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Bleak Seasons by Glen Cook is the seventh book of the Black Company series and the first novel in the Books of Glittering Stone tetralogy.

From the back cover Edit

Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive... I am Murgen, Standard-bearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead, One-Eye won't, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end..."


So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins.

Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyueng Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. The Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns of men and god alike.

Summary Edit

List of editions Edit

Bleak Seasons was published as a standalone novel (with the exception of the Russian 2-novel combos) in the following editions, translations, and formats. They are listed in order of publication, earliest first; some reappearances of the same translation may be grouped together. See also Books of Glittering Stone for the list of omnibuses in which Bleak Seasons appeared.

Polish Edit

Polish Bleak Seasons 1997 front
  • Title: Ponure lata
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Polish
  • Translator: Jan Karłowski (or Grażyna Sudoł?)
  • Publisher: Rebis
  • Pub date: 1997; republished 2003
  • Cover art by: Oliviero Berni
  • ISBN: 9788371204081 (paperback)


Russian (1997 AST Dragon Age Chronicles) Edit

This edition was part of the publisher's Dragon Age Chronicles (Век Дракона Хроники / Vek Drakona Khroniki) series.

Russian series Век Дракона Bleak Seasons 1997 front
  • Title: Суровые времена
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Дмитрия Старкова (Dmitry Starkov)
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 1997
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-15-000484-7 (ACT); 5-7921-0145-0 (TF)


Russian (2000 AST Golden Fantasy) novel pair Edit

This single hardcover containing both Bleak Seasons and She Is the Darkness was part of the publisher's Golden Fantasy series (Золотая серия фэнтези / Zolotaya seriya fentezi).

Russian series Zolotaya fentezi BS SItD pair 2000 front
  • Title: Суровые времена. Тьма (Bleak Seasons & She Is the Darkness)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Дмитрия Старкова (Dmitry Starkov) Bleak Seasons only
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 2000
  • Cover art by: Gary Ruddell (upper); Luis Royo (lower); unknown (left)
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-17-003430-X (ACT); 5-7921-0351-8 (TF)


French (2003 L'Atalante) Edit

The French translation, first published by L'Atalante, features original artwork by Didier Graffet throughout the book.

Bleak Seasons (L'Atalante 2003) Back
Bleak Seasons (L'Atalante 2003) Cover
  • Title: Saisons funestes
  • Page shown: Front & back covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: 18 March 2003
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841722327 (paperback [broché])


Lithuanian Edit

Lithuanian Bleak Seasons front
  • Title: Niūrūs laikai
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Translator: Anita Kapočiūtė
  • Publisher: Eridanas
  • Pub date: 2006
  • Cover art by: Clyde Caldwell
  • ISBN: 9789986971283 (paperback) [ISBN-10: 9986971284]


Spanish Edit

Spanish Bleak Seasons (La Factoria) front
  • Title: Estación de penurias. Un libro de La Compañía Negra. Primer libro de Piedra reluciente
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Spanish
  • Translator: Antonio Calvario Márquez
  • Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
  • Pub date: December 2006 (paperback); December 2014 (e-book)
  • Cover art by: Jan Patrik Krasny
  • ISBN: 9788498002577 (paperback); 9788490185407 (e-book)


French (2008 J'ai lu) Edit

The same French translation previously published by L'Atalante (scroll farther up) was republished by J'ai lu in smaller paperback format [poche] with cover art by Johan Camou (left); this cover art was later replaced by the more abstract art of Slava Gerj (right) when the publisher did a cover refresh.

Slava Gerj Jai lu Bleak Seasons front
Bleak Seasons (J'ai Lu 2008) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire 7: Saisons funestes
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: 11 March 2008
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou (left); Slava Gerj (right)
  • ISBN: 9782290008188 (small paperback [poche])


Russian (2008 AST Dragon Age 2) novel pair Edit

This single hardcover containing 2 novels was part of the publisher's Dragon Age 2 series (Век дракона 2 / Vek Drakona 2).

Russian series Vek drakona 2 BS SItD pair 2008 front
  • Title: Суровые времена. Тьма (Bleak Seasons & She Is the Darkness)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Дмитрия Старкова (Dmitry Starkov) Bleak Seasons only
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST); АСТ Москва (AST Moscow); Хранитель (Guardian); Харвест (Harvest)?
  • Pub date: 2008
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 978-5-17-049549-8 (ACT); 978-5-9713-7665-1 (АСТ Москва); 978-5-9762-6728-2 (Guardian); 978-985-16-4844-9 (Harvest?)


Bulgarian Edit

Bulgarian 7 Bleak Seasons front
  • Title: Мрачни времена: Първа книга за Блестящия камък (Хрониките на Черния отряд VII)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Translator: Светлана Комогорова (Svetlana Komogorova)
  • Publisher: Лира Принт (Lira Print)
  • Pub date: 2009
  • Cover art by: Nicholas Jainschigg
  • ISBN: 9789548610711 (paperback)


Persian Edit

Persian Bleak Seasons cover
  • Title: مجموعه گروهان سياه کتاب ششم (فصل حزن)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Persian
  • Translator: آيدا کشوري (Aida Keshvari)
  • Publisher: کتابسرای تندیس، (Tandis Publishing)
  • Pub date: 2017
  • Cover art by: [Monolith Productions / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: the art in the center was adapted from the cover of the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor game]
  • ISBN: 9786001823053 (paperback)
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