White Rose (Chronicle of the Black Company) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Apr 1990
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The climactic battles between the Lady, an evil sorceress, and the White Rose are overshadowed by the resurrection of the Dominator.
About the Author
Born in 1944, Glen Cook grew up in northern California, served in the U.S. Navy, attended the University of Missouri, and was one of the earliest graduates of the well-known "Clarion" workshop SF writers. Since 1971 he has published a large number of SF and fantasy novels, including the "Dread Empire" series, the occult-detective "Garrett" novels, and the very popular "Black Company" sequence that began with the publication of "The Black Company" in 1984. Among his SF novels is "A Passage at Arms." After working many years for General Motors, Cook now writes full-time. He lives near St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife Carol.
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I the beginning I really wasn’t sure what to think of this series. It started being told in a way that was pretty different. However now that I’ve finished the first trilogy in the series I’m amazed at how much I’ve enjoyed it and how surprised I was at the end of this book specifically.
One of the best things about this series is that it has two very strong and very different heroines competing against each other. The Lady is a completely scary megalomaniac and at the same time I really like her and totally want to hang out with her more and see what makes her tick. Then there is the White Rose who is cruel in her own way even if she is on team good. When you run an army of men there is no room to be soft.
I love how this series progresses. In the first book there was only really one PoV, that of the annalist Croaker. In the second book there were two, Croaker again and then the innkeeper in the town Raven and Darling were in. Now in this third installment there are 3 different storylines going. That of Croaker and the White Rose’s Army on the plain of fear set in the present. Then there is Corby a soldier in the Barrowlands that is a few months prior and finally Bozman the wizard who accidentally released The Lady so many years ago.
As all the story lines catch up to one another and converged things I thought I knew totally flipped and characters I was sure I loved in the first two books came into a different light while others I was sure I hated became more humanized and I desperately wanted to find a way for everyone to win. But it is a war and we all know in that there really are no winners.
The Plain of Fear was spectacular. The Lady might have carpets and fallen to fight for her. But The White Rose has wind whales, talking rocks, walking trees and some other crazy creatures in her court.
The aerial battles were more intense with wind whales against flying carpets. Croaker as always seems to be caught in the middle. I’m just going to say that I might have a huge crush on Croaker, even if he doesn’t know how to capitalize on a romantic moment to save his life. I also now have a huge soft spot for Silent and really hope he gets the girl he pines for in the end. But this is Glen Cook so it is more likely that he will die a horrific death in an attempt to save her.
There were some HUGE surprises in this. A few were about Raven, some about Darling but most were about The Lady herself. Like I said above I didn’t expect that end battle and all the happened. It does make things so interesting going forward though.
This ends in a great place where you can walk away from the rest of the books in the series, pfft, or continue on and delve into this strange magical world even more. I’m totally continuing on because every book has been better for me so far how could the end books be anything other than phenomenal?
This is the third Black Company novel, and resolves most of the major conflicts set up in the first and (especially) second novels. The story starts out in three narrative lines, one being the Croaker narrative as the company has fled to the Plain of Fear with Darling, another being the story of the sorceror Bomanz right before he inadvertently freed the Lady and the Taken, and the third being a character we obviously suspect to be Raven in Barrowlands in present-time. The second and third narratives end about halfway through the book and Croaker is the perspective for the rest of the story.
The plains of fear seemed very well done (they were just a footnote in the previous appearance if I recall correctly), with odd creatures and flora described in sufficient detail to make them seen quite alien.
The Bomanz and Raven narratives were supplemental but informative.
The final battle with the dominator had enough surprises to be entertaining, though the obvious setup of leaving Toadkiller Dog free and the Limper's head unfound was clearly with a sequel (the silver spike) in mind.
On page 72 Cook seems to offer the idea that the various taken from the original novel might still be around. This is expounded on later when Darling mentioned that burning the Limper might have worked at the end of Shadows Linger. I think from this time Cook was actively playing with the idea inside the story of un-killing some Taken.