Dreams of Steel (Books of the South Series #2)

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Dreams of Steel is Book 5 in Glen Cook's fantasy masterpiece, The Chronicles of the Black Company.

 

Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors—determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost.

 

But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds ...

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Overview

Dreams of Steel is Book 5 in Glen Cook's fantasy masterpiece, The Chronicles of the Black Company.

 

Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors—determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost.

 

But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder—competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals.

 

Meanwhile, far away, Shadowmasters conspire against one another and the world, weaving dark spells that reach into the heart of Taglios. And in a hidden grove, a familiar figure slowly awakens to find himself the captive of an animated, headless corpse.

 

Mercilessly cutting through Taglian intrigues, Lady appears to be growing stronger every day. All that disturbs her are the dreams which afflict her by night—dreams of carnage, of destruction, of universal death, unceasing...

The Company is decimated, the Lady is in command, a sinister cult offers alliance, and the Shadowmasters still scheme--against each other and the world. Can the Company survive? Hard-edged and heartstopping adventure from a master of fantasy.

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"Sheer page-turning fun—indeed, sometimes I turned the pages so quickly in the heat of adventure that I had to turn back again to see what actually happened!"

—Robin McKinley, author of The Hero and the Crown

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812502107
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/15/1990
  • Series: Black Company Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,441,960
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1944, Glen Cook grew up in northern California, served in the U.S. Navy, attended the University of Missouri, and was one of the earliest graduates of the well-known "Clarion" workshop SF writers. Since 1971 he has published a large number of SF and fantasy novels, including the "Dread Empire" series, the occult-detective "Garrett" novels, and the very popular "Black Company" sequence that began with the publication of The Black Company in 1984. Among his SF novels is A Passage at Arms.

After working many years for General Motors, Cook now writes full-time. He lives near St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife Carol.

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Chapter One

Many months have passed. Much has happened and much has slipped from my memory. Insignificant details have stuck with me while important things have gotten away. Some things I know only from third parties and more I can only guess. How often have my witness perjured themselves?

It did not occur to me, till this time of enforced inactivity befell me, that an important tradition was being overlooked, that no one was recording the deeds of the Company. I dithered then. It seemed a presumption for me to take up the pen. I have no training. I am no historian nor even much of a writer. Certainly I don't have Croaker's eye or ear or wit.

So I shall confine myself to reporting facts as I recall them. I hope the tale is not too much colored by my own presence within it, nor by what it has done to me.

With that apologia, herewith, this addition to the Annals of the Black Company, in the tradition of Annalists before me, the Book ok Lady.

—Lady, Annalist, Captain

Copyright © 1990 by Glen Cook

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    Dreams of Steel Review

    Reviewer: Eric Fraga
    Dreams of Steel Review
    The Company is in disarray. Their leader, Croaker, has been kidnapped by Soul Catcher, an ex-member of The Ten Who Were Taken, and The Lady's sister. The leaderless company must now turn to the only other person who has experience leading such a massive army. This person is none other than The Lady, former ruler of the evil Empire of old. Having fallen in love with Croaker, she seeks nothing more than to punish those whom she believes took him, the Shadow Masters. These mysterious wizards know of The Lady's former power, but they also know that it is gone (or is it?). They know now is the time to strike, to take out The Lady and The Company before she becomes more like her former self.
    As for Soul Catcher and the kidnapped Croaker: What are they planning? Croaker is held captive and Soul Catcher thought dead. What could this result in? Will Croaker reunite with the Lady and continue their too short lived romance? And what is this talk of the Canyon of The Glittering Stone? Give the story a read to find out.
    This is the most unique of the novels written by Glen Cook, as it is written through the voice of The Lady, former employer, enemy, and now leader of The Black Company. You really get to know this interesting character in this tale. Further, we learn a great deal about the history behind the magic and madness of the world. I couldn't put this one down. It gives fans of the series everything they have grown to love: Magic, Swords, Battles, Politics, and Twists. I highly recommend it.

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