The black company is a mercenary company in a fantasy world. hey are a group of misfits, with murder in their hands and cold eyes. They also have hearts and stories too though and you will come to appreciate them.
If Robert Jordan had fought in Vietnam, seen the worst of humanity in both the enemy and in his own comrades, and then came home to write a fantasy series, it might have felt something like this.
The message of the book is clear: There are no good guys, just degrees of evil.
Black Company is about a band of mercenaries caught up in a war of swords and sorcery. Their moral compass is nearly non-existent, save for loyalty to each other.
The story is well-told, gritty, dark, completely gripping, and will at times leave you in revulsion for what the "heroes" do. You may love the unique characters, but you'll be hard-pressed to admire them.
Spoilers for those who may need fair warning on the content of the book and moral position of the main characters:
- Killing, torture, lying, cheating, theft are all condoned by the protagonists and are actively described in the narrative.
- Murder of civilians including women and children by both sides is treated as normal, though sometimes regrettable. Incidents are mentioned but not described in detail.
- Rape of civilian women after battle is condoned and considered normal as a "reward" to the mercenary protagonists. Rape incidents are mentioned, but neither described nor eroticized by the author.
- An incident of a child being gang-raped by enemy soldiers is discovered and stopped by the protagonists. The rape itself is neither described nor eroticized by the author.
This book is a great example of a mature Fantasy genre, a book full of contrasts, of seemingly terrible characters that somehow make their way into your heart. The pacing is agile and the subjective point of view and the superb performance really does the job of immersing you into the fantasy world. This book is by no means "High Fantasy" it is more of a "Human Fantasy" book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be hearing the rest of the series!
Well written, in a manner perfectly adapted for an audiobook.
Getting the "evil" point of view is original and refreshing, as are the characters.
Plot twists like I haven't seen in a fantasy novel in a while.
Vietor has done an incredible job. You almost feel like you're a part of the Black Company.
Recommend to a fantasy lovers!
It took me through the first third of the book to really start understanding who the characters were. There was not a lot of voice differential from the reader, so it made it even more difficult if they weren't one of the Taken.
Overall I enjoyed the book, just understand it's not one seamless story but more three short stories loosely tied together.
Glen Cook maybe, although this audiobook left a terrible taste. I couldn't really get into the story at all because of the god-awful narration.
After reading Erikson's Malazan series, this just didn't have much to offer. Granted, I couldn't really get into the story because of the FUCKING HORRIBLE narration.
Someone who doesn't sound like Randy Marsh.
No. Story might have been fine, but the narration absolutely ruined it. First time that's ever happened.
The story may be all right. I couldn't enjoy it, though, because I was too busy cringing at Randy Marsh's shitty narration.
I have the whole series in print and bought the whole series in audible to read again. It was well worth it!
The character development was very nuanced. There are very memorable villains such as The Limper, Whisper, The hanged man, The Lady, Soul Catcher....
I would read a book Just about the Limper!
I had read the books before but the narration brought the characters to life.
Awesome! Got to read the whole series. OOOOOH! there are ten of them!
This series is one of my most favorite series of all time.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Let's be up front. This is a GREAT BOOK. This is one of the BEST SERIES in fantasy. If you haven't read it go buy all the books and read them. Marc Vietor is a great narrator with excellent range. The problem is the voice he uses for the main character. It ruined the entire book for me.
I love the gritty battles. You can tell this was written by a guy who fought in a war.
The main character. This guy is an incredible narrarator but the voice he chooses for the main character kills this book for me. This is supposed to be a lower class mercenary doctor, but the narrator voices him like some kind of over-the-top ren-faire reject. His other voices are great, but I couldn't get past this. That being said, try the sample and if the main character voice doesn't bug you then you will absolutely love this book and series.
The book is awsome. Buy it and read it. (in print form)
This is one of the best series in fantasy. If you are me and don't like the narration on this one then I strongly suggest getting the series in print.