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Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose

Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose [Kindle Edition]

Glen Cook
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The series that brought grittiness to Fantasy and became a bestseller in the US finally comes to the UK

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Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must. They bury their doubts with their dead.

Then comes the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more . . .

This is fantasy for all fans of Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie and David Gemmell. Available for the first time in a UK edition.

Contains the first three Black Company novels: THE BLACK COMPANY, SHADOWS LINGER and THE WHITE ROSE

'With the Black Company series, Glen Cook single-handedly changed the face of fantasy - something a lot of people didn't notice, and maybe still don't. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliche archetypes of princes, kings and evil sorcerers. Reading his stuff is like reading Vietnam fiction on Peyote' STEVEN ERIKSON

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1928 KB
  • Print Length: 701 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (10 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466HQ88
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the genre 10 April 2010
I bought this as a recommendation from Amazon having followed the Malazan series very closely (which I love). It is a collection of the first 3 books in the series: The Black Company, Shadows Linger and White Rose.

Despite being written over 20 years ago it brings a refreshing look to the genre. Its principle character is Croaker, the Company physician and annalist/historian, and the story is mostly told from his viewpoint. The Black Company are a particularly dark bunch, a mercenary outfit usually hired by the villains of the piece who then add a sense of morality to their actions.

Glen Cook doesn't demark black and white, good and bad, heroes and villains. It is more of a sliding scale that is dependant on situation from scene to scene. A bit more gritty, a little more realistic. The standard is anti-heroes and darkness these days, and The Chronicles definitely has these themes in abundance.

The books themselves are good reads, The Black Company served as a good intro with nefarious beginnings and excellent battle sequences. Shadows Linger builds up to a tragic crescendo and ties a lot of threads together toward the end. White Rose is a spectacle in itself, although you feel the Company are all getting on a bit age wise at this point, and that new blood is needed soon.

A good series, and I will pursue the rest. If you like Thomas Covenant (especially Second Chronicles) and the Malazan Book of the Fallen, you will enjoy Glen Cook. Try to get them and read them before they drop off the face of the planet altogether
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Feb 2010
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Ok, so considering how these stories were created back in the 1980's its almost embaressing that I never knew about them untill this year. I got the compilation about a month ago and after finishing the first book, I realise how much Steven Erikson owes Glen Cook. He ofcourse acknowledges this with the review from him, but for someone completely in love with the Malazan books of the dead, The Black Company was a much needed companion while waiting for the next installment from Erikson.
I dont know why The Black Company has gone under the radar for 2 decades, because although many people have read them, they were never promiment or even brought up as recommendations here on Amazon even after I purchased all the Malazan, and song of Ice and fire books.. very strange.

I heartify recommend The Black Company books, in fact, I dont think you can find better if you like the gritty fantasy type stories. It reads like a Band of Brothers set against a fantasy backdrop, and the characters are as strong and engaging as the Soldiers in Chain of dogs. Please do yourself a favor and get the compilation because it is such a great piece of work. Written back in the early 80s it is an example of great fantasy that is current and orginal today and for the well read it will also show you just how much of an inspiration it has been to other more current writers of today.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss out on this series! 12 Dec 2008
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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As a fantasy fan for many years, I can only hang my head in shame that I had missed the Black Company books when they were originally released.

The series tells the tale of the Black Company, "last of the free companies of Khatovar" - a mercenary group with a long history and a proud tradition of working for whoever pays - good or bad. With a few notable expections, the heroes of the Black Company are nothing but, and many of the members have very dark pasts.

When a job protecting a city ruler goes sour, the Company betrays their commission and enters the service of the Lady - the immortal and evil ruler of a reborn empire.

In a refreshing change to the usual fantasy epic, the Company is therefore fighting for the dark side, which creates some wonderful dilemmas for the few men serving who retain a sense of morality.

The strength of the Black Company books are the interesting dilemmas this situation creates, and the excellent action scenes. The writing style is minimalist, which gives the plot an edgy pace and avoids the tedious meandering that sabotages the Lond of the Rings, but sometimes it goes too far - especially in the earlier books, when I found myself wishing for some description to go along with the dialogue. As such, the main characters initially seem flat, because we have no real idea what they look like, or what the world they inhabit is truly like.

Luckily these criticisms (hence the four stars) fade as the series progresses and Glen Cook matures as a writer. It is easy to see here the seeds that would appear to have taken root in the mind of Steven Erikson in the Malazan saga, and in retrospect the recent rennaisance of low fantasy owes a lot to the Black Company.

In summary: if, like me, you missed out before, do not do so again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 11 May 2009
An excellent series that will keep you hooked from the start. There is little information on these books on the internet but if you like David Gemmell or Joe Abercrombie this is for you. I've just finsihed and I'm ordering the next series, Books of the South.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Wattage
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I found the kindle conversion really very poor, huge numbers of mistakes in spelling, characters and even whole words which at times made it pretty hard to read.

Haveing said that i did really enjoy the read, It's by no means Erikkson, it does however touch on themes brought up in the Malazan series. I do like my fanstasy with a dark and almost ambigous flavour of good and evil. I would say its probably closer to the writing style of David Gemmell than that of Stephen Erikkson though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles Of The Black Company
This is an excellent book for any fans of Game Of Thrones. It is a medieval military story set in a magic based world.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Wigfull
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book, great value too. Author does a great job setting the scene/world in which the black company fight; sometimes for clients sometimes just to stay alive!
Published 5 months ago by jimbob
4.0 out of 5 stars Repays a second reading
Interesting book, well, trilogy really, though to be honest I'm not sure I really noticed it was three separate books the first time I read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael P
1.0 out of 5 stars No background or world building.
Really couldn't get into this, although after all the good things I'd heard I wanted to enjoy it. There was little to no world building or character background and so I found it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ABmonkey
4.0 out of 5 stars original ideas, dark & gritty but honest & captivating
Bad bad errors on the text when translated to kindle, some sort of proof reading required prior to kindle publishing please.

Errors not the authors fault however. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ollie
5.0 out of 5 stars the black company
great read, first rate characterisation and narrative, put me in mind of sven hassels tales of the humanity that can exist in the most inhumane circumstances.
Published 7 months ago by pozzi g
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standardbearer of Modern Fantasy
If you never read another book again, read this one. It really is that good. Glen Cook writes about what he knows; the soldiers on the ground, the poor bloody infantry, following... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, a unsung gem
A great, gritty, captivating fast paced read. But please kindle,have some respect for authors and proof read your products. It's an insult to an otherwise awesome book.
Published 9 months ago by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes time
This trilogy is not one you just pick up and get right into. It took me the whole first book (which has exceptionally long chapters) to get into the gist of the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rich T
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Not what I expected, after reading all of "game of thrones" I set out looking for other gritty fantasy series! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jasper
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