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Dreams of Steel (1990)

av Glen Cook

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Serier: Books of the South (2), Chronicles of the Black Company (5)

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Dreams of Steel is Book 5 in Glen Cook's fantasy masterpiece, The Chronicles of the Black Company. Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors--determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost. But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder--competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals. Meanwhile, far away, Shadowmasters conspire against one another and the world, weaving dark spells that reach into the heart of Taglios. And in a hidden grove, a familiar figure slowly awakens to find himself the captive of an animated, headless corpse. Mercilessly cutting through Taglian intrigues, Lady appears to be growing stronger every day. All that disturbs her are the dreams which afflict her by night--dreams of carnage, of destruction, of universal death, unceasing...… (mer)
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This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission. Title: Dreams of Steel Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company Author: Glen Cook Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Genre: SFF Pages: 383 Format: Kindle digital edition Synopsis: The Lady must pull together a whole new Black Company, as most of the group gathered in the last book were beaten. With Croaker out of the picture, she must fulfill the obligation to the Taglians and take down the Shadowmasters, her former apprentices known as the Taken. Problem is, the Taglian leaders don't want her, or the Black Company, around any longer; and a Death Cult gets involved and tries to make the Lady the death goddess's avatar; and the Shadowmasters play their games against the Lady and each other. "It's complicated" only scratches the surface! My Thoughts: Spoilers Ahead Matey's! Thankfully, we learn relatively early on that Croaker's not dead, but being held captive by the Lady's sister, a Taken and now a Shadowmaster named, Catcher? I can't keep track of which Taken is which much less when they start with the whole new identity thing and switch it all up. Needless to say, I'm glad he's alive even if he played a very small part in this book. I really wish I had read these back in the day when I was part of the SFBC. These books make Steven Erikson's whole Malazan Book of the Fallen series look like the bloated up pompous bag of wind that they turned into in the last 3 books. The Black Company books are superior in almost every way and as a bonus, I get answers. Well, I guess late to the Black Company party is better than never. The reveal at the end, about the Lady's child, was almost so not there that I had to read the couple of paragraphs a couple of times to make sense of it. Little things like that are why I prefer an omniscient narrator style instead of the unreliable. But it fits with the whole tone of the series and Cook writes it so it isn't clunky, choppy or distracting. Finally, I enjoy Cook's writing. I don't skim. Anything. It is interesting and he does a great job of hiding little nuggets of info among otherwise random things. It is kind of fun actually. All the battles, fighting and magic make it ok too *wink* " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Not really a review, just a note to self.
I dropped the series somewhere along this book. It's not that I didn't like it. I loved the writing since book one all the way up till now. However, things have slowly become less interesting as I keep reading - and maybe it's just that I lost the initial interest, but I can't be bothered to pick this series up again right now. I am left with the annoying mystery of the true history of the Black Company, but the trouble of reading through pages on characters I'm not entirely devoted to (i.e. not Croaker or Lady) gives me great pause. Maybe I'll pick it up again because it is a series worth reading. But just not right now. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
Not really a review, just a note to self.
I dropped the series somewhere along this book. It's not that I didn't like it. I loved the writing since book one all the way up till now. However, things have slowly become less interesting as I keep reading - and maybe it's just that I lost the initial interest, but I can't be bothered to pick this series up again right now. I am left with the annoying mystery of the true history of the Black Company, but the trouble of reading through pages on characters I'm not entirely devoted to (i.e. not Croaker or Lady) gives me great pause. Maybe I'll pick it up again because it is a series worth reading. But just not right now. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
Due to the dramatic ending of the previous book, I had to start Dreams of Steel right away! Although not the best in the series, it is still good and gives us a new perspective into the Black Company.

Unlike all the other books, this book is narrated by Lady, which provides a different perspective for the story. It is interesting to get to know Lady better and learn more about her history and feelings towards Croaker. I am really starting to like her! I enjoy seeing her as a more human character, though she is starting to get her powers back. What I can’t wait to find out is if she reverts back to her old self or if Croaker has been a good enough influence on her. I also like her battle strategies and how she solved the problem of the priests in this book. That was dark!

I found that I am starting to get to know more about the other characters that were introduced in the last book, and I really like Ram because he reminds me of Raven.

Dreams of Steel is a lot slower than all the other ones. I found myself not needing to get through it as quickly as the others. Usually during slower parts there would be One-Eye and Goblin to keep me entertained, but they are not in this novel. However, it is still an intriguing and surprising story so I had to keep going. I’m glad I did because I really liked the ending and after reading that I can’t wait to find out what happens!

Throughout the book you find out more about the new characters who are working with Lady. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say they are some scary and dark characters!

Definitely read this book if you read the others, but just be aware its just a little bit harder to get through.

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  AshleyMiller | Sep 10, 2014 |
I am happy that the Lady proved at least somewhat more interesting as the narrator than she did as the love interest in the previous book. That gave at least some real drama to one of the villains, the cult plot was pretty solid, and while I rolled my eyes really hard at the ongoing "why am I puking every morning? This is so weird" thing, it at least hints at interesting story to come.

I would love to find out what happened next, but it appears the next book may be a rewrite of this time period from a different angle, and I am much less excited about that. So far I'm pretty underwhelmed by the Black Company as a whole - they may not stay in my library. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Dreams of Steel is Book 5 in Glen Cook's fantasy masterpiece, The Chronicles of the Black Company. Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors--determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost. But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder--competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals. Meanwhile, far away, Shadowmasters conspire against one another and the world, weaving dark spells that reach into the heart of Taglios. And in a hidden grove, a familiar figure slowly awakens to find himself the captive of an animated, headless corpse. Mercilessly cutting through Taglian intrigues, Lady appears to be growing stronger every day. All that disturbs her are the dreams which afflict her by night--dreams of carnage, of destruction, of universal death, unceasing...

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