After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals The Annals will be returned to Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exists only in legende origin of the first Free Companies.Every step of the way the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion eating crowsAfter the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals The Annals will be returned to Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exists only in legende origin of the first Free Companies.Every step of the way the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion eating crows As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle, rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates, and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow until they are thousands strong.But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters a deadly new enemy twisted creature that deal in darkness and death powerful, shadowy creatures bent on smothering the world in their foul embrace This is the first round in a deadly game, a game that the Black Company cannot hope to win.
Shadow Games After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south in search of the lost Annals The Annals will be returned to Khatovar eight thousand miles
As anybody who made it to this point knows after the events in The White Rose the Black Company split The fate of its members left behind is described in The Silver Spike This book starts the plot arc about the people who decided to go with its analyst Croaker to the place of the Company s origin, faraway and mysterious Khatovar The seven survivors yes, there were only seven people left in the beginning of the book had no clue that they end up right in the middle of power play of some people bei [...]
Buddy read with the ever awesome BBB mercenaries Welcome to yet another fascinating Why Did I, Why Didn t I Non Review WDIWDINR Because I don t have the time to write one of those It s Longer Than The Book Itself Non Reviews ILTTBINR that you love so much That s right, my Little Barnacles Time for you to be glad and rejoice again We re about to embark on a The Crap Is About To Get Cut Non Review TCIATOGCNR Why did I almost DNF this book gasps YES, my name is Sarah and I have a shameful admission [...]
3.5 My Fair Lady StarsI love being back with Croaker, One Eye, Goblin and the former Lady, still called Lady but she is much diminished in power since The White Rose, I m sure that will be rectified at some point though.Things I like about this Series Everything is a little clipped Since it is told like the annals of an army company things like scenery, excessive dialogue and descriptions are clipped Therefore it is a short read with most of the meat of the story but not a lot of extras Croaker, [...]
The heart is stilled but the corpse stumbles on The Company is dead in fact but not in name.And we, O merciless gods, stand witness to the power of names.After decades of fighting in the dark empire of the north, the huge and devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, and the awakening of an ancient evil in the Barrowland, the Black Company turns south in a quest to find its mysterious origins and the long lost city of Khatovar.A couple of the most interesting characters are absent in this novel, [...]
4.44 A buddy read with my fellow mercenaries in the BBB company I can honestly say, I missed The Black Company terribly, I just didn t realized that until I started reading the forth installment in the series Am I glad to be back on the road with my BC mercs The Black Company is on the road to the South, trying to get beck to their legendary origins It does not matter that at the beginning of the journey they are only 7, and that is including the now diminished Lady Although, even diminished, wi [...]
A smattering of the Black Company still remains and they have decided to head back to their beginnings, heading south to the legendary city of Khatovar They are in search of the lost Annals of the Company, so you may be sure that this operation is being headed by our cranky Annalist, Croaker.Croaker isn t sure that he likes being in charge, but he shows an aptitude for it, thinking up sneaky surprises for the enemies that they encounter and showing that knowing some history gives a leader a good [...]
The heart is stilled but the corpse stumbles on The Company is dead in fact but not in name And we, O merciless gods, stand witness to the power of names.The Black Company is down to seven members, with Croaker as their new captain The Lady has lost her powers and is trying to come to terms with it view spoiler For now I have a feeling, a vague hope that they are going to be back sooner or later hide spoiler After a looooot of travelling, a loooot of Lady struggling to adjust to her new life as [...]
Actual Rating 3.5GAH Glen Cook, what a cliff hanger It wasn t as great as the last three, of the slow years It did drag in places, loved the Lady and Croakers relationship but I have questionsd I need answers
Another great entry in The Black Company series, albeit a shade off from the the first three books The last 25% of the book saved the five star rating for me Spoiler stuff follows The middle section of the book dragged a bit, but view spoiler the final battles, and the cliffhangers Croaker Lady Goblin One Eye Are y all okay How did Soulcatcher get back GAH hide spoiler Glen Cook keeps ruining my plans to start a new series I give up I ll just finish the remaining five books in this series It s t [...]
We ride out in the morning, I said My apologies I was elected to lead the Company, not just Croaker Forgive me for losing sight of that Crafty old Croaker One Eye and Goblin looked properly abashed I grinned So go get packed We re gone with the morning sun She wakened me in the night For a moment I thoughtI saw her face She had heard.She begged me to stay just one day Or two, at the most She did not want to be here any than we did, surrounded and taunted by all that she had lost She wanted to g [...]
3.5 starsGood but not as good as 2 previous books The pacing was a bit uneven As Black Company travels South to mysterious Khatovar we have some slow moments especially in the first half of the book Once they reach exotic southern towns with unpronounceable names action picks up Mysterious and menacing enemies and no less mysterious allies with questionable motives, intrigue of Company s own past and what lies over the edge of the map, fights with the Company s signature magic and trickery and m [...]
Shadow Games is the fourth book in The Black Company series It s not quite as strong as the books from the original trilogy, but it s a worthwhile entry into the series This is the tale of The Black Company s attempts to return their vaunted annals to Khatovar, the Company s place of origin Of course the path to Khatovar is fraught with mishaps I liked the story and Lady was a good addition to the team Plenty of other familiar faces pop up as well Croaker remains an interesting character The boo [...]
This book was some what let down for me as it did not live up to the standards set by first three books in the series, this book basically consists of journey of company back to Khatovar where they are going to place the annals of the company.More than 25% of book consisted of traveling different regions up to Beryl, where everything actually began in the first book.I forgot to mention in my last review but got to give credit to narrator of books Mark Vietor so far he has done an awesome job and [...]
I am no closer to coming up with a review than I was when I closed the covers
I m confused and pissed
Kad jau skai iau, tai pagalvojau, perskaitysiu iki galo, domu, kaip baigsis, k ia tas vidurnaktis Pabaiga tai tokia, kad vos ne i karto norisi imti kit knyg ir skaityti toliau N viena i kit knyg pabaig nebuvo tokia cliffhanger Nors kai kurie dalykai paai k jo, bet atsirado vietoj j daugyb nauj , o dar daug kas liko neai ku O iaip domu buvo Gvardijos kelion ir jos poky iai tos kelion s eigoje Paslap i ir intrig kaip ir visad netr ko Paprastai kai skaitau knygas, ir sta koks veik jas, ka kur kirba [...]
I need book 5, like, right now HolyThis started pretty slow and took its time to get it rolling, but when it did damn Masterful It s totally deceiving because it looks way too easy but it s all part of the plan Foreshadowing, big plot twists and an insane cliffhanger ending I couldn t believe the book ended Some great new characters, but importantly, an old favorite is back
I started this one feeling a little tired of the Black Company, but it took only a few paragraphs to remind me why I enjoy this world so much It s never easy continuing a series after a successful trilogy, and I think the fourth mostly unrelated book shows that This one, with most of the old timers back, and Croaker in the role of narrator, manages to be a nice change of direction for the series And after that ending I can t wait to know what happens next.
3.5 Stars Might change it to 4 stars later Lady is the shit, for real.
I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world And that opinion becomes important than all our sneaky, sleazy schemes of greed, lust, self aggrandizement, whatever we are up to while lying the world into believing we are just plain nice folks I was her truth object, and she was mine The gang are down to seven members with Croaker at the helm and t [...]
Chronicles of the Black Company was one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a long time I was excited to begin the next set of the Black Company novels in Books of the South Even though I read the omnibus edition I will have to post these books separately because I have much to say.According to , Shadow Games is apparently the fifth installment of the Chronicles of the Black Company It is preceded by The Silver Spike However, in the Omnibus edition, Shadow Games comes first, so this is the [...]
You re never bored in a Black Company novel Some spoilers This first book of the south was pretty interesting in that Croaker is now Captain, the company comprises seven men, and the Lady rides with them, diminished in power supposedly, I don t believe it They want to go south to their fabled origin of Khatovar Why Don t ask There is a great threat to the south, the Shadowmasters who have taken the lands and cities and stand between the Company and Khatovar There are battles, rugged scouting, so [...]
The fourth book in The Black Company series is also the beginning of a new dualogy, often referred to as The Books of the South After the high impact events in book 3, The White Rose, the remaining bits of the Black Company down to only seven people now decide to make their way south, to locate the lost historical annals of their Company and return them to Khatovar, the Company s place of origin.This novel is sort of a journey novel, as we get to experience the Company s adventures during their [...]
A long travel that leads only to the next part of the series, new foes that are just the shadows of the old, but still pretty entertaining at moments.
Glen Cook is one of the most engaging writers I have ever encountered His prose is crisp and clean not one word is misplaced, there are no meandering passages, and every sentence carries the weight of the entire story on its back There is no skimming Glen Cook Ursula K le Guin is my favorite author, but the two could not be disparate Cook lacks Le Guin s poetic brilliance, but The Telling did not make me rush home from work to tear open its pages, and I have never hunted desperately through use [...]
A great start for the Books of the South The very diminished Black Company travels south trying to find their way back to their fabled origins On the way back they manage to pick up new members, and some new or are they problems.I could have done without the description of some of their opponents as nothing than little brown men , especially since some of the men are never than just a horde of nameless antagonists.Also, compared to the earlier books in the series, this one really ends on a cli [...]
La Compagnie Noire n est plus, ou presque Apr s le carnage des Livres du nord attention a va s rement spoiler les tomes pr c dents, obviously ils ne sont plus que sept sous le commandement d un Toubib qui se serait bien pass de la nouvelle responsabilit Il est temps pour eux de partir, de revenir aux origines de la Compagnie, Khatovar, cap au sud.C est donc une mini Compagnie qui prend la route Otto, Hagop, Madame, Murgen, Toubib et les in narrables sorciers Gobelin et Qu un il font route vers l [...]
After the dramatic events in The White Rose, the Black Company finds themselves traveling south to recover Croaker s lost annals During their adventure, they get intercepted by people from Taglios who want to hire them to defeat a group known as the Shadowmasters The book is roughly divided into two parts and takes the span of about a year The first half of the story consists of several chapters of the Company gaining members as they trek through foreign lands The second half is a rather lengthy [...]
It s been quite a while since I read the previous books, but sorry, I think this should have been concluded with the first 3 volumes Or rather, if you re thinking about reading this series, the Books of the North could be read as a stand alone and I think it s best to do just that.Shadow Games are noticeably less interesting than the North arc and the next book that I ve started to read doesn t seem to be any better if not worse We have the developing romance between Lady and Croaker, but it s n [...]