Reading his stuff was like reading Vietnam War fiction on peyote. So, when Glen Cook announced that he would be publishing his first new Black Company novel in seventeen years, one would certainly have hoped for something that lived up to the genre-breaking days of yore.
Unfortunately, all that hype — justified though it may have been — has led to, what I believe, is a growing trend in the publishing industry. We have seen it with authors like Neal Stephenson, Brandon Sanderson, and others, and now I think we see a glimpse of it with Glen Cook; In short, the level of fan hype and critical success gives the author too much control and, in turn, relieves an editor of the necessary tools and influence to do their job properly.
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Specifically, three chapters from the book have already been published as standalone short-stories — and, regardless of whether you have read them before or not, you can certainly tell this is the case. Which is disappointing in the extreme because, in my opinion, this is where the lack of proper editorial control can be most vividly seen. So, in the end, while Port of Shadows is by no means a failure or a flop, it is nevertheless disappointing, in that it seems Cook did not allow for the sort of editorial control which might have smoothed out many of the crinkles and warps.
A minor note for fans of The Black Company series, there is an intentional attempt on the part of the author to convey the idea of untrustworthy narrators and historical inaccuracies, as passed down through later compilers. This leaves the reader of previous Black Company books baffled and thinking that a mistake has been made in editorial, rather than some clever literary ploy. For those wanting to avoid this, there is a Postscript at the very end which, if read first, might smooth matters out.
With a more involved editor and a willingness to rely less on previously-published short stories, Port of Shadows could have been a thrilling, captivating, and twisting addition to the series. Instead, it ends up just being mostly confusing and out of place. Port of Shadows Chronicles of the Black Company 6. The soldiers of the Black Company don't ask questions, they get paid.
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But being "The Lady's favored" is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put The Dominator. Defeated by the Lady and cast from t Darkness wars with darkness as the hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must.
They bury their doubts with their dead. Then comes the prophec 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 Lad She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady.
From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Bla After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. The Annals will be returned to K After the Company's defeat at Dejagore, Lady, one of the few survivors, sets out to avenge herself and the Company against the Shadowmasters, and she joins forces with We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them.
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A far cry from the life of Gothic glamour she once lived, she has all but walked away entirely from the world into which she was born. Her life is forever changed when she meets Mar Saphrona Caldwell is a year-old human-vampire hybrid who maintains a quiet existence in the strangest of places: on a farm, where she raises chickens and breeds horses, pigs, and dairy cows.
Her life is forever changed when she meets Mark Singleton, an immortal human whose blood is powerfully alluring and even narcotic to vampires. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Original Title.
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She spends her days tending to her farm, caring for her animals and writing vampire tell-all books under an assumed name. Saphrona is definitely not your typical vampire hybrid. She has abandoned the vampire community save for her brother Lochl Saphrona Caldwell is a year old vampire hybrid who has spent the last years wondering when her bondmate soulmate would finally make an appearance in her life.
She has abandoned the vampire community save for her brother Lochlan. After learning that her father, Diramid, never even tried to save her mother's life after giving birth to her, Saphrona left her vampire life behind and chose to live as normal of a life as possible, for a hybrid anyways. Enter Mark Singleton, ex-marine, who answers an ad for a farm hand that Saphrona has placed in hopes that having a farm hand will give her the opportunity to dedicate more time to her newest novel.
Upon first sight, at long last, Saphrona has found her bondmate. When Mark arrives back at the farm with his belongings, he brings with him his beloved dog, Angel. Upon this second arrival, Saphrona senses yet another supernatural being. Angel is actually a shifter, though Saphrona isn't quite sure what Angel's connection to Mark is.
After Mark turns in for the night and Saphrona is in her office doing some work, there's a knock at the door. Saphrona opens the door to find a naked young lady standing in the doorway. After getting some clothes for "Angel" and offering her a bite to eat, the two women settle in to talk. Angel is in fact Mark's sister Juliette, and Mark doesn't have a clue. This is a story of love overcoming adversity, overcoming tragedy; love that transcends all else and comes out the victor.
There is blood and sex, but how could there not be. This is a vampire story after all.
I should mention that I could feel a "Twilight" vibe from Moore, and trust me, that is not a bad thing in this case. I have read some cheesy vampire novels where I've stopped and said "Oh come on! It definitely stands on its own and does so brilliantly. The end of Chasing Shadows left me wanting so much more and though the author has not said to me one way or another if she plans to continue the story, I feel confident that we have not heard the last Saphrona, Mark, or any of the other wonderful characters. Jul 16, Raquel-My Wick of Tea rated it it was amazing.
I absolutely loved it. The book was action packed and it was very refreshing because I thought it was an original vampire book. I could not wait to get through the book because I wanted to see what and how things were going to happen. And there is another, more dangerous and cunning criminal mastermind, just waiting in the wings. Death Shadows, the second book in the series The Shadow Chronicles, will keep you guessing and rapidly turning the pages. Will Jacqueline survive?
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