The following is a cover gallery of the Black Company series novels and omnibuses, organized chronologically and by language. It showcases the wide variety of cover art, the long publication history of the series, as well as the diversity of languages into which the novels have been translated.

Many of the artworks seen below were commissioned specifically for their Black Company publications. These include the novel covers in: English (Keith Berdak, Nicholas Jainschigg, Raymond Swanland); French (Didier Graffet, Johan Camou, Slava Gerj); Serbian; Finnish (Petri Hiltunen); and the recent Spanish editions published by Montena (Adam S. Doyle). However, other covers featured "recycled" artwork that had appeared on prior, unrelated novels by different authors sometimes decades prior. Those include the novel covers of AST's first Russian editions (e.g. Luis Royo); the Lithuanian editions (e.g. Frank Frazetta); several Bulgarian editions (e.g. Ken Kelly, Rowena Morrill); all but one of the first print run of the Polish editions (e.g. Oliviero Berni, Michael Whelan); and, 8 out of 10 of the Spanish editions published by La Factoría de Ideas (e.g. Jim Burns).

English: U.S.A. first publications[edit | edit source]

Novels (1984 – 2000)[edit | edit source]

The first 6 novels of the series were published in mass market paperback format by Tor Books and featured cover artwork by Keith Berdak.

The Black Company.jpg
Shadows Linger.jpg
White-rose-glen-cook-paperback-cover-art.jpg
Shadow Games.jpg
The Silver Spike.jpg
Dreams of Steel.jpg

The 4 novels of the Books of Glittering Stone were first published in hardcover format by Tor Books and featured cover artwork by Nicholas Jainschigg.

Bleak Seasons.jpg
She Is The Darkness.jpg
Water Sleeps.jpg
Soldiers Live.jpg

Omnibuses (1986; 2000 – 2002)[edit | edit source]

Shown here are the first omnibuses of the series, published by the Science Fiction Book Club in hardcover format. These were made available only to SFBC members and received very limited distribution. (For the English-language omnibuses that are still available, see the "English: still in print" section below.)

Annals Black Company Nelson Doubleday.jpg
Annals Black Company SFBC.jpg
The black company goes south.jpg
Glittering Stone Vol 1.jpg
Glittering Stone Vol 2.jpg

English: U.K. (1992)[edit | edit source]

The 3 Books of the North were published by Roc for sale in the United Kingdom in 1992. Like the first American editions, they were printed in mass market paperback format and featured the same cover artwork by Keith Berdak, although the stylized lettering of the titles were changed.

British Roc The Black Company.jpg
British Roc Shadows Linger.jpg
British Roc The White Rose.jpg

Russian: North-West (1993 – 1994)[edit | edit source]

The first 2 Books of the North were translated into Russian by North-West (Северо-Запад / Severo-Zapad) but were "pirated"/unauthorized editions. They both contained original interior illustrations by the cover artist, Vladislav Asadullin‏‎. These are not the same Russian translations which were published later (see below) by AST.

Russian The Black Company Severo-Zapad 1993 front.jpg
Russian Shadows Linger Severo-Zapad 1994 front.jpg

Polish: first publications (1993 – 2002)[edit | edit source]

The 10 original Black Company novels were translated into Polish and published by Rebis. Also included in the gallery below are the 2 newer covers that were included in the republished editions of the first two novels.

Artwork by Michael Wheelan

Polish The Black Company 1993 front.jpg
Polish The Black Company 2002 front.jpg
Polish Shadows Linger 1994 front.jpg
Polish Shadows Linger 2002 front.jpg
Polish The White Rose 2002 front.jpg
Polish Shadow Games front.jpg
Polish The Silver Spike front.jpg
Polish Dreams of Steel front.jpg
Polish Bleak Seasons 1997 front.jpg
Polish She Is the Darkness front.jpg
Polish Water Sleeps front.jpg
Polish Soldiers Live front.jpg

Russian: АSТ Dragon Age Chronicles (1997 – 2001)[edit | edit source]

The 10 original Black Company novels were translated into Russian and published in individual hardcover format by AST as part of the Dragon Age Chronicles (Век Дракона Хроники) series. The translations of the first two novels here are unrelated to the unauthorized translations published several years prior by North-West (see above).

Russian series Век Дракона The Black Company 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Shadows Linger 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона The White Rose 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Shadow Games 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона The Silver Spike 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Dreams of Steel 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Bleak Seasons 1997 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона She Is the Darkness 1998 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Water Sleeps 2000 front.jpg
Russian series Век Дракона Soldiers Live 2001 front.jpg

Lithuanian (1997 – 2006)[edit | edit source]

The Lithuanian publishing house Eridanas only published the first 8 novels, with She Is the Darkness (Tamsa - tai ji) being split into two books, as shown.

Lithuanian The Black Company front.jpg
Lithuanian Shadows Linger front.jpg
Lithuanian The White Rose front.jpg
Lithuanian Shadow Games front.jpg
Lithuanian The Silver Spike front.jpg
Lithuanian Dreams of Steel front.jpg
Lithuanian Bleak Seasons front.jpg
Lithuanian She Is the Darkness 1 front.jpg
Lithuanian She Is the Darkness 2 front.jpg

French: L'Atalante[edit | edit source]

The French publisher L'Atalante published the 10 original Black Company novels in a higher-quality paperback format ("broché"). These were later republished by J'ai Lu (see the "French: J'ai Lu" gallery below) in smaller ("poche") paperback editions.

Novels (1998 – 2006)[edit | edit source]

All artwork by Didier Graffet:

The Black Company (L'Atalante 1998) Cover.jpg
Shadows Linger (L'Atalante 1999) Cover.jpg
The White Rose (L'Atalante 1999) Cover.jpg
Shadow Games (L'Atalante 2001) Cover.jpg
The Silver Spike (L'Atalante 2002) Cover.jpg
Dreams of Steel (L'Atalante 2001) Cover.jpg
Bleak Seasons (L'Atalante 2003) Cover.jpg
She is the Darkness Part 1 (L'Atalante 2004) Cover.jpg
She is the Darkness Part 2 (L'Atalante 2004) Cover.jpg
Water Sleeps Part 1 (L'Atalante 2005) Cover.jpg
Water Sleeps Part 2 (L'Atalante 2005) Cover.jpg
Soldiers Live Part 1 L'Atalante Cover.jpg
Soldiers Live Part 2 L'Atalante Cover.jpg

Omnibuses (2005 – 2008)[edit | edit source]

Books of the North (L'Atalante 2005) Cover.jpg
Books of the South (L'Atalante 2006) Cover.jpg
Books of Glittering Stone Part 1 (L'Atalante 2007) Cover.jpg
Books of Glittering Stone Part 2 (L'Atalante 2008) Cover.jpg

German: Blanvalet (1999)[edit | edit source]

These German translations of the Books of the North, translated by Heiko Langhans, are out-of-print:

German Blanvalet The Black Company 9783442248940.jpg
German Blanvalet Shadows Linger 9783442248957.jpg
German Blanvalet The White Rose 9783442248964.jpg

Czech (2000; 2006)[edit | edit source]

The Czech publishing house Brokilon only published the first 4 novels of the series. The 3 Books of the North were published in 2000, followed by Shadow Games (Hry stínů) six years later.

Czech The Black Company front.jpg
Czech Shadows Linger front.jpg
Czech The White Rose front.jpg
Czech Shadow Games front.jpg

Hungarian (2000 – 2001; 2006)[edit | edit source]

Hungarian The Black Company front.jpg
Hungarian Shadows Linger front.jpg
Hungarian The White Rose front.jpg

Russian: АSТ Golden Fantasy (2000 – 2001; 2008)[edit | edit source]

The 10 original Black Company novels were republished in Russian by AST as part of the Golden Fantasy series (Золотая серия фэнтези / Zolotaya seriya fentezi). Unlike the prior editions (the Dragon Age Chronicles [Век Дракона Хроники / Vek Drakona Khroniki] shown above) from the same publisher, this series presented the first 8 novels in 4 pairings. The first 2 pairings were republished in 2008 with alternative covers as noted:

Russian series Zolotaya fentezi TBC SL pair 2000 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi TBC SL pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi TWR SG pair 2000 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi TWR SG pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi DS TSS pair 2000 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi BS SItD pair 2000 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi Water Sleeps 2001 front.jpg
Russian series Zolotaya fentezi Soldiers Live 2001 front.jpg

Spanish: La Factoría de Ideas (2001 – 2015)[edit | edit source]

The 10 original Black Company novels were translated into Spanish and published by La Factoría de Ideas.

Spanish The Black Company (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Shadows Linger (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish The White Rose (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Books of the North (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Shadow Games (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish The Silver Spike (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Dreams of Steel (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Bleak Seasons (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish She Is the Darkness (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Water Sleeps (La Factoria) front.jpg
Spanish Soldiers Live (La Factoria) front.jpg
Glittering Stone Spanish ebundle.jpg

Bulgarian (2002 – 2014)[edit | edit source]

The 10 original Black Company novels were translated into Bulgarian and published by Лира Принт (Lira Print).

Bulgarian 1 The Black Company front.jpg
Bulgarian 2 Shadows Linger front.jpg
Bulgarian 3 The White Rose front.jpg
Bulgarian 4 Shadow Games front.jpg
Bulgarian 5 The Silver Spike front.jpg
Bulgarian 6 Dreams of Steel front.jpg
Bulgarian 7 Bleak Seasons front.jpg
Bulgarian 8 She Is the Darkness front.jpg
Bulgarian 9 Water Sleeps front.jpg
Bulgarian 10 Soldiers Live front.jpg

French: J'ai Lu novels[edit | edit source]

The French publisher J'ai Lu republished the 10 original Black Company novels that had previously been printed by L'Atalante (see the "French: L'Atalante" gallery above). Whereas L'Atalante published them in a higher-quality paperback format ("broché"), the J'ai Lu editions are smaller ("poche") paperback editions.

Johan Camou covers (2004 – 2011)[edit | edit source]

The first print runs of the novels published by J'ai Lu featured the cover art of Johan Camou:

The Black Company (J'ai lu 2004) Cover.jpg
The Black Company (J'ai lu refresh) Cover.jpg
Shadows Linger (J'ai lu 2005) Cover.jpg
The White Rose (J'ai lu 2005) Cover.jpg
J'ai lu box set 9782277612964.jpg
Shadow Games (J'ai Lu 2006) Cover.jpg
The Silver Spike (J'ai lu 2007) Cover.jpg
Dreams of Steel (J'ai lu 2006) Cover.jpg
Bleak Seasons (J'ai Lu 2008) Cover.jpg
She is the Darkness Part 1 (J'ai lu 2009) Cover.jpg
She is the Darkness Part 2 (J'ai lu 2009) Cover.jpg
Water Sleeps Part 1 (J'ai lu 2010) Cover.jpg
Water Sleeps Part 2 (J'ai lu 2010) Cover.jpg
Soldiers Live Part 1 (J'ai lu 2011) Cover.jpg
Soldiers Live Part 2 (J'ai lu 2011) Cover.jpg

Slava Gerj covers (reprints) still in print[edit | edit source]

The publisher J'ai lu has refreshed the covers of the novels with new artwork by Slava Gerj, replacing the prior art by Johan Camou shown above. However the ISBNs and publication dates remain the same.

Slava Gerj Jai lu The Black Company front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Shadows Linger front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu The White Rose front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Shadow Games front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu The Silver Spike front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Dreams of Steel front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Bleak Seasons front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu She Is the Darkness 1 front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu She Is the Darkness 2 front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Water Sleeps 1 front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Water Sleeps 2 front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Soldiers Live 1 front.jpg
Slava Gerj Jai lu Soldiers Live 2 front.jpg

Serbian (2005 – 2008)[edit | edit source]

Serbian The Black Company front.jpg
Serbian Shadows Linger front.jpg
Serbian The White Rose front.jpg

English (2007 – 2018) still in print[edit | edit source]

Artwork by Raymond Swanland:

The Black Company 2007 Tor front.jpg
Chronicles-of-the-black-company.jpg
The Black Company 2008 Gollancz front.jpg
SwanlandBooksSouth.jpg
The return of the black company.jpg
The Many Deaths of the Black Company.jpg
Annals 2018 ebundle.jpg
Port of Shadows Cover.jpg

Russian: АSТ Dragon Age 2 (2008)[edit | edit source]

These Russian hardcovers were part of AST's Dragon Age 2 series (Век дракона 2 / Vek Drakona 2). They are repackaged editions of the same translations which had appeared in the publisher's Golden Fantasy hardcover series (Золотая серия фэнтези / Zolotaya seriya fentezi). Furthermore, each title within had been published individually as part of AST's older Dragon Age Chronicles hardcover series (Век Дракона Хроники / Vek Drakona Khroniki), all shown above.

Russian series Vek drakona 2 TBC SL pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Vek drakona 2 TWR SG pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Vek drakona 2 DS TSS pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Vek drakona 2 BS SItD pair 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Vek drakona 2 Water Sleeps 2008 front.jpg
Russian series Vek drakona 2 Soldiers Live 2008 front.jpg

Polish (2009 – 2019) still in print[edit | edit source]

The Polish publisher Rebis republished the 10 original novels in omnibuses, using the same artwork by Raymond Swanland from the corresponding American omnibuses. They also translated and published Port of Shadows in 2019.

Polish omnibus 1 Rebis.jpg
Polish omnibus 2 Rebis.jpg
Polish omnibus 3 Rebis.jpg
Polish omnibus 4 Rebis.jpg
Polish Port of Shadows front.jpg

Romanian (2010 – 2011)[edit | edit source]

The Romanian publishing house Millennium Books only published the first 2 books of the series. The back of the second paperback featured an advertisement for Roza Albă, the forthcoming Romanian translation of The White Rose, but it does not seem this was published.

Romanian The Black Company front.jpg
Romanian Shadows Linger front.jpg

Brazilian Portuguese (2012 – 2014)[edit | edit source]

Brazil A Companhia Negra front.jpg
Brazil Sombras Eternas front.jpg
Brazil A Rosa Branca front.jpg

Persian (2014 – current) still in print[edit | edit source]

Persian The Black Company cover.jpg
Persian Shadows Linger cover.jpg
Persian The White Rose cover.jpg
Persian Shadow Games cover.jpg
Persian The Silver Spike cover.jpg
Persian Dreams of Steel cover.jpg
Persian Bleak Seasons cover.jpg
Persian She Is the Darkness cover.jpg
Persian Water Sleeps front.jpg

French: J'ai Lu omnibuses (2015 – 2016) still in print[edit | edit source]

Books of the North (J'ai Lu 2015) Cover.jpg
Books of the South (J'ai Lu 2015) Cover.jpg
Books of Glittering Stone Part 1 (J'ai lu 2016) Cover.jpg
Books of Glittering Stone Part 2 (J'ai lu 2016) Cover.jpg

Finnish (2015 – 2017)[edit | edit source]

The Black Company (Vaskikirjat 2015) Cover.jpg
Shadows Linger (Vaskikirjat 2016) Cover.jpg
The White Rose (Vaskikirjat 2017) Cover.jpg

German: Mantikore (2015 – 2017)[edit | edit source]

The Black Company (Mantikore-Verlag 2015) Cover.jpg
Shadows Linger (Mantikore-Verlag) cover.jpg
The White Rose (Mantikore-Verlag) cover.jpg

Chinese (2017)[edit | edit source]

Chinese The Black Company front.jpg
Chinese Shadows Linger front.jpg
Chinese The White Rose front.jpg
Chinese Books of the North set front.jpg

Russian: Азбука (2018 – 2020) still in print[edit | edit source]

Russian omnibus 1 Chronicles front.jpg
Russian omnibus 2 Books of the South front.jpg
Russian omnibus 3 Glittering Stone 1 front.jpg
Russian omnibus 4 Glittering Stone 2 front.jpg
Russian Port of Shadows front.jpg

Spanish: Montena (2019 – 2020) still in print[edit | edit source]

Spanish The Black Company (Montena) front.jpg
Spanish Shadows Linger (Montena) front.jpg
Spanish The White Rose (Montena) front.jpg

Polish audiobooks (2019)[edit | edit source]

Polish audiobook The Black Company.jpg
Polish audiobook Shadows Linger.jpg
Polish audiobook The White Rose.jpg

European Portuguese (2019 - 2020) still in print[edit | edit source]

Portugal A Companhia Negra front.jpg
Portugal As Sombras Eternas front.jpg
Portugal A Rosa Branca front.jpg
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