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Port of Shadows

A Novel of the Black Company
By: Glen Cook
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Series: Black Company
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Port of Shadows is the newest dark fantasy audiobook in Glen Cook's esteemed Chronicles of the Black Company series. 

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 Taken". 

Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any of the Taken, especially not ones who look so much like the lady and her sister....

The Chronicles of the Black Company:

  1. The Chronicles of The Black Company
  2. The Books of the South
  3. The Return of The Black Company
  4. The Many Deaths of the Black Company
©2018 Glen Cook (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • MEDINA RAF
  • 13-09-18

No disrespect but I personally prefer Marc Vietor

I'm just here to piss and moan about the narrator. Ostensibly the reason Marc was not casted for this project was because of the change in publishing- Audible V. Macmillan. The new narrator gives the story a feeling of Black Company fanfiction. I started following the Black Company after book three of the Malazan series when they replaced Ralph Lister with Michael Paige and this juxtaposition is just as jarring. Paige is phenomenal in the Lies of Locke Lamora, as I'm sure Troxell is in other series, but this ain't it chief.

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  • B. Link
  • 20-09-18

Lacking

The Black Company series is one of my favorites; right up there with Tolkien imho. This one fell short. Too few tricks. Too few tactics. Not enough grit. The humor was off. It just didn't feel like I was a member of the Company. Add to that a completely different narrator, and it just wasn't there. The redeeming quality? The epilogue. I like the was the story was "discovered." I hope more turn up, but are more like the originals.

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  • Lee
  • 18-09-18

fanfiction...

This book didn't have any of the same feel as the others and seemed like fanfiction.

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  • G. M.
  • 22-02-19

Just not good

I am a huge black company fan. The story was bad. It made no sense to me. I honestly feel like mr. cook wrote it because he was obligated to buy contract. It had the feeling of not wanting to be written and just thrown together for the sake of putting out the book. When I reread the entire series, as I have three or four times already. I will completely skip this book and act like it was never written.

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  • Josh Raveling
  • 02-10-18

Not The Same

The voice actor is taking away from the story. The story is fine but the overall performance just sucks. Croaker doesn’t sound like Croaker. Bring back Mark V. For Croaker.

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  • hymnofvalefor
  • 28-02-19

don’t read if creepy old men scare you.

I’ve been binging the black company sense before christmas. it seems like glen cook is living vicariously through his male characters. he probably got his idea for mischievous rain from a cartoonishly inaccurate halloween costume the japanese kimono ones. but dang son I love the loyalty that the company has for each other, metal gear solid made me love narratives about private militaries.

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  • Andrew
  • 23-12-18

It's fine, but forgettable.

If you can get it for free than give it a listen, but honestly it isnt that great, either compared to his other work or stand alone.
I just started re-reading the Black Company and I had forgotten just how engaging the first few books are. So comparing this, which is set between two of the books, is justified. It doesnt have the same magic and falls flat like most of the other books later in the series.
Wanted to like it, I just cant.

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  • Steven Lee Trinidad
  • 15-11-18

Another Great Story

The Black Company books were all wonderful and this is a great addition to the series. It was just as grityy, funny and magical as the original series. The voice actor was fun and the story complex.


#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes, #Gritty, #Magical

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  • Charles Teague (Chip)
  • 08-11-18

Good Story not so Good Ending

I enjoyed the story, there is a lot going on in here and a lot of additional backstories. The same kind of creative imagination I'm used to jumping into from the other Black Company books. There is a noticeable absence of first hand accounts of the battles, but I personally did not need that to enjoy the book. I enjoyed all the new characters introduced. My only gripe is the choice the author made at the end of the story, which I dont want to spoil the ending so I won't spell it out. I understand that he was trying to shoehorn this in between the other books, but I felt that he went a little overboard with the manner that he did it. Overall, I still like the book, and think it is worth reading if ur a Black Company fan.

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  • Solly
  • 26-10-18

Another amazing book!!!

If you like the Black Company you’ll love this one!!!

I love all of Glenn Cook’s work!!!

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