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For the object with the same name, see: Silver spike

The Silver Spike by Glen Cook is a standalone novel of the Black Company series. It is the only work that does not directly involve the Black Company, instead, focusing on those characters that chose not to journey to Khatovar. Its narrator, Case, is a diarist and not an Annalist of the Company. In the published omnibuses, this novel is grouped with the Books of the South for convenience.

From the back cover Edit

...embedded in the trunk of the scion of the godtree, it contains the essence of the maddest of the Ten Who Were Taken...The Dominator. Defeated by the Lady and cast from this world, all that was left of him was a foul trace of lingering evil. But the graveyard that was once the Barrowland contains more secrets than dead. All who would possess the power of the Dominator are drawn to the spike. A foolhardy band of thieves is the first to reach it, and a rapacious and malign spirit is unleashed on an unwary world. The forces gather, sides are drawn, and mortal men can only die as the Dark Lords battle for domination.

Summary Edit

List of editions Edit

The Silver Spike 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 The Silver Spike appeared.

Polish Edit

Polish The Silver Spike front
  • Title: Srebrny grot
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Polish
  • Translator: Grażyna Sudoł
  • Publisher: Rebis
  • Pub date: 1996; republished 1998
  • Cover art by: Oliviero Berni
  • ISBN: 9788371203565 / 837120356X (1996 paperback); 9788371206757 / 8371206755 (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 The Silver Spike 1997 front
  • Title: Серебряный Клин
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Russian
  • Translator: М. Петрунькина (M. Petrunkin)
  • Publisher: АСТ (AST) and Terra Fantastica
  • Pub date: 1997
  • Cover art by: Luis Royo
  • ISBN: Hardcovers: 5-7841-0727-5 (ACT); 5-7921-0144-2 (TF)


Russian (2000 AST Golden Fantasy) novel pair Edit

This single hardcover containing both The Silver Spike and Dreams of Steel 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: М. Петрунькина (M. Petrunkin) The Silver Spike 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 (2002 L'Atalante) Edit

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

The Silver Spike (L'Atalante 2002) Back
The Silver Spike (L'Atalante 2002) Cover
  • Title: La pointe d'argent
  • Page shown: Front & back covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: L'Atalante
  • Pub date: 25 February 2002
  • Cover art by: Didier Graffet
  • ISBN: 9782841721986 (paperback [broché])


Lithuanian Edit

Lithuanian The Silver Spike front
  • Title: Sidabrinis smaigas
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Translator: Anita Kapočiūtė
  • Publisher: Eridanas
  • Pub date: 2003
  • Cover art by: Rowena Morrill
  • ISBN: 9789986970781 (paperback)


Spanish Edit

The novel was translated into Spanish by the famous Domingo Santos. The cover features artwork that was originally made for a science fiction novel, containing space-themed elements wholly unrelated to the Black Company series.

Spanish The Silver Spike (La Factoria) front
  • Title: El Clavo De Plata. La Compañía Negra - Libro IV
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Spanish
  • Translator: Domingo Santos
  • Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
  • Pub date: 2003
  • Cover art by: Jim Burns
  • ISBN: 9788484218395 (paperback)


Bulgarian Edit

Bulgarian 5 The Silver Spike front
  • Title: Сребърният клин (Хрониките на Черния отряд V)
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Глен Кук (Glen Cook)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Translator: Светлана Комогорова (Svetlana Komogorova)
  • Publisher: Лира Принт (Lira Print)
  • Pub date: 2005
  • Cover art by: Keith Berdak
  • ISBN: 9789548610827 (paperback)


French (2007 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 The Silver Spike front
The Silver Spike (J'ai lu 2007) Cover
  • Title: Les Annales de la Compagnie Noire 6: La pointe d'argent
  • Page shown: Front covers
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: French
  • Translator: Alain Robert
  • Publisher: J'ai lu
  • Pub date: 26 April 2007
  • Cover art by: Johan Camou (left); Slava Gerj (right)
  • ISBN: 9782290356890 (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: М. Петрунькина (M. Petrunkin) The Silver Spike 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 The Silver Spike cover
  • Title: گروهان سياه (کتاب جهارم بخش اول) سرنيزه نقره اي
  • Page shown: Front cover
  • Author: Glen Cook
  • Language: Persian
  • Translator: آيدا کشوري (Aida Keshvari)
  • Publisher: کتابسرای تندیس، (Tandis Publishing)
  • Pub date: 2016
  • Cover art by: Raymond Swanland
  • ISBN: 9786001821967 (paperback)
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