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The White Rose

av Glen Cook

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Serier: Chronicles of the Black Company (3)

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She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.… (mer)
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I think the second book was better for me, but narrowly. This had all the components to be greater but it lost me slightly near the end. Some facets of the story seemed a little rushed at the end and came out of the blue but maybe I just wasn't paying as much attention as I should have earlier!

Great book though. ( )
  EdwardL95 | Jan 7, 2020 |
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Title: The White Rose Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company Author: Glenn Cook Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Genre: Fantasy Pages: 343 Synopsis: The Black Company, fully thrown in with the White Rose, is hiding out in the desert protected by the Rose's null magic field. Resurrectionists are still hard at work trying to raise the Dominator and the Lady is gathering an unstoppable army to finish off the Black Company and the White Rose. My Thoughts: Enjoyed this and Cutter is still an amusing narrator. A good adventure story that has a semi-happy ending. The Black Company is disbanded at the end, but making one final trip to their origins to drop off the vaunted Chronicles. Cutter and the Lady hook up [no surprise there!] and the White Rose has fulfilled her destiny in dealing with the Dominator. This very much seemed like an ending to a series. I know there are more, but perhaps this was the original trilogy? If I don't like the next book or 2, at least I liked this trilogy. It was good stuff. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I'm not going to write as long a review of this as the first two, but it's a satisfying if somewhat unexpected denouement to the tale. It felt like a faster read than the others, though this is perhaps just my own comfort with the characters and the world Glen Cook has built. And besides, nobody reads the long reviews anyway :)Again we skip many years, miles and events, and are plunged instantly into a setting more fantastic than any we've met before in this series. For which we will come to find there is a good reason, of course. Darling is no longer a shy happy orphan, or a teenage bar wench, she's grown up and into her destiny, and what remains of the Black Company are her faithful companions and protectors still. The setting here grows more otherworldly, but the plot of the main narrative is fairly straightforward and clear. And really, it ends the only way it could have. Like in Shadows Linger, the first person narrative of Croaker is only part of the book, but this time there are two other stories going on instead of one, all three intertwined in almost Cloud Atlas fashion. One character is detailing his exploits (or is he?) while another is writing about the first in letters, while attempting to recreate his footsteps, and all being read by a third. As always, layers upon layers, everywhere you look. ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
The 'Chronicles of the Black Company' just got better and better until the final 'The White Rose'. Very engrossing. ( )
  Foghorn-Leghorn | Jun 5, 2016 |
This was a fascinating look at an area of WWII history I haven't read up on much. Highly dramatic and engrossing, the story of Lilya and her Alexei drew me in something fierce and didn't let me go until the very end.

I really must commend the author on their historical research. This entire book was placed so strongly within the historical narrative that I felt like I was living the breathless times of WWII aerial combat and the tragedy of lost friends. And yet, the book wasn't bogged down in endless facts and figures. The author was able to balance the two beautifully into a very moving and powerful novel.

I adored Alexei's and Lilya's romance. It just shines with so much warmth and passion in such a dark atmosphere. They were wonderful together, both in the cockpit and out of it. I think they complimented each other nicely, Lilya stopping Alexei from diving into a pit of despair and Alexei giving Lilya some realism of war to compliment her ideals. They're able to have horrible arguments and then make up with just as much fervor; to me, that made them all the more realistic and relatable to me. I loved reading them together.

There were times where Lilya seemed a bit too perfect. I can't think of any instances, really, where she displayed a negative quality. But overall, that didn't bother me too much nor did it ruin the story any. I still loved her. There was also an overuse of certain descriptive words that I growled at a few times. I'm pretty sure that by the end of the novel, the reader had "Lilya was beautiful" and "Alexei was handsome" branded into their foreheads. We were definitely not allowed to forget those facts!

What we have here is an outstanding novel of WWII on the Eastern Front. The reader is introduced to a world of war, tragedy, loss, and love through the window of Lilya, Alexei, and their flying family. And while there are a few dings in the works with overuse of certain words and at-times a too perfect heroine, I still found this novel extremely enjoyable. Definitely highly recommended for anyone looking for a WWII drama to enjoy! ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 12, 2016 |
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She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.

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