The Black Company

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This article is about the series of novels. For the medieval mercenary band, see Black Company.
Cover of the first novel in the series, "The Black Company".

The Black Company is a series of fantasy novels by author Glen Cook. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately five hundred year history.

Novels[edit]

Main chronology[edit]

The Books of the North[edit]

  1. The Black Company (Main Annalist: Croaker) —May 1984
  2. Shadows Linger (Croaker) —October 1984
  3. The White Rose (Croaker) —April 1985

The Books of the South [edit]

  1. Shadow Games (Main Annalist: Croaker) —June 1989
  2. Dreams of Steel (Lady) —April 1990

The Books of the Glittering Stone[edit]

  1. Bleak Seasons (Main Annalist: Murgen) —April 1996
  2. She Is the Darkness (Murgen) —September 1997
  3. Water Sleeps (Sleepy) —March 1999
  4. Soldiers Live (Croaker: the duty is passed off to Shukrat and Arkana of the Voroshk in the last chapter, implying thenceforth they will share the duty of Annalist) —July 2000

Spin-offs[edit]

  1. The Silver Spike (Case) —September 1989

Omnibus Editions[edit]

Science Fiction Book Club hardcover omnibus editions[edit]

  1. Annals of the Black Company (collects The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose)
  2. The Black Company Goes South (collects The Silver Spike, Shadow Games, and Dreams of Steel)
  3. The Black Company: Glittering Stone I (collects Bleak Seasons and She Is the Darkness)
  4. The Black Company: Glittering Stone II (collects Water Sleeps and Soldiers Live)

Tor Fiction softcover omnibus editions[edit]

  1. The Chronicles of The Black Company (collects The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose) (November 2007)
  2. The Books of the South (collects Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, and The Silver Spike) (June 2008)
  3. The Return of The Black Company (collects Bleak Seasons, and She Is The Darkness) (September 2009)
  4. The Many Deaths of The Black Company (collects Water Sleeps, and Soldiers Live) (January 2010)

Short stories[edit]

  1. Raker - appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (August 1982). This was a pre-publication excerpt of chapter three from The Black Company, with slight editing differences to make it stand alone as a short story.
  2. Tides Elba - appeared in the Swords & Dark Magic compilation (published June 2010)
  3. Smelling Danger - appeared in the Subterranean Press anthology Tales of Dark Fantasy 2.

To be released[edit]

  1. A Pitiless Rain—TBA (main annalist: TBA) [1]
  2. Port of Shadows—TBA (main annalist: TBA) [2]

Plot summary[edit]

The series follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year history. Cook mixes fantasy with military fiction in gritty, down-to-earth portrayals of the Company‘s chief personalities and its struggles.

The main chronology spans nine novels, which can be grouped into three sections: The Books of the North recount the Company’s dealings with the Empire of Lady; the Books of the South follow the Company on its journey back to its beginnings in Khatovar; Glittering Stone sees the Company achieve victory over its employer's enemies, and move on to its destiny.

Additionally, there is one spin-off novel, The Silver Spike, which follows events concerning former members of the Company and one of its adversaries.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Strange Horizons Interview". Retrieved June 20, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Fantasy HotList interview". Retrieved January 29, 2009. 

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