By Glen Cook
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| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Adult, Military
| ISBN-10: 0812508440
| ISBN-13: 9780812508444
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (April 15, 1990)
| Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
| Cover Art: Keith Berdark
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
Croaker and his remaining fellows are getting older. The numbers of the Black Company have dwindled. Gone are the days of storming the town or winning battles due to shear numbers. Instead, stealth, sneak attacks, and cooler heads prevail.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
You are in for a treat if you have never read this series (and I hadn't). The line between good and evil becomes even more blurred culminating in a surprise ending that wowed even me (I am rarely caught completely off guard by a surprise ending). The story becomes more magical, contains more world building, and includes a delightful insight into back-story.
As usual, the pacing is flawless. Croaker's style of narrating - by touching only on the important events - moves the story right along. Some aspects do suffer because of this. Characters other then Croaker often lack depth; a depth I would have liked to see. Then again, maybe not. If I had understood better some of the underlying motives and personalities of the characters portrayed, I might not have been caught off guard as often as I was. As it was, the few glimpses I got of how this one, or that one's mind worked were priceless "ah ha!" moments. (I love those!)
Once again, I was struck by how different this series is. There are no real heroes. Sure, there is bravery, loyalty, self-sacrifice, brotherhood and humor, but no one character stands out. They all do what they have to do, often reluctantly, depending on the situation. There is one faceless evil, the Dominator, but the rest are in the gray range. Good people do bad things, bad people do good things, but they all think that what they are doing is right. You cannot get any closer to reality then that!
I ran into a surprising problem when I went to setup this review. This book by itself is no longer in print! Surprised me considering that Glen Cook claims the books have never been out of print. Because of this, in some cases, the associate links will lead you to information only. But no worries, this just means that you have to buy the omnibus edition. I will link to that version when I do the summary review.
This book contains adult content, gallows humor, profanity, a few battles, plenty of mystery and intrigue, offset by honor and loyalty. It also contains a wildly imagined landscape filled with impossible creatures fashioned by magic, a fight of bad vrs worse, a surprise ending that leaves things just open enough to continue the series, what is not to love! If you are in the mood for a change of pace, I highly recommend this book and this series.
Book One ~ Book Two
Librarything Rating 3.99/5
Amazon Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars(25 Customer Reviews)
What Should I Read Next?
|Kindle: The White Rose: A Novel of the Black Company (Chronicles of The Black Company)
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The White Rose (Chronicles of the Black Company: Book 3) by Glen Cook - Reviewed by Mulluane - on February 1, 2009 - Rating: of 5 Stars