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Dreams of Steel by Glen Cook is the fifth novel of the Black Company series and the second of the Books of the South. Written from the perspective of Lady, it chronicles her actions after the Company's dismal defeat at the Battle of Dejagore. A key focus is her new partnership with the Deceivers, a cult of clandestine murderers who seem to worship her. It also chronicles her husband's concurrent captivity at the hands of her insane sister, Soulcatcher.

From the back cover Edit

Croaker has fallen and, following the Black 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.

Meanwhile, far away, Shadowmasters conspire against one another and the world, weaving dark spells that reach into the heart of Taglios. And in a hidden grove, a familiar figure slowly awakens to find himself the captive of an animated, headless corpse.

Mercilessly cutting through Taglian intrigues, Lady appears to be growing stronger every day. All that disturbs her are the dreams which afflict her by night—dreams of carnage, of destruction, of universal death, unceasing...[Dreams of Steel]

Summary Edit

List of editions Edit

Dreams of Steel 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 the South for the list of omnibuses in which Dreams of Steel appeared.

Polish Edit

Polish Dreams of Steel front
  • Title: Sny o stali
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Polish
  • Translator: Jan Karłowski
  • Publisher: Rebis
  • Pub date: 1996; republished 1998
  • Cover art by: Alan Craddock
  • ISBN: 9788371203572 / 8371203578 (1996? paperback);
    9788371206771 / 8371206771 (1998? 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 Dreams of Steel 1997 front
  • Title: Стальные сны
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Е. Лихачёвой (E. Likhacheva) & Е. Прияткиной (E. Pleitkina)
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 1997
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-15-000379-4 (ACT); 5-7921-0143-4 (TF)


Russian (2000 AST Golden Fantasy) novel pair Edit

This single hardcover containing both Dreams of Steel & The Silver Spike was part of the publisher's Golden Fantasy series (Золотая серия фэнтези / Zolotaya seriya fentezi).

Russian series Zolotaya fentezi DS TSS pair 2000 front
  • Title: Стальные сны. Серебряный Клин (Dreams of Steel & The Silver Spike)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Е. Лихачёвой (E. Likhacheva) & Е. Прияткиной (E. Pleitkina) Dreams of Steel only
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 2000
  • Cover art by: Gary Ruddell (upper); Luis Royo (lower); unknown (left)
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-17-000395-1 (ACT); 5-7921-0313-5 (TF)


French (2001 L'Atalante) Edit

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

Dreams of Steel (L'Atalante 2001) Back
Dreams of Steel (L'Atalante 2001) Cover
  • Title: Rêves d'acier
  • Page shown: Front & back covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: September 2001
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841721849 (paperback [broché])


Lithuanian Edit

Lithuanian Dreams of Steel front
  • Title: Plieniniai sapnai
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Translator: Anita Kapočiūtė
  • Publisher: Eridanas
  • Pub date: 2003
  • Cover art by: Frank Frazetta
  • ISBN: 9789955100645 (paperback) [ISBN-10: 9955100648]


Spanish Edit

Spanish Dreams of Steel (La Factoria) front
  • Title: Sueños de acero. Un libro de La Compañía Negra
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Spanish
  • Translator: Pablo Rueda
  • Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
  • Pub date: March 2005 (paperback); December 2014 (e-book)
  • Cover art by: Jan Patrik Krasny
  • ISBN: 9788498001563 (paperback); 9788490185841 (e-book)


Bulgarian Edit

Bulgarian 6 Dreams of Steel front
  • Title: Стоманени сънища: Втора книга на юга (Хрониките на Черния отряд VI)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Translator: Светлана Комогорова (Svetlana Komogorova)
  • Publisher: Лира Принт (Lira Print)
  • Pub date: 2006
  • Cover art by: Alan Rabinowitz
  • ISBN: 9789548610599 (paperback) [sometimes incorrectly given as: 9789548610593]


French (2006 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 Dreams of Steel front
Dreams of Steel (J'ai lu 2006) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire 5: Rêves d'acier
  • Page shown: Front covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: 10 October 2006
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou (left); Slava Gerj (right)
  • ISBN: 9782290348789 (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 DS TSS pair 2008 front
  • Title: Стальные сны. Серебряный Клин (Dreams of Steel & The Silver Spike)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Е. Лихачёвой (E. Likhacheva) & Е. Прияткиной (E. Pleitkina) Dreams of Steel only
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST); АСТ Москва (AST Moscow); Харвест (Harvest)
  • Pub date: 2008
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 978-5-17-049548-1 (ACT); 978-5-9713-7664-4 (АСТ Москва); 978-985-16-5171-5 (Harvest)


Persian Edit

Persian Dreams of Steel cover
  • Title: مجموعه گروهان سياه کتاب پنجم روياهاي پولادين
  • 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: [Konami: the art in the center was adapted from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 platform game]
  • ISBN: 9786001822674 (paperback)
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