|Plot Summary of The Black Company|
|"A hard bitten mercenary band takes a commision to work for The Lady's empire. They are the best of the best, with an admittedly black heart. They start having moral qualms about working for The Lady and her sorcerous minions. Can even ones as evil as they find the path to the light? "
the Ranger, Resident Scholar
|"The not-so-good guys are hired by the possibly-not-so-bad Empress' representative to do some major ass-whuppin' on the Rebels. Can The Black Company trust the rep, who has his own schemes? Can the rep afford to screw a mercenary group that has survived for hundreds of years? Should you read this book? No, No and YES!"
aconiadad, Resident Scholar
|"The Black Company, an army of mercenaries which has existed for thousands of years, is coerced into the service of the Lady, a mysterious being that rules a vast empire threatened by a Rebellion. Croaker, the company's doctor and current chronicler, narrates the bloody adventures and battles that the Company engages in. Gradually, he learns that the Lady, and her ten enslaved, immortal sorcerers, may not be as evil as he previously believed, and learns that the Rebels, while apparently benevolent, are just as vicious as the Empire. After winning a series of battles and beating a rival general for the Lady's favor, the Black Company becomes the favorite troops of the Empire. But will they be enough to defeat ambitious schemers within the Empire, and the rising tide of Rebellion? "
Robert Stiles, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Black Company|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- hand to hand
- sword fights
- magical battles
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- infantry soldier
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
Has magical powers?
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Planet outside solar system?
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog