Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook

77%

16 Critic Reviews

It clearly illustrates human nature and emotions such as pride, greed and fear. The writing style is frank, blunt and real.
-St. Charles Herald Guide

Synopsis

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…

This omnibus edition comprises The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose—the first three novels in Glen Cook's bestselling fantasy series.


At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

 

About Glen Cook

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Glen Cook used to work the assembly line at a General Motors plant, writing in between helping to build cars as they came down the conveyor built. He has written extensively in the science fiction and fantasy fields, and is the author of the Black Company alternate history series. He lives in St. Louis, MO.
 
Published November 13, 2007 by Tor Books. 705 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, War. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Chronicles of the Black Company
All: 16 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 3

BookIdeas.com

Good

I would certainly recommend The Black Company to readers interested in fantasy.

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Strange Horizons

Above average
on Jan 16 2009

It is certainly no masterpiece and does fit more comfortably into the role of fondly regarded.

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SF CrowsNest

Good
Reviewed by Paul Hanley on Jan 31 2011

If you like fantasy, especially with a military flavour to it, I can recommend ‘Chronicles Of The Black Company’ to you.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Phillip Montgomery on Dec 01 2010

The success of the books is that it is very human. It is not overshadowed by the fantasy element.

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Fantasy Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua S. Hill on Jan 11 2011

This book was responsible for taking the fantasy genre and turning it on its head with his introduction of realistic characters and its complete disregard for fantasy stereotypes and the age-old battle of good versus evil.

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I Read a Book Once

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Wilhoit on Dec 10 2011

The Black Company is the best fantasy book I've ever read, hands down. Yeah, even better than The Lord of the Rings.

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SF Fantasy Books

Above average
Reviewed by Thrinidir on Jan 11 2011

If you buy the style that Glen Cook is trying to sell, then you are in for a real treat...if you don’t find The Black Company to your liking 30 and some pages into the book it would probably be for the best if you put it down.

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Timothy Lepczyk

Good
Reviewed by Timothy Lepczyk on Jul 08 2012

If you like fantasy novels or used to, check out this series. The novels are well-paced and entertaining.

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Worlds Without End

Good
Reviewed by Aaron Singleton on Feb 06 2012

I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes fantasy with a good sense of (dark) humor, realism and sometimes grittiness, characters whose skin is a color other than white...Just try it. You won't regret it.

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St. Charles Herald Guide

Good
Reviewed by Mohammed Mohammed on Sep 02 2010

It clearly illustrates human nature and emotions such as pride, greed and fear. The writing style is frank, blunt and real.

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Whistling in the Dark

Good
Reviewed by Lycaenion on Jun 17 2012

What I especially like about this omnibus is the fact that there don’t seem to be any good guys...I also liked the fact that the stories were so dark and gritty.

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JS Bangs

Below average
Reviewed by JS Bangs on Jan 10 2011

I gave up on this one. I can see why some people might like it, but in the end this book has none of the things that I look for in fantasy.

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Tyson Villenueve

Above average
Reviewed by Tyson Villenueve on Feb 10 2011

Overly-complicated word choice and obscure or ambiguous descriptions are the biggest shortcomings of The Black Company series.

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Dragons and Heroes and Wizards

Good
Reviewed by Dragons and Heroes and Wizards on Feb 10 2009

The Black Company is a pleasant change from your typical heroic epic fantasy...Definitely adult in tone and content.

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The Ostentatious Ogre

Excellent
Reviewed by Harrison Holtz on Dec 13 2008

It’s faster and dirtier than just about any other Fantasy you’ll find in the marketplace today.

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Smoldering Ink

Good
Reviewed by Amy McLane on Jan 02 2008

I enjoyed the morally ambiguous tales of the Black Company and would recommend the omnibus.

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