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ISBN:
0812555325
Author:
Glen Cook
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Genre Fiction
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English
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Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (January 15, 1997)
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This book begins with The Book of Murgen. Bleak Seasons is a good book at best. Besides the introduction of the Nyueng Bao nothing really of that importance takes place

This book begins with The Book of Murgen. The Company is based out of Dejagore/Stormgard where they are bunkering down from one of the Shadowmasters. The Company is split in two, one being with Murgen and the "Old Crew" while Mogoba has his Nar which are primarily dubbed "New Crew". Besides the introduction of the Nyueng Bao nothing really of that importance takes place. Though there are moments in this book that are seen thru Murgen and the Company's perspective that occured in Dreams of Steel and I found that very welcoming.

This is the final of the three story arcs of The Chronicles of the Black Company. It contains the adventures of the Black Company in the Plain of Glittering Stone.

Start by marking Bleak Seasons (The Chronicles of the Black Company, as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

List of complete works by American fantasy fiction author Glen Cook. The epic fantasy series features a band of mercenaries known as the Black Company. Books of the North: The Black Company (May 1984). Shadows Linger (October 1984). The White Rose (April 1985). Aloe and the Ghost Country: Port of Shadows (September 2018). Set between The Black Company and Shadows Linger. Barrowlands: The Silver Spike (September 1989). Books of the South: Shadow Games (June 1989). Dreams of Steel (April 1990).

The Black Company is a series of dark fantasy books written by American author Glen Cook. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four-hundred-year history. Green Ronin Publishing published The Black Company role-playing game in 2004. The Black Company: May 1984. Port of Shadows: September 2018. Shadows Linger: October 1984. The White Rose: April 1985. Shadow Games: June 1989.

The Seventh novel of The Black Company. So begins the saga of the siege of Stormgard, the chronicle of a desperate conflict between dark sorcery and bare human courage, seen through the eyes of a war-weary, battle-scarred veteran. The Books of Glittering Stone 01. By Glen Cook. Spellbinding adventure on an epic scale, this is heart-stopping heroic fantasy at its finest.

After dark silence rules the glittering stone. In the lightning flares, or in the dawns and sunsets when light steals beneath the edges of the sky, tiny golden characters blaze upon the faces of the columns. It is immortality of a sort. After dark the wind dies. After dark silence rules the glittering stone.

So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. Bleak Seasons Black Company Book of the glittering stone, Glen Cook Chronicles of The Black Company, Glen Cook المجلد 1 من Glittering stone, Glen Cook. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins. Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work.

The Books of Glittering Stone comprise the third of three story arcs of the Black Company series. It is a tetralogy, consisting of the final four novels: Bleak Seasons. This story arc describes the Black Company's participation in the Shadowmaster wars from the Siege of Dejagore onward, and next, their subsequent journeys across the glittering plain and three of the worlds interconnected by it: the homeworld, Hsien, and the Voroshk world.

"Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive....I am Murgen, Standard bearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead., One-Eye won't, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end..."So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins.Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyueng Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. the Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns of men and god alike.
  • Xava
After what began as a great start to a new era for The Black Company with their travels south to Khatovar in Shadow Games and The Lady's struggle to maintain in Dreams of Steel I found this book kinda of..meh. Cook's writing style is much different in this book compared to prior ones. As it should because he is introducing a new character. Murgen. Though Murgen has been around I believe in the White Rose novel, his character is in the shadows. Murgen is the understudy to Croaker, so you can't have a Croaker Jr. in this book. You have to mix it up. It is a different vibe in this book compared to The Lady and Croakers vision. Its understandable though.

This book begins with The Book of Murgen. The Company is based out of Dejagore/Stormgard where they are bunkering down from one of the Shadowmasters. The Company is split in two, one being with Murgen and the "Old Crew" while Mogoba has his Nar which are primarily dubbed "New Crew". There is alot if inner struggle between both Company camps with Mogoba feeling that he is right to Captaincy without a doubt. While in the mist of this inner turmoil, a Shadowmaster is out for blood and continues to pound The Company into submission. Murgen also begins to fall in and out of consciousness throughtout the book that seems pecuilar to everyone, including himself.

The Nyueng Bao are introduced into this series too. They are a band of pilgrims that are caught between the war and are stuck where they are at. Murgen seems to have some kind of bond with these Nyueng Boa people. They forsee an alliance and a grander good can come out if they join forces. Yet, The Nyueng Bao seem to know alot of the Companies history when they came up north from Khatovar and that surely does prickle Murgens ears a bit.

In this book alot of down time seems to take place. Little things occur here and there that kinda slow down the pace of the book, in my opinion. In previous books something has always happened in every chapter or every page that was key to the progression of the book. What I did enjoy was One Eye and Goblin's feuding takes a front seat in this book alot of the times. Those two wizards are a real treat to the series. I have always found One Eye go be my favorite of the two. You can't have one without the other. In this book you begin to see Mogobas "honor" begin to take form. He becomes so full of himself to a point of no return and won't admit it. His Nar have their doubts about his sanity but they can't do anything about it but turn their heads.

Bleak Seasons is a good book at best. Besides the introduction of the Nyueng Bao nothing really of that importance takes place. Though there are moments in this book that are seen thru Murgen and the Company's perspective that occured in Dreams of Steel and I found that very welcoming. I found this book to tie in last place with The Silver Spike in terms of how I enjoyed it. I'm not sure if you can skip this book and go straight into She is the Darkness, hmm, never thought of that. Regardless pick it up and continue on !
  • Pameala
This entire series is EPIC. With the exception of the first book that Murgen took over as annalist, this series flows seamless and quick as a page turner. I'm a huge fan of Dragonlance and Game of Thrones and The Black Company did just as good as both of those as far as character development and making you love some of these people. I read them all over a few months and it was crazy to think back at how far each of the people had come. No lie, when it was over and as I read the last paragraph, specifically the last sentence, it made me cry (and Im a 29 year old dude). I immediately went back to the first book and read for about 30 minutes just to re-visit everyone in their prime again. I felt like the door had closed on a world and story I had been immersed in for months. Only Dragonlance ever had that effect on me and that was when I read it in the 6th grade. Lookin forward to letting a few years go by and experiencing it all over again.
  • Xanzay
This novel, after a 6-year hiatus from publishing black company stories after 'dreams of steel,' is a distinct change of style for Glen Cook. Told from the viewpoint of Murgen, this novel features externally forced temporal dislocations of murgen which obviously will serve some plot goal as murgen sees things in a couple of different time frames. Unlike some of cook's novels where there are 2 timelines (present, past background) told in intervals, this does not work nearly as well, being of the same character in what to us are fairly closely related events (4 years in story-time, but you cannot tell). It is clear that after 6 years mr. cook has some different ideas on how to approach the cliffhanger he left in the previous novel.

The italicized prophetic mumbo-jumbo without context and murgen's seizure/travel glimpses of third areas are sufficiently vague to add little or nothing to the story.

Croaker is marginalized as a character, and Lady is nearly absent in this novel. Most major characters (barring the circus sorcerers) in even the previous 2 books are marginalized in this novel.

To the extent a reader of this series wants to know the rest of the story and reads this novel with that goal in mind, it gets better later in the book, but it is arguably the most mundane glen cook book i have read to date.
  • Tebei
This is really a cheat. I love these books and bought this one to replace some lost in "friend loan space". I have nothing bad to say about this series except Cook isn't writing any more in this series. Damn him to heck!
  • Vetalol
I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's descent into madness. Very James Joyce and an excellent break from the typical writing style. I loved the previous novels for what they were and enjoy this as a well executed experiment. I feel many readers were expecting the same style as before and were disappointed, but I challenge them to take on being enveloped by this new break as it adds a lot to the evolution of the series given what is transpiring as it perfectly illustrates the warping of reality occurring in the story.
  • Kamuro
These books are very entertaining and well written. The characters are raw and gritty yet contain characteristics of honor and integrity which make them compelling. There are elements of fantasy such as magic and sorcery but for the most part the stories are militaristic with detailed battle scenes with strategic planning and good ol' fashioned violence. Highly entertaining and fun without the elves and fairies type of fantasy.
  • Quendant
I'm a sucker for a story about the company. Murgen tells the tail in this one and it has a curious temporal flavor to the progression. Check it out.
It seems Cook was experimenting with a new writing style in this book. It doesn't work, I have enjoyed previous Black Company books but I had to force myself to complete this very aptly named novel. Reading it was indeed a bleak season.