But there is something new under the sun. But Hecht is not the only one determined to reshape the world in his image, and, as empires become unstable, occult powers conspire in the shadows. He does something unusual along the way: He eschews any idea of politically attached feudal armies, and constructs a fully professional fighting model that refuses to fight by any rules but getting the job done. He began writing with m Glen Cook was born in New York City, lived in southern Indiana as a small child, then grew up in Northern California. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. And other plot threads come to near-conclusions, but the conclusions are dulldulldull. But there is something new under the sun.
All of the 'good guys' had everything they needed in order to accomplish their goals. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her. I hoped the third one will be last one. That being said, this book plunges you right into the story where book 3 left off without any helpful back story for new readers, or anyone who read the last book some 3-4 years ago. All the usual players are there. But there is something new under the sun.
That would explain the odd phrasing of every sentence and the one to three second pauses between every few words. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger like the last one, but there is a threat that's been looming through all four novels and now it's coming into focus. As his knowledge of the two worlds grows, so does his entanglement in the intrigues between them. The world goes on, in dread.
On the negative side, the same old re-hashing of medieval Europe with far too many made up place and character names with Piper having yet another new set of titles he goes by and a continuing lack of perceived direction. The characters finish up a recurring evil, but leave the major theme of the book just sitting there. If he stops, they die. The oldest and fiercest of the Instrumentalities has been destroyed--by a mortal. I am somewhat ashamed of this review. I am disappointed to say that it did neither. This is not an end, when we have only one issue resolved and all the rest is just hanging! For those not familiar with the series, here it goes: Imagine an early Renaissance Mediterranean world with sorcery, the contest of pagan gods This is Glen Cook doing what he does best: Dark Fantasy with complicated characters.
The ending was great, but knowing that the series will likely never be finished due to these books not selling well is tough. Spoilers: Piper acquires a gaggle of outright gods and modernized near-gods as his loyal assistants. The Grail Empire lost its empress. A new empress will rule. It was bad enough when the previous book finished up in a cliff-hanger. The ice builds and slides southward.
The world, battered by savage change, limps toward its destiny. Wait till you meet Double Great, Auntie H. I really enjoyed this book. The Night goes on, in dread. Working God's Mischief is the savage, astounding new novel of The Instrumentalities of Night, by Glen Cook, a modern master of military fantasy. Enemies soon become allies and strange bedfellows abound as the prophesies of an age swirl into chaos.
I wonder if he's on a ventilator. And the ice is coming. But now, there is another searching for him. The ice builds and slides southward. The gods that survive this process, perhaps daunted to discover how little magic power survives outside their ancient prison, seem biddable, cooperative and trustworthy—but they rapidly grow bored and start getting into mischief. Next title choices: A Journey Into Twilight Darkness Always Comes I'm voting for the second one. He brought the story down to a human level, dispensing with the cliché archetypes of princes, kings, and evil sorcerers.
Nothing is completed, though some things are consummated. New temporary rating: 4 stars. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. I found it hard to identify with any of the characters.
And the ice is coming. My irritation with the novel began off the bat. The world goes on, in dread. Another rump polishes the Patriarchal Throne. But he is having success in carrying out his mission of conquering the Holy Lands because of The Shining Ones he enlisted. And the ice is coming.