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Shadows Linger

(The Chronicles of the Black Company #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,465 ratings  ·  555 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
Paperback, 319 pages
Published April 15th 1990 by Tor Books (first published October 1984)
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R. Fox Great thought on personalities and characters like Shed. In a general sense, it's hard to discern what's in the darkness of a shadow. It takes 'shed'd…moreGreat thought on personalities and characters like Shed. In a general sense, it's hard to discern what's in the darkness of a shadow. It takes 'shed'ding light on it to see what's really there. In this book (and the series), most things lie in shadow and are not exactly what they seem. Eventually their true nature emerges, at least partially. (less)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💀 The Black Company is Recruiting Again Buddy Rereread (TBCiRABR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 💀

And the moral of this rereread is: One-Eye + Goblin = a romance for the ages.



Exactly. If this isn't 💕lurve💕, I don't know what is.

P.S: ♫ Croakie has a girlfriend, Croakie has a girlfriend ♫

👋 To be continued and stuff.



[February 2018]

💀 Buddy reread with the clueless new mercenary recruits Elena and Maria over at BB&B. Under the wicked supervision of our Ever-Stalking Black Company Overlord (ESBCO™), o
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Evgeny
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
People who read my rants called reviews know I love criticizing blurbs. This time I will be gentle. The blurb for this book has nothing to do with the book contents. These two are as different from each other as a recent Harvard graduate and a prehistoric human; I mean they are both homo sapience species, but this is where the similarity ends.

Anyway my interpretation of the plot follows. Six years passed since the events of the first book. The Company is still on the Lady's payroll. They are st
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Mayim de Vries
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
“You try your damnest, but something always goes wrong. that’s life. If you’re smart, you plan for it.”

The second Chronicle of the Black Company does not seem to be better than the first one, but I think that it is rather an impression caused by subjective factors than hard facts. In the second volume, we continue to follow the fate of the Company as it is written down by Croaker, and the good news is that it reads easier than its predecessor mainly due to the fact that we already know the main
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Did you make it through The Black Company? I feel like you deserve a merit badge if you were able to pull it off without anyone else to help you with the sticky parts. It was a good book but Glen Cook doesn’t do any info-dumping so it is definitely a ‘learn as you go’ kind of book and I needed a little help along the way.

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The good news is that Shadow’s Linger flows much much better. It was so much easier to follow because: One, the chapters are shorter and so they didn’t feel so jumpy. Two, it is
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

I loved The Black Company. Shadows Linger was still very good, but it is a different beast entirely. Fans of the series should not be disappointed though. Glen Cook delivers another winner and sets up the last book in the series beautifully.

The book has two main story-lines.

In one we follow some ex Black Company members as they while away their days in Juniper and a couple of local inhabitants who are mostly up to no good.

In the other we follow The Black Company on their never-ending c
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Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series.

Way, way back, when the Domination was aborning, centuries before the foundation of the Lady’s empire, the Dominator overpowered his greatest rivals and compelled them into his service. He accumulated ten villains that way, soon known as the Ten Who Were Taken. When the White Rose raised the world against the Dominator’s wickedness, the Ten were buried with him. She could destroy none of them outright. Centuries of peace sapped th
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carol.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: male-lead, fantasy
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
Gavin
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
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Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Mercenaries of BB&B.

The second book of the Chronicles of the Black Company picks up years after the end of the first. While at first I was a bit annoyed at that I soon realized that it just doesn't make sense to show the intervening years. It's been battles and expansion with no real resistance. But now a new (or rather old) threat is rising to destroy the Lady and Croaker and some of our favourite mercenaries are sent to the middle of nowhere to assist in dealing with what e
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Markus
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
"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
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Choko
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-grim
A buddy read with BBB and loving it!

*** 4 ***

A different type of storytelling and a different type of story. And I am talking about the good type of different, not the " ooo my, this was very uncomfortable and chaotic " type. Actually, I think this story was easier going since we had some background and were comfortable in this world full of darkness and dissolution. It was also more linear and the action picked up quite a bit toward the end. I couldn't put it down and have barely started cookin
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Gary
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I finished this section of the three book set of these Chronicles. I plan to write a full review when I finish the full set, but I am posting this since this book is actually book two. I don't remember the last time I gave a five star rating. I don't give them out often- this series is amazing. I researched it a bit and found out soldiers really like it. I am not a soldier, but I can see why.
Excellent characterization, great plotting, and a pace that moves steadily. Normally I skim at least some
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Wanda
The continuing saga of the Black Company, a group of mercenaries who will have been hired by The Lady, an undead ruler whose evil is possibly preferential to that of her trapped-in-his-grave husband, The Dominator.

Shadows Linger explores the everyday evil of human existence, through the person of Shed Marron, an innkeeper in a remote city where the Company finds itself stationed. Shed is a miserable coward, scared of physical harm, poverty, and the judgment of his neighbours. When he gets money
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Greg
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Lundos
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
"I guess we were a rough-looking lot. Those who did not show tough looked nasty."

Oh yes, they are a bad bunch, but underneath al that manly roughness are the skill and willpower to do whatever they have to do to survive. And in this one the Black Company are really up against it.

The book is split between following Croaker and the Company and a new person, Shed, where we can see quiet a lot of development. It's very well done, and while I don't fell it's necesaary for other than a few chapters (
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Tammy
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Glen Cook's unique writing style. I enjoyed Shadows Linger more than the first book(which I loved). The characters in this series are so realistic and I just loved spending time with the Company. Marron Shed was a stand out in this book and hats off to Glen Cook for his character development.
The greater threats are explored, more secrets revealed, The Company stumbles but doesn't fall...and the story moves on.
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Ashley Marie
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Through no fault of the book's, this took me nearly a month to read and yet I was never bored. I'm not sure that "enjoyed" is the proper word for this book? Either way, I deeply enjoy Glen Cook's characterization, sparse writing style, and (Croaker's) narrative voice.

MacHalo BR!
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Maggie K
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Stephen
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!!!!
Eilonwy
4-1/2 stars that may get rounded up.

Review to come once I figure out what to say without spoilers.

Short form, this book was terrific, carrying the big plot arc forward while being scary and gripping and completely absorbing. And it made me cry at the end. It's powerful stuff.
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Caro the Helmet Lady
Now this one was a fun ride!
Jake
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
I first heard about the Black Company novels in a thread on www.rpg.net. 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
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Eric
Shed remained panicky all afternoon. Somebody might find Wally. But no lawman came stamping in. Soon after dark he stole away to the stable.

He spent the journey alternately being terrified and wondering how much Wally would bring. And how much he could get for his wagon and team. He hadn't factored them into his earlier calculations.

He ought to help Wally's family. He had to. It was the decent thing... He was acquiring too many dependents.

Then he was facing the dark gate. The castle, with all
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OhWell
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, it does have a different feel than The Black Company. It's a detective story, more or less. But that's not a bad thing!

It's different in terms of characters and focus, too. The Company is split for most of the time - in terms of location, not loyalties. I did miss Goblin and One-Eye's contests... There's a scene in the beginning when you fear things get sour between them, but One-Eye's statement towards the end is telling:
"If that bastard Goblin got himself killed, I'll wring his neck."

A s
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Maria Dimitrova
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with the Mercenaries of BB&B.

The second book of the Chronicles of the Black Company picks up years after the end of the first. While at first I was a bit annoyed at that I soon realized that it just doesn't make sense to show the intervening years. It's been battles and expansion with no real resistance. But now a new (or rather old) threat is rising to destroy the Lady and Croaker and some of our favourite mercenaries are sent to the middle of nowhere to assist in dealing with what
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Igor
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second book is excellent.
Writing is much better, flowy and there is no epic battles described in few sentences.
The story continues well, focusing on Lady's effort to stop Dominator to come to their world as well as following Black company and their interests which became quite a bit different then in the first book.
For all those that found first book a bit odd, endure it as follow up is excellent. On my way for the third one.
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Diana Stormblessed
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, 2018-read
The book was ok, but nothing special. Croaker kind of annoys me. I liked Shed though. It was an ok story but nothing overly memorable.
Seán
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent follow-up book that shifts focus to a smaller-scale plot but doesn't lose anything in the transition. The sprawling campaign of the first book had an almost overloading of information, so it was nice to slow things down a bit here and really focus on the main players in the Company, introduce some new characters, and develop the overarching plot in a satisfying manner.

The city of Juniper is itself one of the main characters in the book, possessing as much depth and detail as any oth
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Lanko
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This one is very different from the first book.

First, there are no big battles (though there is a great siege). No army fights. In fact, the story happens entirely in a small town. Probably Glen Cook took inspiration when stationed for a long time in such a place.

Second, the narrative. In the first book you really were thrown in the middle of things, nothing was spoon fed or detailed too much.
Now here Cook cuts us some slack and some things are indeed told directly to the reader, be a bit on inf
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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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