The Many Deaths of the Black Company

The Many Deaths of the Black Company

by Glen Cook
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Many Deaths of the Black Company 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Swan79 More than 1 year ago
I've never enjoyed being confused more while reading a book than when reading the Black Company series. Glen Cook takes you on a wild ride and one thing you can definitely say is that these books aren't predictable. The character development is outstanding and constantly moving. Old characters die and new characters arrive and then old ones come back and you can't wait to see what is going to happen next. The pace of the Black Company series is all over the place with months and years passing, glossing over major battles and then going into detail in simple conversations. The dark humor had me laughing out loud at times. I've never read a series quite like this one. I recommend this to anyone that loves to lose themselves in a book and always be surprised.
Rkard More than 1 year ago
Even water sleeps but an enemy never rests. Soldiers live and wonder why. The titles explain the core of this latest, last volume of the Chroniques of the Black Company. NOBODY betrays the Black Company and lives to tell of it. The Black company collects its debts in blood and catastrophe no matter how much it has to pay or how many innocents get harmed. Merciless, relentless, eternal in its ever-shifting incarnations, a brotherhood of outcasts. Sleepy will bring ruin to those who destroyed the Black Company and rescue those who were abandoned in Katovar. Her Company but a pathetic gang. But its name is all it needs in a city ruled by chaos and fear of a madwoman. Croaker has grown old beyond his hopes and fears and his Company is dead and dying. But it is the Black Company, it ever rebuilds itself from the brink, to bring disaster to everybody in its path. Armed with new troops and old magics, with old grudges and faces almost as old. Ready to wrap it all up by killing all its foes. Lady is old as evil and its mother, and her hatred makes the Companys' look like nothing. But she has also grown old, ands she wants her lost daughter. Even if she wants her dead. It is the end of the road. And it ends in death. But the Black Company has come back from death before and so have some of its enemies. This time it will make sure none of them are left behind to plague it again. Even if everybody has to die. A great and sad work of Glen Cook to conclude a long and eventful saga.
ArgentSun More than 1 year ago
--- Spoiler Free --- Having finished this book, I can say that Cook went a little downhill in his later works in the series. The last ombibus is certainly not a boring book - but it's not as good as the first one. I think my biggest issue with the last two omnibuses is that most of the characters felt new and foreign to me. Soon after I started the Black Company series, I felt like I new the core of the Company pretty well. The Captain, Goblin, One-Eye, Elmo, Croaker, they all had fairly distinct personalities. As more and more of them died and got replaced by new recruits, I just couldn't imagine them as well. Sleepy, for example, despite her big roles in the last few books, is almost completely foreign to me - her actions are unpredictable. Another issue I have with this omnibus - and the last one for that matter - is the annoying use of deux ex machina. Villains' lives will be spared seemingly just so they can provide a convenient plot twist later on when they escape. And then those same villains will make some stupid mistake. There is some justification provided for those actions, but it's usually pretty shabby. All this being said, this is not a bad book. On a 10-point scale, if the series started off as an 8 (for me), it ended as at least 6-6.5 or so. I don't regret reading it. I guess the fact that I wish it were better means that Cook managed to make it interesting enough for me to care...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ditto what the previous reviewer said. I would only add that if there seems to be less humor in the last two books, that's because in Cook's world people change and grow old realistically. This saga has, for me, always belonged to the story of Croaker and Lady - their story finds about as good a resolution as one could hope for. The whole thing is much, MUCH better than his "Instumentalities of the Night" stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simply amazing addition and finale to the Black Company series. Glen Cook maintains his "no bull" style throughout the whole series, and these books are no exception. Characters are realistic, and can be terrifying and wonderful at the same time. Sometimes, they are enigmatic and mysterious, and other times they show the weaknesses we ourselves have. The plot is riveting as usual, keeping the reader's eyes glued to the page from harrowing encounter to the next, sprinkled with some definite food for thought. This book, and other Black Company books, are great buys for any fantasy enthusiast, and stands at the top of my list easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first 6 books when the came out, then waited years to get closer to Khatovar. I agree with other reviewers about the last 4 except I thought the end was amazingly right for Croaker.
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I agree with other reviews, the Books of the North were more intriguing. My favorite characters were One-Eye and Goblin and their drunk magic battles. The whole series was worth reading and I enjoyed every second of it. Even though the title forshadows what's going to happen, it still bummed me out when certain characters were killed off. Great ending, even left room if a protege author wanted to continue this compelling story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read The Black Company when it first came out in paperback in the 80s. I had to wait for the following books in the series to be written in order to get my hands on them. I would frequently check the book stores for the latest book in the series. All were worth the wait. I've read reviews of people who think they are critics critique the books and thought they absurd. Glen Cook's writing style provides vivid detail and characters so realistic they could walk off the pages of the book. Personally I think his fan base grows with each passing year. I believe the future will see him as one of the great story tellers of our time. I'd really love to see the series made into movies. The character interaction and fight scenes would be enthralling. Glen Cook is one of the few authors I'd like to meet and have a conversation with about his characters.
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ClippedWings More than 1 year ago
Good stuff. A bit depressing at times but I got over it. I think the Books of the North were better just because of the sheer scale of the conflict and how much more interesting and vibrant the characters were. In this last book the focus shifted more to politics rather than war and most of the new characters lacked the appeal of the the old ones.  Still, a very good book overall.
Mocker More than 1 year ago
Powerful finish to the series. I'll miss some of these characters quite a bit.
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