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Shadows Linger: (The Chronicles of the Black Company #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  7,808 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and ...more
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Published April 15th 1990 by Tor Books (first published 1984)
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Forget the book for a minute and look at this cover!!

I think I have a rough idea what is going on in this picture, but it nothing like the book. I don't know if I would ever read a book with this cover, fortunately the book is in a collection (or omnibus (what a dumb word)) with two other novels. And the collection cover is pretty bad ass, or at least what I would picture members of the black company to look like (I'm not so sure about the chick, she sort of looks like descriptions of The Lady,
"I believe in our side and theirs, with the good and evil decided after the fact, by those who survive. Among men you seldom find the good with one standard and the shadow with another."

3,5 stars

Not as good as the first one, though it does keep most of the elements that made The Black Company so good. The most disappointing part was that all the interesting characters from the first book (the Lady, the Taken, Raven and Darling) are barely present in the second. They appear, of course, but they a
Maggie K
This really picks up from where the first book left off...The company sees a lot more variety of action as they come up against the Lady's husband, the Dominator...who is SUPPOSED to be buried very deep....Frankly, the first book and its setting up of the characters and the world was a little confusing and hard to read, whereas I practically ate this one up...100% improvement!
I first heard about the Black Company novels in a thread on The premise sounded interesting, and when I saw that it was at least in part used as source material for Exalted, I figured I’d check it out.

The Chronicles of the Black Company (of which Shadows Linger is the second novel) is a series of fantasy novels that follows the activities of a mercenary group called…the Black Company. I guess that was obvious, huh? What’s not so obvious is how the story line goes.

Imagine reading the
Shadows Linger was even better than the first book in The Black Company series. It had all the positives of the first book and successfully replaced the slow campaign marches with some exciting intrigue. I worried about the split POV's for a while, but it worked out well in the end as Maron Shed turned out to be as fascinating a character to read about as Croaker.

After the way this book ended I'm looking forward to reading The White Rose.

Rating: 4 stars.
5.5 stars. The second chronicle of the Black Company. I absolutely love these books. My only complaint is that I wish the books were longer so that the author could provide mre detail to the incredible world he has created. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Something about Cook--he just has a way of weaving a story that keeps me interested, even when I'm not altogether enjoying it. It can be difficult to read about desperate innkeepers, snitches needing to make a buck and a mercenary company, because none of the protagonists truly seem likeable. Cook builds both action and suspense, however, and I can't help but keep going to see how it turns out. Easier to follow than it's predecessor, it does still have parts that are hard to follow, especially w ...more
Athena (Shardbearer)
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More gritty fantasy, like the first book. It's interesting to note that Steven Erikson has praised these books, because it does remind me of Erikson's work -- except, I don't know I like Erikson's more, from what I've read so far.

With the world established, the action has more time to roll, and plenty happens in this book. It's easier to follow now you know the names and concepts, and you know what to expect. Maybe I've read a few too many books published since this one was, because other people
Marron Shed.

Its heart is Marron Shed, a petty innkeeper in the downtrodden burg of Juniper, whose story aside from details wouldn't be out of place in the Hard Case Crimes series: poverty, oppressive debt, and bad, hard, at times stupid decisions because of poverty and oppressive debt. He hangs on by razor's edge, with his problems always just about to overwhelm him, and as problems are resolved, new ones appear or mutate.

And when he seemingly doesn't have any, he'll invent a few, and this is t
Robin Wiley
Book 2 was even better!

I'm sorry I'm decades late in finding this series. But it definately goes up there with Martin, Lynch, Abercrombie and Keyes. All of my favorite things - action, sarcasm, creatures, magic and cool places. It's my own personal reading list of Yay!

This has a creepy black castle with creatures who pay good money for dead bodies (and better money for live ones - Yikes!)

If The Lady is like Sauroman, her husband, the Dominator is like Sauron. He's REALLY pissed she woke up and l
Angirasa Acharya
This is the second novel in the series. Barely had I put the first one down than I picked this one up. This one picks up where the first book in the series left off. Just as the first book, Shadows Linger hooks you before the first chapter takes off (and the first chapter is only half a page long!) :)

Took a day and a half to ruffle the pages through to the last and I'm going to dig into the third book as soon as I'm done with this little review thingy.

The style this novel is written in is very d
Sumant Natkar
I started this book immediately after I had finished with The black company as I had found the first book to be engaging after 50 pages or so but this book the I think cook has hit his stride from the start, the last book was basically given us to from the pov of Croaker who is basically annalist/fighter/physician for the black company.But this story progressed from the pov of Maron shade whom I think is one of the most interesting characters who develops excellently throughout the story we get ...more
The sequel to The Black Company, and the second book of a trilogy that I assume will tell a complete epic story, involves most of the same characters from the first book, but for the most part has a different structure. Once again, Croaker, the medic and chronicler for the Black Company of mercenaries, is the narrator for most (but not all) of the story. But this is less a military story involving the company and its battles, and more a story of a small group of individuals who have been sent of ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Zachary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military-Fantasy Fans, Seekers of grittier/darker fantasy
This book was definitely better than The Black Company. I felt that Glen Cook really knew what he wanted to do with this book while the previous installment seemed a little unsure and underdeveloped. I was very pleased with the increased character development and I felt like I have gained a stronger grasp of the world as opposed to when I read The Black Company.

I have become strongly attached to the books narrator, Croaker. He has grown dramatically since his endeavors in The Black Company and
Troy G
Shadows Linger is slightly more sure-footed than the first novel in the series. In Shadows Linger, the company finally settles down in one place for a while. Some of their martial mastery, specifically besieging a fortress is demonstrated. So to is their command of exerting power over a fairly lawless city.

Several new characters are added to the cast. I enjoyed the additions for the most part. It was nice to get a handle on occupants of the world that aren't directly related to the company.

After all the voyages within the first book, this is quite a change - most of the stuff happens in that creepy city Juniper. I really had to get used to this change of narrative style. But I like it to be able to concentrate on one special part of the world and its ecosystem.

One half of the book is told from Croaker's POV once again - it always get's the best when Cook describes the inner relationships of the Black Company's guys and towards the Lady and her minions.
And there is a second POV -
Killian Weber
The Black Company battles sorcery, betrayal, the undead, and demons in this volume of Black Company as well as insurmountable odds in many battles. The company takes a turn and almost gets crushed as their commander sacrifices himself to save one-hundred and four men.
The tails of the Black Company is very entertaining. The book is dark and sometimes hard to follow. Glen Cooks captures the reader with the story.
Series: 11/27/2005 5/10

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
Wow, this was a really great read. The brutality of it nearly tore me at the end. Great fun read. I can't imagine that the third book will be the same style. Presumably it'll be more adventure/war type of story, so this one will have a pretty special place in me for its difference amongst most other fantasy stories.
That was almost a 5 for me. I actually had to go through and compare my other 5rated books to check if this belongs among them. Close, but not quite.

Glen Cook improved a lot over his earlier writing and story structure of "The Black Company". He wisely gives us 2 main characters to follow this time which makes the story a little broader in scope, and adds the lovely tension of the reader being more aware of what is going on - without needing to give away information or making the story overly co
Shadows linger picks up pretty much where 'The Black Company' left off, but in a slightly different vein. Unlike the previous work, this one is, as least for a good portion, divided into two different point of views. That of Croaker, the Physician and Archivist of the Black Company, now in the Service of the 'The Lady' and proceeding through the tedious task of controlling an empire having grown too large too fast. And that of Merron Shed, a disreputable Inn Keeper in a far northern city contain ...more
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(Spoilers for The Black Company will be below).

Taking place nearly a decade after the concluding events in The Black Company, Shadows Linger continues the story of the Black Company and its service to the viciously cunning Lady. With some new memorable characters, and the return of familiar faces, Glen Cook takes the story in a smaller and more intimate direction. However, that’s not to say the consequences haven’t lessened any.

Shadows Linge
Bram Vandenbussche
Shadows Linger puts an even bigger strain on the readers moral compass than it's predecessor, and that's saying something.

I must say that this book was a lot more readable than it's predecessor too, it seemed to make up for a lot of flaws from the first part and actually showed some action and character development. Especially the main anchor guy, around whom the story hinges, Marron Shed, sees quite an impressive character arc throughout the story.

I'm not going to summarize the story in this re
Pye Elric
this one was definitely hard to get through and was my least favorite so far from the Book of the North. Now, I would have given it a 2 star rating if it hadn't been for the first few chapters and the last half of the book being epic. after the first few chapters it starts getting into really unlike-able characters that are whiney and just plain boring. I cared nothing for what was happening to these people and the only part that caught my interest was a certain castle they talk about during the ...more
Dave H
Really enjoyed the second book in the series. It was a very fast read, and I couldn't put it down. It further expanded on the tale of the struggle between the Black Company and the Lady(view spoiler). This book covers the company's dealings after their victory at Charm, and mostly focuses on a new challenge (the Black Castle) in Juniper.

The author didn't do too much re-explaining of what things you should have recalled from the fir
I must say that I've enjoyed this part more than I did the previous one. While the style in which Glen Cook still doesn't really make me care about the characters, I found the plot more interesting and easier to follow. And I must say - the sideplot about the owner of the inn was surprisingly enjoyable. Furthermore, even though I didn't really bond with the characters, I found the siege of the black castle more gripping than the battles from the previous volume - especially after we learn all th ...more
The second book of the Black Company eight years after the first one ended. Interestingly it alternated first and third person this time with the addition of a new character, Shed. Shed is a cowardly innkeeper in a city far to the North. He becomes acquainted with Raven and Darling who took off at the end of the first book and starts down a road that will change his life.

The story was much better in the second book and flowed very well. Croaker provided the narration in first person again as th
Una muy buena secuela para "la primera crónica". Le agarré cariño al personaje del buen chozo de castañas. la trama en general estuvo bastante buena y con un ritmo menos apresurado que el anterior libro; y esos aspectos tratados superficialmente como la negatividad de la magia o los portales del dominador lo dan un aire de misterio suficientemente bueno para prendarte. todo eso visto desde de la perspectiva de un tipo común, sin ahondar mucho en explicaciones rebuscadas.

una buena saga de fantas
Janice Bonczek
The second book in the Chronicles of the Black Company. I liked this one better than the first book. It drew me in quicker, and the story seemed like it had more of a point, like it was going somewhere the entire time. I read it in two sittings because I couldn't put it down once I picked it up.

The Black Company is also definitely starting to grow on me. At first, it seemed almost like there were too many characters to keep up with. But by this book, I've learned all the main characters and even
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of the Black Company (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Black Company (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #1)
  • The White Rose (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #3)
  • Shadow Games (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #4)
  • Dreams of Steel (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #5)
  • Bleak Seasons (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #6)
  • She is the Darkness (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #7)
  • Water Sleeps (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #8)
  • Soldiers Live (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #9)
  • A Pitiless Rain (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #10)
  • Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #11)
The Black Company (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #1) Chronicles of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1-3) The White Rose (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #3) The Books of the South: Tales of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #4-6) Shadow Games (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #4)

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“I believe in our side and theirs, with the good and evil decided after the fact, by those who survive. Among men you seldom find the good with one standard and the shadow with another.” 34 likes
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