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A Path to Coldness of Heart (Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire #3)

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At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook's Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire.
Far away in Kavelin, Bragia's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and bright
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Published January 2012 by Night Shade Books
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Feb 14, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
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An uneasy peace suddenly came to the lands torn by non-stop conflicts. All the sides cannot continue fighting, or start new wars: some lack resources, some lack leadership, some just realized that peace is much more profitable. The last surviving characters trying to pull together their lives, or empires. Speaking about which, there were quite a few survivors by the last book: I did not expect that many considering that Glen Cook is never shy about killing off major players in his works. People ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
Would've gone with 3.5 stars if that was an option; since not, I'm rounding up simply because I now have closure after waiting almost 20 years.

This is the book that very, very nearly wasn't -- Cook had essentially abandoned the Dread Empire series in the late 1980's due to a combination of flagging sales and the theft of the in-progress manuscript of what would have been the next book (the eighth novel out of a projected fourteen). A few years ago, Night Shade Press started doing reissues of muc
David Hill
Dec 16, 2012 David Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great to have this installment of the series. I enjoyed seeing the development of certain events and characters, but would have liked a bit more in some cases. So many new characters introduced at the 11th hour and so little that actually felt resolved to me. I have long wondered if Dread Empire and Black Company were connected - and seeing the line that contained "Water sleeps," just piques my curiosity more...especially with some of the revelations about the nature of the Star Rider.

Nov 25, 2015 malynosorozec rated it really liked it
„Wszyscy ludzie popełniali złe uczynki, jeśli tylko dostrzegli szansę, że może im to ujść na sucho”*.

Długo czekałem na tę pozycję. W międzyczasie trzykrotnie przeczytałem pozostałe powieści Glena Cooka. Miałem nadzieję poznać wreszcie zakończenie cyklu „Imperium Grozy”, ale już po pierwszych stu stronach zdałem sobie sprawę, że nic z tego. Domyśliłem się, że autor nie zamierza żegnać się z tym akurat światem. Może to i dobrze?... Co ja piszę, na pewno dobrze! Z tym, że wolałbym, aby kolejna czę
Jul 27, 2016 Macha rated it really liked it
Glen Cook's Dread Empire series was almost completely written in the period 1979-1988, and the early Black Company novels were already in print when he wrote the Dread Empire conclusion. but that mss was stolen. the Dread Empire series had an interesting world and great characters, but there's no doubt the Black Company stuff in general was far more ambitious. so there's a gap of 24 years between the second book in the trilogy and this one, the final installment in the concluding trilogy. and th ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok
Even though this is "The Final Chronicle Of The Dread Empire: Vol III," the abrupt ending of the story implies strongly that there will be a Volume IV.

I have been following Mr. Cook's work ever since the original "Black Company" series, and I have noticed a phenomenon in all of his writing. Even in his "Garrett P.I." novels, each succeeding book in a series contains additional new characters and additional new plot lines, until the story becomes so convoluted and confusing that it is no longer
Mike Jansen
Jan 24, 2012 Mike Jansen rated it really liked it
The Dread Empire series by Glen Cook is one of the series that I have been following since the early nineties, when I first discovered the author and his work. I am particularly fond of Cook's ability to write about immense worlds while honing in on the particulars of even small characters, giving his writing a gritty and realistic feel, even if the themes and subjects are as magical as they can be.

This book continues where 'Reap the east wind' left off, with Bragi in captivity. Without going to
Luke Coury
Jul 14, 2013 Luke Coury rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really thought it was a great book and it had Cook's great style of writing that got me started on all his other books. The only reason it isn't a higher rating is because I (like it seems many others) were disappointed with the ending. It certainly leaves room for another book in the series but I doubt that's something we'll get to see.


I have to say, that I was even more disappointed in the fact that the idea of the transfer streams being something more than just the portals they wer
Luka Novak
Sep 21, 2012 Luka Novak rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This is not a bad book. It's not very good either, but it's not bad. What this books suffers from is how it was created. Cook wanted to write (at least) 4 books after "An Ill Fate Marshalling" and these were compressed into one book, this one.

Instead of dealing with Kavelin after Bragi is captured, Bragi himself, Varthlokkur and Nepanthe dealing with their own child as well as Mist's children and Ethrian, desert kingdoms and plot involving Star Rider in their own books all that is cramed into on
Nov 18, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
AS the last of the series, its an outstanding work. The culmination of several lives of achievement, an unlikely band together tries to take control of their world's future by defeating an enigmatic, ancient figure. If you loved the characters so far, you may be disappointed in this. The story rather than characters take the spotlight. There is some development, especially in the "family" at Fangdred. Without spoiling things... the ending is abrupt and feels totally improvised and unfinished. Th ...more
Lyndol Fast
Sep 03, 2014 Lyndol Fast rated it it was amazing
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I very much enjoyed this book! In it, Cook builds and brings the world and greater conflict to a head, assembling all the remaining major (and many minor) characters into a single arc. In reality, don't read this book if you have not read the other Dread Empire novels. If you have read the other ones, my recommendation has little to do with whether you will want to read this or not. If you enjoy Cook on the whole, especially his Black Company series, the Dread Empire novel feel a little more raw ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
It's been some twenty-five years or so since Glen Cook wrote the prior Dread Empire novel. Stolen manuscripts and a lack of sales kept him from finishing the story, but the recent re-release of the series prompted him to finish the story.

And I am so glad he did. For years, I wondered what would happen to Bragi, Varthlokkur, Haroun, et al, and now I know.

I'm not going in-depth here; rather, if you read the others, particularly the original trilogy (of which books 2 and 3 are outstanding), then yo
This book reminded me why I like Cook's writing, but all in all seemed a little rushed. There was perhaps less of the "everyday" feeling and personal motivations of the characters, and more scattered plot and action-driven happenings that seemed more like the author was trying to tie things together and wrap them up rather than explore characters and events. Still, a good read, and one that left the door open for further exploits.
Aug 29, 2013 TheDenizen rated it liked it
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Cook spends over 400 pages meticulously setting up the pieces on a chessboard before kicking the whole thing off the table in the final 20 pages. It's well written, and features a handful of great scenes with characters I've come to enjoy, but it's not a particularly satisfying ending to the series. If I had waited 20 years for this book, I probably would've been pretty pissed. The weakest book of an otherwise solid series.
Jan 13, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
First, I'm glad I re-read the entire series sometime in the last few years. I got all the moving parts in my head save, I think one.
Second, I guess it ended, in a kind of quote unquote kind of way. In the classic sense, he almost resolved the fundamental questions of the series, but by no means did he foreclose the possibility of another book...
Loved it!
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Mar 11, 2013 Bridger A-10 rated it liked it
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Finishing up the Dread Empire series with a breakneck pace, A Path to the Coldness of Heart plows through all the plotlines. I can't say that some of the resolutions are entirely satisfactory, but they're all in keeping with the rest of the series. Overall it's a pretty fitting capstone to the series.
Robert Brown
Jan 18, 2014 Robert Brown rated it it was amazing
Obviously, there's going to be more titles to follow. The story picks up from the last book of the Dread Empire series where Bragi is captured. But, the end of this book leaves a LOT undone. So, expect more to come from Mr. Cook on this series. Can't wait!
Jan 09, 2013 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A conclusion (or is it?) to the dread empire series. While it has the Cook writing and finding the characters again was fun, this felt to me like a thrown-together finale that lacks the finish of his other novels.
Sean McGrath
Unfortunately Glen Cook didn't have enough time to wrap up all the plot threads left hanging at the end of An Ill Fate Marshalling. Still, better than nothing.
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Glen Cook was born in New York City, lived in southern Indiana as a small child, then grew up in Northern California. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Missouri. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, retiring some years ago. He started writing short stories in 7th grade, had several published in a high school literary magazine. He began writing with m ...more
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Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire (3 books)
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