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Lord of the Silent Kingdom by Glen Cook

Lord of the Silent Kingdom (2007)

by Glen Cook

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Series: The Instrumentalities of the Night (2)

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The second of a two book series that forms “The Instrumentalities of the Night” along with its predecessor “Tyranny of the Night”. Glen Cook throws his readers right into the story (as he always does), with no hand holding or other aids such as maps or glossaries. This can be confusing, especially for new readers, but once familiar with the lands and cultures, the reader realizes the richness of the world that has been created. Still, this series is so complex, I would have loved a map and character index to go along with it. ( )
  Qorvus | Jan 4, 2010 |
I've read every book that Glen Cook has written, I think, but sadly, this series is one of his worst. It's based on European history, but as part of setting it in a fantasy world, he apparently thought that he had to re-name every location. As a result, I kept alternating between "who are the Connectens again, really?" and "just write Roman instead of Brothen already!" Not one of his best ideas. And the plot is meandering and full of inconclusive episodes that if he wasn't writing from history he probably would have edited out. Which is sort of a shame, since the central premise of the book (cannons kill gods and therefore disrupt the social order, just as cannons in reality did so by destroying castles) might have been more interesting. ( )
1 vote rpuchalsky | Jul 13, 2008 |
See The Tyranny of the Night. ( )
  TadAD | May 19, 2008 |
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In memory of my father,
Charles Albert Cook,
who lived a life stranger
than fiction,


In memory of my good friend
Richard Cole,
who snuck out the back
way early, before the
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It's cold. The wells of power are weakening and the forces of Night grow strong. The gods are real, and still have some power, mostly to do harm.  The Instrumentalities of the Night are the worst of these.
Piper Hecht, born Else Tage, survived a battle with the Instrumentalities. Now he's Captain-General of the armies fighting a crusade for Patriarch Sublime V. Intrigues swirl around the throne of the Grail Empire, as the imperial family's enemy Anne of Menand raises money to help the perpetually indebted Patriarch finance his crusades. To reduce his own vulnerability, sickly young Emperor Lothar assigns his two half-sisters—his immediate heirs—to their own realms.
Now Piper Hecht learns that the legendary sorcerer Cloven Februaren, referred to as the Ninth Unknown, is still alive, more than 100 years old, and on Piper's side. As the dynastic politics of the Empire become even more convoluted, it's clear that while the old gods may be fading, they're determined to do everything they can to bend the doings of men to their own advantage.
Sieges, explosions, betrayals, Anti-Patriarchs, and suspicious deaths will ensue as the great chess game plays itself out, with Piper Hecht at the center of it all…
In Lord of the Silent Kingdom, Glen Cook has created a complex and original sequel to The Tyranny of the Night, continuing this intriguing fantasy epic.

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A survivor of a battle with the Instrumentalities, the former Else Tage, now known as Piper Hecht, sets out to enlist the assistance of legendary sorcerer Cloven Februaren in the battle against the dynastic politics of the Empire.

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