Most helpful positive review
New Black Company novel confusing but fascinating.
on 29 November 1996
The concluding novel in Cook's dark and gritty Black Company series about grim mercenaries, powerful magic and human nature, has turned into an all new series! Don't touch it if you haven't read the previous five (excellent) novels, and it might be a good idea to re-read them, anyways. Unlike previous novels, this one is from the perspective of a minor character, the standard bearer Murgen, who is caught adrift in time. Be prepared for a confusing read, as Murgen tells the story in anything BUT chronological order. Some old mysteries are cleared up, but new ones abound. A fresh look at old characters and new, with betrayal and heartbreak running rampant. You may be disappointed in the behaviour of some of your favourite characters. Tension and suspense mount, while the mystery of the Glittering Stone is peeled back. As always, a cliff hanger. Cook is a master at creating realistic characters, but the plot and dialogue could use some work; he just better not wait another 7 years to put out the next one!