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The Silver Spike (1989)

by Glen Cook

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This may have been more fun if I'd read it immediately after the previous trilogy, but it wasn't great. It follows some minor ex- and non-Black Company members and wraps up their dangling plotlines, and it's as well-executed as any of Cook's works, but the big threat is dreadfully contrived and the characters really never rise above their minor status. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book is related to the Black Company series, but is not directly part of it. It follows the actions of a band of treasure hunters who end up freeing The Dominator from where he was imprisoned in The White Rose. Once he is loose in the world, he roams about causing massive destruction and seeking revenge on the Black Company. Opposition from Raven, Darling and the beasts from the Plain of Fear prevent him from ever catching up to the Company though.

This is the weakest of the Black Company books I have read. A lot of it is just repeated attempts to kill a seemingly unkillable monster. A large portion of the book is from the viewpoint of a new set of characters who are not that interesting. An unneeded sidebar to the series. ( )
  sdobie | Jun 16, 2010 |
No tv in the world that these guys inhabit. If there was, and they had seen a few B horror movies, they would never, ever, ever have contemplated what they did in a sheer fit of idiocy. The rest of the book is the bad things that happen to them afterwards. Mostly obvious to us, and somewhat amusing. Plus some Darling and her entourage, and what happens to them.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2006/11/silver-spike-glen-cook.html ( )
  maketest | Aug 26, 2009 |
I've listed this as #3B since it overlaps in time with the previous books, mostly with The White Rose. It tells the stories of characters who have walked out of the main story line. It's well-written, perhaps better than the first three, but does suffer a bit from the fact that you know much of what has happened. ( )
  TadAD | May 14, 2008 |
I loved the first Black Company book. I found the second and third books to be entertaining, but not really in the same class. I read this book fourth, and found it to be hardly recognizable as the work of the same author. The characters are unsympathetic and one-dimensional, and the plot meanders without rhyme or reason. The climax is a yawner and the denouement is neither believable nor satisfying. If you're looking for more of the gritty, imaginative writing of the original, skip this one. ( )
  clong | Dec 28, 2007 |
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This here journal is Raven's idea but I got me a feeling he won't be so proud of it if he ever gets to reading it because most of the time I'm going to tell the truth.
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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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Croaker, Lady, Murgen the annalist, the sorcerer One-Eye, and their fellow mercenary warriors in the hire of the city of Taglia discover their situation is not what it seems

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