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    Glen Cook(Author)

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Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they. If they can survive it.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 319 pages
  • Glen Cook(Author)
  • Tor Books (October 1984)
  • English
  • 6
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Robin Snyder on December 3, 2015

    Did you make it through The Black Company? I feel like you deserve a merit badge if you were able to pull it off without anyone else to help you with the sticky parts. It was a good book but Glen Cook doesn’t do any info-dumping so it is definitely a ‘learn as you go’ kind of book and I needed a little help along the way.The good news is that Shadow’s Linger flows much much better. It was so much easier to follow because: One, the chapters are shorter and so they didn’t feel so jumpy. Two, it is split so that some of the story is told from the annals of the Black Company and Croaker while the other half is mostly from a cowardly inn keeper named Marron Shed.I liked Shadow’s Linger more than The Black Company for a few reasons. The first being the change of writing style, the second being Marron Shed and finally the dark craziness that is the Black Castle. That place is so creepy.****Dark, glassy, jointless stone slid past.“My god!” He could see into the wall. He saw bones, fragments of bones, bodies, pieces of bodies, all suspended as if floating in the night. As Raven turned toward the gate, he saw a staring face.“What kind of place is this?”“I don’t know, Shed. I don’t want to know. All I care is, they pay good money. I need it. I have a long way to go.”****Set six years after the events in The Black Company this follows the company in their continued service to The Lady. Let’s just say that even though she never misses a payment to the company after years of being her go to guys they are feeling a bit downtrodden. It is hard to be on team evil for an extended period of time. These were the least interesting chapters to me in the beginning of the book because everyone is pretty unhappy. You feel that when you are reading and it sours the mood.****“Suddenly everything was too much. This ambush tonight. Same old thing. There’s always another province, always more Rebels. They breed like maggots in a cowpie. I’m getting older and older, and I haven’t done anything to make a better world. In fact, if you backed off to look at it, we’ve all made it worse.”He shook his head. “That isn’t right. Not what I want to say. But I don’t know how to say it any better.”“What we need,” Goblin said in a voice so soft it almost vanished in the crackle of the flames, “is a cause we can believe in.”“Yeah,” I said. “That, too.”****The chapters set in the North though are exciting by comparison. There is the innkeeper in financial straits who has a mysterious guest named Raven and a deaf mute serving girl working in the establishment named Darling. SEE already you’re interested too. The best thing about this storyline though for all you Grimdark lovers out there is traveling with Shed as he goes from a completely cowardly man into a manipulator and a killer as the things in his life spiral out of control. I was completely amazed at how far he was willing to go in the end.Things totally blew up in the end and WOW it was phenomenal the betrayals, reunions and sacrifices that the men of the company made. In the end though there was really only one side to be on and they had to choose.Some lived, many died and others, well let’s just say I’m not counting them out yet.No more time to dwell though as I need to get moving on The White Rose to see where this story leads.

  • By Books, Vertigo and Tea on January 29, 2017

    I just began my journey with The Black Company only recently. Having discovered Glen Cook and his work through an article discussing top fantasy reads, I learned of this older series and was immediately captured by the synopsis. The Black Company fared very well with me, and I decided to continue forward with this motley crew. You can visit my review of the first book here.♦I have already developed a rather strong fondness for this somewhat gritty and old school, epic fantasy. The author’s straightforward and grim storytelling appeal to me in a way that not too many series have. So there are some roots established with The Black Company. I am happy and obliged to report that the continuing saga of Croaker and this rag-tag crew does not disappoint.We find ourselves picking up roughly where we left The Black Company. They currently remain in service of The Lady, honoring their ever increasingly questionable contract. In the midst of Raven and Darling’s disappearance, Croaker and the Company have been sent north to investigate the ominous Black Castle. They soon find that they are up against a foe more dangerous than The Lady herself. Potential facing the release of the Dominator, they must band together in a battle of strength, wisdom and time.“The Lady was medicine bad enough. The Dominator, though, was the body of which her evil was but a shadow. Or so the legend goes. I sometimes wonder why, if that is true, she walks the earth and he lies restless in the grave.”― Glen Cook, Shadows LingerI am going to center this review around why I enjoyed this second book more than the first. I am not going to be including too many revealing, plot details. There is always the risk of spoilers, and I am encouraging any fan of fantasy who has not done so, to experience this series for themselves.The Black Company returns with the same familiar faces and a few additional new ones as well. Unlike our first adventure, we are given fresh perspectives through the eyes of several additional and interesting, key characters: Asa and Shed. I found both of them to be a great contribution to the story-line, adding a new level of depth that was easy to appreciate.The pace of Shadows Linger was much more consistent, and the narration has been broken into smaller chapters. This provided for a more steady read, eliminating the limited but tedious moments I experienced with The Black Company during my first encounter. The entire reading process is clean, crisp, and all wrapped up in a matter-of-fact way that manages not to sacrifice detail or depth.The amount of action and sense of adventure have increased greatly as the plot moves forward. I found myself completely engaged and now fully connected with several members of the Company. There is a more significant sense of camaraderie as they have all been through so much more at this point. The struggle to continue forward with a contract that they would normally honor to all extents, but now realize they should never have entered into is an ongoing battle for even some the most morally challenged members.“Oh, ‘twould be marvelous if the world and its moral questions were like some game board, with plain black players and white, and fixed rules, and nary a shade of grey.”― Glen Cook, Shadows LingerFor myself, the sequel in a series is usually the big book, the one. This is often the book that will determine whether I carry on or stop. I was thrilled to find that my time with The Back Company will continue.Cook persistently shines with his ability to weave a tale full of fantasy and mystery. In Shadows Linger, he has pulled together a story that feels like a comforting return to old friends on new adventures. The quickened pace, new faces, and evolving story arc provide a fulfilling read that takes you on a known, yet entirely new journey.⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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