The Return of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company #7-8)
â��Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive. . . .
â��I am Murgen, Standardbearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead, Oneâ��Eye wonâ��t, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlan
Content warning: these two novels have more instances of...more
This omnibus comprises the first two books of the four-book Glittering Stone quartet, and while the end of this volume isn't a cliffhanger in the strictest sense, it's close. At least I have plenty of other books in my queue to read while I anxiously await the conclusion...
These two books in my opinion are a step up from the Books of the South and set up an amazing conclusion in the next collection "The Many Deaths of the Black Company."
There are sections that hint as to what is happening on the Glittering Plain, which while they give hints and are interesting, I found to be generally difficult and never...more
I need to go back to the Malazan series, but at this point, 10 or so months after I read them, I have to give the Black Company the edge. Not by much, but I have really loved the last 7 (?) or so book...more
And of course, I have now started Water Sleeps. Soldiers Live, I'll see you shortly.
Well, what I like about the Black Company is that it illustrates more or less everyday guys in war in a truthful way. The protagonist are neither heroes nor saints, their first priority is survival. The no nonsense writing form Cook is refreshing.
I'm really looking forward to the 4th Omnibus in this series so that I can find out what happens (this book really leaves you hanging).
Note: This is my suggested point to start the Black Company series. You can go back and pick up the previous books if you want to later.
The conflicts presented in these stories are interesting, but maddening because it's already past time for the "Khatovar" quest to end. If these stories had been pre...more
Like the other books, these are writ...more
That said, we do get a peek into the background of what happened at the siege of Dejagore and the Nyeung Bao are an interesting mismash of a couple recognizable cultures and are fleshed out some here. Plots come to a head and the end comes again, not quite where it would be in most stories.
There are generally two types of Black Compan...more
Perhaps this is because these volumes are chronicled by Murgen, and Cook is using a somewhat different style in the telling of the tales. It was in this book that I became more aware of the differences between the annals as kept by Croaker and briefly Lady, something which is mentioned in the book itself. I felt there was a difference in narration - now whether this was a trick of my m...more
At the beginning of "Bleak Season", Cook confused me a little with going back and forth in time and place which does make sense of course if you want to communicate a story that took place in a time that is already past but...more
This book is also a great example of why I typically don't read the sprawling multi-volume epics (and yet what are the sequels to [link: The Chronicles of the Black Company] but sprawling multi-volume epics?). A storyline that once felt tight and well-planned has mushroomed into something unwieldy. This should not have been much longer than the fi...more
Business as usual f...more
"I am Murgen, Standardbearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead, One-Eye won't, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end. . ."
The Return of the Black Company comprises the novels Bleak Seasons and Sh...more