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Welcome to the world of the Instrumentalities of the Night, where imps, demons, and dark gods rule in the spaces surrounding upstart humanity. At the edges of the world stand walls of ice which push slowly forward to reclaim the land for the night. And at the world's center, in the Holy Land where two great religions were born, are the Wells of Ihrain, the source of the greatest magics. Over the last century the Patriarchs of the West have demanded crusades to claim the Wells from the Pramans, the followers of ...

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Overview

Welcome to the world of the Instrumentalities of the Night, where imps, demons, and dark gods rule in the spaces surrounding upstart humanity. At the edges of the world stand walls of ice which push slowly forward to reclaim the land for the night. And at the world's center, in the Holy Land where two great religions were born, are the Wells of Ihrain, the source of the greatest magics. Over the last century the Patriarchs of the West have demanded crusades to claim the Wells from the Pramans, the followers of the Written. Now an uneasy truce extends between the Pramans and the West, waiting for a spark to start the conflict anew.

 

Then, on a mission in the Holy Land, the young Praman warrior Else is attacked by a creature of the Dark-in effect, a minor god. Too ignorant to know that he can never prevail over such a thing, he fights it and wins, and in so doing, sets the terrors of the night against him.

 

As a reward for his success, Else is sent as a spy to the heart of the Patriarchy to direct their attention away from further ventures into the Holy Lands. Dogged by hidden enemies and faithless allies, Else witnesses senseless butchery and surprising acts of faith as he penetrates to the very heart of the Patriarchy and rides alongside their armies in a new crusade against his own people. But the Night rides with him, too, sending two of its once-human agents from the far north to assassinate him.

 

Submerged in his role, he begins to doubt his faith, his country, even his family. As his mission careens out of control, he faces unanswerable questions about his future. It is said that God will know his own, but can one who has slain gods ever know forgiveness?

 

In The Tyranny of the Night, Glen Cook introduces a new fantasy epic for the ages.

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Grab the women and children and run for the hills! Glen Cook, author of the rip-roaring Black Company saga (Water Sleeps, Soldiers Live, et al.) is back with an exciting new fantasy series set in a brutal realm steeped in religious turmoil -- and meddling gods.Living in a world inhabited by ancient entities known as the Instrumentalities of the Night, a group of emperors, kings, and warlords obsessed with world domination conspire on behalf of their gods. After a young Praman captain, Else Tage, battles and kills a supposedly immortal creature of the Night, he is sent on a perilous mission into the heart of the Patriarchy to spy on Patriarch Sublime V, arguably the most powerful and dangerous man in the world. Else's charge is to somehow stop the Patriarch from organizing crusades into the Holy Lands to claim the Wells of Ihrain, the source of the world's greatest magic. Meanwhile, two soultaken warriors, in limbo inside the Realm of the Gods for centuries, are loosed onto the world with one goal: kill Else, the Godslayer. Über-fans of Cook's Black Company novels -- as well as aficionados of epic fantasy sagas like Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, Jennifer Fallon's Hythrun Chronicles, and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time -- are going to devour the Instrumentalities of the Night. Set in a richly historied world (vaguely reminiscent of 12th-century Europe) that is as vast as it is exotic, and populated by a plethora of wildly entertaining characters equal to the misfit mercenaries of the Black Company in both deviousness and unruliness, The Tyranny of the Night is Cook in top form. Paul Goat Allen
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"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

"A complex and compelling tapestry…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, on The Tyranny of the Night

"Cook's talent for combining gritty realism and high fantasy provides a singular edge."

—Library Journal on Water Sleeps

"Cook provides a rich world of assorted races, cultures, and religions; his characters combine the mythic or exotic with the realistic, engaging in absorbing alliances, enmities, and double-crosses."

—Publishers Weekly on Bleak Seasons

"Sheer page-turning fun!"

—Robin McKinley on Bleak Seasons

Library Journal
In a world surrounded by walls of ice, where demons and other creatures of night hold sway over regions unsettled by humans, the Wells of Ihrian stand as the source of all magic and a place sacred to two opposing religions wavering between uneasy truce and outright war. When a warrior of the Pramans, who serve "the Written," defeats a demon of the Dark and, impossibly, survives, he is sent as a spy to the lands of the Patriarchy of the West. There, he faces a crisis of faith and begins to question the very principles that have governed his life. The author of the "Black Company" series (The Black Company; Bleak Seasons; Soldiers Live) brings a stark realism to his tales of imaginary lands. This series opener, with its emphasis on religion and politics, is both timely and timeless and belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765345967
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: Instrumentalities of the Night Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of many novels of fantasy and science fiction, including the bestselling Chronicles of the Black Company series, Glen Cook lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Realistic and compelling

    In the tradition of his 'Black Company' novels, Cook writes outstanding fantasy from the all-too-human participants' point of view. This is not heroic fantasy, where nearly immortal warriors and wizards perform grand miracles. This is as close to real life as fantasy gets. Where nobody is as good, or bad, as everyone thinks. Where good and evil are sometimes a matter of perspective. And where, as in our world, events and history are more a matter of where one was at the time, then any great single act. With rich, consistent histories, Cook creates his world as it is, then lets his characters walk in it. It almost seems that Cook is relating events that actually happened, rather than writing fantasy. His portrayal of characters with very human qualities allow you to root for them, warts and all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Let me start by saying I love Glen Cook. I've read all the Black

    Let me start by saying I love Glen Cook. I've read all the Black Company books and have read quite a few of the Garrett P.I. novels. I cannot recommend those books enough to my friends. This book however, I cannot recommend at all. The litany of names and places with nearly understandable but twisted pronunciations are a huge burden this story bears. There is no need for the complicated names. I forced myself through 489 pages thinking this must get better. It is after all Glen Cook that wrote this! This is putting me to sleep. The story is somewhat interesting, however I cannot get past the strange naming conventions. It sadly ruins what might be an ok story otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    A interesting read

    The story has a wide range of characters that can be confusing. The hero does not take front row center but is almost drowned out by the supporting character to the point that there are many heroes that fade in and out. This makes it difficult to follow the story line. I stuck with it and did enjoy the story and also read the second. It is more direct but still has the supporting characters fading in and out to the point that you are not sure the direction that the story will go. What makes this story is it concept which I think can make a real epic if the author doesn't kill it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Interestinng and different

    This book was sort of a struggle to read for me. I had just finished reading the complete black company series and related books and was hungering for more of Glen Cook. I found this book and series. It was a very slow read and not at all what im used to in fantasy, i had to force myself to read through it. However, towards the end i became very excited. All of a sudden i started to understand things better inthe book and make connections. There is a LOT of foreshadowing and mystery in plot. Also, this fantasy focuses more on politics and strategy and real world problems in a fantasy world rather than the fantasy world itself and heroic deeds and such. I would definitely suggest this bookto read, but with a more open and inquisitive mind than i had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    A Master Craftsman

    Glen Cook is truly a master of this genre. In only a few pages he creates detailed worlds that would take lesser authors a thousand pages. This is a great fantasy read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great fantasy

    For the past century, the Patriarchs of the West have sent crusaders to claim the Wells of Ihrain and the surrounding holy land as there right under God. The Wells, the source of all magic, are controlled by the Pramans. An uneasy truce exists but everyone expects that to be broken soon once Patriarch Sublime V decides it is time to try again......................... Naive Praman Captain Else Tage battles a brogan Tyranny of the Night; shockingly not knowing he cannot triumph, he kills an immortal God. The impossible has happened; a human has killed an invincible supernatural creature. Else¿s reward is a new mission. He is sent to the West to prevent Patriarch Sublime V from organizing the next crusade. However, in the Realm of the Gods, the immortals are shaken by Else¿s blasphemy. He must die as an example that humans must remain in their accepted places. Two soulless warriors, prisoners of the Gods for centuries, are given a chance for atonement. They must kill the traveling Godslayer. .................. The opening entry in The Instrumentalities of the Night Saga is a fantastic fantasy that combines plenty of action with introducing the readers to this realm reminiscent of the medieval crusades world. The fast-paced story line begins the epic journey of Else, but does it with a backdrop of warring religions and realms with supernatural creatures so that though a new world is created for the audience to journey within, the tale never slows down to do so nor neglects the key characters especially the heroic bewildered raw Godslayer. The author cooks up a fantastic epic fantasy with a clear antiwar message that will have his audience hungering for more............. Harriet Klausner

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