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Glen Cook

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 High quality Black Company stuff. 16 juin 1998
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I'll give this book five stars or a 10 or a blue ribbon or best of breed, whatever works to keep them coming. 470 pages and I got through it in 3 days,(part time,) tearing off chunks and hardly chewing them as I rushed through.
It's unimaginable that this book could be read and truly enjoyed without having read previous "Black Company" books, but anything is possible. However, if you haven't read the early books, you're in for some good reading.
The duty of the Annalist for this war-torn and again war-torn group of mercenary soldiers keeps changing hands, and each time, I am disappointed for a few pages, wishing Croaker was back at it, or Lady, or even One-eye. But now it's Murgen. (and maybe next, Sleepy.) Having accumulated a coat of grime and stink and the ache of fresh wounds and strains compounding old vicarious hurts, I settle in for more terror and humor and mystification until it is finished. As finished as it ever gets, and I return to reality, having had enough for a while.
This is good writing. These people become friends and family and when they are gone, mourned, while someone new joins up and fills the space and becomes blood. I have absolutely no desire for this series to end. What is it about some of us that would have it this way? No closure, please. The beautiful, evil and crazy sorcerer sister- whoops! I almost gave it away. Join me, other Black Company addicts. Feast, then return later to pick up what was rushed through, chew it well and wait. There will be another. Like darkness, it always comes.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Higher Standard (of the Black Company)! 14 février 2000
Par "1demann" - Publié sur
I just started reading the "Black Company" series recently. In point of fact "Bleak Seasons" was the first I'd read. I seem to find myself starting some series in the middle (I've done it that way with McCaffrey's Dragonriders and Kurtz's Deryni). "Bleak Seasons" FORCED me to get "She is the Darkness" (and in turn, I'll have to buy "Water Sleeps" next). Excellent books. Mr. Cook's writing style is mature, gritty, dark, and wonderfully "Grody". I am now hooked on the Black Company and will have to spend money to get all of them. I found Murgen to be a likable and realistic soldier (I've been friends with a few soldiers, and they can be like that). All the characters seem to live in their own world, much like real people do. I have tired of books in which the people only seem to throw dialog at each other in order to get to an endpoint. Cook laces his people with selfishness and selflessness in proper proportion, without losing their personalities in the process. I very much like, Highly reccommend, and will continue to read, the Annals of the Black Company.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Welcome addition to the ongoing saga of 'The Black Company' 2 juillet 1998
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I like the others here have read and reread the first three volumes of the Black Company. I had originally been loaned the set of three by a friend. Being totally enthralled by them, I tried to buy them and could not - out of print. Determined, I wrote Tor and asked if they would relay a note to Mr. Cook. They did and Mr. Cook answered with a very warm letter and informed me he had a few hard-cover books left that had all three of the original series in one book. I ordered TWO from him, one to loan and one to keep.
I still think it is one of the finest fantasy series ever written. Naturally I have purchased all the others as they came out and am just re-reading 'She is the Darkness' for the second time. I agree with the 'reader from LA' that the 'Ten Who Were Taken' are much better villains..and I also miss Croaker as the protagonist. Murgen is only OK in his first try and slightly better in his second. In my letter to Mr. Cook, I also suggested that Croaker should accidentally fall into a 'fountain of youth' of some sort, so he could maintain his relationship with Lady satisfactorily.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Turns Around Halfway Through, But... 19 janvier 2010
Par David A. Lessnau - Publié sur
As with the previous "Black Company" book (Bleak Seasons: Book One of the Glittering Stone (Chronicles of The Black Company)), I'm probably being charitable by giving "She is the Darkness" a Good 3 stars out of 5 rating. The first half of this book exhibits many of the same faults of that book: Murgen's the sole narrator; the text is almost all narration and not dialog; nothing much happens but it takes a boatload of pages to do it in; and everyone else is, at best, a cameo of a cardboard cut-out. Thankfully, Cook stopped Murgen from jumping randomly through time. So, it actually feels more coherent. Oddly, just about halfway through, the book entirely changes tone and starts to feel more like the old "Black Company" material. It's still written from Murgen's viewpoint. But, at least Cook replaces most of the narration with actual dialog. He also puts the other characters back in. The kicker is that Cook seems to have been fully aware of this. About 326 pages into the 399 pages of the edition I have (about 75 pages after the change in tone), Cook has Croaker say the following to Murgen:

"What I don't like about your Annals is that they're more about you than they are about the Company.... I mean you focus everything on yourself. Except for a few chapters you adapted from Lady's dispatches or Bucket or One-Eye or somebody, you never report anything that doesn't involve you or that you didn't see yourself. You're too self-absorbed. Why should we give a rat's [...] about your recurring nightmares? And, except for Dejagore, your sense of place is usually pretty weak. If I weren't here myself I'd have a lot of trouble picturing this whole end of the world.... You could work on writing a little more sparely, too.... You tend to go on a lot longer than you need to. At times."

That's a pretty good summary of what's wrong with this (and the previous) book. But, for some reason, Cook didn't go back and edit the first half of the book to follow his own advice. Once you get to the second half of the book, things pick up and the book reads just like the old "Black Company" stuff. But, that second half also contains a really frustrating element. The good guys capture their enemies but don't kill them off: they drag them with them. I felt like I was in a bad horror movie where everyone splits up and walks backwards through the dark.

So, I'm giving the thing middling 3 stars. If there were some way to skip the previous book and half of this one and still maintain continuity in the series, that's what I'd recommend. But, there's no way to do that: you'll just have to slog through the material and hope the next (and later) books are better.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It Is Immortality Of A Sort 28 juillet 2006
Par Marc Ruby™ - Publié sur
She is the Darkness is the second of the 'Murgen' chronicles, which tell the story of the Black Company's final struggle with the shadowmasters and the factions fighting for power in Taglios. The latter, almost without exception, would like to see Croaker's band of mercenaries dead and gone. They only argue about exactly when the gala event will occur. Driven by a desire to return to their origin in Khatovar the company is really intent on reaching the Shadowgate and finding out what is beyond it. Unfortunately enemies old and new seem determined to get in the way.

Murgen is a pure storytelling device. Unlike other narrators or annalists, Murgen is separated from the action by his role as ethereal spy. A paranoid sorcerer called Smoke lies in a coma, and the company has found that it is possible to ride Smoke's spirit like a spy plane. Murgen spends his time visiting both the present and the past and actually gets to do remarkable little. As a result the reader is one extra remove from what is actually going on. He's not spectacularily bright or talented either, so there are moments when the reader has a better idea of what is going to happen and can even tell it better. Murgen thinks the book is about him, and that he is a victim of circumstance and the plotting of others. The truth is that he brings many of his woes down on himself, and when offered opportunities to take his own action, he just retreats into Smoke.

In a sense Glen Cook has done the same thing. The story is richly detailed - a gritty fantasy with a Southeast Asian setting. The main characters are vivid with complicated problems to solve, but Cook keeps too many secrets, always introducing more questions than he resolves. She is the Darkness has a lot of loose ends to tie off before it comes to its grand cliffhanger of an ending. However, once embarked on this strange journey, the reader will find this a hard book to put down. But don't expect pat answers. Cook has never been one to lead you to the obvious.
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