Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shadows Linger (Chronicles of The Black Company: Book 2)

Mulluane | 10:50 PM | 3 Comments so far

By Glen Cook

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 sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they.

If they can survive it.

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Shadows Linger (Chronicles of The Black Company: Book 2) by Glen Cook

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Adult, Military
| ISBN-10: 0812508424
| ISBN-13: 9780812508420
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (April 15, 1990)
| Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
| Cover Art: Keith Berdark
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Shadows Linger (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #2)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Croaker continues to add to the Annals of the Black Company in this second book of the first trilogy. My hunch was right. The Black company will be forced to decide if keeping its oaths to the Lady is a good idea; it was what forces them to choose that I was surprised by. (No, I am not telling!) As I think back on what I read in those few 300+ pages, I stand amazed. So much happens, so many things change, the action is so relentless, only I never noticed! It all flowed along that perfectly.

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There is alot of running and fighting and running and fighting in this installment. The war continues and this time the odds seem to be favoring the Lady. There is only one problem, her husband, who by all accounts is more evil then she is, is reaching out from his grave again. (Some guys just refuse to stay dead!) Therefore, her elite troops, the tenacious and highly successful Black Company, are called in. Across the continent they go - again - right into the path of Raven and Darling who think they are safe. Raven has been trying to come up with vast sums of money so he and Darling can escape to the south. Croaker and his friends must not only root out the trouble originating from the Dominator's grave, but also protect Raven who is unknowingly up to his neck right in the middle of it! Fun stuff.

Good fast read, plenty of dark moments, some interesting monsters, some great worldbuilding and I cannot say enough good things (or bad) about the characters. Same refreshing change as book one, maybe even better in some respects. The characters felt a bit more developed to me this time and they were pretty darn good the first time! Adult content without a doubt. Plenty of violence, dark magic, murder, and betrayal. There is also humor, brotherhood, and loyalty. This series so far has met and exceeded my expectations. I think I will get to see more about Darling and her role as the second coming of the White Rose in book three. I am looking forward to it.

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Book One ~ Book Three

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  1. Nice review. I really need to get around to reading this series. I have the 2 Tor omnibuses sitting on my shelf staring at me :)

  2. Great review, I just finished reading the Chronicles of the Black Company myself and you summed it up nicely. This isn't Fantasy for kiddies. Tons of dark moments and even darker characters.

    Really liked the line when you said can't say enough good (or bad) things about the characters. Glen Cook really made the characters feel real. These were men who were doing their jobs whether they had morale qualms about it or not, they went and did what they had to do. I think this portrayal is why the Black Company series resonates with so many veterans.

    You're in for a treat with the White Rose its a nice way to finish off the Omnibus. I like "Shadows Linger" the best. I can't get enough of Marron Shed. Probably one of my all time favorite characters.

    I look forward to seeing your thoughts on The White Rose.

  3. Mulluane, you lead me into temptation.

    The omnibus CHRONICLES OF THE BLACK COMPANY is on my shelf.

    I read your review of THE BLACK COMPANY and liked it very much.

    Now you continue with a high quality review.

    Now I ask myself shall I read your review of THE WHITE ROSE or not.

    If you continue this way it will finally change my reading orderand that happens not that often.


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