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Title: The Silver Spike
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
Since the Dominator's essence was put into a silver spike and embedded into a young tree godling, the Lady is without her power and the White Rose is now just a girl, things should be just fine, right?
A bunch of amateur criminals steal the spike and set off a chain of events that lead to the utter destruction of one of the Taken, the Limper, and a grand adventure.
This was a FUN read. Bumbling low level criminals get in way over their heads, a Taken just goes nuts and cuts a huge swathe of destruction through the continent and the White Rose leads one final mission for the rebellion.
It was everything I wanted in a fantasy book. There were no real good guys, but since this was a Black Company book, I wasn't expecting there to be any. Just a bunch of neerdowells mixed in with some really powerful guys.
And the White Rose hooking up with a potato farmer turned soldier and returning to potato farming at the end? It made me laugh and yet it was the perfect ending for her. She needs a lifetime of the mundane to make up for all that came before.
The journalistic approach of the previous books was kept for this one as well. I like that.