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Surrender to the Will of the Night: Book Three of the Instrumentalities of the Night (Instrumentalities of the Night, 3) Hardcover – November 23, 2010
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- Publisher : Tor Books; First Edition (November 23, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765306867
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765306869
- Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.06 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #795,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
But Glen Cook kinda choked at the end. The fourth book *is* a logical plot elaboration of the first three, but … it's boring. The main characters can kill gods, and do so regularly. Except when they *are* gods. The massive conflict which the three books before it has set up isn't much of a challenge. Which it wouldn't be, given how well the main characters set it up — but the setup was way more interesting than watching the actual avalanche.
Read the first three and pretend that this one hasn't been written yet.
now Surrender to the Will of the Night was the long-awaited third book in the Instrumentalities series. I'm not sure why, but I thought it would conclude the series (I guess, usually Cook likes to work in either twos or threes). but he seems to be going for the long run here. I won't spoil the book for prospective readers, but suffice it to say, you'll need to think long term. this is not book one -- where you meet everyone. or book two -- where you see how everyone is related. this is book three of ?? -- wherein the plot takes hold and all the threads begin to take on definition. wherein Cook expects you to have your bearings at long last. so get ready for all hell to break loose: and it does.
people complaining about the transitions have obviously not been paying attention to the way Cook's writing has evolved over the years. if he got any more sparse, it'd be epic poetry. and that's sort of how he write. he doesn't really seem to care for all the extrapolated hoo-haw. he's not describing trees and sunsets or sword hilts or robe hems. nothing that does not serve the story. no distractions, no chaff. and he gets better and better at it with every new book. use you imagination for pete's sake!
and for people who complain about the sub-plots, you'll be eating those words come the next book. I guarantee. there is nothing extraneous here. when you read a master's work, you need to have faith in their talent, skill, craft, and inspiration. its likely beyond your ken. after Black Company, Dread Empire, Garrett, and Starfisher (i've been saving SOME of his work for rainy days and to hold me over between new books)... give him a break.
you want to bother somebody? How about George RR Martin who has been waffling about for nearly half a decade. or CJ Cherryh, who is still in my top three but won't write anything, it seems, but Foreigner novels. real complaints only, please.
Cook cranks out gem after gem.
As series with over arching political systems and world effecting events go, this is a really good mix of intimate details and political intrigue.
My thoughts specific to this book: The Piper Hecht line moves along quite well. The development of big sister Heris is excellent. The only drawbacks are the storylines left unfinished. I'm dying to know what happens with Brother Candle and with the Mountain.
Hopefully the next and likely final installment wraps this series up better than Soldiers Live did to Cook's Black Company books.
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We have been a bit "stylistically" conditioned as to what to expect from him by the Black Company - which I rate as one of the "all time great" series, rightly defined as changing the nature of this type of fiction. This series is different, but shaping up to be as good as the original. Without trying to second guess the approach, I get the sense that some of it is trying to address things that he would like to have done with the Dark Company, including a rather deeper analysis of the interplay between personalities and, indeed, some of the personality dysfunctions that quite often come to dominate actions.
I can't quite get a take on the historiocal period it is based on (albeit loosely) - in fact I suspect that it is actually based on "blurring through" a relatively long time period rather than allegorical to a specific set of events. However, it seems to reside around late Holy Roman Empire, Italian City State, Turkish imperial power, Mameluke times - but has characters drawn from other periods (i.e. Saladdin - which I know is not the correct spelling) and introduces rather more effective gunpowder artillery and, of course, magical disciplines. It is almost, but not really, an alternative history type book. All-in-all I love it!!
My only complaint is that its a long time between periods (I seem to recall the Black Company books coming quicker, which may be my memory misleading me) but each volume of this series is much denser and, I suspect, requires rather more research and validation to fit within a coherent framework.
Attention, le niveau d'anglais est assez relevé par rapport à certains autre romans de Glen Cook (Garrett par ex) et des passages peuvent etre difficiles vu la complexité de l'histoire et de certaines situations (beaucoup de personnages, des situations vraiment particulières...).