Shadows Linger (Books of the North Series #2)

Shadows Linger (Books of the North Series #2)

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by Glen Cook
     
 

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Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they

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Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they. If they can survive it.

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From the Publisher
"Timely and timeless…The author of the Black Company series brings a stark realism to his tales of imaginary lands."

Library Journal (starred review) on The Tyranny of the Night

"Complex and compelling…It is a powerful fantasy, combining a fast-moving plot with an introduction into this world of patriarchal schism, greedy churchmen and nobles, and cynical soldiers bent on survival."

VOYA on The Tyranny of the Night

"The thing about Glen Cook is that with The Black Company he 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812508420
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
04/15/1990
Series:
Black Company Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.86(d)

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Chapter One: JUNIPER

All men are born condemned, so the wise say. All suckle the breast of Death.

All bow before that Silent Monarch. That Lord in Shadow lifts a finger. A feather flutters to the earth. There is no reason in His song. The good go young. The wicked prosper. He is king of the Chaos Lords. His breath stills all souls.

We found a city dedicated to His worship, long ago, but so old now it has lost that dedication. The dark majesty of his godhead has frayed, been forgotten by all but those who stand in his shadow. But Juniper faced a more immediate fear, a specter from yesteryear leaking into the present upon a height overlooking the city. And because of that the Black Company went there, to that strange city far beyond the bounds of the Lady's empire.…But this is not the beginning. In the beginning we were far away. Only two old friends and a handful of men we would meet later stood nose-to-nose with the shadow.

Copyright © 1984 by Glen Cook

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From the Publisher
"Timely and timeless…The author of the Black Company series brings a stark realism to his tales of imaginary lands." —Library Journalon The Tyranny of the Night

"Complex and compelling…It is a powerful fantasy, combining a fast-moving plot with an introduction into this world of patriarchal schism, greedy churchmen and nobles, and cynical soldiers bent on survival." —VOYA on The Tyranny of the Night

"The thing about Glen Cook is that with The Black Company he 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

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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Reviewer: Eric Fraga Shadows Linger Review Shadows Linger takes place right where The Black Company left off. After the final battle between the forces of the Empire and the White Rose Resistance, we find the Empire, and its elite force The Black Company victorious, but all is still not at peace in the world, for a malevolent evil stirs once again. The original evil, The Dominator, has started to make his move. While he has been trapped in his tomb, sealed away from the outside world, something has awoken him. He is plotting. Little is known about what he plans to do, but what is known is that the dead are going missing. Graves are being dug up, not for riches of treasure, but for the corpses within. Meanwhile, the Lady, dark ruler of the empire, is having trouble controlling her elite circle of generals, The Ten Who Were Taken. As they betray and sabotage each other, it is to The Black Company that she now turns to in order to achieve her goals. Interestingly enough, this new closeness to the Company has also brought her even closer to Croaker. Perhaps the Company is getting a bit too entangled. So what does it all mean? What is The Dominator planning? What are the Lady's new plans for the empire now that her only threat, the White Rose has been seemingly eliminated? Can hope really be destroyed? And where are Raven and the young girl known as Darling? Well you will just have to read the book to find out! The second part to this thrilling epic tale keeps building upon an already great thing. Cook takes a bit of a turn by telling more small scale tales about separate events happening at the same time, then he brings them all together in some of the most explosive writing I have seen on this scale. Three storylines unite to bring together an amazing climax, followed by deep intrigue and hardship. I suggest it to anyone who enjoyed the first, it is truly worth a read.
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