The Black Company Book Summary and Study Guide

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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?
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The review of this Book prepared by Robert Stiles

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!
The review of this Book prepared by aconiadad

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 review of this Book prepared by the Ranger

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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   sword fights    -   magical battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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