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Shadow Games 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 Khatovar eight thousand miles

  • Title: Shadow Games
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • ISBN: 9780812533828
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exists only in legende origin of the first Free Companies.Every step of the way the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion eating crowsAfter 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 Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exists only in legende origin of the first Free Companies.Every step of the way the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion eating crows As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle, rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates, and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow until they are thousands strong.But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters a deadly new enemy twisted creature that deal in darkness and death powerful, shadowy creatures bent on smothering the world in their foul embrace This is the first round in a deadly game, a game that the Black Company cannot hope to win.

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    1. Evgeny on said:

      As anybody who made it to this point knows after the events in The White Rose the Black Company split. The fate of its members left behind is described in The Silver Spike. This book starts the plot arc about the people who decided to go with its analyst Croaker to the place of the Company's origin, faraway and mysterious Khatovar. The seven survivors (yes, there were only seven people left in the beginning of the book) had no clue that they end up right in the middle of power play of some peopl [...]

    2. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) on said:

      ● Buddy read with the ever awesome BBB mercenaries ●Welcome to yet another fascinating Why Did I, Why Didn't I Non-Review (WDIWDINR™)! Because I don't have the time to write one of those It's Longer Than The Book Itself Non-Reviews (ILTTBINR™) that you love so much! That's right, my Little Barnacles! Time for you to be glad and rejoice again! We're about to embark on a The Crap Is About To Get Cut Non-Review (TCIATOGCNR™)! ① Why did I almost DNF this book? *gasps*YES, my name is Sara [...]

    3. Robin (Bridge Four) on said:

      3.5 My Fair Lady StarsI love being back with Croaker, One –Eye, Goblin and the former Lady, still called Lady but she is much diminished in power since The White Rose, I’m sure that will be rectified at some point though.Things I like about this Series:ͼ Everything is a little clipped. Since it is told like the annals of an army company things like scenery, excessive dialogue and descriptions are clipped. Therefore it is a short read with most of the meat of the story but not a lot of extra [...]

    4. Markus on said:

      The heart is stilled but the corpse stumbles on. The Company is dead in fact but not in name.And we, O merciless gods, stand witness to the power of names.After decades of fighting in the dark empire of the north, the huge and devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, and the awakening of an ancient evil in the Barrowland, the Black Company turns south in a quest to find its mysterious origins and the long lost city of Khatovar.A couple of the most interesting characters are absent in this novel [...]

    5. Choko on said:

      *** 4.44 ***A buddy read with my fellow mercenaries in the BB&B company. I can honestly say, I missed The Black Company terribly, I just didn't realized that until I started reading the forth installment in the series. Am I glad to be back on the road with my BC mercs:):):)The Black Company is on the road to the South, trying to get beck to their legendary origins. It does not matter that at the beginning of the journey they are only 7, and that is including the now diminished Lady. Although [...]

    6. Wanda on said:

      A smattering of the Black Company still remains and they have decided to head back to their beginnings, heading south to the legendary city of Khatovar. They are in search of the lost Annals of the Company, so you may be sure that this operation is being headed by our cranky Annalist, Croaker.Croaker isn’t sure that he likes being in charge, but he shows an aptitude for it, thinking up sneaky surprises for the enemies that they encounter and showing that knowing some history gives a leader a g [...]

    7. Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ on said:

      The heart is stilled but the corpse stumbles on. The Company is dead in fact but not in name. And we, O merciless gods, stand witness to the power of names.The Black Company is down to seven members, with Croaker as their new captain. The Lady has lost her powers and is trying to come to terms with it. (view spoiler)[For now? I have a feeling, a vague hope that they are going to be back sooner or later. (hide spoiler)]After a looooot of travelling, a loooot of Lady struggling to adjust to her ne [...]

    8. Hosein on said:

      چرا اینجوری تموم شد؟:| هیچ چیز خاصی واقعا نمیتونم در مورد این کتاب بگم، جز اینکه فوق العاده بود.

    9. Athena Shardbearer on said:

      Actual Rating 3.5GAH!!!! Glen Cook, what a cliff hanger. It wasn't as great as the last three, more of the slow years. It did drag in places, loved the Lady and Croakers relationship but I have questionsd I need answers!!!

    10. Jack on said:

      Another great entry in The Black Company series, albeit a shade off from the the first three books. The last 25% of the book saved the five-star rating for me. [Spoiler stuff follows.]The middle section of the book dragged a bit, but (view spoiler)[the final battles, and the cliffhangers! Croaker? Lady? Goblin? One-Eye? Are y'all okay? How did Soulcatcher get back? GAH!(hide spoiler)]Glen Cook keeps ruining my plans to start a new series. I give up; I'll just finish the remaining five books in t [...]

    11. Eric on said:

      "We ride out in the morning," I said. "My apologies. I was elected to lead the Company, not just Croaker. Forgive me for losing sight of that."Crafty old Croaker. One-Eye and Goblin looked properly abashed. I grinned. "So go get packed. We're gone with the morning sun."She wakened me in the night. For a moment I thoughtI saw her face. She had heard.She begged me to stay just one more day. Or two, at the most. She did not want to be here anymore than we did, surrounded and taunted by all that she [...]

    12. Milda Page Runner on said:

      3.5 starsGood but not as good as 2 previous books. The pacing was a bit uneven. As Black Company travels South to mysterious Khatovar we have some slow moments especially in the first half of the book. Once they reach exotic southern towns with unpronounceable names action picks up. Mysterious and menacing enemies and no less mysterious allies with questionable motives, intrigue of Company's own past and what lies over the edge of the map, fights with the Company's signature magic and trickery a [...]

    13. Gavin on said:

      Shadow Games is the fourth book in The Black Company series. It's not quite as strong as the books from the original trilogy, but it's a worthwhile entry into the series. This is the tale of The Black Company's attempts to return their vaunted annals to Khatovar, the Company's place of origin. Of course the path to Khatovar is fraught with mishaps! I liked the story and Lady was a good addition to the team. Plenty of other familiar faces pop up as well. Croaker remains an interesting character. [...]

    14. Sumant on said:

      This book was some what let down for me as it did not live up to the standards set by first three books in the series, this book basically consists of journey of company back to Khatovar where they are going to place the annals of the company.More than 25% of book consisted of traveling different regions up to Beryl, where everything actually began in the first book.I forgot to mention in my last review but got to give credit to narrator of books Mark Vietor so far he has done an awesome job and [...]

    15. Eilonwy on said:

      I am no closer to coming up with a review than I was when I closed the covers!

    16. Skaistė on said:

      Kad jau skaičiau, tai pagalvojau, perskaitysiu iki galo, įdomu, kaip baigsis, ką čia tas vidurnaktis :) Pabaiga tai tokia, kad vos ne iš karto norisi imti kitą knygą ir skaityti toliau. Nė viena iš kitų knygų pabaigų nebuvo tokia "cliffhanger". Nors kai kurie dalykai paaiškėjo, bet atsirado vietoj jų daugybė naujų, o dar daug kas liko neaišku. O šiaip įdomu buvo Gvardijos kelionė ir jos pokyčiai tos kelionės eigoje. Paslapčių ir intrigų kaip ir visad netrūko. Paprastai [...]

    17. Lanko on said:

      I need book 5, like, right now. HolyThis started pretty slow and took its time to get it rolling, but when it did damn. Masterful. It's totally deceiving because it looks way too easy but it's all part of the plan. Foreshadowing, big plot twists and an insane cliffhanger ending. I couldn't believe the book ended. Some great new characters, but more importantly, an old favorite is back!

    18. Chichipio on said:

      I started this one feeling a little tired of the Black Company, but it took only a few paragraphs to remind me why I enjoy this world so much. It's never easy continuing a series after a successful trilogy, and I think the fourth—mostly unrelated—book shows that. This one, with most of the old timers back, and Croaker in the role of narrator, manages to be a nice change of direction for the series. And after that ending I can't wait to know what happens next.

    19. Joshua Smith on said:

      3.5 Stars. Might change it to 4 stars later. Lady is the shit, for real.

    20. Adara on said:

      I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world. And that opinion becomes more important than all our sneaky, sleazy schemes of greed, lust, self-aggrandizement, whatever we are up to while lying the world into believing we are just plain nice folks. I was her truth object, and she was mine. The gang are down to seven members with Croaker at the hel [...]

    21. Ashley on said:

      Chronicles of the Black Company was one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a long time. I was excited to begin the next set of the Black Company novels in Books of the South. Even though I read the omnibus edition I will have to post these books separately because I have much to say.According to , Shadow Games is apparently the fifth installment of the Chronicles of the Black Company. It is preceded by The Silver Spike. However, in the Omnibus edition, Shadow Games comes first, so this is [...]

    22. Alex Ayotte on said:

      You're never bored in a Black Company novel. *Some spoilers.*This first book of the south was pretty interesting in that Croaker is now Captain, the company comprises seven men, and the Lady rides with them, diminished in power (supposedly, I don't believe it). They want to go south to their fabled origin of Khatovar. Why? Don't ask. There is a great threat to the south, the Shadowmasters who have taken the lands and cities and stand between the Company and Khatovar. There are battles, rugged sc [...]

    23. Benjamin Thomas on said:

      The fourth book in The Black Company series is also the beginning of a new dualogy, often referred to as “The Books of the South”. After the high impact events in book # 3, The White Rose, the remaining bits of the Black Company (down to only seven people now) decide to make their way south, to locate the lost historical annals of their Company and return them to Khatovar, the Company's place of origin.This novel is sort of a “journey” novel, as we get to experience the Company’s adven [...]

    24. Nenad Pavlović on said:

      A long travel that leads only to the next part of the series, new foes that are just the shadows of the old, but still pretty entertaining at moments.

    25. Jeremy Jackson on said:

      Glen Cook is one of the most engaging writers I have ever encountered. His prose is crisp and clean; not one word is misplaced, there are no meandering passages, and every sentence carries the weight of the entire story on its back. There is no skimming Glen Cook. Ursula K. le Guin is my favorite author, but the two could not be more disparate: Cook lacks Le Guin's poetic brilliance, but The Telling did not make me rush home from work to tear open its pages, and I have never hunted desperately t [...]

    26. Peter on said:

      A great start for the Books of the South. The very diminished Black Company travels south trying to find their way back to their fabled origins. On the way back they manage to pick up new members, and some new (or are they?) problems.I could have done without the description of some of their opponents as nothing more than 'little brown men', especially since some of the men are never more than just a horde of nameless antagonists.Also, compared to the earlier books in the series, this one really [...]

    27. L'ours inculte on said:

      La Compagnie Noire n’est plus, ou presque. Après le carnage des Livres du nord (attention ça va sûrement spoiler les tomes précédents, obviously) ils ne sont plus que sept sous le commandement d’un Toubib qui se serait bien passé de la nouvelle responsabilité. Il est temps pour eux de partir, de revenir aux origines de la Compagnie, à Khatovar, cap au sud.C’est donc une mini-Compagnie qui prend la route. Otto, Hagop, Madame, Murgen, Toubib et les inénarrables sorciers Gobelin et Q [...]

    28. Patrick on said:

      After the dramatic events in The White Rose, the Black Company finds themselves traveling south to recover Croaker's lost annals. During their adventure, they get intercepted by people from Taglios who want to hire them to defeat a group known as the Shadowmasters. The book is roughly divided into two parts and takes the span of about a year. The first half of the story consists of several chapters of the Company gaining members as they trek through foreign lands. The second half is a rather len [...]

    29. Robertb on said:

      It's been quite a while since I read the previous books, but sorry, I think this should have been concluded with the first 3 volumes. Or rather, if you're thinking about reading this series, the "Books of the North" could be read as a stand-alone and I think it's best to do just that.Shadow Games are noticeably less interesting than the North arc and the next book that I've started to read doesn't seem to be any better ( if not worse ). We have the developing romance between Lady and Croaker, bu [...]

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