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The Tyranny of the Night ❮Epub❯ ➥ The Tyranny of the Night ➤ Author Glen Cook – Thomashillier.co.uk Welcome to the world of the Instrumentalities of the Night, where imps, demons, and dark gods rule in the spaces surrounding upstart humanity At the edges of the world stand walls of ice which push sl Welcome to the world of the Instrumentalities of the Epub á of the Night, where imps, demons, and dark gods rule in the spaces surrounding upstart humanity At the edges of the world stand The Tyranny Kindle - walls of ice which push slowly forward to reclaim the land for the night And at the world s center, in the Holy Land where two great religions were born, are Tyranny of the Kindle Ò the Wells of Ihrain, the source of the greatest magics Over the last century the Patriarchs of the West have demanded crusades to claim the Wells from the Pramans, the followers of the Written Now an uneasy truce extends between the Pramans and the West, waiting for a spark to start the conflict anew Then, on a mission in the Holy Land, the young Praman warrior Else is attacked by a creature of the Dark in effect, a minor god Too ignorant to know that he can never prevail over such a thing, he fights it and wins, and in so doing, sets the terrors of the night against him As a reward for his success, Else is sent as a spy to the heart of the Patriarchy to direct their attention away from further ventures into the Holy Lands Dogged by hidden enemies and faithless allies, Else witnesses senseless butchery and surprising acts of faith as he penetrates to the very heart of the Patriarchy and rides alongside their armies in a new crusade against his own people But the Night rides with him, too, sending two of its once human agents from the far north to assassinate him Submerged in his role, he begins to doubt his faith, his country, even his family As his mission careens out of control, he faces unanswerable questions about his future It is said that God will know his own, but can one who has slain gods ever know forgiveness In The Tyranny of the Night, Glen Cook introduces a new fantasy epic for the ages.


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  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    Review updated on April 11, 2018.A buddy read with my friends Choko, Eilonwy, Elena, Maria, and Sarah The best known series of Glen Cook is The Black Company In case you have not read it what are you waiting for It is not for everybody, but if you have even passing interest in fantasy you really owe it to yourself to see what all the fuss is about Fans of that series know that even though it is finished Glen Cook stated that he had plans for twobooks The series the first book of whi Review updated on April 11, 2018.A buddy read with my friends Choko, Eilonwy, Elena, Maria, and Sarah The best known series of Glen Cook is The Black Company In case you have not read it what are you waiting for It is not for everybody, but if you have even passing interest in fantasy you really owe it to yourself to see what all the fuss is about Fans of that series know that even though it is finished Glen Cook stated that he had plans for twobooks The series the first book of which I am talking about now is the reason we have not seen those two yet as the guy is under contract to finish Instrumentalities of the Night first Is this series worth the delay in writing further adventures of the best and most badass mercenary band ever The Black Company Read below, but looking at the rating you might guess the answer yes, almost Before I start let me give you a friendly warning the moment The Black Company 10 gets published make sure you are not in the way between me and the nearest bookstore I will trample everything on my way to get my hands on that book ASAP So here we have an alternative history kind of We are talking about the time of Crusades Western Europe, Arabian Peninsula, the emergence of Protestantism and the desperate attempts of Catholic Church to stomp it out everything andis here In addition there are Instrumentalities supernatural entities of different strengths and abilities Worship one and he she it will became a god Forget it and you have a brand new ghost with practically zero ability to affect our reality I will not talk about all the plot lines as the sheer number of them makes their discussion impossible, but I will mention the most significant one To simplify matters I will use our terminology as opposed to one used in book A group of Arabian fighters was returning from a deep undercover mission A bogon a moderate in strength guy of Instrumentalities happened to be in their way The commander of the group named Else did the most drastic action at the moment and became the first mortal ever who managed to kill a bogon The mission happily continued on their way, but the consequences of this action affected the whole world and everybody had already had too much fun even without Instrumentalities meddling.My biggest complaint is about huge info dumping in the beginning It was big, heavy, and confusing Once past it you will know the major players and the reading becamesmooth After some convergence I have to be vague here it gets even better By the end I was not able to put the book down Why Glen Cook is the grand master of writing backstabbing between allies If anybody does it better I have not read such books yet In The Black Company everybody backstabs everybody given a slightest chance Still even the backstabbers like Lady and Dominator are mortals albeit crazily powerful ones Here you get to see the gods themselves playing the same game As you might have guessed the stakes are much higher Have you heard the expression a double spy Are you unsure what it means You are in luck as one of the guys here is not only a double spy and not even a triple spy at some point I actually lost count of the layers during my first read On the second read us the buddy readers kept an Excel file for the purpose of tracking all the missions It turned out the guy was ether octuple or nonuple spy depending on how you count Try count them yourself if you do not believe us It boggles the mind how the guy himself kept track of his assignments without the aid of a computer we could not So in conclusion the initial info dump makes my rating drop by one star, but the remaining part of the of the book fully deserves 4 stars and I will read the next book of the series without a second thought Still for people unfamiliar with the Father of Grimdark yes, this is Glen Cook s unofficial title refer to to chart below if you are in doubt about the term I recommend starting with The Black Company first


  2. Choko Choko says:

    4.25 A buddy read with my friends BB B 4.55Insofar as Else Tage could see, the Firaldian Peninsula was where insanity went to retireSecond time around and it is even better The immense knowledge of historical events in Middle Europe during the Middle Ages and the way Cook presents it to us are like a sadistic, but very addictive game and I could not stop trying to put the puzzle pieces down just the way they are supposed to fit together It takes a lot of ti 4.25 A buddy read with my friends BBB 4.55Insofar as Else Tage could see, the Firaldian Peninsula was where insanity went to retireSecond time around and it is even better The immense knowledge of historical events in Middle Europe during the Middle Ages and the way Cook presents it to us are like a sadistic, but very addictive game and I could not stop trying to put the puzzle pieces down just the way they are supposed to fit together It takes a lot of time and concentration, but it is a really worthy read for the fans of both military Fantasy and HistoryElse nodded and smiled but also rolled his eyes This is getting hard to follow I ll be writing reports and sending them to me keeping track of what I ve been doing and offering suggestions on how I can influence me to behave in ways that I ll finduseful toward accomplishing my goals where spying on me is concernedI wonder how boring the world would be if there were no writers like Glen Cook in it Actually, I refuse to even imagine such HORROR If there was no Glen Cook, then there wouldn t be the Black Company, and there would not be this Alternative History Fantasy, The Instrumentalities of the Night, which is another enthralling and mind boggling Tour de Force by one of the most deceptively simplistic authors I have ever read For the ease and accessibility of his prose, his plots and characterizations are so complex and multilayered, that when you first start one of his books you feel like you were dropped in the frying pan, the oil is over your head and you are expected not only to swim, survive and persevere , but finish cooking and serve a diner for your future in laws And your boss This tendency to start his stories at a seemingly random point in the middle of action is one of my personal favorite characteristics of GC s storytelling, but it is also one of the reasons many people find confusing and many give up early on I understand, but I do wish they would continue All the random seeming scenes, with no visible connection to each other, every one of them is just a building block and eventually everything comes together, you just have to trust the author to lead you through the minefield of backstabbing, politics, machinations, power struggles, betrayals, battles, magic, gods and demons And in the end you are happy you have couple ofbooks to look forward to Else lives in a world which mirrors ours but in Medieval Times andspecifically, in between the first two Crusades Else is a captain in the army of the Eastern peoples and after returning from the Holy Lands, he is sent back to infiltrate and spy on the Western Church Patriarch and his cronies, who are just looking for a reason to go on another crusade and plunder everything on the way His mission get close to the heads of houses, something like heads of City States, and do everything possible to distract them so they don t even think about invading the Holy Lands again It sounds completely impossible, but hey, he is just a soldier and has no other choice but accept Tom Cruise, anyone Well, I forgot to mention that while on his way back home, Else had used the first dynomite powered bomb like weapon and was able to kill a demon, which islike an old time minor pagan god, which the current prevalent religions call demons, orappropriately, The Instrumentalities of the Night Tum tum tuuuuummmmm Well, obviously those creatures are not happy and decide they have to rid him of his life They have to get in line, since Else s mission is so dangerous and unpredictable, he gathered enemies every step of the way, all of them wishing for his painful end The Instrumentalities find two Humans to use as their proxy and those characters are absolutely fantastic Loved their story arc, loved all the gruesome situations they found themselves in, I loved pretty much everything My favorite part of reading this book is the unmasking of the historical equivalents of this fictional world and ours Since I am a bit of a History nut, this felt like a puzzle with high payoff at the end And it being made up gave the author a great canvas to work with And he did not disappoint I have to make myself stop here, or I run the risk of delving into the plot and giving something away I just want to end by recommending this to history and fantasy fans, although I would not think it appropriate for the very young, since it is a bit on the violent side it is Medieval Time after allTHE GODS OF THE ANDORAYANS REFLECTED THE NORTHERN FOLK THEMselves Which meant that they were rowdy, drunken, not too bright, drunken, violent, drunken, and short sighted While often drunkNow I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good book


  3. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    A Seasoned and Not So Seasoned Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Reread SAaNSSGCMBR with Evgeny, Choko, Elena the Not So Seasoned One and Eilonwy when she shows up in 2058 Previous rating 4 stars.New rating 8 stars Now that slike it. And the moralssssss of this particular reread are I m pretty sure my soul was possessed by my Evil Twin of Despicable Book Taste EToDBT when I read this book for the first time I mean, why else would I not remember a bloody shrimping thing abo A Seasoned and Not So Seasoned Glen Cook Mercenaries Buddy Reread SAaNSSGCMBR with Evgeny, Choko, Elena the Not So Seasoned One and Eilonwy when she shows up in 2058 Previous rating 4 stars.New rating 8 stars Now that slike it. And the moralssssss of this particular reread are I m pretty sure my soul was possessed by my Evil Twin of Despicable Book Taste EToDBT when I read this book for the first time I mean, why else would I not remember a bloody shrimping thing about this mostest awesomest story have given this book a disgustingly pathetic, revoltingly lame 4 star rating There is no other rational explanation This is Glen Cook after all, so there is no fishing way I could remember less about this glorious creation of his than about Who s Holding the Baby loathe one of his books so much as rate it less than 7 stars Ergo, it wasn t me and stuff If you don t know what the words treachery and backstabbing mean, or are not sure how a double duodecuple agent manages his workload, read this book I guarantee it will help broaden your lacking horizons Wow This little guy here shows most devious spying abilities Pretty sure he d be recruited by one of the factions in this book in less time it takes Else Tage, our present man of international yumminess mystery, to add a new backstabbing mission to his list And that, my Tiny Arthropods, is quite an achievement indeed. When Seasoned Glen Cook Mercenaries SGCM resort to a spreadsheet to keep track of who is maybe pretending to be who then again maybe not and feigning to do doing perhaps what and vice versa in what could possibly be misleadingly fictitious locations that might or might not be the locations you didn t think they were, then you know you re in for a treat Normal people tend to think this is confusing as fish, and Suicide Inducing Info Dumping of Doom SIIDoD We SGCM , however We thank our god Glen Cook for making us feel like complete morons once again, and ask forYes, we are slightly masochistic like that Glen Cook pi atas R us.I have to admit, this isn t stuff for the amateurish, lethargic barnacle, my Little Barnacles This Most Wondrous Piece of Alternate History Meets Fantasy MWPoAHMF is a story that requires one s full decapodic attention, and makes one s two grey cells sweat and overheat and slightly implode and stuff And that is what is so scrumpalicious about my cunning boyfriend Else this book You have to earn him it And work for him it Hot duplicitous guys Stupendously delicious books come to those who work for them and stuff Donkeys make the best, fiercest, mostest badassest soldiers Especially when they are called Pig Iron And the official SaNSSGCM view spoiler Seasoned and Not So Seasoned Glen Cook Mercenaries, remember No Why am I not surprised You really are a hopeless barnacled bunch view spoiler Yeah, I love you, too hide spoilerhide spoiler mascot I might have been totally out of it when I first read this book My Evil Twin Of Eternal Damnation EtoED might have taken over while I was reading this book for the first time, but that doesn t mean my memory was completely wiped out There s something I do remember Yes there is Else is MINE MINE MINE QED and stuff.The End For now We shall return We shall prevail For we Glen Cook Mercenaries are as ferocious and tough and tenacious as Pig Iron, and will not give up until my boyfriend Else gets an Olympic gold medal in Trequinquaguple Spying that is an official Olympic sport, yes Book 2 Lord of the Silent Kingdom Book 3 Surrender to the Will of the Night Book 4 Working God s Mischief Original non review of the crappiest of crappiest kinds I Am Only a Month Late for this Oh Please Fellow Mercenaries Don t Sever My Little Head Just Yet Buddy Read IAOaMLftOPFMDSMLHJYBR without My Dearest of Wives, My Elephantine Canadian Nemesis and The Girl Formerly Known as Slowpoke over at BBB This is Glen Cook, ergo this is slightly awesome And thus was very scientifically proven the undeniably scrumptious greatness of this book You are very welcome.The end view spoiler hide spoiler Also Else is MINE view spoiler MINE MINE MINE MINE hide spoiler Duh.Also, also there is no info dumping in this book None whatsoever Because Glen Cook doesn t do info dumping He wouldn t know how to if he tried And if he did try, I wouldn t mention it So there Move along, nothing to see and stuff.Also, also, also decuple backstabbing It s bloody shrimping sexy You ve obviously never read a Glen Cook book, darling.


  4. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews I m a big fan of Glen Cook and have been since I was a know it all teenager, so whenever he puts out a new book, I eventually get around to reading it Usually I love the thing, because I just enjoy the way the man tells stories But even I have to say this book series was difficult to get real excited about However, since Cook wrote it, I finally gave it a try and was glad I did so.With The Tyranny of the Night, Cook takes us to a thinly concealed 13t Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews I m a big fan of Glen Cook and have been since I was a know it all teenager, so whenever he puts out a new book, I eventually get around to reading it Usually I love the thing, because I just enjoy the way the man tells stories But even I have to say this book series was difficult to get real excited about However, since Cook wrote it, I finally gave it a try and was glad I did so.With The Tyranny of the Night, Cook takes us to a thinly concealed 13th century Europe So thinly disguised I might add that I soon made a list of what fictional country was Italy, which was Burgundy, et cetera and kept up with the characters locations that way instead of the fictional ones Sorry, I digressed there.In this fantasy world, there is a wall of ice in the north which is slowly crawling over humanity, reclaiming the land for the imps, demons, and dark gods who are drum roll please the instrumentalities of the night The wise in the world theorize that this ice age is occurring because the great magical Wells of Ihrain, which the world s two greatest religions both covet and which correlates to Jerusalem in our world, are gradually drying up Indeed, the glacier s growth is increasing, which suggests that the wells are accelerating toward their eventually demise However, this lessening of their power has not kept the Patriarchs of the West and the Pramans, or the followers of the Written, from fighting several crusade like wars for possession of them As our story begins, a precarious truce holds sway over the world, but that all changes when Else, a young Praman warrior, and his small band of comrades are attacked by a creature of the night a demigod to be specific Too ignorant or too stubborn to just die, Else determines to fight back, and he does just that, using his ingenuity to cast down the undefeatable creature of the night A victory which brings not great joy and accolades to Else but the eternal wrath of the night and the hatred ofhuman enemies In fact, Else s immediate reward for his unexpected success is to be sent as a spy into the heartland of his people s mortal enemies unto the Patriarchal city itself, leaving his family, his friends, and all he has ever known behind There his mission is simple weasel his way into a position of power and direct the attention of the western kingdom away from any war to take back the Wells of Ihrain.These ridiculous orders from his lord are accepted by Else as his duty, and he departs even though he has lots of unanswered questions However, he soon finds that in order to survive he has to dothan pretend to be a westerner he has to become one Quickly, our hero is emulating his sworn enemies, eating their food even though it is sacrilege to his beliefs, casting aside his own spirituality, and even fighting and killing other Pramans Submerged in this alter ego he has crafted, determined to do his duty even though it violates his every belief, Else begins to doubt the foundations of his life faith, country, and family If all that wasn t enough for poor Else to deal with, someone keeps trying to kill him too But is it the night, or is it human enemies Else doesn t know, and neither does the reader at least in large part But there is one thing everyone is certain off once a man kills a god how can the world ever be the same again And that is what Cook explores in this first book of the series Hopefully, I did the book justice with that brief description Please understand there are several characters who get considerable page time here it isn t just about Else and his mission and these separate stories do not always interconnect in any but a very remote way So it can be very confusion to get everything straight in your mind when you first begin reading this novel However, it s worth the effort and does grow on you Now, I don t know if the growth is new hair on your bald head or fungus on your toes, but it is there nonetheless But my bad jokes aside, give this book a try you might enjoy it


  5. Maria Dimitrova Maria Dimitrova says:

    Buddy read with the Glen Cook fans of BB B.This was a very different book from what I expected My expectations werealong the line of the other Glen Cook books I ve read The Black Company so at first all that politicking and religious stuff was overwhelming, confusing and a bit annoying Honestly if it wasn t for the old timers and their comments I would have been hopelessly lost Or I would have had to reread every other chapter 2 3 times, go back to reread previous passages when someth Buddy read with the Glen Cook fans of BBB.This was a very different book from what I expected My expectations werealong the line of the other Glen Cook books I ve read The Black Company so at first all that politicking and religious stuff was overwhelming, confusing and a bit annoying Honestly if it wasn t for the old timers and their comments I would have been hopelessly lost Or I would have had to reread every other chapter 2 3 times, go back to reread previous passages when something clicks in my mind and in the end I would have thrown away the book in frustration And in the end it would have taken me so much longer to finish it Once I got into things, however, it was a very addictive read with the typical minimalistic writing I ve come to expect from Glen Cook It s a complex world and requires a lot of attention to keep up with it so I wouldn t recommend to read it parallel with some other book Don t expect clear cut heroes and villains and don t expect a mighty struggle against the forces of evil This ambiguity that mirrors real life is probably the thing I liked most about TTotN and it sets this book apart from most fantasy books


  6. Eilonwy Eilonwy says:

    As usual with Glen Cook, the story line in this book is pretty complex and twisty, and hard to summarize So let s talk about the world the story is set in It s an alternate version of our earth, taking place around the time of the Christian Crusades, the East West Christian Schism, and the spread of Islam, so approximately 1200 CE All these religions and a few others various Jewish sects, even Norse mythology are followed by the characters, who all, naturally, believe they are on the One an As usual with Glen Cook, the story line in this book is pretty complex and twisty, and hard to summarize So let s talk about the world the story is set in It s an alternate version of our earth, taking place around the time of the Christian Crusades, the East West Christian Schism, and the spread of Islam, so approximately 1200 CE All these religions and a few others various Jewish sects, even Norse mythology are followed by the characters, who all, naturally, believe they are on the One and Only path to righteousness as they travel through various Mediterranean lands But it s our world with a twist magic exists, and some gods interfere in human affairs So it s very definitely a fantasy version of all this history I loved it The book starts off a little info dumpy unusual for Glen Cook which made the first few chapters very slow going for me, but after about 50 pages the multitude of characters began to feel familiar and a plot began to develop, and I was hooked There s plenty of GC s trademark double crossing by the end of the story, I couldn t keep track of how many layers of double agenting one character was doing This world lacks some of the richness of The Black Company novels, which is one reason I m knocking a star off the rating Also, it could really use a map and a cast of characters, although I think I figured what most of the countries are But overall, it was an absorbing, fascinating place to be, filled with GC s usual interesting characters that you never dare turn your back to The ending, in particular, was just incredible Edited to Add I enjoyed this just at much as a reread The last few chapters are some of my favorite fantasy ever I m really looking forward to Book 2, which my Buddy Readers and I are all finally ready to tackle together Woo hoo Check out my Fellow Mercenaries reviews EvgenyChoko


  7. E. E. says:

    I am a huge Glen Cook fan My love for the Black Company series is far beyond irrational, I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy with an enthusiasm that borders on fanatical But, as much as I am loathe to admit it, I really just did not like this book Firstly, one of the very compelling parts of the Black Company is that it is written largely from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground The Company, if you haven t read the books, is a mercenary band, and they really don t care much I am a huge Glen Cook fan My love for the Black Company series is far beyond irrational, I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy with an enthusiasm that borders on fanatical But, as much as I am loathe to admit it, I really just did not like this book Firstly, one of the very compelling parts of the Black Company is that it is written largely from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground The Company, if you haven t read the books, is a mercenary band, and they really don t care much for the politics involved in why they are fighting most of the time By contrast, in this book you are treated to often lengthy genealogies of power that don t really seem to matter It takes place in the context of a world that strongly resembles a crusades era catholic church, and the vast plethora of heresies, not to mention the political infighting, create a tapestry of power struggles that, frankly, I had trouble caring about much less keeping track of.Secondly, Cook seems to be attempting an experiment in authorial voice in which every sentence is brief and clipped, and paragraphs are often one or two sentences It gives the whole thing a fragmented feel that I found off putting in the extreme If I hadn t read so much of his previous stuff and known that he is, actually, a good writer, I would have given up on this book three chapters in As it was, I kept slogging through it out of a sense of faithfulness I finally did finish it, and the payoff was good, but stylistically the whole thing left me so alienated that I just really couldn t care If you are already a Cook fan, this is probably worth picking up used just so you can help me figure out what the hell he was thinking If you re not, skip this and read Black Company instead I consider Tyranny of the Night to be a failed experiment, and I can only hope it was helpful to him, because it sure wasn t much for me


  8. Jennifer Wheeler Jennifer Wheeler says:

    Not even worth 1 measly little star if I m being completely honest This is the most wretchedly over complicated and boring book ever written quite possibly in the history of forever If you enjoy rapid fire naming of characters, places, and religious factions, with no backstory and very little happening within the storyline within the first 32 pages that s how far I got , then look no further But for real This sucked balls.


  9. Art Art says:

    There is a lot to recommend this book, especially to those who are sick and tired of the typical High Medieval might and magic type of effluvium that saturates the SciFi Fantasy bookshelves these days Cook is in his usual form, gritty and realistic, yet able to find glimmers of something good even in his vilest villains However, this particular book suffers from an overwhelming complexity of places, names, religions and characters Cook makes it worse by being disingenuous after a short while There is a lot to recommend this book, especially to those who are sick and tired of the typical High Medieval might and magic type of effluvium that saturates the SciFi Fantasy bookshelves these days Cook is in his usual form, gritty and realistic, yet able to find glimmers of something good even in his vilest villains However, this particular book suffers from an overwhelming complexity of places, names, religions and characters Cook makes it worse by being disingenuous after a short while it becomes obvious that the setting is late Medieval Europe, fractured and in the throes of Christian Muslim rivalry Frequently, I found myself staring into space, trying to figure match Cook s made up placenames with actual nations The neato effect lasted all of five minutes afterwards, the calling of old things by new names grew tiresome This would ve worked far better as an alternative history rather than outright fantasy.Once I got the handle on the myriad moving parts of the story, the story itself is engaging, complex and interesting The ending sags, but it s not really an ending As with most fantasy books these days, this one s a series


  10. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    A straight forward political fantasy by Glen Cook, this book had a huge cast and moved to a ton of different places and it was very easy to become lost and confused by all the names Fortunately, perhaps, much of the geopolitics mirror medieval Europe and the Middle East with all the names changed probably to avoid all the emotional baggage if it had been set there and once I made that connection it became much easier to keep track of everything going on Not nearly as dark or depressing as th A straight forward political fantasy by Glen Cook, this book had a huge cast and moved to a ton of different places and it was very easy to become lost and confused by all the names Fortunately, perhaps, much of the geopolitics mirror medieval Europe and the Middle East with all the names changed probably to avoid all the emotional baggage if it had been set there and once I made that connection it became much easier to keep track of everything going on Not nearly as dark or depressing as the Black Company books, this wasof a romp with consequences and with a main character as much as the book had one who was engaging and a magic system that drew me in as well So I enjoyed it and wouldn t mind coming back for future book in the series


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