Title: The Black Company
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company #1
Author: Glenn Cook
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
A mercenary group is fighting for a bunch of demi-gods, who appear to be the badguys from a previous age of power.
Between in-fighting, prophecy and ineptitude, the Black Company must fight those without and those within.
You can see how this influenced Steven Erikson, but thankfully Cook doesn’t fall into the trap of multi-chapter philosophizing. Cook writes.
Abrupt changes in topic and whatnot made this a very jerky read. But it sure was effective. It fit the tight, choppy style of fighting that the Black Company excelled at. I wasn’t a big fan of the “nobody is the bad guy, nobody is the good guy” but I’ve read enough of it before that it wasn’t a new thing to me and that helped a lot.
I plan to read more of this series. A black, turgid river of dark fantasy awaits.