"Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive......I am Murgen, Standard bearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead., ...
One-Eye won't, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end...."So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins.Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyueng Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. the Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns of men and god alike.
I was really looking forward to re-reading this. I remember when it first came out being quite disappointed that there wasn't more about Croaker and the Lady in it. But then every time since then I've been caught up in the tale of Murgen and lovedI was really looking forward to re-reading this. I remember when it first came out being quite disappointed that there wasn't more about Croaker and the Lady in it. But then every time since then I've been caught up in the tale of Murgen and loved the travelling backwards and forwards that the narrative does and how the end is so very upsetting. I really enjoyed reading it this time too. But after so many fantasy novels in a row I had to take a break before reading the rest of the glittering stone series. Even good fantasy I can only read in small doses these days. ...Continua Nascondi