The Books of the South

The Books of the South

Tales of the Black Company

Book - 2008
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"When hope dies, there's still survival. And there's still the Black Company. Marching south after the ghastly battle at the Tower of Charm, The Black Company is hounded by shadowy figures every inch of the way. The game is on: the Company versus the Shadowmasters, deadly creatures that deal in darkness and sorrow."--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2008.
ISBN: 9780765320667
0765320665
Branch Call Number: FIC Cook
Characteristics: 670 pages ; 24 cm.

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AegeanDolphin
Dec 18, 2009

The only reason I don't give this five stars is the fact it is fantasy, against a wider background of world-class literature it can't reach five stars. Within fantasy, it deserves, perhaps, five stars, being funny, unexpected, well-written, believable (in context) and with none of that condescending PC consciousness which infects so much fantasy and sci-fi these days and makes it "milky". Characters are great, situations brilliant. Hard to put down!! For those too who have discovered and love K.J. Parker, Neil Asher and Iain Banks, all gritty, all deeper than one would think these genres can be, for adults.

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Apr 27, 2011

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cpurvis
Apr 27, 2011

Omnibus with three titles in it: Books of the South Shadow Games and Dreams of Steel and Barrowlands The Silver Spike

Shadow Games & Dreams of Steel

Marching back after the defeat of the Dominator, the Black Company is down to just seven men. They go south, where the now powerless Lady briefly takes control of her Empire and where Croaker, the Annalist and Captain of the Company, is reunited with the Annals which hold the Company's history. Continuing their travels south in search of Khatovar, where Croaker is oathbound to return the annals, they are conscriped into service yet again by the crown prince of Taglios. Their commission is to defeat the advance of the conquering Shadowmasters from the south.

The Silver Spike

The Dominator was a wizard of immense power who could not be killed by his enemies. He was however defeated and his evil essence imprisoned in a silver spike. The power inherent in the spike is so greatly feared and desired that some try to steal it while others try to keep it from falling into anyone's hands.

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