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
The Chronicles of the Black Company tell the tale of a renowned mercenary company with centuries of histories and tradition. Throughout this three-book omnibus edition, the reader is brought along on a journey from the rich, southern cities of the south to the dark, feared catacombs of the Barrowland in the far north. And some j ...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
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 y ...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
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
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
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
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*
Basically he wanted to write fantasy based on his experience during the Vietnam War.
"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
This series i ...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 ...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
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