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The Black Company by Glen Cook

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AuthorGlen Cook
TitleThe Black Company
SeriesThe Black Company
Volume1
Year1984
GenreFantasy
 
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Submitted by mg79 
(Jun 28, 2010)

The black company series is not for people who like stories about a farm boy who turn out to be a heroic prince with a magic sword who slays the evil wizard and marries the fair princess.

In the black company, the fair princess is the evil wizard, sort of... the world Glen cook narrates is not a black and white fantasy world where heroic kings, magical fairies etc... fighting against the evil force who wants to destroy the world. This is a dark and gritty world where the bad guys are bad, good guys are not much better and the black company just happens to be caught in the midst of this mess and trying to survive.

The book is written from the perspective of one soldier, keeping true, Glen does not go into details and readers are given glimpses of what motivates the characters and events and draw their own conclusions. A lot of thought has been put into the plot and this book is simply a taste of things to come.

For the discerning reader who likes his fantasy darker and dare i say, more realistic, this book and the series will open your eyes and minds.

No shining princes or magic swords here, just a darned good story.




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