Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4.0 out of 5 stars A good continuation of the series, 7 Feb 2012
By 
A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Shadow Games: First Book of the South (Chronicle of the Black Company) (Mass Market Paperback)
The wars in the north have come to an end. The threat of the Dominator has been eradicated, and the remnants of the Black Company are setting out for their ancestral homeland of Khatovar. Unexpectedly joined by their former ally and enemy, the Lady, they strike out across the Sea of Torments and across the vast southern continent. But their return has been foretold and the Prince of Taglios convinces the Black Company to join his war against the enigmatic Shadowmasters, an alliance that will have long-lasting consequences for the Company and its members.

Shadow Games is the fourth book in the Black Company series and marks the opening of a fresh chapter in the history of the mercenary army. Much of the plot baggage from the first three book is jettisoned as new characters, factions and locations are introduced. Some things stay the same, such as Croaker's ongoing first-person narration, but broadly speaking this is the series moving into fresh pastures.

It's a move that is mostly successful. The book covers an enormous amount of ground, combining the Black Company's mammoth journey (of about 7,000 miles according to one estimate) with political machinations in Taglios and military action as the Shadowmasters attempt to invade Taglian territory. It's as busy a book as its predecessors but Cook's mastery of pace wins out as normal, delivering a terrifically entertaining, page-turning read.

It's only towards the end of the book that the first notable problems appear. For the first time Cook seems to have run out of space to tell his story, resulting in a cliffhanger ending and a 'shocking' revelation being made in the final pages. How successful these moves are will vary for each reader (and, given the fact that the book is commonly now published in omnibus, not a huge problem), but it does feel a shame that the book lacks the feel of being a complete novel but also standing as part of a larger tapestry that the first three volumes enjoyed.

Beyond that, Shadow Games (****) is a fine epic fantasy novel and a worthy continuation of the series. It is available now in the UK and USA as part of the Books of the South omnibus.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, this one was ace, 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Shadow Games: First Book of the South (Chronicle of the Black Company) (Mass Market Paperback)
This follows on the journey of Croaker, one-eye, Goblin and the Lady going south in search of Khatovar. But the further they go south, the more frighten people get. Croaker does not have the the earliest Annal's as they were lost centries ago, which could provide important information. The company find themselve's facing the shadow masters, and virtually stand no chance against them. I really loved this book, I thought is was ace, there much more political stuff in, and cultures and religions. The twists just keep on coming and the action. The only dissapointment I have with Cook's books are, he des not put enough discription, so you can get lost of what exactly is happening. Otherwise his books would be top class. This one is one of my favourite books from the Black Company series, and has plenty of surprises in stock.
If you like this I highly recommend you try Steven Erikson's - 'Gardens of the Moon'.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!, 10 Feb 1998
By A Customer
This review is from: Shadow Games: First Book of the South (Chronicle of the Black Company) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Black Company is not at all that popular (I do not know why. It is one of the best fantasy series out there.) The originallity of this series is outstanding. I do not know how people love wheel of time(which copies so many things from tolkien it is not even funny) and say it is so original and cringe when they here the words, "The Black Company". It is done in many different views. Some chapteres are told by Croaker while others may a 3rd person perspective.die? Shadow Games was a great book full of action. It was so good I read the entire book in a day! After you finished the White Rose definetly read this book!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Shadow Games: First Book of the South (Chronicle of the Black Company)
Shadow Games: First Book of the South (Chronicle of the Black Company) by Glen Cook (Mass Market Paperback - Jun 1989)
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews