Black Company

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 624 ratings

The Black Company Summary

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more.

There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

©1984 Glen Cook (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Black Company

    • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By John on 26-03-11

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 2

    • Shadows Linger

    • Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Mercenary soldiers in the service of the Lady, the Black Company stands against the rebels of the White Rose. They are tough men, proud of honoring their contracts. The Lady is evil, but so, too, are those who falsely profess to follow the White Rose, reincarnation of a centuries-dead heroine. Yet now some of the Company have discovered that the mute girl they rescued and sheltered is truly the White Rose reborn. Now there may be a path to the light, even for such as they. If they can survive it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Turning into something special

    • By Christopher on 27-03-14

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  • Book 2.25

    • Fearsome Journeys

    • The New Solaris Book Of Fantasy
    • By: Jonathan Strahan
    • Narrated by: Merritt Hicks, Lucien Dodge, Susan Hanfield, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An amazing array of the most popular and exciting names in Fantasy are set to appear in the first in a brand new series of Fantasy anthologies featuring original fiction, from the master editor Jonathan Strahan. The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Abraham, Kate Elliott, Saladin Ahmed, Glen Cook, Scott Lynch, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Redick, and KJ Parker.

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  • Book 3

    • The White Rose

    • Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Ending!

    • By Christopher on 10-04-14

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  • Book 3.5

    • The Silver Spike

    • The Chronicles of the Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A nice little spin-off

    • By Christopher on 07-10-14

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 4

    • Shadow Games

    • The Fourth Chronicles of the Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. Every step of the way, the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion-eating crows. As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle; rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates; and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow. But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters, a deadly new enemy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great sequel

    • By Christopher on 08-08-14
    • The Fourth Chronicles of the Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 31-08-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 54 ratings

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  • Book 5

    • Dreams of Steel

    • The Fifth Chronicle of the Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Rachel Butera
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors--determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost. But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder--competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A shame about the change of narrator

    • By Christopher on 12-01-15

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  • Book 6

    • Bleak Seasons

    • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 6
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Having risked their lives and souls to capture the fortress of Stormgard, a band of weary soldiers known as the Company witnesses their commander's descent into madness and await the reemergence of their ancient gods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as the others but still great

    • By Matt on 25-04-16

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 7

    • She Is the Darkness

    • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 7
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    The tale again comes to us from the pen of Murgen, Annalist and Standard Bearer of the Black Company. Led by the wily commander, Croaker, and the Lady, the Company is working for the Taglian government, but neither the Company nor the Taglians are overflowing with trust for each other. Arrayed against both is a similarly tenuous alliance of sorcerers, including the diabolical Soulcatcher, the psychotic Howler, and a four-year-old child who may be the most powerful of all.

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  • Book 8

    • Water Sleeps

    • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 8
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    For years, Glen Cook's Black Company series has built a major audience among fantasy fans. Told from the "worm's-eye" view of the soldiers and functionaries who fight in the trenches of vast sorceress wars, this epic has riveted a generation of readers. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Back to form

    • By Martin on 10-04-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 9

    • Soldiers Live

    • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 9
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    As Soldiers Live opens, Croaker is military dictator of all the Taglias, and no Black Company member has died in battle for four years. Croaker figures it can't last. He's right. For, of course, many of the Company's old adversaries are still around. Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter - actually the offspring of Croaker and the Lady - hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls. Other old enemies like Shadowcatcher, Longshadow, and Howler are also ready to do the Company harm.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A beautiful ending

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-07-18
    • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 9
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 31-08-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 ratings

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Port of Shadows

    • A Novel of the Black Company
    • By: Glen Cook
    • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into the lady’s tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as "The Ten Who Were Taken". Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. 

    Regular price: £37.29