Lord of the Silent Kingdom

Lord of the Silent Kingdom

Glen Cook

Synopsis of Lord of the Silent Kingdom

Its cold. The wells of power are weakening, and the forces of Night are strong. The gods are real, and they still have some power, mostly to do harm. The Instrumentalities of the Night are the worst of these. Piper Hecht, born Else Tage, survived a battle with the Instrumentalities. Now hes captain-general of the armies fighting a crusade for Patriarch Sublime V. Intrigues swirl around the throne of the Grail Empire, as the imperial familys enemy Anne of Menand raises money to help the perpetually indebted Patriarch finance his crusades. Now Piper Hecht learns that the legendary sorcerer Cloven Februaren, referred to as the Ninth Unknown, is still alive, more than one hundred years old, and on his side. As the dynastic politics of the Empire become even more convoluted, its clear that while the old gods may be fading, theyre determined to do everything they can to bend the doings of men to their own advantage. Sieges, explosions, betrayals, Anti-Patriarchs, and suspicious deaths will ensue as the great chess game plays itself out, with Piper Hecht at the center of it all. Dark, exciting, gritty, and sometimes bleakly funny, this is Glen Cook in his Black Company mode, writing military fantasy of compelling intensity.

Reviews of Lord of the Silent Kingdom


Though newcomers must read the first tale The Tyranny of the Night as the Author wastes no time with back-feeding, Glen Cook continues with his anti-war message that serves as the underlying theme of this terrific epic fantasy. -- Harriet Klausner, SFRevu

Everything, from the broken-gaited style that reflects the brokenness of the times, the absolutely true-to-life dialogue, the relentless march of events and the complete powerlessness of the characters to affect anything, layers and layers of circumstance and motivation, all come together in an impressive new Series by an extraordinarily accomplished writer. -- Robert M. Tilendis, The Greenman Review

If Cook can improve on the style issues in future volumes, this would definitely be more of a contender in my estimation. -- Justin, FantasyBookSpot.com