The Black Company pdf book is a series of dark fantasy books written by American author Glen Cook. The series combines elements of epic fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, the Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four-hundred-year history.
The Black Company pdf Book Summary by Glen Cook
Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead. Until the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her.
The Black Company pdf Book Author – Glen Cook
Glen Cook author of The Black Company pdf book was born in New York City. Cook served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1972 and specifically was attached, for a time, to a Marine Force Recon unit, the 3rd Marine Battalion. During his time attached to the Force Recon Unit, Cook participated in what he called “practice combat”, and left active duty, “a month before [the unit] shipped out to Viet Nam”. He later worked his way through college. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was “hard to learn, but [involved] almost no mental effort”, writing as many as three books per year. Cook wrote The Black Company, a novel published by Tor Fantasy, in May 1984. It began a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company) following an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2016, it comprises the novels published in three subseries 1984–85, 1989–90, and 1996–2000, plus recent short fiction.
The Black Company pdf Book Information
- Publisher : Tor Fantasy (March 15, 1992)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812521390
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812521399
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.86 x 9.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,069 in Military Fantasy (Books)
- #5,162 in Dark Fantasy
- #7,014 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
- Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars 720 ratings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with great characters, just wish they were a bit longer
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
I enjoyed this book so much that I’m now neck deep in the series.
If you’re a fan of the Malazan series, then you should really give this one a shot and see what you think. If you enjoyed following Fiddler and the Bonehunters, then you’ll probably feel at home following the Black Company pdf book in their escapades. It has the same militaristic feel to it, along with secret plots, back stabbing, epic battles, magic, and all in a much smaller scope than the Malazon series.
The story is told primarily from the perspective of Croaker, the company physician and annalist, and it appears that the story is essentially being told from the annals. Any time the story is being told in first person, you know it is from Croaker’s point of view. Everyone else is referred to in third person, which I really appreciate because it helps you keep track of who you are following and what’s currently going on.
It’s a somewhat simple story in scope, at least in comparison to other Epic Fantasy novels (Wheel of Time, Malazan Book of the Fallen) but I quickly came to appreciate the smaller scope of the story. The series is still deep enough to be enticing, but not so deep that you get lost at every turn trying to make sense of it all. You don’t really get any of the “fluff” either that longer books have big chunks of (or in some cases, entire books filled with fluff.)
I love the story, I love the characters, my only complaint really is that I wish they were a bit longer. I’m chewing through these books so fast, but enjoying every minute of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn’t get any better than this
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2001
Before I get into this review, let me say the following to those who’ve commented that Glen Cook is no Robert Jordan:
Thank goodness! Some might find Cook’s writing style sparse, but as a reader, I find 8-paragraph descriptions of bedrooms to be insulting. Cook doesn’t waste your time with frills. There isn’t a single sentence in this book that you can get away with skipping.
I just finished reading The Black Company pdf book for at least the tenth time. Every time another installment in the series comes out, I start with The Black Company and work my way through the entire series. Not out of worry for preserving plot continuity (you really can pick the series up anywhere without being too lost), but because they’re just that good.
Coming to Cook straight from Robert Jordan, I was originally thrown off-balance by the dark nature of our protagonists. But I soon realized that that’s just about the whole point of the series: you can’t divide the world into “good” and “evil.” We *want* to believe the Black Company to be the good guys, but we just can’t. We *want* to believe the Lady to be the ultimate evil, but it turns out that she’s not. Cook doesn’t waste words with his character development, but these people are real in a way that most other fantasy characters aren’t: you can’t pin them down. Nobody is either purely good or purely evil.
The plot is weak. But only in the sense that every plot involving an empire and a rebel is weak. Let’s face it: we’ve seen that all before. There’s an empire? And there’s a rebellion against the empire? Not really ground-breaking. But the sub-plots (Soulcatcher vs. Limper, for example) add a breath of freshness that keeps the story from growing stale.
A final word to the Jordanians out there: If you’re looking to start reading about the Black Company, don’t start with this novel. I’d recommend starting with either Bleak Seasons or She Is the Darkness (both of which feature a different narrator and writing style). They’re far from the best of the series, but many people find them a more comfortable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from most fantasy. And that’s a good thing.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2002
I’ve been reading fantasy on and off for years now and was frankly getting a little tired of the genre. But I read this book with delight.
Unlike most other “dark fantasy,” this book managed to walk the marvelous line of maintaining likeable characters; I never felt ham-handedly manipulated or jerked around, and I never wanted to throw the book down in disgust (like I do when I read, for example, George R.R. Martin, whose idea of “dark fantasy” is “Haha, you like that character? I KEEL HIM!”)
The plots were clever and relatively original; the author communicated a real sense of the personalities of all the major characters, and they moved in a world that felt “real.” The book was good enough to suspend my disbelief; it got me and took me in.
The closest parallels in tone I can think of are perhaps the old Fritz Leiber Lankhmar books, or what the Theives’ World series wanted to be but didn’t manage. Maybe some of the earlier, better Michael Moorcock stories.
Is this book as polished as some of the stuff that’s coming out now? No. Heck, there isn’t even a map, much less detailed historical accuracy in the weapons, or completely invented languages, or whatever else. That’s not what this is; it’s closer in spirit to Robert E. Howard than it is to Robert Jordan. A little primitive; a little rough around the edges. But good, worth reading, and unique.
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