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The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Glen Cook (Autor)

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Beginning a new fantasy epic from the creator of Black company and Dread empire, rich as history and deep as the night sky. 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 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 the wells of Ihrain, the source of the greatest magic. 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?… (mais)
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Título:The Tyranny of the Night: Book One of the Instrumentalities of the Night
Autores:Glen Cook (Autor)
Informação:Tor Fantasy (2006), 528 pages
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    The Lions of al-Rassan por Guy Gavriel Kay (Jarandel)
    Jarandel: Both a simile, with Fantasy treatment, of European history in the era of the Crusades. Lions of Al-Rassan centers on the Spanish Reconquista, while the Tyranny of the Night has a wider scope.
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The 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 drunk. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Oct 2, 2020 |
3.5

Wish it had a map and had been edited a bit better but pretty much what I was expecting and always ALWAYS here for alt-history-esque fantasy novels. ( )
  allison_s | May 25, 2020 |
Wow, Glen Cook, what happened? I loved the Black Company books so I was happy to finally get around to this. I made it about 32 pages in before I gave up on these bizarre ramblings. It was like reading a history text book written by some scholarly grad student for his final thesis. It was name after name after name like reading reading the Bible, Abraham begat Isaac begat Jacob. At some point I started just "browsing" the paragraphs, but then it never stopped. I was also disappointed in the "Europeanish" setting, rather than an original fantasy setting.

Not totally giving up on Cook, just going to pretend this never happened. ( )
  ragwaine | Oct 9, 2019 |
Mixed bag.

I like the general tone and the main POV character Else Tage but don't care so much for the other two.

The setting is alright, not deeply original but drawn from an era that had an ample fill of "almost larger than reality" characters and events (alternative Europe in the time of the Crusades with added sources of magical power and a host of supernatural creatures, including and up to gods, that emerged from them, and with the threat of an encroaching, fast moving ice age).
But it could probably be quite confusing to someone who hasn't at least a vague idea of the equivalent historical characters, events and geography. ( )
  Jarandel | Oct 2, 2012 |
Complex, interesting, gritty fantasy: I have read Glen Cook's Black Company series and enjoyed them. So, this book had some fairly high standards for me to compare it against. I will say up front that I really liked the book.

The story line revolves around three(maybe one or two more) characters and their involvement with a major crusader war. The perspectives of the characters are very different being a warrior/spy, a priest and a barbarian raider who has been touched by his gods as their avatar.

I found the storyline to be just a bit incomplete. Magic is around, but it seems to be drawn from manipulating the dark forces, who are also the same forces that the gods spring from. Now it seems the mortals can become gods and that mortals can also kill gods, but the exact how and why remain a bit confusing.

At times I felt like I was reading Erickson without the grand scope and scale. That's really big kudos because Erickson is the man when it comes to current authors writing Fantasay. There is some humor, some politics, some vulgarity, just a little bit of everything without seeming to bore you with too many details.

I look forward to the next book and hope that the author can clean things up just a bit so that the story moves a little faster.
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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Beginning a new fantasy epic from the creator of Black company and Dread empire, rich as history and deep as the night sky. 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 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 the wells of Ihrain, the source of the greatest magic. 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?

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