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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!
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on 4 September 1999
Bleak Seasons is the best book in the Black Company series so far, as far as I am concerned. It is dark, moody, and the story wrenches you back and forth. It takes place simultaneously with Dreams of Steel and fills in the details of the brutal siege the company survived. Of all the books, this one is my favorite.
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on 26 June 1998
Glen Cook's Black Company novels are some of the best fantasy books on the market. Gritty, fast-paced, humorous, and realistic, the books are definitely page-turners. When I was just getting into Bleak Seasons, I was disappointed to realize that much of it would concern the same events that occurred in Dreams of Steel, but from a different perspective. It was better than I expected though. Some questions from the previous book are answered while new questions come to light. Cook's dark humor, largely absent from Dreams of Steel, is definitely back in Bleak Seasons. I also love the mysterious voice (I won't spoil it by revealing who the voice belongs to) that welcomes Murgen back when he has his mental trips into the past. Black Company fans will enjoy the book. Readers unfamiliar with the Black Company owe it to themselves to get the first book, The Black Company, and read the entire series.
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on 17 March 1998
Being a big fan of Cook's "Taken-infested" Black Company books, I was a little underwhelmed with this latest addition. Instead of moving forward with a story that had some good momentum, this back-filled the happenings in the city under siege throughout Dreams of Steel.
I did appreciate the mental trips of Murgen as it brought to life the terrible experiences living in a crowded city under siege without support outside. Murgen's Annuals are an interesting double-take of Dreams of Steel in that they illuminate major events from an inside perspective.
Hopefully Glen Cook will get out the next Black Company book in less than 6 years?? If not, have some respect for the Company and put 'em down for the BIG sleep.
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on 21 April 1999
An exceptionally crafted story. It takes the process of time travel in a new direction and gives a real feeling of war. It is not glorious, it is survival. The Black Company is back in the form I loved in the first books, if a little softer. While it takes some effort to track the movement of Murgen through his experience it will in the end leave you wanting more which you definately get in Bleak Seasons.
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on 22 November 1998
Having read the first three books. I was at a loss as I could not source any more of Cooks work.
This book catchs up wth Croaker. the lady goblin and one-eye some time after the first three books. It`s a good read though with the time travel ellements dome what disjointed which is current is the seige current or the actions latter or vice versa enough to say our heros are just the same as we left them well writen and the book wants you comming back for more
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