Soldiers Live



[Ebook] ➩ Soldiers Live By Glen Cook – E17streets4all.co.uk Glen Cook is the leading modern writer of epic fantasy noir, tales of magical warfare and intrigue as seen, not from the commanding heights of the great generals and wizards, but from the eyes of the Glen Cook is the leading modern writer of epic fantasy noir, tales of magical warfare and intrigue as seen, not from the commanding heights of the great generals and wizards, but from the eyes of the soldiers and mercenaries who do their bidding and scramble to survive Tough, astonishing, and often very funny, Cook s saga of the Black Company is like nothing else in modern fantasyNow at last Cook concludes the Glittering Stone cycle within the larger Black Company series, giving us one of his strongest, most memorable novels yetAs Soldiers Live opens, no Black Company member has died in battle for four years Croaker figures it can t last He s rightFor, of course, many of the Company s old adversaries are still around Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter actually the offspring of Croaker and Lady hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls Other old enemies like 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 fieldThen a report arrives of an old enemy newly active again 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.Soldiers Live

Glen Cook was born in New York City, lived in southern Indiana as a small child, then grew up in Northern California After high school he served in the US Navy and attended the University of Missouri He worked for General Motors for years, retiring some years ago He started writing short stories in th grade, had several published in a high school literary magazine He began writing with malicious intent to publish in , eventually producing books and a number of short fiction pieces He met his wife of years while attending the Clarion Writer s Workshop in He has three sons army officer, architect, orchestral musician and numerous grandchildren, all of whom but one are female He is best known for his Black Company series, which has appeared in languages worldwide His other series include Dread Empire and and the Garrett, PI series His latest work is Working God s Mischief, fourth in the Instrumentalities of the Night series.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader one of his strongest, most memorable novels yetAs Soldiers Live opens, no Black Company member has died in battle for four years Croaker figures it can t last He s rightFor, of course, many of the Company s old adversaries are still around Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter actually the offspring of Croaker and Lady hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls Other old enemies like 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 fieldThen a report arrives of an old enemy newly active again 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."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 576 pages
  • Soldiers Live
  • Glen Cook
  • English
  • 01 May 2019

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  1. says:

    Buddy reread with the clueless new mercenary recruits Elena, Mark and Maria over at BB B Under the wicked supervision of our Ever Stalking Black Company Overlord ESBCO , of course Previous rating 20 million stars A pathetic rating if there ever was one.New rating 25 million stars Muchappropriate, methinks.In the night, when the wind dies and silence rules the place of glittering stone, I remember And they all live again.Soldiers live And wonder whyAnd the moral of t Buddy reread with the clueless new mercenary recruits Elena, Mark and Maria over at BBB Under the wicked supervision of our Ever Stalking Black Company Overlord ESBCO , of course Previous rating 20 million stars A pathetic rating if there ever was one.New rating 25 million stars Muchappropriate, methinks.In the night, when the wind dies and silence rules the place of glittering stone, I remember And they all live again.Soldiers live And wonder whyAnd the moral of this reread is this book might possibly be the best final instalment in a series in the history of best final instalments in a series Maybe Perhaps I mean, it s kinda sorta beautiful It s non stop action It s deliciously dark It s packed with Prime High Security Harem Material It s oh bloody stinking fish of the murderous shrimp I didn t see that one coming It s nerve wrackingly intense and intensely never wracking It s hahahahaha It s bloody shrimping heartbreaking All in all, one might say Soldiers Live might possibly be a work of pure brilliance Maybe Perhaps And the other moral of this reread is Glen Cook, thank thee ever so much for turning me into a pathetically pathetic emotional wreck I shall be forever full of grate and stuff Now excuse me while I go fetch my little self a much needed restorative and stuff Original review This is the Last Instalment in the Series Sob Sob Sob Buddy Read TitLIitSSSSBR with my fellow mercenaries Evasive, Slowpoke and Cleaver Actual rating 20 million stars Yeah, that sounds about right.I m okay This was the last instalment in the best series that ever was and ever will be, but I m okay It s not like I m in mourning or anything Oh no And it s not like my life has been nothing but despair, gloom, sorrow and emptiness since I finished reading this Mostest Gloriousest Piece of Fantastically Fantastic Fantasy MGPoFFF fairly interesting story Certainly not And I m not suffering from the biggest book hangover in the history of book hangovers, either Hell no I m a former nefarious breeder of murderous crustaceans, for shrimp s sake I am strong and ruthless, have no heart, don t give a damn about ridiculous fictional characters, and hate all the books I read So I really couldn t care less that this insignificant little series called The Chronicles of the Black Company just came to an end Nope nope nope Not me I ain t no silly wimp, Little Barnacles In case you were wondering yes, Lady would definitely approve of this cute pinky gif Because after the pony was done crying his her its heart out, she d sever his her its head and mount it on a spike.So Now that we ve established what a tough, cold blooded ruler of shrimps I am view spoiler hide spoiler , let s get on with the Fascinating Non Review FNR you have all been eagerly waiting for waves at Evasive Okay There are so many things I could tell you about this book in particular and this series in general that I wouldn t know where to start But I m super clever and stuff, so I know exactly how to go about it instead of trying to figure out what to tell you about this book, I am going to write a tiny view spoiler hide spoiler list of the things I could have told you about this book, but won t Doesn t make sense Good It shouldn t By the way, this tiny view spoiler hide spoiler list also serves as a recap for those poor souls who were unlucky enough not to read my reviews for the previous instalments in this Slightly Awesome Series SAS You re welcome. I will NOT repeat for the umpteenth time tell you that this series is the best I have ever read in the entirety of my entire life No, I will not I will NOT repeat for the umpteenth time tell you that this series is pure, total and utter perfection No, I will not I will NOT repeat for the umpteenth time tell you that every single freaking instalment in this freaking series isintergalactically mind blowing than the last No, I will not view spoiler Okay, so book 3.5 was whispers crap, but I m pretending it never existed And book 8 was a bit disappointing, but compare it to 99% of books out there, and it deserves an 8 star rating So there hide spoiler this spoiler only exists in your imagination. I will NOT repeat for the umpteenth time tell you that Glen Cook is a god, that I have built a shrine to his glory in my living room, and that worship him 24 7 No, I will not And last but absolutely NOT least, I will NOT, under absolutely no circumstance, fangirl about this book, this series, or Glen Cook Hell No Who do you take me for, anyway An immature, 14 year old harebrained nitwit view spoiler What Were you expecting a hidden, silly fangirling gif somewhere around here Ha Got you there You re so much fun to play around with, my Little Barnacles I am highly entertained hide spoiler Oh, and by the way view spoiler Hahaha I m so funny sometimes, I crack my little self up. hide spoiler.Alrighty Are we clear on the things I will NOT tell you about Good Now let s tackle the list of things you wish I wouldn t tell you about because you have better things to do with your silly lives, but which I will tell you about anyway, because I m annoying like that So This is going to be a tiny view spoiler hide spoiler list of Slightly Fascinating Things about this Slightly Awesome Instalment SFTatSAI , which means you are bound to be Slightly Fascinated So there is no reason for you to complain like bad tempered, old, heavily wrinkled spinsters My Croaker The best narrator that ever was and ever will be He s old not getting any younger He s grumpy He s cranky He s deliciously snarky And I am very slightly in love with him view spoiler Please don t tell My Murgen I said that, he doesn t really get that whole polygamy thing Weird, I know hide spoiler My main problem here is that, after reading this book, I m no longer sure what type of undying love My Croaker awakens in me Do I want to kidnap him and lock him up in my hot dudes sex slaves interesting male characters harem, or do I want him to adopt me so I can call him Pop I d say both, but that might freak out some of theinnocent Little Barnacles among you, so I won t Lady view spoiler hide spoiler All Hail the Freaking Queen The greatest female character ever created All those silly male friends of mine who have read this book and are naive enough to claim Lady as theirs are really quite hilarious, by the way Lady is MINE, and my dear male friends that shall not be named should know much better than try and steal her from me This ain t no fight you can win, silly little boys Lady fell for me and my nefarious ways the moment we met Our love was meant to be Besides, she and I share the same Off with their Heads Obsession OwtHO Don t believe me Look what she got me for my birthday Mostest perfectest gift from the mostest perfectest woman Sigh I am SO in love Glen Cook is a god QED The Girls of Cook No one, and I mean NO ONE, writes women characters like Glen Cook The God GCTG Especially the wicked, devious, cunning, evil, bloodthirsty, vengeful ones Aka 99% of the female characters in this series It s glorious It s amazing It s fantastic It s wondrous It s extraordinary It s miraculous It s brilliantly brilliant And stuff Machiavellian Schemes, Inc Backstabbing Central Traitor s Paradise Trickery Deception Outfoxing the foxes Everyone trying to screw everyone else over Such beauty I have no words insert dreamy look here Glen Cook is a god QED Magic carpets and flying posts White crows Black crows Real crows Not so real crows The greatest collection of weird creatures and things and stuff that ever was Magic and power and power and magic Vindictive gods and penis necklace wearing goddesses Shadows Lots of shadows And glittering stones Yeah, that too Everybody dying Cook went on such a rampage in this one I ended up fearing for my poor little life I swear, the guy has no mercy He s probably a repressed, perverted homicidal maniac or something I can just imagine him writing this story and getting all giddy at the thought of viciously disposing of yet another unsuspecting character.Yep, that s Glen Cook alright It really is a miracle anyone anything came out of this book alive Glen Cook is a god QED The mostest absolutest perfectest book ending in the history of book endings I am in awe I am stunned I am completely, utterly and totally knocked out by the sheer, absolute, pure brilliance of it all GAH GAH GAH GAH GAH And GAH, too Warning The following quote might quite possibly be a tinsy bit spoilerish Kinda Sorta But I LUUURRVE it SO MUCH I can t bring myself to hide it behind silly spoiler tags So read it at your own risk and stuff Memory is immortality of a sort In the night, when the wind dies and silence rules the place of glittering stone, I remember And they all live again Soldiers live And wonder why.GAH GAH GAH GAH GAH And GAH, too And SOB SOB SOB as well Saying this book series MGPoFFF is EPIC SHIT doesn t even begin to cover it This is the stuff of legends, Little Barnacles You ve never read anything as intergalactically amazing as this, Little Barnacles Glen Cook is a god QED I shall from now on go on a yearly Black Company Pilgrimage BCP view spoiler sounds like a drug, doesn t it Very fitting, if you ask me hide spoiler to get my yearly Black Company fix And revel in the deliciously wicked, cunningly devious, and delightfully bloody ways of the Mostest Awesomest Characters MAC to ever roam the book world Oh, and by the way Glen Cook is a god Yeah, that too.Now now now Rejoice and be happy, Little Barnacles This is it I m done telling you and not telling you the captivating things I wanted to tell you and not tell you about this series in general, and this instalment in particular I imagine you are most probably fascinated, enthralled and, quite possibly, mesmerized by the gloriousness of it all So I guess I should just conclude this FNR by telling you toBut I won t Oh no That would be too simple Too nice Too friendly And quite boring, to be honest I think it would be muchfun if I simply threatened to annihilate all fluffy bunnies and cute kitties on the surface of this planet, should you choose NOT toYeah, I think I d like that And I m pretty sure Lady would, too.Bye now.P.S Glen Cook, you better end up writing this and that, like you said you would I might unleash the crustaceans on you if you don t.P.P.S Glen Cook, you better write a prequel to this series I might unleash the crustaceans on you if you don t.P.P.P.P.P.S.S.S.S.S.S oops, I think I forgot something This just in case you missed that gif the first time I posted it You re very welcome. Book 1 The Black Company Book 1.5 Port of Shadows I have no idea where this book came from, or what it s about Pretty sure I never read it. Book 2 Shadows Linger Book 2.2 short story Shaggy Dog Bridge Book 2.3 short story Bone Eaters Book 3 The White Rose Book 3.5 The Silver Spike pretending this one never happened. Book 4 Shadow Games Book 5 Dreams of Steel Book 6 Bleak Seasons Book 7 She Is The Darkness Book 8 Water Sleeps

  2. says:

    This is a buddy read with my Company brothers sisters Cleaver, Erratic, and Slowpoke After all the battles we have been through I would trust any one of them to guard my back in a tight spotSoldiers live He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you re glad he died, and not you Soldiers live, and wonder why No matter how many time I read this, the quote above still gives me chills As you can see one of the main themes of the book is the survivors guilt It is brilliantly devel This is a buddy read with my Company brothers sisters Cleaver, Erratic, and Slowpoke After all the battles we have been through I would trust any one of them to guard my back in a tight spotSoldiers live He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you re glad he died, and not you Soldiers live, and wonder why No matter how many time I read this, the quote above still gives me chills As you can see one of the main themes of the book is the survivors guilt It is brilliantly developed The best annalist of the Company is back old, cranky, but still unmatched There are very few Company members who are still alive by this moment Major people start dying literally on the first couple of lines they were not kidding when they called the last Omnibus of the series The Many Deaths of the Black Company There are quite a few debts to pay to people who double crossed the mercenary band and the Company always pays its debts Always Yes, there are battles to fight, revenge to deliver, and lives to sacrifice I am a big fan of the series Why Let us go back in time when I was young a typical naive youth I loved to read even then, but somehow never bothered with fantasy until the day my friend loaned me Lord of the Rings I started it initially thinking it is a children tale, but theI read theI realized it is anything but And then the ending came I was hit hard and literally could not get it out of my head for three days the modern term is Book Hangover Fast forward quite a few number of years Let me introduce you my adult self disillusioned, bitter, and cynical I stumbled upon The Black Company hunting for non traditional fantasy and was hopelessly addicted from around page 10 of the first book I stuck with the series to the last book and its ending had exactly the same influence on me as Lord of the Rings trilogy a long time ago I could not get it out of my disillusioned, bitter, and cynical head for a while It still haunts me from time to time It is still great during my reread Needless to say, I rate both of these series equally Yes, I said it The Lord of the Rings and The Black Company are equally good even though they are so different they might as well come from authors living in different galaxies Coming back to the last book, it has everything you ever wanted from great fantasy excellent characters with some of them practically becoming my friends, practically non stop action, numerous sad moments as well as humor and nice dialog Add to this some very deep underlying themes and you have a book which can easily survive countless rereads without losing any excitement In case you have not noticed, I am a big fan of the series In fact I exercise all the willpower I can master not to sound like a fanboy WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR, RUN TO THE NEAREST LIBRARY AND GRAB THE SERIES NOW Sorry, my control over my fanboyism slipped for a moment Let me just say the series is the reason I always go straight to letter C in fantasy section of a bookstore People that have read Malazan Book of Fallen take note this one would not exist without The Black Company The latter heavily inspired the former you can find characters inspired by Soulcatcher, Croaker, and the Company itself as a whole I also insist the Cook does some things better than Erikson he really knows how to write tight books without everybody constantly whining about miseries of life and countless plots going nowhere Michael J Sullivan of Riyria Revelations fame also lists the series as one of his all time favorites.I seriously tempted to finish my review with the last couple of lines of this book, but I will not for two reasons 1 Huge spoilers.2 Lack of background with which it does not have the same impact They do have huge impact and play havoc with your emotions, but you will have to take my word for it In case you have not seen it coming ha ha, seriously the rating is 5 rock solid stars To the mercenaries of the Company my friends, you will be missed

  3. says:

    5 A buddy read with the most bad ass mercenaries at the BB B Company What an amazing end to a series that had me on a military march from book one in the North, to the wilds of the South and the brinks of the Glittering Stones Plain Croaker, Lady, Catcher, One Eye and Goblin became my friends, family, comrades in arms Even favorite enemies will leave me with an emptiness in my heart now that our paths have to part ways No series I have read has left me simultaneously so 5 A buddy read with the most bad ass mercenaries at the BBB Company What an amazing end to a series that had me on a military march from book one in the North, to the wilds of the South and the brinks of the Glittering Stones Plain Croaker, Lady, Catcher, One Eye and Goblin became my friends, family, comrades in arms Even favorite enemies will leave me with an emptiness in my heart now that our paths have to part ways No series I have read has left me simultaneously so sad, empty, but ultimately absolutely satisfied with its conclusion as this one has And it is all because of the pure genius of Glen Cook Mr Cook and his writing, full of action, plotting, politics, battles, and somehow managing to create fantastic worlds with minimal description and populate them with characters who show us who they are, no need for lengthy analysis of their characters They are alive and we get to experience them as we do all our closest friends in real life I am incapable of doing justice to the brilliant writing this author gifted us with in this complete and multilayered work of art I have been on vacation for the last 15 days and have not written a line, so I feel clumsy and rusted, but I need to express my sincere and utter sorrow for coming to the end of the Chronicles of the Black Company Soldiers live and wonder why The theme of life, battle, death, life again and the guilt of surviving when others did not, shows over and over through the series of 10 books, the things that are capable of holding us down and those which rise us up and keep us going The most human feelings which also make us almost invincible What makes us who we are, what truly matters All of those are themes so masterfully woven into the fabric of the series, that even when the reading gets difficult, boring this really doesn t happen, it islike false sense of relaxation , or ugly, you can t make yourself put the book down or give up on the series It is powerful and effective, ruthless and sensitive at the same time, action on a grand scale affecting every minute part of every little thing and solitary person The profoundly personal, like loving a woman, affecting the faiths of the world and even multiple plains of existence The pebble destroying the planet BRILLIANT I don t want to give a thing away from the plot, so I will not get into it at all Just have to say that Croaker is the annalist again and his crochety old crabby self is as wonderful and entertaining as always We also get a bit from all of our favorites and it is as gratifying as sad And the ending WOW THE ENDING IS THE BEST I HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN A SERIES OF THIS MAGNITUDE This series just elevated itself to the level of Wheel of Time on my ALL TIME FAVORITE SERIES Overall, what I am having a feeble attempt to achieve here is to say WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR GO GET IT AND READ IT May every series try to be as good as this one

  4. says:

    Soldiers live And wonder why This is both the title and theme of this very melancholy book which ties up the whole Black Company series arc beautifully, satisfyingly, and oh so heartbreakingly The omnibus edition which contains this book is called The Many Deaths of the Black Company I d hoped that was an exaggeration It wasn t And yet I have no complaints, no regrets Even as I mourn for beloved characters, everything that happened felt inevitable and right, because Glen Cook is sucSoldiers live And wonder why This is both the title and theme of this very melancholy book which ties up the whole Black Company series arc beautifully, satisfyingly, and oh so heartbreakingly The omnibus edition which contains this book is called The Many Deaths of the Black Company I d hoped that was an exaggeration It wasn t And yet I have no complaints, no regrets Even as I mourn for beloved characters, everything that happened felt inevitable and right, because Glen Cook is such a crazy talented writer This is hands down one of the best fantasy series I ve read And yet I d never heard of it until about two years ago, when Athena, Gavin, and Markus did a buddy read and I followed their updates and reviews But even after that, I thought, Yeah, there s some fantastic writing there, but military fantasy So not my thing Then, last November wow, has it been that long , I saw another buddy read of this series coming up, and I knew I would kick myself if I didn t at least try the first book I am so glad I did The mythology is original and completely believable The world is big, messy, and realistic I love and admire how, as the Company traveled, it also evolved from a bunch of white guys at the start of the series, to almost entirely black and brown by the end, and with women stepping into some very important roles The languages change The religions multiply This is some of the best worldbuilding I ve ever seen And some of the best characterization Everyone in these books is an individual, with their own motives and agenda, no matter how small a part they seem to play Everyone has the possibility of being good one moment and bad the next everyone makes their own decisions and choices Glen Cook treats every character fairly and honorably, no matter how despicable they may seem And that richness of character allows for some incredible twists and turns, as no one is ever entirely predictable This series kept me on my mental toes the entire way through These books have everything They have taken me through the emotional wringer I m so glad this was a Buddy Read, because these are books I needed to talk about while I was reading And after I finished each one I realize that this is considered a cult series, definitely not to everyone s tastes But I highly recommend giving it a shot It is so, so, so worth it Many thanks and hugs to CleaverErratic andEvasivefor making it through this whole long trek with me It wouldn t have been half as good without you And now I m suffering from Book Hangover, Series Withdrawal, and Buddy Read Withdrawal Sob

  5. says:

    Life is never like a canal, flowing gently through a straightforward and predictable channel It islike a mountain brook, zigging and zagging, tearing things up, sometimes going almost dormant before taking an unexpected and turbulent turn.The Black Company returns from the Plain of Glittering Stone, and old and new enemies alike are ready for them The time for the last battle has finally come, and blood and death await before the walls of mighty Taglios Soldiers Live was far from the bes Life is never like a canal, flowing gently through a straightforward and predictable channel It islike a mountain brook, zigging and zagging, tearing things up, sometimes going almost dormant before taking an unexpected and turbulent turn.The Black Company returns from the Plain of Glittering Stone, and old and new enemies alike are ready for them The time for the last battle has finally come, and blood and death await before the walls of mighty Taglios Soldiers Live was far from the best book in this series, and when it comes to certain aspects of it I had expectedStill, there is no denying that it provided a worthy conclusion to the Chronicles of the Black Company.Further thoughts on the series to come in another review soon

  6. says:

    In the night, when the wind dies and silence rules the place of glittering stone, I remember And they all live again. Awww manthis is my favorite series, and you know a series has made a major impact on you when you cry at the end of the last book.

  7. says:

    Soldier s Live is the final book in the Glittering Stone cycle story arc of Glen Cook s Black Company series It lived up to all my hopes and expectations It delivered shock twists and turns, emotional scenes involving some old favorites, and good conclusions to almost all of the long term ongoing story arcs Croaker returns as annalist of The Black Company for the first time since Shadow Games and proves again why he is the best of the Company s many annalists His wry wit and devotion to Comp Soldier s Live is the final book in the Glittering Stone cycle story arc of Glen Cook s Black Company series It lived up to all my hopes and expectations It delivered shock twists and turns, emotional scenes involving some old favorites, and good conclusions to almost all of the long term ongoing story arcs Croaker returns as annalist of The Black Company for the first time since Shadow Games and proves again why he is the best of the Company s many annalists His wry wit and devotion to Company tradition contrast superbly with his cynicism and make his annals easy and enjoyable to read This book was as dark and intense as one might expect considering it features the final confrontations with a lot of long term villains such as Mugaba, Narayan Singh, Soulcatcher, and the sleeping Goddess Kina The action was almost non stop, but I was happy Cook still managed to find time for the emotional scenes and humor that always help to lighten the tone of any Black Company read Croaker s mantra of Soldier s Live became sadder every time I heard it The ending was shocking and surprisingly fitting I was satisfied that all the ongoing story arcs were neatly tied up, but also happy that Cook left the door open for a potentially intriguing sequel The Black Company series is one of the best the fantasy genre has to offer and ranks behind only a handful of my absolute favorites Rating 4.5 stars Audio Note Marc Vietor made his return as the voice of Croaker, and is a prefect fit for both the character and the series

  8. says:

    Wow This must be one of the best endings I ve read in fantasy series Mind blowing And I did not see it coming until I was there Kudos Mr.Cook Fitting conclusion to this awesome dark fantasy series This book is filled with action and suspense, grim and exiting events Intense and very hard to put down to the very end.I will miss you my friends Incessant wind sweeps the plain It murmurs on across grey stone, carrying dust from far climes to nibble eternally at the memorial pillars There ar Wow This must be one of the best endings I ve read in fantasy series Mind blowing And I did not see it coming until I was there Kudos Mr.Cook Fitting conclusion to this awesome dark fantasy series This book is filled with action and suspense, grim and exiting events Intense and very hard to put down to the very end.I will miss you my friends Incessant wind sweeps the plain It murmurs on across grey stone, carrying dust from far climes to nibble eternally at the memorial pillars There are a few shadows out there still but they are the weak and the timid and the hopelessly lost It is immortality of a sort Memory is immortality of a sort In the night, when the wind dies and silence rules the place of glittering stone, I remember And they all live again Soldiers live And wonder why.

  9. says:

    Soldiers Live is the powerful conclusion to an amazing fantasy series There is so much to be said about this book, and about The Black Company in general, but I m afraid I can t do it the proper justice Suffice it to say, this novel ties up all the loose ends from the series and despite some incredibly sad and emotionally moving moments concludes on a note of hope If you re a fan of epic fantasy, and haven t yet read this series, I highly recommend it The Black Company is filled with chara Soldiers Live is the powerful conclusion to an amazing fantasy series There is so much to be said about this book, and about The Black Company in general, but I m afraid I can t do it the proper justice Suffice it to say, this novel ties up all the loose ends from the series and despite some incredibly sad and emotionally moving moments concludes on a note of hope If you re a fan of epic fantasy, and haven t yet read this series, I highly recommend it The Black Company is filled with characters who you will truly grow to care about, and plenty of exciting adventures

  10. says:

    Soldiers Live is a terrific and thrilling conclusion to The Black Company series It speaks well of the series that I went into the conclusion with only vague notions about how the characters and plot would wrap up if at all , and with no real demands as a reader that certain characters must live or die, or get to a certain place or with a certain person, or meet their justice I feel that this book is best enjoyed with absolutely no expectations about the conclusion Just fasten your seatbel Soldiers Live is a terrific and thrilling conclusion to The Black Company series It speaks well of the series that I went into the conclusion with only vague notions about how the characters and plot would wrap up if at all , and with no real demands as a reader that certain characters must live or die, or get to a certain place or with a certain person, or meet their justice I feel that this book is best enjoyed with absolutely no expectations about the conclusion Just fasten your seatbelts and keep your arms in the ride at all times Cook s skills and attention didn t waver He did not cobble together something just for the sake of wrapping things up or to meet a contract deadline It is one of the best two or three books in the series The series and characters were never conspicuously moving towards an inescapable conclusion that would solve all problems e.g., destroy The One Ring or escape home through the Stargate Even the overarching kill the evil plotline that was rising to a climax in the series was an opaque and shifting target, and as readers of the series know, what is cast as evil may be just a lesser evil, or not evil at all Seeon this concept below This technique is not necessarily a superior or inferior method of story telling, and it s not unique to The Black Company However, Glen Cook uses it with great skill.As for the series overall, it was a pure joy to read I agree with the many readers who call it a classic I m quite late to The Black Company party, but this gave me the benefit of not having to wait for the next installment as they came out in a sixteen year period which must have been aggravating for those readers in the 1980s and 1990s I do not typically re read books or series My to read shelf is too overburdened The Black Company, however, will be in my hands again one day.My comments about the opening trilogy also serve to describe the seriesI suppose if you see life through rose colored glasses, a land in which Good is never beaten forthan a generation and bad men always get their just due, whether it be at the point of a sword or falling into molten lava grasping with a ring, well, books like these will be quite shocking to you Cook reveals those conventions to be easy but inaccurate Good and evil are on a sliding scale, and men and beasts move across the scale, whether voluntarily or by force, or merely by being a victim of circumstances What is good today becomes the enemy tomorrow But through it all, you stay loyal to your friends and the men who fight with you, and you honor the past, present, and gods willing future members of The Black Company of Khatovar.

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