Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1.5) by Glen Cook

Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1.5)

The father of Grimdark returns…The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all.The one person who was taken into The Lady’s Tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were...

Details Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1.5)

TitlePort of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1.5)
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Dark Fantasy

Reviews Port of Shadows (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1.5)

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    💀 Slightly Catastrophic Buddy read with my mercenary brothers and sisters Elena, Maria, Mark, and the Black Company Overlord Himself (BCOH™) 💀Warning: I was recently told that my reviews read like they were written by a 13-year-old on acid Tumblr. So proceed at your own risk and stuff. Oh, I’m not 13, by the way, I’m 12. In case you were wondering.Warning #2: I wanted to make this short but failed miserably. The Black Company is my fa...
  • Elena
    So. Port of Shadows. Long-awaited throwback to the Company's happier times. For fans and readers who followed the ragtag gang in its journey to the South, I suppose the book was meant as a heartfelt reunion with old friends; for those who are approaching the series in chronological order, this is an occasion to get to know a bit better most of the players in the game before the general plot starts its crazy, heart-stopping gallop towards the epic...
  • Mark
    In the past year, Glen Cook has quickly become one of my favorite authors; I consider books like The White Rose and She is the Darkness to be among my favorites in the fantasy genre. That said, I didn’t enjoy this book...at all.The story starts out on a promising note, with some One-Eye and Goblin antics, as well as a backstory that hints at exciting revelations about the Senjak family. At around the 20% mark, things started to fall apart. Firs...
  • Sean
    Jesus, after reading some of these reviews I had to write my own.Here, I'm going to make this easy for you.Are you someone that gets offended by every little thing that doesn't agree with your world view? Are you a Social Justice Warrior? Are you more concerned about what color to dye your hair prior to going to your Resistance meeting than actually having a conversation with someone that might disagree with you? Is everything wrong in your life ...
  • Maria Dimitrova
    Buddy read with the Mercenaries of BB&B.I wish I never read this book. I should have DNFed this weeks ago. But the masochist in me reared her ugly head and made me finish this atrocity to the greatness that is the Chronicles of the Black Company. There were a lot of problems with this book but the one that destroyed my enjoyment was the inconsistent characterization with the other volumes of the first story arc. And it kills me because I loved Cr...
  • Joseph
    So back in 1984, Glen Cook published The Black Company, the first in a series of (eventually) ten novels -- nine directly following the exploits of the Company (mercenaries, last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, very competent and not always very choosy about their employers) and one (The Silver Spike) telling a sort of side-story about some of the wreckage they left in their wake. And in 2000 came Soldiers Live, the final volume in the story o...
  • Patrick St-Denis
    Port of Shadows is the first Black Company installment in seventeen years. This more or less stand-alone tale was meant to be the perfect place to start for newbies not familiar with Glen Cook's signature series and an opportunity for long time fans to rejoice. Unfortunately, this new book failed to deliver on basically every front. The father of Grimdark Cook may be, but his latest effort was a total failure to launch.Readers who have yet to get...
  • Cross777
    This is not the Black Company you are looking for. Skip it.There are two narratives. One deep in the past, one current told by Croaker.The past involves a necromancer, Papa, the dead body of Dorotea Senjak and her sister Credence and the centuries they spent together and what became of them.Croaker tells the story of the Port of Shadows, a way to awaken the Dominator.Not much happens in the book which takes place in Aloe for about 4 years.The Com...
  • David
    I first discovered Glenn Cook 30 years ago. I've read everything he has published and loved nearly all of it. This book, by far is the worst he has ever produced. No, really this could be considered Did Not Finish material. If you loved the characters of the Black Company, you will not find them here. Sure the names used are the same but the personalities and actions of those characters do not come across at all. All interactions are very superfi...
  • Jeremy Jackson
    Alas! Glen Cook is a fine writer, and the prose is certainly Glen Cook's. The nostalgia of returning to one of my favorite series (penultimate to the best period of that series) was keen. Unfortunately, this revival should have remained buried. I labored through far too much harkening back to banter better written in the original volumes; I pressed on past filler that, if cut, would have left the remainder a serviceable short story; I held my nos...
  • Jack
    This book was a good read, but I wanted to like it more than I did. Perhaps this would be four-star book, if I had not been judging it in the universe of the other Black Company books. Like the other BC books, this one does not suffer from unoriginality, even when compared to its BC sibling books. But in this case, the plot, setting, and wrap-up were not my cup of tea. Other reader fans of the Black Company certainly disagree. But to me, it felt ...
  • Chez
    The easiest, no brainer, 5 stars I’ve given this year
  • Darren McGowan
    I want moreWow, just like your favorite jeans. This book reminded me of catching up with an old friend, everything just seemed perfect. It's been way to long since we've heard from Croaker and the Company, characters were just as you would expect,the writing was in line with the rest of the books and the plot was unique. Although there was not as much action as I would of liked,there is some very interesting back story that reveals a lot about th...
  • S.E. Lindberg
    This Black Company installment from Glen Cook (chronologically #1.5, but published >#10) will be enjoyed by long-term fans much more than newer folk reading the books in order. I came from reading only the first book and recommend skipping it (I am still intrigued to read Shadows Linger eventually). As part of group read in the Goodread's Sword & Sorcery group, series fans suggest reading the original trilogy first (Chronicles of the Black Compan...
  • Reggie Kray
    74 years young and still kicking ass! Cheers to you Mr.Cook!
  • Lanko
    I was really up for this. It has been what? Almost 20 years since Soldiers Live? And to make thinks even better, this starts really well... but it became boring pretty quickly. Took me a month to read it. And a month was also the time to read the entire series last year. It starts with the Company guys we all love and cherish, there is banter between One-Eye and Goblin, even the long sections of playing tonk that appeared in the other novels. The...
  • Bentgaidin
    This was interesting to read as a return to the Black Company; the series was originally published in the 80s/90s as dark military fantasy about a mercenary group that signs on to work for the evil empire and gets caught up in the sorcerous crossfire between the various factions of evil overlords ruling the place. It's very much a progenitor of the Grimdark fantasy genre, about fighting being bloody and awful, self-interest being rewarded far mor...
  • George Harris
    A story that takes place during the Company's service to Lady, before the destruction of the Dominator. Fans of the Annals of the Black Company will almost certainly enjoy it. I have no idea if people unfamiliar with the series would understand it, but they're in luck! They get to read the Annal of the Black Company for the first time. It gives the most in-depth look at the time of the Domination yet.
  • Ryan St george
    If you’re big time in BC lore and characters, this is the book for you! To others this book may just seem like “filler” to me it’s a treat! I greatly enjoyed going back to this world and getting to know these awesome characters again! Highly recommended for BC fanatics like me!
  • Chip
    WTF, Glen? This ... this was not a Black Company book. I dunno what this was. Reminiscent of one of Brust’s time-bending, who knows wtf is actually going on, later Taltos books. And just, really, not great. NOT Black Company. Unfortunately (and I thought this with his later (prior to this one) Black Company books too), seems Cook has really lost the thread with this series.
  • James
    I wanted this book to be better than it is. The original Black Company gave us hardbitten mercenaries, difficult moral choices, and musings on the nature of evil. This book seems to just unfold with the Company as a sort of decoration. Croaker and friends watch and make crude jokes through the story but they don’t really have much influence on events. The ending is ambiguous and confusing in ways that I don’t think were necessary. The overall...
  • Eric R Burgess
    Excitedly read through this new Black Company book since it's the first one in ages. Cook is the same guy he was before, lots of excellent plotting (if they are sometimes more complex than they need to be), names that are sometimes awesome and sometimes ludicrous (and he goes full Russian Novel here with people going by three names), and the often lazy writing (the anachronistic phrases members of the Black Company slide into and the tendency to ...
  • Michael
    After many years Glen Cook returns to his hugely popular Black Company series. This book goes back to a time when the Black Company is still in service to the Lady. It takes place between book one, "The Black Company", and book two, "Shadows Linger". This one is once again told from the perspective of Croker, the Black Company's Annalist. He has stated many times that some of the Annals are missing and parts of the Company's history are unknown. ...
  • Joshua Castleman
    A new entry in The Black Company series? Yes please! I wasn't sure what to expect since the book falls between books 1 and 2 of the series, and it's been awhile since Glen Cook worked on anything Black Company related. I was a little worried it might be one of those terrible 'going back to the well for a quick paycheck' disappointments. My fears were quickly silenced, as this was yet another wonderful book in Cook's trademark straight-forward, no...
  • Joel Mitchell
    Note: if you haven’t read at least the first 2-3 Black Company books, this review might not make a whole lot of sense. There are no spoilers, but I am assuming that you have a basic idea of the characters & world (I would recommend skipping this your first time through the series).This book takes place between the original books one and two, so the original gang’s all here. It was great to see Croaker, One-Eye, Goblin, the Captain, and the re...
  • Drew McCaffrey
    The latest installment of The Black Company series takes place between book one (The Black Company) and book two (Shadows Linger). The Company is in service to the Lady, and some extreme weirdness starts happening.Of all the 11 Black Company books, this one is by far the most involved. Memory issues, unreliable narrators, and incomplete information all serve to cloud what exactly happened during this book. The in-world postscript just clouds thin...