Chronicles of the Black Company

Chronicles of the Black Company

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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.... --From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2007.
ISBN: 9780765319234
0765319233
Characteristics: 704 p. ;,24 cm.

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IndyPL_ToddG Dec 06, 2018

Outstanding "military fantasy" from an author that should probably be better known. Cook brings the tone and grit of military sci-fi into the fantasy genre, and focuses the reader's attention on the experiences of a "band of brothers" embroiled in a sorcerous war of epic scale.

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aarondeas
Dec 15, 2015

This book is very interesting, odd, sparsely written and incredibly absorbing. It's all about events and characters, not about endless world building, which I find refreshing. Give it a try!

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Jsmackenator
Mar 25, 2015

I have never been much of a fantasy reader, but then Game of Thrones came out and I started to read more fantasy. But I never really found anything quite as compelling. Until I read the Black Company. Wow, I think the first trilogy that he writes, which is collected in Chronicles of the Black Company are the best fantasy I have ever read, ahead of Game of Thrones and Steven Erikson's Malazan series. The writing, the storytelling, the world building are all masterful in this series. And a highly likable main character. If you like fantasy treat yourself to this series.

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acaudle
Aug 09, 2013

I find this to be one of the rawest fantasy collections ever written. I decided to read it after noticing the quote by Steven Erikson on the back stating that it was like, "reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote." The books live up to that. I don't find The Books of the South or The Glittering Stone books (the second and third sets of Black Company stories) to be any less than excellent. The story remains raw, focused, and intense.

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