Shadow Games (The Black Company #4) - Glen Cook 9.10   10

First Book of the South

After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the Lost Annals. The Annals will be returned to Khatovar, eight thousand miles away, a city that may exist only in legend... the origin of the first Free Companies.

Every step of the way the Company is hounded by shadowy figures and carrion-eating crows. As they march ever southward, through bug-infested jungle, rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates, and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow untill they are thousands strong.

But always they are watched – by the Shadowmasters – a deadly new enemy: twisted creatures that deal in darkness and death; powerful, shadowy creatures bent on smothering the world in their foul embrace. This is the first round in a deadly game, a game that the Black Company cannot lose – or hope to win.

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Release date June 1989
Details updated August 22, 2022

The Black Company :: Series

Series contains 9 primary works and has 11 total works.

The series follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, last of the Free Companies of Khatovar, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year history. Cook mixes fantasy with military fiction in gritty, down-to-earth portrayals of the Company's chief personalities and its struggles.

Related series The Black Company (omnibus editions)

The Black Company (The Black Company #1) 7.80   61
Shadows Linger (The Black Company #2) 8.28   32
The White Rose (The Black Company #3) 8.46   32
Shadow Games (The Black Company #4) 9.10   10
Dreams of Steel (The Black Company #5) 9.22   9
Bleak Seasons (The Black Company #6) 8.00   8
She Is the Darkness (The Black Company #7) 8.62   8
Water Sleeps (The Black Company #8) 9.16   6
Soldiers Live (The Black Company #9) 9.50   6
The Silver Spike 9.14   7
Port of Shadows 9.00   1

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