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The Silver Spike by Glen Cook

The Silver Spike (1989)

by Glen Cook

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I was turned off by the first couple chapters because I thought this was going to end up a pointless detour from the main thread of the story and I wanted to see what Croaker & Lady were going to do about the big off-screen dramatic moment at the end of Dreams of Steel. But in the end it was a fun detour from the main thread of the story. And I think most of my disappointment has to do with the fact that I read it in the Books of the South collection, which has it as #6 in the series, when it looks like it was published 4th.

So yeah, I still like the characters. Still want to know where this is all going. ( )
  sinceyouasked | Mar 17, 2017 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission. Title: The Silver Spike Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company Author: Glen Cook Rating: of 5 Battle Axes Genre: SFF Pages: 318 Format: Kindle Synopsis: Since the Dominator's essence was put into a silver spike and embedded into a young tree godling, the Lady is without her power and the White Rose is now just a girl, things should be just fine, right? Ha. A bunch of amateur criminals steal the spike and set off a chain of events that lead to the utter destruction of one of the Taken, the Limper, and a grand adventure. My Thoughts: This was a FUN read. Bumbling low level criminals get in way over their heads, a Taken just goes nuts and cuts a huge swathe of destruction through the continent and the White Rose leads one final mission for the rebellion. It was everything I wanted in a fantasy book. There were no real good guys, but since this was a Black Company book, I wasn't expecting there to be any. Just a bunch of neerdowells mixed in with some really powerful guys. And the White Rose hooking up with a potato farmer turned soldier and returning to potato farming at the end? It made me laugh and yet it was the perfect ending for her. She needs a lifetime of the mundane to make up for all that came before. The journalistic approach of the previous books was kept for this one as well. I like that. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A stand alone that wraps up the characters who do not continue into the rest of the Black company series after the climactic ending in The White Rose. Not quite as well done as the others in the series, the Limper seems way to powerful in this story as opposed to his role in the earlier novels. Still, not a bad book and does tie up the loose ends. ( )
1 vote davidpauly1105 | Jul 20, 2016 |
I started with the Black Company a long while ago and recently thought to finish up. Well, the Silver Spike is a little bit of a disappointment. It has several stories and viewpoints of the telling at first, not to my mind at all like the Black Company. That takes us well through the middle of the book before the group starts tightening. And the story starts to come around as well.

It seems an afterthought to the series, to give the fans something to understand what happens to a few key characters whether they will live happily ever after, or otherwise. That some storylines within the mind of Mr Cook are brought together for a simple quick telling and resolution. The story itself, and the battles that are inherent to the title piece seem washed over, simply resolved, or spoken in the past tense in the chapter following where we anticipated that a battle was to occur. So there, a company of mercenaries, or just a few of that old company, don't seem to have much to give us. The Magic, since we are following several of the Sorcerers now, also seems to be glossed over.

A little bit better than average, and perhaps part of this series that does not need to be reread again. ( )
  DWWilkin | Jun 22, 2015 |
The Silver Spike follows Darling, Raven, Case, and Silent, and what happens to them after the battle at the Barrowlands. You also get to follow Toadkiller Dog as well as the Wicker Man (identity unknown at the beginning). Other than being able to find out what happened to Darling, Raven, and Silent, the book wasn’t that good.

The book is mainly written in the point-of-view of Case, who was a companion to Raven when he was in hiding in of of the other books. You don’t get to know him too well until this book. I would rather read the point-of-view of Croaker or Lady, though Case wasn’t too bad. Some people complain because of the writing, but if you read carefully you find out that Case just learned how to read and write, so it makes sense that some of the grammar isn’t right.

The Silver Spike is probably the worst of all the Black Company novels I have read so far. I really didn’t enjoy this one much. I found the plot to be pretty boring. It parallels the main plot and answers some of the “what happend to…?” questions you might have. The focus of the book is pretty simple: someone is out to steal the silver spike and sell it to the highest bidder. Obviously, everyone gathers to stop anything evil from getting their hands on the spike and a big battle breaks out at the end.

There are no surprises or intrigue that really kept me reading, and it is way more predictable than any of the other books. I just did by best and pushed through it. It feel like I could have skipped quite a few pages and not have missed anything.

There are new characters introduced in the book. I like some of them including Fish (who becomes creepy) and Smeds. They are pretty well developed, and Smeds undergoes some major changes throughout the story. Although I like these characters, there seem to be other characters that are underdeveloped and almost non-existent including Raven’s children and Exile (who could be an interesting character).

I really like hearing about Raven from Case’s perspective. He seems to have become an entirely new person. Raven talks a lot more than in the other books and you get to know more about his feelings towards Darling and his children. He becomes more human when reading about him from Case’s perspective.

After reading this I am hoping that some of the characters actually stay dead. If you have read any of the other books you will understand.

I do recommend reading this novel before Shadow Games. It was the last of the books in the omnibus edition, but should have been the first. It deters from the main story line and after reading the ending in Dreams of Steel this book isn’t what you wan’t to read.

Although I did not enjoy it much, I recommend reading it anyway if you have read the others just because it ties up some loose ends. But definitely read it before Shadow Games! You may enjoy it more than I did if you read this one first.

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  AshleyMiller | Sep 10, 2014 |
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...embedded in the trunk of the scion of the godtree, it contains the essence of the maddest of the Ten Who Were Taken...The Dominator. Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

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