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Lord of the Silent Kingdom (Instrumentalities of the Night, Bk. 2) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2008
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review score isn't for the book itself. The book itself is great. The E-book quality is absolute garbage. Misspelling and random dashes take you out of the read constantly. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Sanko
Great read if very hard to get past the crazy names and places. After that the story picks up and you don't event realize that you read all published books already.Published on July 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
While the 1st book of the Instrumentalities might seem overwhelming at first in its complexity, the second stops putting in place the set up of this alternate medieval... Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Nicolas Rousselot
I actually enjoyed the story quite a bit, but the Kindle version is so horribly done that it's a constant distraction. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Michael R Delaney
Mr. Cook won me over with the Black Company. I simply devoured all nine books in that series yet was left hungry for more. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Robert Courtney
Here's my caveat: I love Glen Cook. Having said this, Lord of the Silent Kingdom is an excellent continuation of this series. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Jonathan Warner
How this boring drivel got four and a half stars is beyond me. Maybe I'm not used to his style: Bland worlds and prose, and excessive exposition. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Kyle
This is not a book for Glen Cook novices. If you have not read any Glen Cook, stop reading this and immediately order "The Black Company" books. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by HK Sylvis