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All Darkness Met [Paperback]

Glen Cook


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reissue edition (February 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425065413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425065419
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,608,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series Oct. 19 1997
By Marc Rikmenspoel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the final volume of the original Dread Empire trilogy. All the earlier threads come together here, 15 years after A Shadow of All Night Falling. The characters are more mature, but the crises they face are catostrophic, and the world is forever changed. The battles are bigger and more exciting than in previous books, and not everyone survives. The first two Dread Empire books were quite good, but this one is far more enjoyable. These are essentially pot boilers, but are more thoughtful and less cliched than the norm. The Dread Empire series is for those who enjoy military fantasy, there are no Elves in this scenario. The tone is a bit lighter than that in Cook's Black Company novels, but fans of that set needing a fix would do well to find copies of this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars best of the trilogy July 29 2006
By Woofdog - Published on Amazon.com
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Note that this is now back in print as part of the omnibus edition A Cruel Wind, covering the first Dread Empire trilogy.

this book is by far the best of the dread empire trilogy. it focuses mainly on ragnarson this time, with mocker having a very small part in the narrative, and varthlokkur playing a larger part than in the previous. while the billing for the novel is that the star rider's motives would be revealed, you are left with more questions than answers. i do wonder how much of the pracchia and the Nines had been mapped out in previous novels, it sort of comes out of the blue here.

i will say this for Mr. Cook, he can be brutally pragmatic when the story calls for killing off some characters, which is somewhat refreshing as a departure from the norm of 'red-shirts' (ref. to original star trek chars in red shirts being the ones to die each episode) being the only deaths in much fiction.

My big complaint (if it is one, spoiler alert) is the lack of clear explanation of the motive of the Star Rider. It is clear he is trying to create as much bloodshed as possible, via manipulations of various governments via the Pracchia as well as his own direct manipulations (not least of which were creation of El Murid and the passing of the crown to Haroun), but in the first DE novel the Old Man suspects that the star rider might be trying to escape his sentence due to the pointlessness of some recent bloody exploits. Maybe I am just dense, but I have never understood the goal of the star rider, much less any notion of the powers than condemned him to this world (implication from the first book is that he was not from this world). While maybe this is something that would have been cleared up in The Wrath of Kings, material in the other second trilogy novels doesn't imply this. Maybe cook left this as a mystery; after all, not explaining everything can add more to a story than the explanation itself (ref: the lord of the rings).

the following has spoilers for the entire dread empire series.

edit - recently reread this (june 2007) and realized that haroun apparently died after killing O Shing and subsequently trying to find Mocker. I completely missed this the first time around. The text is a bit vague, but the tone, text, and absolute lack of future haroun appearances implies that he did. I had originally thought Cook might use Haroun to resolve one large plot element in The Wrath of Kings )comment may 2012, can I get credit for at least thinking this at some point in the past? It was alluded to very vaguely in reap the east wind too), but maybe I was wrong. If you have a comment on this, please leave it.
3.0 out of 5 stars decent novel Sept. 18 2013
By john s. - Published on Amazon.com
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While not as good as "Black Company," it was still an entertaining book. There was not much character development, despite several characters having prominent roles. The story line was somewhat confusing but came together by the third book. Still and all a decent read. I just didn't fell like devouring it like I did all the "Black Company" pieces.
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Main Trilogy June 12 2012
By David A. Lessnau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As others have noted, Cook's "All Darkness Met" is the best of the three main sequence books in his "Dread Empire" series (I read the version contained in his A Cruel Wind omnibus). Unfortunately, that's faint praise. One big point in this book's favor is that Cook finally overcame his tendency to write using descriptive text instead of using dialog. So, this book read just like the novel it is instead of like an historical description. Another plus is that the plot is much better developed in this book than it was in the previous one. But, like the previous book, this one suffers from too-many-names-and-placesitis. Trying to keep all the major and minor characters straight was a chore in itself. The plethora of places described (mostly for battles) became irritating enough that I stopped trying to keep them straight. So, even though this is the best of the three books, I'm still only rating it at an OK 3 stars out of 5.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read again and again Jan. 15 2011
By the Paul G. - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of gothic fantasy then this series is for you. It is a dark and deep struggle with a well developed cast. I re-read this series every few years and find something new. I bought this again after my original copies were damaged in a flood. Epic battles, magic on a grand scale and characters haunted by their pasts.
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