general. The lovely and intelligent Anna Mozilla warms Piper's bed and heart when he's not occupied with magical and military threats. Though Cook makes few concessions to new readers, his fans will enjoy the sword fights and potent magic, all motivated by complex religious and political power struggles. (Feb.)
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The Tyranny of the Night is freezing the lands around the Mother Sea, endangering all humans but hardly stopping the endangered from fighting one another. Anne of Menard is funding the Patriarchs' armies against Sublime V to prevent Grail Empire expansion. Sublime V captain-general Piper Hecht (formerly Else Tage; see The Tyranny of the Night, 2005) discovers a necromancer among supposed allies and a 100-year-old prophet alive and inclined to support him. In his free time, Hecht raises children, struggles with convoluted Grail Empire policies, and tries to figure out what the old gods want and how to counter it. Frieda Murray
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765345978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765345974
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glen Cook is the most underated fantasist working today. He has changed the face of fantasy and here he excels again. (Don't read this without the first installment you will be lost.)

This is a fabulously complex entirely new world: new rules, new magic, new "gods" same old deal for soldiers. He is so good at weaving great human characters. Soldiers you would want at your back, or drinking with you at a rowdy bar. Villains you wouldn't leave alone with your dog. All caught up in huge swirling events that draw out the best in the good and the worst in the bad. But sometimes which is who is hard to see. He is great at showing the good in the bad but competent, and the foibles of the heroes with feet of clay. Cynicism abounds. Politicians are always seen with the jaundiced eys of the long since disillusioned.

Another great hero in Piper Hecht. An indomitable man who just wishes everybody would just leave him the hell alone, but of course they won't.

That's why this is so much fun. This is not a predictable same old same tale. Don't turn your back on anyone!

Once again Cook draws you into his world and once again it is something to behold.

Have fun.
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This is book two of a series. The first book, _The Tyranny of the Night_, was a heavy slog for the first 150 pages. In contrast, _Lord of the Silent Kingdom_ was a page-turner.

Piper Hecht is the Captain General of the Patriarch's army. Unfortunately, the Patriarch, Sublime V, is a megalomaniac who honestly believes that the rest of the world's sole purpose is to gratify his wants. Hecht establishes something not seen since the downfall of the old Brothen Empire, a professional army led by professional officers. At one point in the book, Hecht's army is laying siege to a city. Even though the army is small, it goes about its task in a methodical, competent manner. Eventually, almost inevitably, the city is conquered with minimal loss of Hecht's men.

Soldiers are different from warriors. A soldier makes war because that's his job. A warrior makes war for glory. Unless it is incompetently led or suffers other problems (lack of supplies, facing overwhelming odds, etc.), an army of soldiers will usually defeat an army of warriors. Hecht, who is extremely competent and who can pick competent subordinates, proves this adage several times.

Hecht's personal life is also shown. He's got a mistress and picks up stray children, giving him an instant family. He's a three-dimensional character with likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. He's also got problems. People and gods (aka Instrumentalities of the Night) are trying to kill him. Personally, I'm a bit confused as to why the gods are after him. Yes, he discovered, almost by accident, how to kill a god. But now the information is general knowledge. Other than for revenge, there's little point in killing him now. However, the gods as described in the series are not the most intelligent or mature folks around. Near-omniscience and godlike powers do not a wise being make.

I enjoyed this book and am eagerly waiting for the next installment.
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If you've read the first book in Glen Cook's "Instrumentalities of the Night" series, then you pretty much know what to expect from this sequel: "Lord of the Silent Kingdom." The downside of that is that this book has a lot of the same faults as the first. But, thankfully, I found this one to be just a tad more like the Glen Cook I know and love with a bit more of the flavor of his other works. I also found it easier to keep track of all the players and places. If you've read the first book and liked it, then this book is for you. If you didn't enjoy the first book, you'll probably feel the same about this one. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one. I rate it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.

The books in Glen Cooks "Instrumentalities of the Night" series are:

1. The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night
2. Lord of the Silent Kingdom (Instrumentalities of the Night)
3. Surrender to the Will of the Night (Instrumentalities of the Night)
4. Working God's Mischief (Instrumentalities of the Night)
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By T. Rubino on February 25, 2013
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I wasn't crazy about the first book, I thought it was one of Cook's weakest. I think this is one of his best, right up there with the Black Company. This is probably in my top 5 fantasy books. I'm about 40% into the sequel and it is even better than this one so far. If you are a Cook fan I say get through the first book, it's not too bad, and I think you won't be disappointed.

And if you have not read Glen Cook, I say give him a try, he IMO is one of the best fantasy authors out there. You can start with this series or The Black Company. And for something lighter his Garrett P.I. series is excellent too.
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_Lord of the Silent Kingdom_ (Lord of the Silent Kingdom (Instrumentalities of the Night, Bk. 2)) is the second book in Glen Cook's series about the Instrumentalities of the Night, preceded by _The Tyranny of the Night_ (The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night).

It is set in a world similar to our Europe during the Late Middle Ages, preoccupied with the struggles between kings and popes, dukes and bishops, and with the minds of the powerful preoccupied by the plunder and disruption and opportunities of another Crusade in the Holy Lands. In addition to all the usual backbiting and ambitious backstabbing, the Praman (Muslim) kingdoms of the east have active spies and agents influencing the Chaldarean (Christian) realms of the west -- after all, it's a lot less to disruptive to the Pramans if the Chaldareans battle with each other instead of traveling east to battle with the Pramans -- and the world is entering its own Ice Age, with the poor crops, famine, refugees, economic upheaval, cold winters, and shrinking Mother Sea (Mediterranean Sea) that an ice age brings.

(You don't have to read the first book to understand and enjoy the second -- I speak from experience here, having read _Lord of the Silent Kingdom_ first. And I think the second book is better than the first, so it might even be advisable to read them in reverse order.)

The main character is Piper Hecht, Captain-General of the armies of the Brothen Church under the Patriarch Sublime V (a self-aggrandizing short-sighted Pope).
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