Books of the South: Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, The Silver Spike

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Marching south after the ghastly battle at the Tower of Charm, the Black Company is hounded by shadowy figures every inch of the way.

 

The game is on: the Company versus the Shadowmasters, deadly creatures that deal in darkness and sorrow.

 

When hope dies, there's still survival. And there's still the Black Company.

 

The Book of the South is the second omnibus of novels from one of the ...

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Overview

Marching south after the ghastly battle at the Tower of Charm, the Black Company is hounded by shadowy figures every inch of the way.

 

The game is on: the Company versus the Shadowmasters, deadly creatures that deal in darkness and sorrow.

 

When hope dies, there's still survival. And there's still the Black Company.

 

The Book of the South is the second omnibus of novels from one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age, Glen Cook’s Black Company series—collecting Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, and The Silver Spike.

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“With the Black Company series Glen Cook singlehandedly changed the face of fantasy—something a lot of people didn’t notice and maybe still don’t. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliché archetypes of princes, kings, and evil sorcerers. Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote.”

—Steven Erikson, author of Gardens of the Moon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765320667
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: Black Company Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 150,364
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Glen Cook lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    remains strong military fantasy

    ¿Shadow Games¿. The Black Company took heavy losses at the battle of the Tower of Charm. Croaker leads what is left of his comrades in arms on a quest to find the lost Annals in order to bring it to the free companies¿ birth city Khatovar that may not exist outside of ancient history or perhaps mythos. The expedition is dangerous from the natural predators, but they must deal with shadowmaster wizards who believe humans are expendable at a time the squad still hurts. --- ¿Dreams of Steel¿. Following another devastating battle at Degajore, Croaker is missing and probably dead. A former brutal wizard-empress, Lady is in charge of those members of the Black Company that escaped the city¿s death trap. She struggles to rally her force as they must make a desperate attack on the seemingly invincible shadowmaster wizards. --- ¿The Silver Spike¿. As much of the Black Company survivors trek south in search of legendary Khatovar, some depart. Darling rejects Raven, who becomes bitter and an alcoholic until Philodendron Case begins to help him. Darling and Silent return to their underground haven. Others are also in retreat and hiding. --- This omnibus contains books 4-6 and is a natural follow-up to the first omnibus reprint (see CHRONICLES OF THE BLACK COMPANY containing the first three tales - The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose). The fine military fantasy saga holds up well through books 4 and 5 and the twists appear plausible as Glen Cook provides the full impact of war on people. However, the Omnibus edition enhances flaws as Lady seems to have the same command voice as Croaker that is blatantly obvious when reading Shadow Games and Dreams of Steel and The Silver Spike is a fascinating sidebar tying up some dangling threads, but feels out of place (though it is my personal favorite). Still the Black Company remains strong military fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Good read however..

    I bought the chronicles of the black company and loved it so of course i got this book to continue the series i enjoyed the first two parts of the book however the silver spike i could have done without. it felt dragged out and suddenly rushed to an ending. Over all its worth your time can't wait till the next set comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Must Read

    If you have not read this series you are missing out. As a large series goes start to finish it is an awesome read. Great characters and you become invested in them. Add this to your series to read!!

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    More whimsical than a fairy licking a kittens face

    Seriously, these books make you urinate glorious hues of wonderment, and will make your flatulence smell of boysenberry. Reading this book will grant you momentary invisibility and the power of future sight. Waste not these gifts...

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