The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night

The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night

by Glen Cook
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The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night by Glen Cook

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?



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429911122
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Instrumentalities of the Night , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 542,804
File size: 1 MB

About 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.


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 Science Fiction 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 science fiction 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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