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The White Rose

(The Chronicles of the Black Company #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  16,918 ratings  ·  477 reviews
She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishe
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 15th 1985 by Tor Fantasy (first published April 1985)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The White Rose (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #3), Glen Cook

The Black Company is a series of dark fantasy books written by American author Glen Cook. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four-hundred-year history.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه می سال 2016 میلادی

عنوان: سرگذشت گروهان سیاه‏‫؛ کتاب سوم: رز سپید؛ نویسنده: گلن کوک؛ مترجم: آیدا کشوری؛ ویراستار گودرز
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💀 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™), of course 💀

Previous rating: 5 stars.
New rating: 12 stars. Obviously.

And the moral of this reread is : I might perhaps have maybe previously mentioned wanting to be the Bloody Shrimping Lady of Scrumpalaciously Delirious Awesomeness (BSLoSDA™) when I grew up. Well either that or her girlfriend. Or both (yes, that could possib
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The remaining part of the Black Company is stuck in a very weird place. Sufficient to say the local talking stones keep bugging Croaker with mysterious messages
Talking stones
walking trees
A walking tree
and flying whales
A flying whale
look practically normal compared to other things and phenomenon of the appropriately called Plain of Fear.

The Company gathers strength to fight evil guys.

Sounds straightforward? Fear not, nobody ever accused Glen Cook of writing straightforward plots. Everything is not what it seems and a lot of betrayals
Mayim de Vries
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
“It is only slightly less difficult for us to extinguish the light within us than it is for us to conquer the darkness.”

The black, the white and all shades of grey. The White Rose takes us first of all to the Plain of Fear, where the Black Company is hiding from the Lady’s minions. We will also learn the tale of Bomanz, the infamous sorcerer who released the Lady. The action buildup takes a long time, but when things get into the flow, so to speak, the current is overwhelming. There is a lot of
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

An excellent ending to this trilogy.

The Lady is finalizing her end game. The Black Company & the White Rose are waiting it out on the Plain of Fear, planning their own strike. Unfortunately, there is that saying about the best laid plans…

The Dominator is stirring.

Where book two was a different type of story, book three returns to familiar grounds and reads much like the first book. As stated The Black Company and the White Rose have made their headquarters in the Plain of Fear and have
Robin (Bridge Four)
The ending to this trilogy was AMAZING!!!

I the beginning I really wasn’t sure what to think of this series. It started being told in a way that was pretty different. However now that I’ve finished the first trilogy in the series I’m amazed at how much I’ve enjoyed it and how surprised I was at the end of this book specifically.

One of the best things about this series is that it has two very strong and very different heroines competing against each other. The Lady is a completely scary megalomani
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.45 ***

Read with the buddies from BBB and loving every second of it!

This third installment wrapped up the story arc of the North, The Lady and the White Rose. And what a wrap-up it was!!! Loose ends get tided up, 3 timelines converge in a battle for a balance between good and evil, and old friends undergo changes which will determine not only their own, but the lives of most of the creatures in the world...

The book started up a bit slow, but it was good, since it let us soak-up the mood
Maria Dimitrova
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read with the seasoned mercenaries and a few new recruits of BB&B.


If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would. 5 measly stars just can't do TWR (or the Black Company as a whole) justice. A great many things have been said by people more eloquent than me about this series so I'll just add that every fan of the fantasy genre should read it.

I'll start with my only complaint about The White Rose and it has to do with the audio. The narrator has awful diction with no regard to punctuation
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was the conclusion to the first Black Company trilogy and concluded the battle for power between The White Rose, The Lady, and The Dominator. I was very pleased by how it all played out. The story was exciting and packed full of twists and turns. I was surprised but very happy with the ending.

Croaker is as likable a character here as he was in the previous two books. It was great to catch up with the rest of The Black Company guys. They are as morally ambiguous and funny as ever. Boamaz an
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best book in the series. A fine tale of the Black Company reduced to guerilla warfare in desolate places. Also, the narrative of this book, with three stories from three different periods of time, was amazingly well done. It did not end as I had hoped, or even as I had expected, but it still was a satisfying conclusion to a great fantasy trilogy.

Series review from the beginning
Series review from the ending
Caro the Helmet Lady
What can I say? This was surprisingly fast and enjoyable read! Third book in series, The White Rose was a culmination for all the secrets and mysteries, as well as for the paths chosen by our protagonists in earlier books. Cook also surprised me with some fresh ideas in this one, although I was always ready to admit his capability to create fantastic scenery and characters with magic powers. I don't want to spoil, so I'll just say it was great. 5 stars! ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first half was quite slow, but after the three separate storylines converged, the twists just kept coming and coming. The lesser evil triumphs, but there is no HEA anywhere in sight.

Most amazing place: the Plain of Fear
Biggest surprise(s): the alliance. And the end of it...
Favourite character: I cannot pick just one, as all of them were memorable! In no particular order:
- Tracker and Toadkiller Dog: although I figured out what was going on a few chapters before the official reveal, I was st

I loved this third installment in the Black Company series. It's ironic how I often find myself speechless when trying to write glowing reviews! But here go a few thoughts:

This book brings together a few threads from both previous stories, and makes sparks when it smashes them together. I loved learning more about the sorceror Bomanz and his part in returning the Lady to power. And speaking of the Lady, I especially enjoyed learning more about her. I also really appreciated getting to see Darli
M Hamed
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, western-fantasy
the heart wants what the heart wants
even if what it wants is a mass murderous bitch
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
RTC once I'm back home. ...more
Sadra Khalaf
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant finale for the first part of the Black Company story known as the The Books of the North.

The first half of the book was more about the things that happened in the past and the writer tried to give more background information about the story and the characters but the 2nd half was without a doubt: breathtaking.

it was simply the best book of the series so far and a prize for anyone who was a follower of the story and tolerated the difficulties in the past books that made so many reade
Aug 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
4.0 stars. Good ending to a superb fantasy trilogy. The Black Company series is one of the most entertaining fantasy series out there. I loved the first two installments, The Black Company and Shadows Linger and thought they set the bar very high for this third installment. Given the expectations, I was a little disappointed (though only a little) with this finale and thought this book was the weakest of the three. That said, it is still an excellent book and well worth the read. ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I will give five stars if for nothing then for maturity in its writing. Everything finally settled with the last book.
Personally I found it the best in the trilogy and very satisfying read. The story lead us to final battle between the Lady, White Rose and Dominator and also was written from three points of view or to be exact, three stories entangled in one. We followed Bomanz from the past and his liberation of the Lady, stories by Corbie who followed Bomanz's steps and of course from Croaker
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Great ending to the first trilogy of the black company series. The writing style is still a bit tough for me to read but this was the best out of the 3 books. Great action scenes and some interesting twists with an ending promising more to come. Ill give it 4 stars. One star i took away for the tough writing style. Other then that...awesome:)
Derek Hermann
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has been a very enjoyable series to this point and I encourage you to read it. I've decided that this review will cover both The White Rose and Shadows Linger because they seem to have been written in the same style and feel a bit distinguished from the first book. In fact, I went right into The White Rose after reading the second book as it didn't feel finished enough. More specifics:

LIKES: 1) I've also decided I wouldn't use the term "gritty" to describe these books since I've seen that i
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So with this third installement we round up some loose characters and we have a really new direction for the fourth volume.

The stakes are much higher this time, like really high, and all the loved characters are back.

But the writer still hase some Aces in his sleeves and he didn`t thinked two times before using them.

I enjoyed this one as much as the others so there is no hope. I have to continue reading all of them.

Glen Cook it`s a real master at his work. He has a knack for words, for good acti
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment by Mr. Cook!
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is last in the series of Chronicles of black company and cook has done a good job wrapping up the story which began in the book one.The style followed by cook is different thought all the three books but he basically shines in this book where he handles the story through pov of 3 characters namely

1.Croaker - Present
2.Corbi - Present
3.Bomanz - Past

The story progresses with Croaker in the form that he is basically holed up in the plain of fear with darling, the plain of fear is another
Hossein Yazdani
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unbelievable this book came out 35 years ago! Still fresh and interesting, still better than many modern fantasies.
The story was 'on the edge of your seat' type; great pacing, excellent chracters and dialogues.
Even though the ending left me a bit sad but I'm excited for the following books. Black Company is now one of my all time favorite series.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2013, fantasy
I had a hard start with the third part of this series - it needed 50 pages to get into the story. This seems to be a recurring problem with this series. I didn't think about lemming this book, but abandoning the series, because the first three books seem to be a mini-series within the larger 10 books series.

But then the story line and the characterizations took up speed and finalized into an epic showdown that is well deserved. There even was a dragon, an old god with an older story, a parallel
Andrew Ziegler
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I will probably be roundly booed for saying this, but I liken this series to the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett. In both you follow a unique and roundly abused group of soldiers within a larger unit. in both, they are the last of their kind, and though they might disagree with each other, their bonds and loyalty are without measure. Also, it took me to the end of this third book in the series to finally give over to being "into it", and that is exactly what happened in the Gaunt's series. I ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy
A fitting end to an enjoyable trilogy. This book, honestly, was the weakest of the three in my opinion. It lacked some of the "oomph" that the first two had, some of the grittiness and unique circumstances. It did, however, make up for it with many more fantastical elements, magic, and a larger involvement with The Lady and some more lore.

The writing was typical Cook - concise but elegant enough, readable, approachable, but not particularly fancy. He does not waste many words - the books are sh
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was an incredible ending! Of course for now! :-D

After a long time, an author could succeed to mislead me about the ending! Also it gave me a shock in the middle of the book... honestly i really believed Mr Cook don't mislead his readers but he made a situation (or something like that) in this book that i wanted to scream loudly :))))

Bravo Mr Cook. that's a kind of story i really love! Bravo! it's absolutely perfect.

خب.... در یک کلام هر کی نخونه بدجوری ضرر کرده. گلن کوک همونطور که بارها گفتم
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is where this series really came through for me. The other books were very much building up to this, and they suffered for it, while this one -- for me at least -- was my favourite. I love the ending especially -- shades of grey all the way, and people actually dying, both things this trilogy is good at.

Not really tempted to read more by Glen Cook though, somehow. This trilogy was intriguing and sometimes exciting (though sometimes there were a few too many card games), but it didn't quite
”Are there gods, Croaker? I never believed in gods.”

“I don’t know, Lady. No religion I ever encountered made any sense. None are consistent. Most gods are megalomaniacs and paranoid psychotics by their worshippers’ description. I don’t see how they could survive their own insanity. But it’s not impossible that human beings are incapable of interpreting a power so much greater than themselves. Maybe religions are twisted and perverted shadows of the truth. Maybe there are forces which shape the w
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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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The Chronicles of the Black Company (10 books)
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  • Dreams of Steel (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #5)
  • Bleak Seasons (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #6)
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