Following the Company’s disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors–determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost.
But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder–competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals.
Meanwhile, far away, Shadowmasters conspire against one another and the world, weaving dark spells that reach into the heart of Taglios. And in a hidden grove, a familiar figure slowly awakens to find himself the captive of an animated, headless corpse.
Mercilessly cutting through Taglian intrigues, Lady appears to be growing stronger every day. All that disturbs her are the dreams which afflict her by night–dreams of carnage, of destruction, of universal death, unceasing (goodreads.com).
Due to the dramatic ending of the previous book, I had to start Dreams of Steel right away! Although not the best in the series, it is still good and gives us a new perspective into the Black Company.
Dreams of Steel is a lot slower than all the other ones. I found myself not needing to get through it as quickly as the others. Usually during slower parts there would be One-Eye and Goblin to keep me entertained, but they are not in this novel. However, it is still an intriguing and surprising story so I had to keep going. I’m glad I did because I really liked the ending and after reading that I can’t wait to find out what happens!
It is interesting to get to know Lady better and learn more about her history and feelings towards Croaker. I am really starting to like her! I enjoy seeing her as a more human character, though she is starting to get her powers back. What I can’t wait to find out is if she reverts back to her old self or if Croaker has been a good enough influence on her. I also like her battle strategies and how she solved the problem of the priests in this book. That was dark!
I found that I am starting to get to know more about the other characters that were introduced in the last book, and I really like Ram because he reminds me of Raven. Throughout the book you find out more about the new characters who are working with Lady. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say they are some scary and dark characters!
Unlike all the other books, this book is narrated by Lady, which provides a different perspective for the story. I was upset at first that Croaker was no longer narrating, but it turned out that I enjoy Lady just as much.
Definitely read this book if you read the others, but just be aware its just a little bit harder to get through. I enjoyed it quite a bit anyway.
My rating: 4/5 stars!
Buy the omnibus version of the book, which includes all three in the trilogy. It’s a great copy!
Wiki site for the book
A little information about Glen Cook and some of his books
My other reviews in this series:
*photo provided by wikipedia.org