In The Black Company, Glen Cook introduces us to a cast of interesting characters and builds a realistic military organization that makes sense. What makes this a great series is that there is an excellent blend of both honor and pragmatism. It’s fun to read because the tempo moves quickly and doesn’t get hung up in unnecessary details and description.
I really enjoy Cook’s treatment of magic and the fact that the main characters know when to be afraid. These are not all-powerful heroes, but men — soldiers — who make sense doing what they do. As a soldier myself, I really appreciate that.