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The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1) (urspr publ 1984; utgåvan 1992)

av Glen Cook

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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 prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her... So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age--Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.… (mer)
Medlem:patswanson
Titel:The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1)
Författare:Glen Cook
Info:Tor Fantasy, Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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This in a strange way reminded me of the Prince Roger series by John Ringo. But in this series the murder is called evil instead of good with no pretense of virtue by the soldiers. They are killers, stone cold killers and get paid for it. The characters are tissue thin and the dialog is cadged from b-movies but there is something very inventive about the setting. Given that its the first book by a long time author, I'll probably give some fo the sequels a go. One thing I love is seeing author's get better through successive books. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
This is a classic of fantasy as a genre. Not a Conan classic, or a Leibner classic, or even a Tolkien classic.

Cook is in the stable with Wolfe as an author that other authors read and were heavily influenced by.

This series is his most original, and it is [i]different.[/i] It is a "From the trenches" view of someone else's epic fantasy, the tale of a mercenary company who takes a contract- and then finds out they took the contract of a mythical, cyclic great evil.

This opening book is in some ways the weakest of the series- it is less focused, the voice of the narrator less developed, more time is spent fleshing the world out a bit- but at the same time all the key elements are present.

The conceit of the novels is that the Black Company, last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, uniquely maintains a set of Annals recording their deeds, their enlistments, their contracts, and their history. The Company is a Foreign Legion for hire- your past dies when you join the Company, but the only way out of the Company is feet-first. The Annals are the immortality of its brotherhood, and more importantly (implied but not shown) make the Company far more professional and competent than those they fight, serving as a combination of Officer's Manual/Scouts Handbook for its members. No matter the situation, the Company has seen something before- and this is how they survived.

In this book, Croaker, physician of the Company- a fully trained medic- has become the Annalist. As a man of education, he reveres the Annals and makes a point of taking down everything, in narrative format, as a rejection of the terse style of his immediate predecessors. The Company is hired by a strange legate of a foreign power; which then reveals itself as one of the Ten Who Were Taken, servants of the Lady in her bid to re-establish the Domination after escaping from their centuries-long living entombment by the White Rose in the Barrowland of the far north. The Sons of the White Rose are everywhere, rising up and waging a war on the Lady's nascent empire, and the Company are just the kind of weapon the Taken can use to rout out such fanatics.

If that doesn't sound awesome, why read fantasy? ( )
  BrainFireBob | Jan 25, 2021 |
I loved the prose for the most part. While there was some overuse of certain verbs (e.g., giggle), overall it flowed nicely. I enjoyed the premise - the grand sweeping battle of good and evil as seen by the grunt on the front lines with little personal stake.

I'm torn on the morality. There seemed to be a few things thrown in just to demonstrate how grimdark the world is. To me, that's never really acceptable. Be grimdark, but with a purpose/point. Otherwise you're just being a middleschooler playing a grossout game. But instances of this were pretty few and there were a lot of well done examples. The plot went back and forth on who was 'Good' and who was 'Bad.' This is something that fantasy doesn't do well or do often, so I found it a refreshing bit of complexity, but as the Black Company are just hired goons, they aren't really the movers and shakers of the plot, and as such, I felt less invested.

There's no exposition worldbuilding dumps, but there's also a lot of action that takes place off screen and a lot of missing context. This book seemed to swing too far in the opposite direction, proving a bit too little rather than too much. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
Boring and long winded prose with no interesting characters or plot points. Pass. ( )
  jerame2999 | Nov 14, 2020 |
Interesting style and initially fast-paced with an aura of superheroism to it. After 3/4 of the way I found it dragging and tedious however. Upon second-reading I enjoyed it more. The only downside I noticed was that the writing style can be confusing in it's structure. I'll read the next book in the series and maybe this won't be the case. ( )
  briandarvell | Aug 7, 2020 |
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No one will sing songs in our memory. We are the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar. Our traditions and memories live only in these Annals. We are our only mourners.
"Evil is relative, Annalist. You can't hang a sign on it. You can't touch it or taste it or cut it with a sword. Evil depends on where you are standing, pointing your indicting finger."
I am not religious. I cannot conceive of gods who would give a damn about humanity’s frothy carryings-on. I mean, logically, beings of that order just wouldn’t. But maybe there is a force for greater good, created by our unconscious minds conjoined, that becomes an independent power greater than the sum of its parts. Maybe, being a mind-thing, it is not time-bound. Maybe it can see everywhere and everywhen and move pawns so that what seems to be today’s victory becomes the cornerstone of tomorrow’s defeat.
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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 prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her... So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age--Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company.

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