The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company #1)

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Title: The Black Company

Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company #1

Author: Glenn Cook

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 282



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.


My Thoughts:

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.

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