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She Is the Darkness by Glen Cook is the eighth book of the Black Company series and the second novel of the Books of Glittering Stone tetralogy. It takes place 20 years after the first novel.

From the back cover Edit

The wind whines and howls with bitter breath. Lightning snarls and barks. Rage is an animate force upon the plain of glittering stone. Even shadows are afraid.

At the heart of the plain stands a vast grey stronghold, unknown, older than any written memory. One ancient tower has collapsed across the fissure. From the heart of the fastness comes a great deep slow breath like that of a slumbering world-heart, cracking the olden silence.

Death is eternity. Eternity is stone. Stone is silence.

Stone cannot speak but stone remembers.

So begins the next movement of Glittering Stone....


The tale again comes to us from the pen of Murgen, Annalist and Standard-bearer of the Black Company, whose developing powers of travel through space and time give him a perspective like no other.

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.

Summary Edit

Key events include:

  1. the Battle of Lake Tanji between the Black Company and avalanche of shadows;
  2. the Battle of Charandaprash against Mogaba's conventional armies;
  3. Goblin's secret Shaded Road expedition;
  4. the climactic Siege of Overlook;
  5. the Prahbrindrah Drah's betrayal of the Company;
  6. and Croaker and Lady's fateful crossing of the Shadowgate into the glittering plain.

List of editions Edit

She Is the Darkness 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 She Is the Darkness appeared.

Polish Edit

Polish She Is the Darkness front
  • Title: A imię jej Ciemność
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Polish
  • Translator: Jan Karłowski
  • Publisher: Rebis
  • Pub date: 1998
  • Cover art by: Oliviero Berni
  • ISBN: 9788371205835 / 837120583X (paperback)


Russian (1998 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 She Is the Darkness 1998 front
  • Title: Тьма
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: Виталия Волковского (Vitaly Volkovsky)
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 1998
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-237-00716-3 (ACT); 5-7921-0225-2 (TF)


Russian (2000 AST Golden Fantasy) novel pair Edit

This single hardcover containing both She Is the Darkness and Bleak Seasons 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: Виталия Волковского (Vitaly Volkovsky) SItD 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 (2004 L'Atalante) Edit

The French translation, first published by L'Atalante, was divided into two books (like the Lithuanian translation) and features original artwork by Didier Graffet throughout.

She is the Darkness Part 1 (L'Atalante 2004) Back
She is the Darkness Part 1 (L'Atalante 2004) Cover
  • Title: Elle est les ténèbres, I
  • Page shown: Front & back covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Frank Reichert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: January 2004
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841722587 (paperback [broché])


She is the Darkness Part 2 (L'Atalante 2004) Back
She is the Darkness Part 2 (L'Atalante 2004) Cover
  • Title: Elle est les ténèbres, II
  • Page shown: Front & back covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Frank Reichert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: January 2004
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841722594 (paperback [broché])


Lithuanian Edit

The Lithuanian translation – like the French – was divided into two books.

Lithuanian She Is the Darkness 1 front
  • Title: Tamsa - tai ji: Pirma knyga
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Translator: Anita Kapočiūtė
  • Publisher: Eridanas
  • Pub date: 2006
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: 9789986971504 (paperback)


Lithuanian She Is the Darkness 2 front
  • Title: Tamsa - tai ji: Antra knyga
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Translator: Anita Kapočiūtė
  • Publisher: Eridanas
  • Pub date: 2006
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: 9789986971535 (paperback)


Spanish Edit

Spanish She Is the Darkness (La Factoria) front
  • Title: Ella es la oscuridad. Un libro de La Compañía Negra. Segundo libro de Piedra reluciente
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Spanish
  • Translator: José Quiroga Fernández
  • Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
  • Pub date: 10 March 2008 (paperback); December 2014 (e-book)
  • Cover art by: Nicholas Jainschigg
  • ISBN: 9788498003598 (paperback); 9788490184615 (e-book)


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: Виталия Волковского (Vitaly Volkovsky) SItD 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?)


French (2009 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). It was also divided into two books. 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 She Is the Darkness 1 front
She is the Darkness Part 1 (J'ai lu 2009) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire 8: Elle est les ténèbres, Première partie
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Frank Reichert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: 8 April 2009
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou (left); Slava Gerj (right)
  • ISBN: 9782290012710 (small paperback [poche])


Slava Gerj Jai lu She Is the Darkness 2 front
She is the Darkness Part 2 (J'ai lu 2009) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire 9: Elle est les ténèbres, Deuxième partie
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Frank Reichert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: 7 October 2009
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou (left); Slava Gerj (right)
  • ISBN: 9782290012727 (small paperback [poche])


Bulgarian Edit

Bulgarian 8 She Is the Darkness front
  • Title: Тя е тъмата: Втора книга за Блестящия камък (Хрониките на Черния отряд VIII)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Translator: Пепа Соколова (Pepa Sokolova)
  • Publisher: Лира Принт (Lira Print)
  • Pub date: 2011
  • Cover art by: Nicholas Jainschigg
  • ISBN: 9789548610803 (paperback)


Persian Edit

Persian She Is the Darkness cover
  • Title: گروهان سياه کتاب هفتم (او تاريکي است)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Persian
  • Translator: آيدا کشوري (Aida Keshvari)
  • Publisher: کتابسرای تندیس، (Tandis Publishing)
  • Pub date: 2019
  • Cover art by: Raymond Swanland
  • ISBN: 9786001825620 (paperback)
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