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Publication Order of The Black Company Books

The Black Company (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows Linger (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Rose (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silver Spike (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Games (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams of Steel (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bleak Seasons (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
She is the Darkness (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Water Sleeps (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soldiers Live (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Chronicles of the Black Company Books

Chronicles of the Black Company (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of the Black Company (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Company Goes South (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Many Deaths of the Black Company (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Port of Shadows (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Garrett P.I. Books

Introducing Garrett, P.I. (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Silver Blues (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bitter Gold Hearts (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Copper Tears (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Tin Sorrows (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dread Brass Shadows (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Iron Nights (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Quicksilver Lies (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Petty Pewter Gods (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faded Steel Heat (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angry Lead Skies (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whispering Nickel Idols (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cruel Zinc Melodies (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gilded Latten Bones (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wicked Bronze Ambition (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dread Empire Books

A Shadow of All Night Falling (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
October's Baby (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Darkness Met (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire in His Hands (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Mercy Toward None (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reap the East Wind (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Ill Fate Marshalling (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Path to Coldness of Heart (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrath of Kings (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Instrumentalities of the Night Books

The Tyranny of the Night (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Silent Kingdom (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surrender to the Will of the Night (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Working God's Mischief (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Starfishers Books

Publication Order of Darkwar Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Heirs of Babylon (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Swordbearer (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Matter of Time (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragon Never Sleeps (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tower of Fear (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sung In Blood (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Winter's Dreams (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Glen Cook (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Berkley Showcase Books

The Berkley Showcase Vol.1 New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy (By: John Silbersack) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Berkley Showcase: Vol. 2(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing Fantasy Heroes(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation Arcana(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bonds of Valor(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paladins of Valor(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Glen Cook was born in New York City in 1944. His love for writing began when he was in grade school and high school, writing occasional articles for his school’s newspaper. After High School, Glen enlisted in the US Navy and left later to join college.

He worked his way through college, leaving him with a little time for writing. Later on, he started working for the General Motors. It was at this time when he started writing earnestly. During this time, he wrote as many as three books a year.

Cook is the brains behind The Chronicles of a Black Company. The series follows an elite mercenary unit through its adventures for several decades of its history. The series was such a success that it went on to become a cult classic, especially among service men and ex-service men. Apart from The Black Company series, Glen Cook is also known for his Garret P.I series. The Garret P.I Chronicles is based on the haphazard adventures of a Garret. A hard-boiled city detective. He is also the author of the Dread Empire series.

Currently, Cook has retired from his job at General Motors. He lives with his wife and children in St. Luis Missouri. He has the time to devote himself into his writing career, but he feels he was more productive while working at General Motors.

The Black Company Series Review.

The Black company series is based on the adventures of the Black Company, Lat of the free companies of Khatovar, the remaining company of the 12 true companies. The company is an elite mercenary force that was once numbered in thousands, but only a couple of hundreds are remaining.

In the Chronicles of The Black Company, Glen Cook managed to single-handedly manage to change the face of fantasy novels.

The storyline of the entire series is captivating. Cook draws his readers into an action-packed world, free with death. Unlike many books that death is the forefront of the entire book.

Let’s look at some books in The Chronicles of Black Company.

1. 1. The Black Company.

The black company tells us a fast-paced story of the Black Company. The Black company is the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, the only company left off the Twelve True Companies.

The Black company is an elite mercenary force. The force was once numbered in thousands, but currently, only a couple of hundreds are remaining.

In this book, Glen Cook draws us into a fast paced, action packed world immediately you open the first pages. The company is dragged from one conflict to another. This happens honorably and dishonorably. Nobody can tell whether the company is on the good or the evil side.

As the Black Company struggles for existence, its brought into the war between the rebels and the lady’s empire. They fight with Soulcatcher, who is one among the Ten Who Were Taken. But the Black Company cannot match the force of the rebels, they are pushed back until the last stand. The fight of the last stand is fought against the rebels and the circle of eighteen.

But nothing was in black and what, nothing was what it seemed. The mechanization between the Lady and the ten taken is about to destroy everything. Unless the Black Company steps in.

The story is narrated from the first person perspective of croaker, the companies historian, and physician. Croaker takes us deep into the companies history, tells us what makes them tick, the strength that makes them unstoppable and the honor they hold very dear in the hearts.

The characters in this book are very realistic. Even though they are lost early, the reactions to the loss are breathtaking.

The story is captivating with its fast-paced storytelling and gritty realism. The perspective from which the story is told is also quite interesting. The perspective of the Company’s analyst, recording the history of the company.The story telling perspective gives you the feeling that you are reading from Croaks account.

2. Shadow Lingers.

This is yet another exciting book from the Chronicles of The Black Company. The Shadow Lingers is based on the adventures of the Black Company. The Black company is the last of the Free Companies of Khatovar; the only company left off the Twelve True Companies, an elite group of mercenaries in the service of the supreme leader, the Lady.

The Black Company stands against the rebels, the Rebels of the White Rose. As a unit, they are tough men, proud to be honoring their contracts to serve the lady. But the lady is evil, but so are the rebels who claim to follow the white rose, a reincarnation of a heroine who died centuries ago.

During their clashes with the White Rose Rebels, the companies rescue a mute girl and give her shelter. Later, they discover that the mute girl was a reincarnation of the white rose. They must fight their way to the light and save their lives.

The Shadow Linger is a classic example of a literal masterpiece. It follows two distinct storylines. One narrated by Croaker, the chronicler of the company and the main narrator of the story and the second story is narrated in the third person. In the end, the two storylines are reconciled to give one breathtaking ending.

Cook writes his characters well. They are engaging, fun and very capable. They are full of surprises. It’s very interesting to watch as some members of the company struggle with their peculiar honor, that only extends to members of the company and not outside it. Even though some or two characters get lost in the background, most of the stand out quite well and are very memorable.

The Chronicles of the Black company is one exciting read, full of suspense and intrigue. A must read for the lovers of dark fantasy.

The best thing about Glen Cook is that he knows how to tell his stories, how to make his characters memorable and how to ensure that the reader will be engaged until the last page of the series.

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