The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company #1)
As far as plot, it mostly consists of a series of encounters for the Black Company, starting with getting out of their current contract and accepting employment from the Lady. I don't mind this style of plot in my books, but not everyone may enjoy.
The pacing of the story was uneven at best. Mostly the narrative stopped on plot points germane to their particular tasks for the Lady, but occasionally it takes time to linger on company dynamics....more
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....
The Black Company – an elite m...more
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I thought it was, for quite a few chapters, almost plot-less; it followed the Black Company on its travels, with no real beginning or middle to the story: it was a series of events. By the end a pattern became clearer,...more
I'm pretty sure that the Black Company would exemplify "anti heroes" here. nasty fighters a mercenary company made up of the good, bad and ugly (with the good being in the decided minority.) The company has a long and....well "illustrious" isn't a...more
The world they live in is plagued by war bet...more
Pullitzer-winning war journalist Chris Hedges, in War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, explains how war as we perceive it is a patriotic fantasy that has very little to do with the...more
The Black Company was first published in 1984 and one of the first of its' kind, influencing such fantasy authors as Steven Erikson. Yet somehow, I hadn't heard of it until it was chosen as the Fantasy Faction Book Club's book of choice for February. As it's described as being a dark and gritty epic fantasy, as well as such an influential novel, I went ahead and found a decently priced second hand copy of the omnibus to join in.
It is a story about a company of...more
I found the story had many creative angles that grabbed me hard. The magic was pretty unique. The characters were what made the difference for me. The story is told from first person perspective. I would have loved a broader view and as a result, it did not reach its full potential for me. The world building was not consistently...more
But it's not the plot that makes the book readable: It's the characters in the Company itself, the colorful people for whom the Com...more
The Black Company series' premise was very interesting - a gritty dark take on the ins and outs of a military company in a fantasy world. It didn't really live up to expectations though. I would've preferred to see more of the company rather than the focus on one individual. The series definitely has it's ups and downs. Some books are decent and others are pretty bad - it seemed to get worse as it went on. The plotting was pretty poor and the characters were one-dimensiona...more
The Black Company is a group of mercenaries, called so because back in their early days they WERE a company of black-skinned men. They fight for whoever pays, and they will march through Hell and back to honor their contract. And in this story, they work for...more
The Black Company starts out working for th...more
I feel like there is a standard hero story in fantasy. A person, or a small group of friends, starts the story in a settled, complacent home. Their town gets attacked and they begin the quest. They acquire new powers and abilities and try them out. The whole story leads up to some climactic battle with the evil empire or a dark lord, and the heroes save the day and go home.
This is not that story.
Instead this story is about the henchmen of the dark lord...more
The author has crafted a mediocre world and filled it with characters that lack depth and their actions constantly confound the story line. Wizards that remember knowledge that could have helped them 3 chapters ago and characters that forget things – like forgetting to tell your life long comrades – men you have fought and died with that you are a shape...more
In this sense, Glen Cook reminds me of Terry Brooks. The two of them seem to have made a name for themselves from sheer imagination alone. The story of The Black Company is so intriguing and interesting that I'm sorry to se...more
I heard about the series in conjunction with 'Wheel of Time', 'Malazan book of the Fallen' and 'A song of ice and fire' as THE few fantasy series to be read (I had also heard of...more
More than on...more
First, his style of writing is different. It took a bit of effort on my part to really understand what was going on. Aside from expecting the usual flowing descriptions that many authors place in their books, this was almost the opposite. Many small details were lost to me and...more
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