An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat

An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat[PDF / Epub] ☄ An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat By Glen Cook – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Dread Empire, a gritty world of larger than life plots, nation shattering conflict, maddening magic, strange creatures, and raw, flawed heroes, all shown through the filter of Glen Cook s inimitab The Dread Empire, a gritty Unacquainted with PDF Í world of larger than life plots, nation shattering conflict, maddening magic, strange creatures, and raw, flawed heroes, all shown through the filter of Glen Cook s inimitable war correspondent prose The Dread Empire, spanning from the highest peaks of the Dragon s Teeth to the endless desert lands of Hammad al An Empire PDF/EPUB or Nakir, from besieged Kavelin to mighty Shinshan, the Empire Unacquainted with Defeat, with its fearless, masked soldiers, known as the Demon Guard An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects all of Glen Cook s short fiction set in the vast world of the Dread Empire, from The Nights of Dreadful Silence , featuring the first appearance of Bragi Empire Unacquainted with PDF ✓ Ragnarson, Mocker, and Haroun bin Yousif, to the culture clashing novella Soldier of An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat from Silverheels , Cook s first published work of fiction, to Hell s Forge , a haunting tale of cursed pirates and strange lands, appearing here for the first time Also including a detailed introduction and extensive story notes by Glen Cook, An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat charts the development of this influential American author and the massive, multifaceted world that he createdSkyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors. Review updated on September 22, 2019.A group read with actually I have no idea who reads this book in our group I am sure about Eilonwy, Elena, and Sarah The rest of the people sort of faded away, just like old soldiers.This is a collection of ten short stories set in Dread Empire universe with short comments by the author for each one Some familiar faces appear I counted five characters from the main series with twomentioned briefly Actually one of the stories explains what happen Review updated on September 22, 2019.A group read with actually I have no idea who reads this book in our group I am sure about Eilonwy, Elena, and Sarah The rest of the people sort of faded away, just like old soldiers.This is a collection of ten short stories set in Dread Empire universe with short comments by the author for each one Some familiar faces appear I counted five characters from the main series with twomentioned briefly Actually one of the stories explains what happened to a fairly important guy who disappeared without a trace in the last trilogy of Dread Empire On the other hand, there are several stories which relate to the universe only in the loosest sense in fact a couple of ones can be qualified as fairy tales as opposed to fantasy dragons kidnapping maidens this kind of things.Of the special note there are three entries about a pirate ship called Vengeful Dragon with a bloodthirsty crew Once again these have practically no connections to the main epic, but they can be considered as a retelling of Pirates of the Caribbean for grown ups Considering the author, you might expect this to be quite dark, and they deliver The author mentioned that he intended to create at least a full novel out of these, but he could not find a publisher I suspect it would be much easier now after the success of the movie I mentioned, but it is most probable Glen Cook moved on to other projects Too bad about this as I see these as inspiration for the movie they contain quite a few common themes, but without any sugar coating and cheesy acting.About the reading order the collection might even be considered as a standalone, but it might be better to read it after the main series as there are some details which can be overlooked without knowing the background The rating is higher than 3 stars, but it does not quite reach 4 this makes 3.5 stars overall During my second read I decided to round the rating up because the book is light years ahead of the crap called modern fantasy vast majority of it A collection of Cook s hard to find short fiction set in the world of the Dread Empire Some of the stories areloosely affiliated than others and, because this is his earlier work, some of them are stronger than others But the best of them Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted With Defeat , Severed Heads and the three stories of the crew of the Vengeful Dragon are fine stories indeed and just to have them in one placethan justifies the collection. Unexpectedly Reunited Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Read URGCMBR with The Overlord, The Queen Formerly Known as Slowpoke, My Nefarious Daughter aka Slowpoke wannabe 1 , my Half Barnacled Son aka Slowpoke wannabe 2 and our recently resuscitated Kiwi And once again a CookBook makes me feel like Don t ask.And also a little like I told you not to ask, didn t IFull Super Extra Crappy Review SECR to come and stuff Hopefully before 2078 Reading order for this series, as firmly kindly Unexpectedly Reunited Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Read URGCMBR with The Overlord, The Queen Formerly Known as Slowpoke, My Nefarious Daughter aka Slowpoke wannabe 1 , my Half Barnacled Son aka Slowpoke wannabe 2 and our recently resuscitated Kiwi And once again a CookBook makes me feel like Don t ask.And also a little like I told you not to ask, didn t IFull Super Extra Crappy Review SECR to come and stuff Hopefully before 2078 Reading order for this series, as firmly kindly suggest by Evgeny aka the Ruthless Glen Cook Overlord Book 1 A Shadow of All Night Falling Book 4 The Fire in His Hands Book 5 With Mercy Towards None Book 2 October s Baby Book 3 All Darkness Met Book 6 Reap the East Wind Book 7 An Ill Fate Marshalling Book 8 A Path to Coldness of Heart Short stories An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat I had no idea what to expect from a collection of Glen Cook s short stories, since I d never seen any of his short fiction before I was very pleasantly surprised by this The stories run the spectrum from super dark to light and fluffy, which are three words I never expected to use in connection with Mr Grim Dark himself I am highly impressed with Cook s versatility with the tone of each story They are all well written, vivid, and entertaining, with not a wasted word in any of them I wo I had no idea what to expect from a collection of Glen Cook s short stories, since I d never seen any of his short fiction before I was very pleasantly surprised by this The stories run the spectrum from super dark to light and fluffy, which are three words I never expected to use in connection with Mr Grim Dark himself I am highly impressed with Cook s versatility with the tone of each story They are all well written, vivid, and entertaining, with not a wasted word in any of them I would not say that they re a very good introduction to the Dread Empire world, though, because these stories have dragons and demons and other fantasy elements that don t really make much appearance in the novels which is a shame, now I know those things exist in that world The stories stand as a sort of separate view of the lands and potential adventures that exist within the Dread Empire s world I enjoyed every single one of them, even the couple that are not that memorable Overall, this is absolutely a 4 star book, and I m happy to own a copy so I can go back and reread some of these stories when the mood strikes me Glen Cook s Dread Empire series has always been in my eyes the poor cousin to the Black Company Many of the tropes found in the latter make an appearance here 1 A vast empire ruled by ancient evils Shinsan, the Dread Empire of the series The Lady s Empire 2 A proto Lady figure Mist, the deposed princess of Shinsan and a formidable wizard3 A focus on soldiers warriors4 A cynical weltanschauung that sees the ultimate motive for even the best rulers is getting and keeping power5 Even th Glen Cook s Dread Empire series has always been in my eyes the poor cousin to the Black Company Many of the tropes found in the latter make an appearance here 1 A vast empire ruled by ancient evils Shinsan, the Dread Empire of the series The Lady s Empire 2 A proto Lady figure Mist, the deposed princess of Shinsan and a formidable wizard3 A focus on soldiers warriors4 A cynical weltanschauung that sees the ultimate motive for even the best rulers is getting and keeping power5 Even the darkest dark lord had a mother at some pointWhat s always kept the Dread Empire from enjoying as high a status on my shelf is that I never identified all that much with the characters Cook chose to focus on Bragi Ragnarson, Mocker and Haroun bin Yousif My favorite character in the series is Ssu ma Shih K ai, from Reap the East Wind and An Ill Fate Marshalling He s a training general for Shinsan s legions who winds up becoming part of the empire s high command, and his personality and character always appealed to me.In An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat, Cook has collected his short stories that take place in the world of Shinsan though only two actually deal with people from the empire One of the interesting things about Cook s writing is that you can see a palpable improvement over time, from the really quite bad The Heirs of Babylon to his best IMO , The Black Company series That makes this collection a bit uneven there s some clunky writing in the earlier stories None of them, however, are bad Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat One of the better stories It follows Tain, an erstwhile soldier of the Dread Empire, as he tries to escape his past and the clutches of Shinsan The Nights of Dreadful Silence A Bragi Ragnarson tale about his conspiring with a sorceror against the king of Itaskia It s meant to be humorousthan anything else but it falls flat for me Finding Svale s Daughter Decent but not great It s a story about a father s attempt to find his daughter, kidnapped by the huldre Ghost Stalk This is the first story in a sub plot of the series about the voyages of the Vengeful Dragon, a damned pirate ship, and its crew, who are searching for redemption The story is decent, lots of action, and Cook displays a knowledge of seamanship that lends authenticity Filed Teeth This is another of the better tales, and it too concerns a refugee from Shinsan As usual with Cook, however, the focus is on the common soldier Willem Potter, a world weary mercenary whose primary goal in this venture is making sure his kid brother makes it through alive Castle of Tears Another Bragi Ragnarson tale Call for the Dead The second of the Vengeful Dragon stories The crew is rescued by a sorceror for his own ends but they have different plans Severed Heads Among the top three of the collection, this story recounts a mother s quest to rescue her son from the maleficent clutches of the sorcerors of Jebal al Alf Dhuquarneni Like Cook s best efforts, there are subtler layers of meaning than a cursory reading might suggest, view spoiler particularly at the end when Narriman the mother finally kills her tormentorShe could have closed her eyes to his screams, but his dying face would have haunted her forever It might anyway When all else was stripped away, he had been a man And once a mother had wept for him while a dark rider had carried him toward the rising sunhide spoiler Silverheels This story is a reworking of a tale originally conceived as a Scandanavian fairy tale A ne er do well named Olav, his pony, Faith, and his cat, Silverheels, are dragooned by the huldre king to save his kingdom from two dragons Not bad but nothing special Hell s Forge The third Vengeful Dragon tale finds the crew once again hijacked by a power a god, in this case for its own ends Once again, the crew has other plans and comes a step closer to redemption.If you re a fan of Cook, then I would recommend this collection with little reservation If you re not a Cook fan, I d recommend The Black Company or one of his standalones like The Dragon Never Sleeps SF or The Tower of Fear If you like his style, you can move on to this The original three books of The Black Company, primarily The so called Books of the South are not quite as good they lack a certain passion and sometimes feel as if Cook were going through the motions Though, for my money, the ending of the ultimate volume Soldiers Live was perfect At least it seemed authentic to this reader, who having seen the movie Jaws at the age of ten gets nervous stepping into a bathtub much less an actual ocean I started out a fan of Cook s Black Company books and the started searching forfrom him This is a collection of short stories set in the world of his Dread Empire series, and I enjoyed it very much I particularly liked the three Vengeful Dragon stories in the work, which are about a crew of blackguards so foul they ve earned the curses of heaven and hell and are constantly being used as pawns by various gods and demons Well written, certainly up to Cook s usual standards Good stuff. Well it is nice to be back reading Glen Cook again It certainly feels like I have read some of his early works there Which is fine, for it made for good reading Being one who looks for series with multiple volumes and somewhere has the word epic in the descriptions, I have never really gotten into short stories But after slogging my way through the Revelation Space series for a second time, I think that a bunch of short stories in a familiar setting is something that I really did enjoy I Well it is nice to be back reading Glen Cook again It certainly feels like I have read some of his early works there Which is fine, for it made for good reading Being one who looks for series with multiple volumes and somewhere has the word epic in the descriptions, I have never really gotten into short stories But after slogging my way through the Revelation Space series for a second time, I think that a bunch of short stories in a familiar setting is something that I really did enjoy I have read in the past that Steven Erikson was influenced by Cook s Black Company series and in some of these stories, especially Filed Teeth I also enjoyed the pirate ship stories too I think the characters were very well written and I could easily readof their adventures Castles of Tears and Silverheels, yeah, not so much Silver heels has no right to be in this book, in fact, Castles of Tears and Silverheels could both be in a book in Shrek 6 or what ever number they are up to.Solid short story read An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects 10 Glen Cook s short stories from the 1970 s and early 80 s These stories all take place in the world of the Dread Empire For anyone who is familiar with this Black Company series, these stories should look familiar, for the ideas and tones of these tales would coalesce into his Black Company novels.The stories vary in tone and engagement Some are harder toned than others, somemythic, and someengaging Almost all fall clearly under the s An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects 10 Glen Cook s short stories from the 1970 s and early 80 s These stories all take place in the world of the Dread Empire For anyone who is familiar with this Black Company series, these stories should look familiar, for the ideas and tones of these tales would coalesce into his Black Company novels.The stories vary in tone and engagement Some are harder toned than others, somemythic, and someengaging Almost all fall clearly under the sword and sorcery milieu, with their gritty feel, petty quarrels, ambiguous protagonists, and rampant, unbridled, and unapologetic sexism.The collection opens with Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat 1980 In this dreadfully dull and unengaging tale, a soldier from the Dread Empire hangs about with farmers while seeking a new life I found this the single least engaging story in the book, and also the longest Once past it, I found the remaining stories farengaging and gripping The Nights of Dreadful Silence 1973 is a Bragi Ragnarson story A wizard has been promised a payment by the king of his own daughter, but the king refuses to honor his word Bragi stumbles into the argument on the wizard s side, and trickery ensues Finding Svale s Daughter first appearance is a fairytailish story To be honest, I had to skim this story to remember anything about it It s competent, like oatmeal Its very palatablility renders it unmemorable Ghost Stalk 1978 is the first of the Vengeful Dragons stories The Vengeful Dragon is a terrible ship, full of horrible crew, who do horrible things trigger warning, especially terrible things to women , and meet their doom due to terrible magics This, and the following Vengeful Dragon stories, make an excellent set This story is also noteworthy for having the genetics of the Black Company running through it Filed Teeth 1981 is as close to a Black Company story you can get without actually putting a label onto it saying, the Black Company Although set in the world of the Dread Empire, it could easily be ported to the North All the elements that would come to set the tenor and tone of the Black Company are laid out right here Of all these stories, this is the only one which I had read in my youth, having received Dragons of Darkness for Christmas Castle of Tears 1979 is a Ragni Ragnarson story This time, he goes looking for a legendary object to save a princess Call for the Dead 1980 is the second Vengeful Dragon story Continuing where the first story let off, the damned crew are rescued by a wizard from a black throne Motifs here will reappear in the Black Company s southern adventures Severed Heads 1984 is a story of vengeance where not a single word is wasted It s a damned tight story, from beginning to end, and shames every other tale in this collection This story also requires a trigger warning If you can keep going, then do Silverheels 1981 is another fairytale like story A man, a talking pony, and a talking kitten have quite an adventure in very few pages Hell s Forge first appearance is the final Vengeful Dragon tale The crew is summoned by yet another evil wizard forevilness, only to learn that any deal with the Vengeful D crew is a bad, bad, bad deal.All in all, I found the collection both satisfying and enlightening I really do need to readsword and sorcery What can I say, it s Glen Cook Empire Unacquainted collects his short stories set in the Dread Empire one of his earlier settings The quality varies His early, lighter,humorous material is fun, but not nearly as engaging as some of the bleaker fare Cook s comedy is most successful when it comes from the mouths of some very dark folks.Top of the pack are Soldier From an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat which feels like a classic western dressed up as fantasy Filed Teeth which is What can I say, it s Glen Cook Empire Unacquainted collects his short stories set in the Dread Empire one of his earlier settings The quality varies His early, lighter,humorous material is fun, but not nearly as engaging as some of the bleaker fare Cook s comedy is most successful when it comes from the mouths of some very dark folks.Top of the pack are Soldier From an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat which feels like a classic western dressed up as fantasy Filed Teeth which is one of the best dragon hunting stories ever and highlights Cook s ability to make the magical seem gritty, real, and human and the three Vengeful Dragon stories which feel very much like precursors to the Black Company as they are tales of bad men forced to make moral decisions as they face a deeper darkness that reflects their own.As always, I cannot say enough good things about Cook The 3 Vengeful Dragon stories were quite good, I enjoyed them a lot Everything else was sort of a miss for me I would probably have hadof a good impression of this book if I had read all of the Dread Empire yet, but I haven t I started Glen Cook with the Black Company and Darkwar and am very fond of those though.

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    An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat PDF ¼ An Empire by Glen Cook, An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat charts the development of this influential American author and the massive, multifaceted world that he createdSkyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors. Review updated on September 22, 2019.A group read with actually I have no idea who reads this book in our group I am sure about Eilonwy, Elena, and Sarah The rest of the people sort of faded away, just like old soldiers.This is a collection of ten short stories set in Dread Empire universe with short comments by the author for each one Some familiar faces appear I counted five characters from the main series with twomentioned briefly Actually one of the stories explains what happen Review updated on September 22, 2019.A group read with actually I have no idea who reads this book in our group I am sure about Eilonwy, Elena, and Sarah The rest of the people sort of faded away, just like old soldiers.This is a collection of ten short stories set in Dread Empire universe with short comments by the author for each one Some familiar faces appear I counted five characters from the main series with twomentioned briefly Actually one of the stories explains what happened to a fairly important guy who disappeared without a trace in the last trilogy of Dread Empire On the other hand, there are several stories which relate to the universe only in the loosest sense in fact a couple of ones can be qualified as fairy tales as opposed to fantasy dragons kidnapping maidens this kind of things.Of the special note there are three entries about a pirate ship called Vengeful Dragon with a bloodthirsty crew Once again these have practically no connections to the main epic, but they can be considered as a retelling of Pirates of the Caribbean for grown ups Considering the author, you might expect this to be quite dark, and they deliver The author mentioned that he intended to create at least a full novel out of these, but he could not find a publisher I suspect it would be much easier now after the success of the movie I mentioned, but it is most probable Glen Cook moved on to other projects Too bad about this as I see these as inspiration for the movie they contain quite a few common themes, but without any sugar coating and cheesy acting.About the reading order the collection might even be considered as a standalone, but it might be better to read it after the main series as there are some details which can be overlooked without knowing the background The rating is higher than 3 stars, but it does not quite reach 4 this makes 3.5 stars overall During my second read I decided to round the rating up because the book is light years ahead of the crap called modern fantasy vast majority of it A collection of Cook s hard to find short fiction set in the world of the Dread Empire Some of the stories areloosely affiliated than others and, because this is his earlier work, some of them are stronger than others But the best of them Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted With Defeat , Severed Heads and the three stories of the crew of the Vengeful Dragon are fine stories indeed and just to have them in one placethan justifies the collection. Unexpectedly Reunited Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Read URGCMBR with The Overlord, The Queen Formerly Known as Slowpoke, My Nefarious Daughter aka Slowpoke wannabe 1 , my Half Barnacled Son aka Slowpoke wannabe 2 and our recently resuscitated Kiwi And once again a CookBook makes me feel like Don t ask.And also a little like I told you not to ask, didn t IFull Super Extra Crappy Review SECR to come and stuff Hopefully before 2078 Reading order for this series, as firmly kindly Unexpectedly Reunited Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Read URGCMBR with The Overlord, The Queen Formerly Known as Slowpoke, My Nefarious Daughter aka Slowpoke wannabe 1 , my Half Barnacled Son aka Slowpoke wannabe 2 and our recently resuscitated Kiwi And once again a CookBook makes me feel like Don t ask.And also a little like I told you not to ask, didn t IFull Super Extra Crappy Review SECR to come and stuff Hopefully before 2078 Reading order for this series, as firmly kindly suggest by Evgeny aka the Ruthless Glen Cook Overlord Book 1 A Shadow of All Night Falling Book 4 The Fire in His Hands Book 5 With Mercy Towards None Book 2 October s Baby Book 3 All Darkness Met Book 6 Reap the East Wind Book 7 An Ill Fate Marshalling Book 8 A Path to Coldness of Heart Short stories An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat I had no idea what to expect from a collection of Glen Cook s short stories, since I d never seen any of his short fiction before I was very pleasantly surprised by this The stories run the spectrum from super dark to light and fluffy, which are three words I never expected to use in connection with Mr Grim Dark himself I am highly impressed with Cook s versatility with the tone of each story They are all well written, vivid, and entertaining, with not a wasted word in any of them I wo I had no idea what to expect from a collection of Glen Cook s short stories, since I d never seen any of his short fiction before I was very pleasantly surprised by this The stories run the spectrum from super dark to light and fluffy, which are three words I never expected to use in connection with Mr Grim Dark himself I am highly impressed with Cook s versatility with the tone of each story They are all well written, vivid, and entertaining, with not a wasted word in any of them I would not say that they re a very good introduction to the Dread Empire world, though, because these stories have dragons and demons and other fantasy elements that don t really make much appearance in the novels which is a shame, now I know those things exist in that world The stories stand as a sort of separate view of the lands and potential adventures that exist within the Dread Empire s world I enjoyed every single one of them, even the couple that are not that memorable Overall, this is absolutely a 4 star book, and I m happy to own a copy so I can go back and reread some of these stories when the mood strikes me Glen Cook s Dread Empire series has always been in my eyes the poor cousin to the Black Company Many of the tropes found in the latter make an appearance here 1 A vast empire ruled by ancient evils Shinsan, the Dread Empire of the series The Lady s Empire 2 A proto Lady figure Mist, the deposed princess of Shinsan and a formidable wizard3 A focus on soldiers warriors4 A cynical weltanschauung that sees the ultimate motive for even the best rulers is getting and keeping power5 Even th Glen Cook s Dread Empire series has always been in my eyes the poor cousin to the Black Company Many of the tropes found in the latter make an appearance here 1 A vast empire ruled by ancient evils Shinsan, the Dread Empire of the series The Lady s Empire 2 A proto Lady figure Mist, the deposed princess of Shinsan and a formidable wizard3 A focus on soldiers warriors4 A cynical weltanschauung that sees the ultimate motive for even the best rulers is getting and keeping power5 Even the darkest dark lord had a mother at some pointWhat s always kept the Dread Empire from enjoying as high a status on my shelf is that I never identified all that much with the characters Cook chose to focus on Bragi Ragnarson, Mocker and Haroun bin Yousif My favorite character in the series is Ssu ma Shih K ai, from Reap the East Wind and An Ill Fate Marshalling He s a training general for Shinsan s legions who winds up becoming part of the empire s high command, and his personality and character always appealed to me.In An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat, Cook has collected his short stories that take place in the world of Shinsan though only two actually deal with people from the empire One of the interesting things about Cook s writing is that you can see a palpable improvement over time, from the really quite bad The Heirs of Babylon to his best IMO , The Black Company series That makes this collection a bit uneven there s some clunky writing in the earlier stories None of them, however, are bad Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat One of the better stories It follows Tain, an erstwhile soldier of the Dread Empire, as he tries to escape his past and the clutches of Shinsan The Nights of Dreadful Silence A Bragi Ragnarson tale about his conspiring with a sorceror against the king of Itaskia It s meant to be humorousthan anything else but it falls flat for me Finding Svale s Daughter Decent but not great It s a story about a father s attempt to find his daughter, kidnapped by the huldre Ghost Stalk This is the first story in a sub plot of the series about the voyages of the Vengeful Dragon, a damned pirate ship, and its crew, who are searching for redemption The story is decent, lots of action, and Cook displays a knowledge of seamanship that lends authenticity Filed Teeth This is another of the better tales, and it too concerns a refugee from Shinsan As usual with Cook, however, the focus is on the common soldier Willem Potter, a world weary mercenary whose primary goal in this venture is making sure his kid brother makes it through alive Castle of Tears Another Bragi Ragnarson tale Call for the Dead The second of the Vengeful Dragon stories The crew is rescued by a sorceror for his own ends but they have different plans Severed Heads Among the top three of the collection, this story recounts a mother s quest to rescue her son from the maleficent clutches of the sorcerors of Jebal al Alf Dhuquarneni Like Cook s best efforts, there are subtler layers of meaning than a cursory reading might suggest, view spoiler particularly at the end when Narriman the mother finally kills her tormentorShe could have closed her eyes to his screams, but his dying face would have haunted her forever It might anyway When all else was stripped away, he had been a man And once a mother had wept for him while a dark rider had carried him toward the rising sunhide spoiler Silverheels This story is a reworking of a tale originally conceived as a Scandanavian fairy tale A ne er do well named Olav, his pony, Faith, and his cat, Silverheels, are dragooned by the huldre king to save his kingdom from two dragons Not bad but nothing special Hell s Forge The third Vengeful Dragon tale finds the crew once again hijacked by a power a god, in this case for its own ends Once again, the crew has other plans and comes a step closer to redemption.If you re a fan of Cook, then I would recommend this collection with little reservation If you re not a Cook fan, I d recommend The Black Company or one of his standalones like The Dragon Never Sleeps SF or The Tower of Fear If you like his style, you can move on to this The original three books of The Black Company, primarily The so called Books of the South are not quite as good they lack a certain passion and sometimes feel as if Cook were going through the motions Though, for my money, the ending of the ultimate volume Soldiers Live was perfect At least it seemed authentic to this reader, who having seen the movie Jaws at the age of ten gets nervous stepping into a bathtub much less an actual ocean I started out a fan of Cook s Black Company books and the started searching forfrom him This is a collection of short stories set in the world of his Dread Empire series, and I enjoyed it very much I particularly liked the three Vengeful Dragon stories in the work, which are about a crew of blackguards so foul they ve earned the curses of heaven and hell and are constantly being used as pawns by various gods and demons Well written, certainly up to Cook s usual standards Good stuff. Well it is nice to be back reading Glen Cook again It certainly feels like I have read some of his early works there Which is fine, for it made for good reading Being one who looks for series with multiple volumes and somewhere has the word epic in the descriptions, I have never really gotten into short stories But after slogging my way through the Revelation Space series for a second time, I think that a bunch of short stories in a familiar setting is something that I really did enjoy I Well it is nice to be back reading Glen Cook again It certainly feels like I have read some of his early works there Which is fine, for it made for good reading Being one who looks for series with multiple volumes and somewhere has the word epic in the descriptions, I have never really gotten into short stories But after slogging my way through the Revelation Space series for a second time, I think that a bunch of short stories in a familiar setting is something that I really did enjoy I have read in the past that Steven Erikson was influenced by Cook s Black Company series and in some of these stories, especially Filed Teeth I also enjoyed the pirate ship stories too I think the characters were very well written and I could easily readof their adventures Castles of Tears and Silverheels, yeah, not so much Silver heels has no right to be in this book, in fact, Castles of Tears and Silverheels could both be in a book in Shrek 6 or what ever number they are up to.Solid short story read An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects 10 Glen Cook s short stories from the 1970 s and early 80 s These stories all take place in the world of the Dread Empire For anyone who is familiar with this Black Company series, these stories should look familiar, for the ideas and tones of these tales would coalesce into his Black Company novels.The stories vary in tone and engagement Some are harder toned than others, somemythic, and someengaging Almost all fall clearly under the s An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects 10 Glen Cook s short stories from the 1970 s and early 80 s These stories all take place in the world of the Dread Empire For anyone who is familiar with this Black Company series, these stories should look familiar, for the ideas and tones of these tales would coalesce into his Black Company novels.The stories vary in tone and engagement Some are harder toned than others, somemythic, and someengaging Almost all fall clearly under the sword and sorcery milieu, with their gritty feel, petty quarrels, ambiguous protagonists, and rampant, unbridled, and unapologetic sexism.The collection opens with Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat 1980 In this dreadfully dull and unengaging tale, a soldier from the Dread Empire hangs about with farmers while seeking a new life I found this the single least engaging story in the book, and also the longest Once past it, I found the remaining stories farengaging and gripping The Nights of Dreadful Silence 1973 is a Bragi Ragnarson story A wizard has been promised a payment by the king of his own daughter, but the king refuses to honor his word Bragi stumbles into the argument on the wizard s side, and trickery ensues Finding Svale s Daughter first appearance is a fairytailish story To be honest, I had to skim this story to remember anything about it It s competent, like oatmeal Its very palatablility renders it unmemorable Ghost Stalk 1978 is the first of the Vengeful Dragons stories The Vengeful Dragon is a terrible ship, full of horrible crew, who do horrible things trigger warning, especially terrible things to women , and meet their doom due to terrible magics This, and the following Vengeful Dragon stories, make an excellent set This story is also noteworthy for having the genetics of the Black Company running through it Filed Teeth 1981 is as close to a Black Company story you can get without actually putting a label onto it saying, the Black Company Although set in the world of the Dread Empire, it could easily be ported to the North All the elements that would come to set the tenor and tone of the Black Company are laid out right here Of all these stories, this is the only one which I had read in my youth, having received Dragons of Darkness for Christmas Castle of Tears 1979 is a Ragni Ragnarson story This time, he goes looking for a legendary object to save a princess Call for the Dead 1980 is the second Vengeful Dragon story Continuing where the first story let off, the damned crew are rescued by a wizard from a black throne Motifs here will reappear in the Black Company s southern adventures Severed Heads 1984 is a story of vengeance where not a single word is wasted It s a damned tight story, from beginning to end, and shames every other tale in this collection This story also requires a trigger warning If you can keep going, then do Silverheels 1981 is another fairytale like story A man, a talking pony, and a talking kitten have quite an adventure in very few pages Hell s Forge first appearance is the final Vengeful Dragon tale The crew is summoned by yet another evil wizard forevilness, only to learn that any deal with the Vengeful D crew is a bad, bad, bad deal.All in all, I found the collection both satisfying and enlightening I really do need to readsword and sorcery What can I say, it s Glen Cook Empire Unacquainted collects his short stories set in the Dread Empire one of his earlier settings The quality varies His early, lighter,humorous material is fun, but not nearly as engaging as some of the bleaker fare Cook s comedy is most successful when it comes from the mouths of some very dark folks.Top of the pack are Soldier From an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat which feels like a classic western dressed up as fantasy Filed Teeth which is What can I say, it s Glen Cook Empire Unacquainted collects his short stories set in the Dread Empire one of his earlier settings The quality varies His early, lighter,humorous material is fun, but not nearly as engaging as some of the bleaker fare Cook s comedy is most successful when it comes from the mouths of some very dark folks.Top of the pack are Soldier From an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat which feels like a classic western dressed up as fantasy Filed Teeth which is one of the best dragon hunting stories ever and highlights Cook s ability to make the magical seem gritty, real, and human and the three Vengeful Dragon stories which feel very much like precursors to the Black Company as they are tales of bad men forced to make moral decisions as they face a deeper darkness that reflects their own.As always, I cannot say enough good things about Cook The 3 Vengeful Dragon stories were quite good, I enjoyed them a lot Everything else was sort of a miss for me I would probably have hadof a good impression of this book if I had read all of the Dread Empire yet, but I haven t I started Glen Cook with the Black Company and Darkwar and am very fond of those though. 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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat
  • Glen Cook
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 1597801402