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The Books of the North comprise the first of three story arcs of the Black Company series. There are three books included in this cycle:

  1. The Black Company (May 1984)
  2. Shadows Linger (October 1984)
  3. The White Rose (April 1985)

This story arc describes the adventures of the Black Company as they enter the service of the Lady and her Empire. Chapter 1 ("Legate") of the first novel takes place on the northern coast of the southern continent; all other events of the Books of the North take place in the northern continent.

The Books of the North are followed by the Books of the South and then the 4 Books of Glittering Stone. The interquel Port of Shadows (2018), which was published almost 35 years after the Books of the North, chronologically takes place during the six-year gap between The Black Company and Shadows Linger. While Port takes place during the same time frame of the Books of the North, it is not listed as one because of the publication history and because it is a "lost history" narrative which describes forgotten events.

Publications Edit

The following omnibuses and boxed sets encompass the three Books of the North. They are grouped by languages; the languages with the earliest publications are listed first. Not listed below is the digital compendium Annals of the Black Company, which also includes the Books of the South and of Glittering Stone.

English omnibuses Edit

United States Edit

The first omnibus of the Books of the North in any language was the Science Fiction Book Club's English-language hardcover. First released in 1986 and later reprinted in 2000, it was available only to SFBC members. It received very limited distribution and is no longer in print:

Annals Black Company Nelson Doubleday
  • Title: Annals of the Black Company
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: English
  • Translator: (none)
  • Publisher: Nelson Doubleday / Science Fiction Book Club
  • Pub date: 1986
  • Cover art by: Tom Kidd
  • ISBN: the hardcover shown had no ISBN


Annals Black Company SFBC
  • Title: Annals of the Black Company
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: English
  • Translator: (none)
  • Publisher: Nelson Doubleday / Science Fiction Book Club
  • Pub date: 2000 reprint shown
  • Cover art by: Tom Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780739413029 (hardcover)


The next English-language omnibus is still in print from Tor Books and is widely available in e-book format:

Chronicles-of-the-black-company


United Kingdom Edit

The Black Company 2008 Gollancz front
  • Title: Chronicles of the Black Company
  • Page shown: Front cover (see also back cover)
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: English
  • Translator: (none)
  • Publisher: Gollancz (UK)
  • Pub date: 18 September 2008 (paperback); 7 October 2010 (e-book)
  • Cover art by: Raymond Swanland
  • ISBN: 9780575084179 (paperback); 9780575086623 (e-book)


French publications Edit

L'Atalante omnibus Edit

Books of the North (L'Atalante 2005) Cover
  • Title: Les Livres du Nord
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Patrick Couton, Alain Robert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: 25 May 2005
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841723058 (paperback)


J'ai lu box set Edit

J'ai lu box set 9782277612964
  • Title: La Compagnie noire Coffret en 3 volumes : Tome 1, La Compagnie noire ; Tome 2, Le château noir ; Tome 3, La Rose Blanche
  • Page shown: Box set front and side
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Patrick Couton; Alain Robert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: October 2006
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou
  • ISBN: 9782277612964 (box set [coffret])


J'ai lu omnibus Edit

Books of the North (J'ai Lu 2015) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire: L'Intégrale 1
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Patrick Couton, Alain Robert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: February 2015
  • Cover art by: Samuel White
  • ISBN: 9782290102343 (print); 9782290102350 (e-book); 9782290102367 (PDF)


Polish omnibus Edit

Polish omnibus 1 Rebis
  • Title: Kroniki Czarnej Kompanii (Chronicles of the Black Company)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Polish
  • Translator: Beata Jankowska-Rosadzińska, Michał Jakuszewski
  • Publisher: Rebis
  • Pub date: November 2009
  • Cover art by: Raymond Swanland
  • ISBN: 9788375104677 (paperback)


Spanish omnibus Edit

Spanish Books of the North (La Factoria) front
  • Title: La Compañía Negra: Trilogía de los Libros del Norte
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Spanish
  • Translator: Domingo Santos
  • Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
  • Pub date: 9 November 2012 (paperback); 10 January 2015 (e-book)
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: 9788490181348 (paperback); 9788490186145 (e-book)


Russian omnibus Edit

Russian omnibus 1 Chronicles front
  • Title: Хроники Черного Отряда
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Андрея Новикова (Andrey Novikov), Данизля Смушковича (Danizlya Smushkovich), Максима Шведова (Maxim Shvedova)
  • Publisher: Азбука-Аттикус (ABC-Atticus)
  • Pub date: 18 July 2018
  • Cover art by: Raymond Swanland
  • ISBN: 9785389114777 (hardcover); 9785389152106 (e-book)
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