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Title: Bleak Seasons
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle Digital Edition
Taking place mostly concurrently with the previous book, Dreams of Steel, we follow Murgen, the standardbearer, as he tries to keep the Old Crew alive in the besieged town. All the while he is having spells that throw him into the past and into the future but he can never remember anything from them.
This was confusing as all get out. While Cook has the writing skills to pull it off, I still didn't like it. Going from present to past to future to simply 'now' [which might be any of the 3] made for a very distracting read.
While I liked Murgen, I am not so much a fan of what Croaker, now the Captain, is becoming. Which is Cook's goal I believe. Can't have anyone becoming too heroic and hence possibly be a hero. Heaven forbid.
I am invested enough in the series that a book like this doesn't throw me off but I have to admit, I am sick to death of books that try to yank my chain in one way or another.