Regrouping in Taglios, the surviving members of the Black Company are determined to free their fellow warriors held in stasis beneath the glittering plain. Journeying there under terrible conditions, they arrive just in time for a magical conflagration in which the bones of the world will be revealed, the history of the Company unveiled, and new world gained and lost…all at a terrible price. (goodreads.com)
I really enjoyed reading Water Sleeps. It was much better than some of his other novels in this series, and I really liked having Sleepy as the narrator. Once I started reading I couldn’t believe how much time had passed. I believe there was a fourteen year gap between the two novels; little baby Tobo (Murgen’s son) is fourteen now!
I thought this book moved at a pretty decent pace. There were times when it slowed down but it never got boring. The main reason for it moving a little slower is the amount of history that is revealed. We learn a lot about the Black Company (finally!), as well as uncle Doj and his people. This was all very intriguing and kept me reading! I mean, I only had to read 9 novels in order to find out more about the Black Company!
I loved reading the book in Sleepy’s point of view. She isn’t really fun or funny, but she is serious and a good strategist. It just brought something different to the story. Her personality was different than either Croaker or Murgen (both who seemed very similar). I still miss Croaker and Lady as the narrators since they were my favorite, but I was satisfied with Sleepy.
I was disappointed that Lady and Croaker were not in the story; however, Goblin and One-Eye were at it again! Tobo is a lot older in this book and a very intriguing character as well. There are definitely some plans for him in the future. Soulcatcher is also prominent in this story as she is pretty much the only enemy left of the Black Company besides Kina.
I will say that I did shed a couple tears near the end of the book. I won’t say who dies, but that I was very upset about it! 😦 I just couldn’t believe it, and it was so unexpected.
I think Water Sleeps is one of my favorites of the series, but it still doesn’t beat the first few books. It was well written, well paced, had great characters, and had a really good ending. I definitely recommend that you read this one if you have read all the others. I thought it was a great addition to the series and I cant wait to read the final book!
My rating: 4/5 stars!
I recommend reading the omnibus version of this book!
A little information about Glen Cook and some of his books
My other reviews in this series
Glen Cook: The Chronicles of the Black Company (honshinen.wordpress.com)
Fantasy Fiction Tuesday: The Black Company (1984) (dungeonsandcaverns.blogspot.com)
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