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 more…
This omnibus edition comprises The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose—the first three novels in Glen Cook's bestsellin...more
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
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
I love the characters. Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, Raven, The Lady, Darling, Silent, and Tracker. They are all unforgettable. Very complex, very detail...more
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
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
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
I can't put my finger quite on why I liked these. I wish I could put 3.5 stars. I'm reviewing them as a whole rather than as per-book because I read them that way (right in order). They are very dark, but indirectly. You don't see a lot of the bad stuff going on (the raping/pillaging/etc) but you hear about it indirectly from time to time (Croaker's bizarre dream about underage girls, side mentions of...more
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
When asked for the elevator pitch...more
So I looked up the books and started reading.
I think the series of the North is just great. The way it is written from Croaker's perspective, the short but oddly descriptive way things are described. It was all very refreshing for me...more
It took me a little bit to get in to the first book, the abbreviated speech and short-hand conversation that the characters seemed to use, but once I got accustomed to this, I was very int...more
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
That being said, the story itself is also intere...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
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 Company is a mercenary force whose members find their morality in doing their job and supporting their comrades. They're professionals who leave the "politics" to others. Later in the story we learn that "the Rebel" force isn't as good as they wou...more
A couple of hundred years ago, the Lady and her husband, the Dominator, ruled...more
1. I found it to be a poor choice to have a first person point of view in the form of Croaker to tell the story. It's a group of mercenaries and a world that are unknown to the reader. The writing wasn't strong enough to present the story in this fashion.
2. There was no map. I read that Glen Cook doesn't do maps for his fantasy...more
Cook really surprised me. While reading the first book in the series I was worried that The Black Company would be similar to many fantasy plots, but he took his story and characters to an...more
Lots of action, journeys, deaths, and the like. Mostly believable, despite being quite entrenched in the epic-fantasy realm.
It does jump the shark a few times, and does not hold onto its own premises an quite a few places. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
That being said, the style is adult and grounded, clean an...more