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When sorcerers and demigods go to war, those wars are fought by mercenaries, "dog soldiers," grunts in the trenches. And the stories of those soldiers are the stories of Glen Cook's hugely popular "Black Company" novels. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books. There is nothing else in fantasy like them. Now, at last, Cook brings the "Glittering Stone" cycle within the Black Company series to an end ... but an end with many other tales left to tell. As Soldiers Live opens, Croaker is military dictator of all the Taglias, and no Black Company member has died in battle for four years. Croaker figures it can't last. He's right. For, of course, many of the Company's old adversaries are still around. Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter--actually the offspring of Croaker and the Lady--hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls. Other old enemies like Shadowcatcher, Longshadow, and Howler are also ready to do the Company harm. And much of the Company is still recovering from the fifteen years many of them spent in a stasis field. Then a report arrives of an evil spirit, a forvalaka, that has taken over one of their old enemies. It attacks them at a shadowgate--setting off a chain of events that will bring the Company to the edge of apocalypse and, as usual, several steps beyond.… (mer)
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Title: Soldiers Live
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company #10
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 528
Format: Kindle digital edition


Synopsis:

The Final Chapter of the Black Company. The Company has made their home in the new world, but nobody wants to stay. Not the company, not the people of the world. So between Sleepy and Croaker, the Black Company once again invades their "homeworld."

But Kina, Shivetya and the Lady's Sister are still around and still plotting. Is the Black Company the people we have come to know in the last 10 books, or is the Black Company an idea that mutates and changes across time and across worlds?



My Thoughts:


What a fitting end to this series. All of the characters we have come to know meet an appropriate end for the Black Company. Which means that about 9/10th's of them die.

That brings up the first thing that I appreciated about this series. Cook walks the razor thin line of making us care for and like particular characters and still making them meet the problems that they face without the assurance that they will survive. Cook doesn't introduce characters JUST to make them die but neither is anyone a Luke, Han or Leia.


The worlds go on. I like a happily ever after, but until the End of Days and the Judgement Day, I know that just won't happen. It is good to see how humans strive and continue to fight. I wouldn't like a steady diet of this bleak outlook but I do appreciate the reminder that life is tough and people we love do die.


Cook is also very deft with his philosophizing through his characters. Instead of being beat over the head, we get quick slaps to the back of the head. A little sting just to remind us.


Finally, the story. Cook took us through a journey that spanned worlds where we were only expecting towns. Powers and Prophecies came and went, people rose and fell and through it all the Black Company existed. In different shapes, in different forms, with many purposes but always surviving. I loved reading this series and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in this world.

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1 rösta BookstoogeLT | Jan 10, 2017 |
the best of the later books, but it introduces some very interesting characters half way through the book that I wish had arrived earlier. Essentially wraps up the major story line contained in books 4-7, but leaves a small escape for a continuation later on. ( )
  davidpauly1105 | Jul 20, 2016 |
some parts seem not so inspired in style, but then i prefer Murgen's writing style to Croaker's, and this book is all Croaker's, make no mistake. whole lot of deaths ensue, and the end of an era for the Black Company. and Croaker's surprisingly and endearingly forthcoming about his views on his late-blooming family life. the ending is absolutely perfect; the historian makes his intricate arrangements, plays them out in an elegant sequence, and in the arranged result many of his lines, from both the annals and his graffiti, finally end up true. just in case no more books in this series come along, this wraps up everything quite nicely. ( )
  macha | May 19, 2014 |
I picked up Soldiers Live mostly to sooth my completionist tendencies - I'm not the biggest fan of The Black Company. And Soldiers Live didn't surprise. It is long, tedious, depressing, and poorly plotted. However, it gets an extra star for the ending, which was a) actually a surprise and b) quite a satisfying ending to the long-dragged-out chronicle of Croaker. I am content to believe this is the end of the series, whatever Wikipedia claims, because while Cook could no doubt continue dragging the company around on further adventures, all the characters I care about are dead or retired, and I didn't care about them all that much in the first place. So I am done. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
My major complaint about Glen Cook and his writing is that he has a horribel way of killing off major characters. Almost all of the major characters we have been dealing with up to this point are killed in this book. I don't know if Cook felt he had too many characters to deal with or what, but characters like Murgen, Thai Dei, Uncle Doj and Sleepy are all killed with very little description and it's always mentioned after the fact. Some skirmish or battle happens we don't really get a description of their role in said skirmish and the next thing you know it's casually mentioned that they are no more. The same thing happened with Willow Swan, Blade, Sarah and many others. It drives me nuts as they were integral parts of the books up and then all of a sudden by the way they're dead with very little explanation! Other than this I have no real complaints, however this was just a major issue for me. ( )
  trinibaby9 | Nov 24, 2009 |
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When sorcerers and demigods go to war, those wars are fought by mercenaries, "dog soldiers," grunts in the trenches. And the stories of those soldiers are the stories of Glen Cook's hugely popular "Black Company" novels. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books. There is nothing else in fantasy like them. Now, at last, Cook brings the "Glittering Stone" cycle within the Black Company series to an end ... but an end with many other tales left to tell. As Soldiers Live opens, Croaker is military dictator of all the Taglias, and no Black Company member has died in battle for four years. Croaker figures it can't last. He's right. For, of course, many of the Company's old adversaries are still around. Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter--actually the offspring of Croaker and the Lady--hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls. Other old enemies like Shadowcatcher, Longshadow, and Howler are also ready to do the Company harm. And much of the Company is still recovering from the fifteen years many of them spent in a stasis field. Then a report arrives of an evil spirit, a forvalaka, that has taken over one of their old enemies. It attacks them at a shadowgate--setting off a chain of events that will bring the Company to the edge of apocalypse and, as usual, several steps beyond.

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