Chronicles of the Black Company
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
There are 3 books in this book collection.
*The Black Company
A dagger nicked Mercy. He lost patience. "Silent"...more
Silent was on the job already, but he was Silent. That meant no sound, and very little flash or fury.
Mole patrons began slapping their faces and pawing the air, forsaking us. They hopped and danced, grabbed their backs and behinds, squealed and howled piteously. Several collapsed.
"What the hell did you do?" I asked
Silent grinned, exposing sharp teeth
The Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook is a series that Steven Erikson has praised intensely for a long time now, it’s even considered to be his inspiration for Malazan Book of the Fallen and after reading this omnibus, I can certainly see why.
There were many aspects that displayed them; similarities between the Bridgeburners and the Black Company, a storytelling style that drops readers into the midst of the plot without any clear explanation, just to name a few without spo ...more
The Chronicles of the Black Company tell the tales and legends of a renowned mercenary company with centuries of histories and tradition, told through the lens of its own preserved annals. Throughout this three-book omnibus edition, first of many, the reader is brought along on a journey from the rich, southern cities of the ...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
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
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)]
8. World Building AH-mazing!
9. The Characters, they're original and you rea ...more
Book 1 Review: 2stars
It just hit me that i should have picked the single edition and not omnibus one, now i'm reading three books for one. ugh pot of beans life. That aside, I DID NOT ENJOY THIS BOOK!! yeah there were some parts which were sort of enjoyable, where i had a glimmer of what was going on but for the most part you're just going in blind. Imagine someone opens up a door and slams it shut before you get your bearings, that's how you get to view this book. You get a rough understanding
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
This series i ...more
But if you like grim-darks, grey cynical characters, sly humour; if you like your fantasy full of action and character interaction with none of the boring food, scenery and clothes descriptions - it's totally worth it. :D
The Black Company 3.5 * review
Shadows Linger 4*
The White Rose 5*
I love the characters. Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, Raven, The Lady, Darling, Silent, and Tracker. They are all unforgettable. Very complex, very detail ...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
Basically he wanted to write fantasy based on his experience during the Vietnam War.
I enjoyed the reread of this three-in-one edition. The things I liked from my first time, I still liked them. Croaker is a compelling and fun POV character, despite his morbid streak (which was also enjoyable). Military fiction and nonfiction is my comfort space, so I absolutely adore the interaction among the Black Comp ...more
"Croaker! Lookee here!" Whitey came charging toward where I sat with the Captain and Silent and one or two others. He had a naked woman draped over his shoulder. She might have been attractive had she not been so thoroughly abused.
"Not bad, Whitey. Not bad," I said, and went back ...more
I first read these in the summer of 1990 (at which point there were actually six books published -- the three collected here, the first two Books of the South, and The Silver Spike; then came the long, long wait for Glittering Plain; but that's another story), and they were, well, unlike pretty much any other fantasy books I'd r ...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
When asked for the elevator pitch for ...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
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
First, I really liked the Black Company as a group of people. In my opinion, some of the best moments in the books were the scenes where people were playing cards and doing nothing much. It was where the relationships and bonding of the mercenaries shone through and it was some of my favorite parts. And of course, the bickering of One-Eye and Goblin.
I also liked the Croaker as a narrator. He was flawed, but smart and quick on his feet, dependable, ...more
I'd imagine that when this came out it was quite different to other styles of fantasy on the market (as I recall from the early 80s). the punchy prose and concise dialogue is more akin to contemporary fiction than the usually verbose fantasy genre. despite that the world building is great, avoiding over explanation and detaile ...more