Chronicles of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company #1-3)
Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once moreâ�¦.
This omnibus edition comprises The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose.
war is hell. hell is other people. other people are other people. other people have their problems. i have my own problems. my people are my people. their goals are my goals. we do what we can. we fight in a war. war is a business. war is our business.
The Black Company is a mercenary outfit. they are from the South; they currentl...more
Buddy Read Sunday 4/27 Gavin
LOVE THIS SERIES! Review to come soon!
OH...The Black Company, how you have won my heart!
Reasons you should read this series
1. Bad-ass Mercenaries
2. Band of Misfits
3. Magic and Creepy Ass Wizards(Goblin)<---Still love him!
4. Croaker as a narrator, hilarious and sometimes a weenie!
5. The Lady *shivers*
6. The Dominator <---Ok, I will admit, every time I read this my mind went into the gutter.
7. RAVEN! (view spoiler)[Still mad at him...damn him! (hide spoiler)]
I love the characters. Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, Raven, The Lady, Darling, Silent, and Tracker. They are all unforgettable. Very complex, very detail...more
There are no good guys, just a band of mercenaries always trying to make a choice between a bad side and a very bad side - they work with a lesser evil to prevent the comeback of a greater one. The people they work with only consider them a useful tool to be discarded when they outlive their usefulness, so expect a lot of backstabbing and double-crossings always present in Glen Cook's writings.
The mercenaries a...more
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did! I was pleasantly surprised. I accidentally began reading the second compilation of books in this series (The Book...more
It got it all! Awesome wizards, kick ass villains, drama, action, more action and more drama! And the hottest villain ever!!! EVER!!! I have a crush with The Lady...more
The Chronicles of the Black Company tell the tale of a renowned mercenary company with centuries of histories and tradition. Throughout this three-book omnibus edition, the reader is brought along on a journey from the rich, southern cities of the south to the dark, feared catabombs of the Barrowland in the far north. And some j...more
Basically he wanted to write fantasy based on his experience during the Vietnam War.
I think my real problem is that this is told by the company doctor writing the history. He freely admits that he is eliding and prettying thing...more
Fiance: "FIND IT YOURSELF, I ONLY HAVE TWENTY PAGES LEFT AND THIS BASTARD JUST KILLED OFF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER!"
Me: ...I feel like that shouldn't have turned me on as much as it did.
Now how can you go wrong with that?
I really like how Glen Cook does not portray the characters as too strong or powerful and grounds the novel in a more human perspective.
Also, you have to really think about what you are reading as his style changes a bit as it m...more
When asked for the elevator pitch...more
Thinking back on it, I can't remember much of the first book but I do remember that I wasn't really that interested in the story until the Second book.
What really got me interested was the parts that included the Lady.
When reading this book I went into it thinking that it was going to be like most books I've read. Maybe one character's point of view in a sort of memoir style about what happened in their life with detailed accounts. This wasn't it.
The books are writt...more
The Black Company
The first thing I noticed when beginning the Black Company was that Glen Cook does not use alot of description. He leaves it up to the reader to form what the characters and places look like. I wouldn't say that it is a bad thing, but it's not the norm for fantasy where sometimes you can be bogged down with pages upon pages of descriptions.
You pretty much get thrown into the story and for t...more
I first read them in college. And back then (so long ago!) they seemed terribly dark - almost unbearably so. How times have changed; compared to some of the torture-porn that's being put out under the fantasy and s...more
At the start, the reader is thrown right into the middle of an already in-progress conflict, which continues to go on as if everyone who has just started to read it should already know what is happening and who all the characters are. It took me a good fifty pages to at least feel like I was not drowning in confusion. And even then, at fifty pages in, I still did not know what a singl...more
The Black Company - 3.5 stars - excellent introduction to the series, throws you right in the middle of the world in a 'swim or sink' fashion
Shadows Linger - 3 stars - last few chapters (when the Company left Juniper) saved the book for me; Juniper bored me to death though I really liked progression of Shed's character.
The White Rose - 4 stars - I liked the three POV narration, great ending
The best review of this omnibus I've read is mark monday's and I...more
In the first place, Cooke's descriptive style is extremely sparse. Very little is described and much is implied or left to the imagination. This is a good thing, I suppose, since given how appallingly grim this book is it might be even more revolting if things were described in detail. As is, the style of this book is like one of those modern paintings in wh...more
The main character is Croaker, the medic. The first book describes the company getting employed by one of the Taken. The Taken are almost supernatural creatures brought back from the dead to serve their mistress, The Lady. Croaker meets The Lady and a strange relationship forms. This book and the others are full of battle scenes and war stories. The company members are varied and larger than life.
This series is a masterpiece, perfectly written. In fact, my all-time very favorite series. I identify so much with The Black Company characters that I actually start to miss them, and end up re-reading the entire series again every few years. Must be on my fourth or fifth time through now. Every time, I somehow feel as though I'm coming home.
I absolutely love Glen Cook's writing style. I see that several reviewers complain about it being overly choppy a