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Shadows Linger ❴BOOKS❵ ⚣ Shadows Linger Author Glen Cook – Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose They are tough men proud of honoring their contracts The Lady is evil but so too are those w Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose They are tough men proud of honoring their contracts The Lady is evil but so too are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose reincarnation of a centuries dead heroine Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn Now there may be a path to the light even for such as they If they can survive it.

  • Paperback
  • 319 pages
  • Shadows Linger
  • Glen Cook
  • English
  • 10 September 2014
  • 9780812508420

About the Author: Glen Cook

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 m.

10 thoughts on “Shadows Linger

  1. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    💀 Buddy reread with the clueless new mercenary recruits Elena and Maria over at BBB Under the wicked supervision of our Ever Stalking Black Company Overlord ESBCO™ of course 💀➽ And the moral of this reread is this series is a neverending source of inspiration for people who are in the nefarious business like me Take this instalment for example it features the best recycling advice ever and offers lots of wonderfully handy practical ideas on using um waste as building material Actually I was so impressed with Raven and Shed's um reprocessing endeavor that I sent Fleet Admiral DaShrimp to steal try and buy this very innovative patent from them He was I am much delightful to report successful view spoilerduh hide spoiler

  2. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    People who read my rants called reviews know I love criticizing blurbs This time I will be gentle The blurb for this book has nothing to do with the book contents These two are as different from each other as a recent Harvard graduate and a prehistoric human; I mean they are both homo sapience species but this is where the similarity ends Anyway my interpretation of the plot follows Six years passed since the events of the first book The Company is still on the Lady's payroll They are still good at what they do and they are still the first choice for the critical missions The problem is they seem to lost their way and the morale is low This is clearly seen in relationships between Goblin and One Eye as at one point Goblin was about to kill his frenemy for a seemingly harmless as harmless as One Eye can do it prank At the same time far west as far as one can get while still remaining on the same continent bad things are about to happen Some familiar faces unwittingly help the evil for its plans These two seemingly unrelated plotlines gradually converge for an exciting and fast paced result; this is a trope Glen Cook uses with great success several times in other booksWhat is really noticeable is the different style of this installment The first one was completely written as Company's annals by its annalist Croaker As I mentioned this one consists of two plotlines The first one is still told in first person by Croaker in his minimalist style The second one is in third person from point of view of an innkeeper called Marron Shed This one is actually interesting at times than Croaker's tale of the Company I have good news for people who managed to finish the first book but thought the writing style was hard to follow This time the writing is smoother The exciting part which starts after about first half of the book makes it very hard to put the book down Speaking about putting the book down this one as a whole is as gripping as the first one so if you liked that one you will like the second installment Add to this some excellent character developments most notably of Marron Shed and you have a very nice novel which does not suffer from a Middle Book of a Trilogy syndrome In this case I am talking about the Book of North trilogy of the Black Company The only reason the book lost one star from the perfect rating was occasional slowdowns in the first half so the final rating is 4 stars If you liked the first book you have to read this one; just beware that this book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts

  3. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    “You try your damnest but something always goes wrong that’s life If you’re smart you plan for it”The second Chronicle of the Black Company does not seem to be better than the first one but I think that it is rather an impression caused by subjective factors than hard facts In the second volume we continue to follow the fate of the Company as it is written down by Croaker and the good news is that it reads easier than its predecessor mainly due to the fact that we already know the main characters the setting and the plot We can greet them like old friends walking into the world like it was our own come common room This time together with a handful of Company members we find ourselves in Juniper where the Dominator tries to enter the game and where coincidentally a mysterious individual called Raven resides In the previous volume we learned than one interesting thing about the world but these snippets were served modestly once in a while The reader had to carefully assemble them in order to understand all the dependencies in which the Black Company became entangled Now the setting ground is much fertile various facts are invoked without restraint also the whole uagmire of individual arcs is explained and understandable from the very beginningThis allows Mr Cook to focus a bit on the protagonists And we have a whole galaxy here You will be happy to see not only Croaker and One Eye Elmo and Goblin Silent and the Captain; also those who ‘vanished’ so mysteriously in the previous volume make an appearance While you might suspect where the tropes lead us rest assured that Mr Cook has a few surprises in store and I would advise to expect the unexpectedThere are two main themes Firstly something is wrong with the Black Company Maybe they are getting older tired and conseuently in a dire need of a cause they can believe in They are after all victims of their own competence professional minions of the evil Lady who still pales when compared with the looming threat of the Dominator The opening chapters clearly show that all the Company has is a prescription for the symptoms but no remedy for the cause of this low grade depression “Oh ‘twould be marvellous if the world and its moral uestions were like some game board with plain black players and white and fixed rules and nary a shade of grey”Secondly there is a motif of escaping the relative gains of moral neutrality and making a stand; being either hot or cold but never lukewarm There are two key figures here the Dominator and one Marron Shed The former is “an absolute demanding absolutes in a world with a preference for relatives” The latter a lousy innkeeper Also a pathological coward Croaker loses his monopoly on being the narrator Many chapters are voiced by Marron Shed whose internal transformation or even transmutation is shown with finesse touching upon the deepest and ugliest secrets of the human psyche Marron caught between the hammer of the need and the anvil of the desire battles his own fears and his own conscience entering into cooperation with Raven At the same time Raven is slipping further and further into darkness with “a pragmatic amorality of a prince of Hell” The only thing that keeps me from falling for Raven this instant is his perpetual habit of cleaning nails with his knife I keep thinking that his fingertips must be perpetually scabbed and that puts me offThe biggest surprise for me was the fact that while the main plot develops somewhere in the background it remains a little bit boringview spoilerthe Black Castle gig is protracted mercilessly hide spoiler

  4. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    Did you make it through The Black Company? I feel like you deserve a merit badge if you were able to pull it off without anyone else to help you with the sticky parts It was a good book but Glen Cook doesn’t do any info dumping so it is definitely a ‘learn as you go’ kind of book and I needed a little help along the wayThe good news is that Shadow’s Linger flows much much better It was so much easier to follow because One the chapters are shorter and so they didn’t feel so jumpy Two it is split so that some of the story is told from the annals of the Black Company and Croaker while the other half is mostly from a cowardly inn keeper named Marron ShedI liked Shadow’s Linger than The Black Company for a few reasons The first being the change of writing style the second being Marron Shed and finally the dark craziness that is the Black Castle That place is so creepy Dark glassy jointless stone slid past “My god” He could see into the wall He saw bones fragments of bones bodies pieces of bodies all suspended as if floating in the night As Raven turned toward the gate he saw a staring face “What kind of place is this?” “I don’t know Shed I don’t want to know All I care is they pay good money I need it I have a long way to go” Set six years after the events in The Black Company this follows the company in their continued service to The Lady Let’s just say that even though she never misses a payment to the company after years of being her go to guys they are feeling a bit downtrodden It is hard to be on team evil for an extended period of time These were the least interesting chapters to me in the beginning of the book because everyone is pretty unhappy You feel that when you are reading and it sours the mood “Suddenly everything was too much This ambush tonight Same old thing There’s always another province always Rebels They breed like maggots in a cowpie I’m getting older and older and I haven’t done anything to make a better world In fact if you backed off to look at it we’ve all made it worse”He shook his head “That isn’t right Not what I want to say But I don’t know how to say it any better” “What we need” Goblin said in a voice so soft it almost vanished in the crackle of the flames “is a cause we can believe in” “Yeah” I said “That too” The chapters set in the North though are exciting by comparison There is the innkeeper in financial straits who has a mysterious guest named Raven and a deaf mute serving girl working in the establishment named Darling SEE already you’re interested too The best thing about this storyline though for all you Grimdark lovers out there is traveling with Shed as he goes from a completely cowardly man into a manipulator and a killer as the things in his life spiral out of control I was completely amazed at how far he was willing to go in the endThings totally blew up in the end and WOW it was phenomenal the betrayals reunions and sacrifices that the men of the company made In the end though there was really only one side to be on and they had to chooseSome lived many died and others well let’s just say I’m not counting them out yetNo time to dwell though as I need to get moving on The White Rose to see where this story leads

  5. Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ says:

    This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series Way way back when the Domination was aborning centuries before the foundation of the Lady’s empire the Dominator overpowered his greatest rivals and compelled them into his service He accumulated ten villains that way soon known as the Ten Who Were Taken When the White Rose raised the world against the Dominator’s wickedness the Ten were buried with him She could destroy none of them outright Centuries of peace sapped the will of the world to guard itself A curious wizard tried to contact the Lady The Lady manipulated him effected her release The Ten rose with her Within a generation she and they forged a new dark empire Within two they were embattled with the Rebel whose prophets agreed the White Rose would be reincarnated to lead them to a final victory For a while it looked like they would win Our armies collapsed Provinces fell Taken feuded and destroyed one another Nine of the Ten perished The Lady managed to Take three Rebel chieftains to replace a portion of her losses Feather Journey and Whisper— likely the best general since the White Rose She gave us a terrible time before her Taking The Rebel prophets were correct in their prophecies except about the last battle They expected a reincarnated White Rose to lead them She did not They did not find her in time She was alive then But she was living on our side of the battleline unaware of what she was I learned who she was It is that knowledge which makes my life worthless should I be put to the uestion After reading the first book I would have expected this to be another military fantasy but it was actually of a thriller A pretty well written one at that and the writing here is approachable than in the first book It is six years after the events of the first book and the Company's morale is low Some of the Company Croaker among other people are sent from the nethermost east to the farthest west to Juniper to investigate a magical connection between the Barrowland and Juniper where a mysterious black castle is growing Shadows Linger adds a second perspective to Croaker's as we accompany Marron Shed a cowardly innkeeper and inhabitant of Juniper who is not absolutely evil at heart but circumstances drive him to commit horrible villainies Soon the two plotlines connect the fun begins and the book becomes unputdownable One of the really interesting things about Cook's books is in my opinion the insights it gives into human nature and its degrees of evilness when characters who are not plain evil commit some of the most terrible crimes that one can think of and Cook lays their reasons out for you Another thing I really enjoy about these books is the character writing It's fantastic andWhat are you still doing here? Go read this series view spoilerRaven cannot be dead I just know it hide spoiler

  6. Eon ♒Windrunner♒ Eon ♒Windrunner♒ says:

    375 StarsI loved The Black Company Shadows Linger was still very good but it is a different beast entirely Fans of the series should not be disappointed though Glen Cook delivers another winner and sets up the last book in the series beautifullyThe book has two main story linesIn one we follow some ex Black Company members as they while away their days in Juniper and a couple of local inhabitants who are mostly up to no goodIn the other we follow The Black Company on their never ending conuest for The Lady Every day is a struggle for them Something is wrong Something is missing In the middle of it all we have the Black Castle It started out as a little black rock lying beside a dead man The man who found them tried to pick the rock up He died And the rock started growing It’s been growing ever since Our ancestors experimented on it They attacked it Nothing harmed it Anybody who touched it died For the sake of their sanity they decided to ignore itAnd then these different paths meet and things start to get hairy resulting in fight flight and a fatality or fourAnd so the Company comes to the crossroads and makes choices that will either make or break the future of the world One thing is for certain they have time on their side ;Recommended

  7. carol. carol. says:

    Something about Cook he just has a way of weaving a story that keeps me interested even when I'm not altogether enjoying it It can be difficult to read about desperate innkeepers snitches needing to make a buck and a mercenary company because none of the protagonists truly seem likeable Cook builds both action and suspense however and I can't help but keep going to see how it turns out Easier to follow than it's predecessor it does still have parts that are hard to follow especially when talking geography and battle strategy A faceplate map would have been nice when we are talking about plains mountains and thousand mile treks In the end I gloss over those bits which in this story at least seemed relatively harmless This time the company heads to the ends of the continent which coincidentally is where Raven and Darling are hiding out Croaker is still the narrator for the company chapters The company is sent there to deal with a mysterious black castle at the Lady's behest Meanwhile actions on the part of Raven and the innkeeper are making events progress rapidly at the castle Croaker starts to play a dangerous game concealing Raven's actions from the Lady while otherwise working for her interests there There are notes of redemption in the end which makes it feel like it was worth reading

  8. Maria Dimitrova Maria Dimitrova says:

    Buddy read with the Mercenaries of BBBThe second book of the Chronicles of the Black Company picks up years after the end of the first While at first I was a bit annoyed at that I soon realized that it just doesn't make sense to show the intervening years It's been battles and expansion with no real resistance But now a new or rather old threat is rising to destroy the Lady and Croaker and some of our favourite mercenaries are sent to the middle of nowhere to assist in dealing with what eventually proves something horrific We get to meet some old friends and some new low life scum that somehow manage to grow on me despite the start And in the end the Company ends at a very different place and no I'm not speaking geography here from where they startedThe pace of this book is different and this is reflected in the shorter rather choppy chapters that make you feel the same hectic tension Croaker experience when he learns of view spoilerRaven and Darling's hide spoiler

  9. Gavin Gavin says:

    Shadows Linger was even better than the first book in The Black Company series It had all the positives of the first book and successfully replaced the slow campaign marches with some exciting intrigue I worried about the split POV's for a while but it worked out well in the end as Maron Shed turned out to be as fascinating a character to read about as Croaker After the way this book ended I'm looking forward to reading The White Rose Rating 4 stars

  10. Markus Markus says:

    I believe in our side and theirs with the good and evil decided after the fact by those who survive Among men you seldom find the good with one standard and the shadow with another35 starsNot as good as the first one though it does keep most of the elements that made The Black Company so good The most disappointing part was that all the interesting characters from the first book the Lady the Taken Raven and Darling are barely present in the second They appear of course but they all play a significantly lesser role The story is also uite different in Shadows Linger and here we see of undercover action and infiltration than battles and power struggles but Cook manages to keep advancing the plot within this new frame and the ending builds the excitement for the conclusion of the trilogySeries review from the beginningSeries review from the ending

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