Dreams of Steel (The Black Company #5) - Glen Cook 9.22   9

Second Book of the South

Croaker has fallen and, following the 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...


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Release date 1990
Details updated August 23, 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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