The Black Company

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.

The Black Company consists of nine primary books, and includes two additional books that complement the series but are not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.


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Speculative Fiction Books

(The Black Company #1 / 9)
1984 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #2 / 9)
1984 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #3 / 9)
1985 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #4 / 9)
1989 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #5 / 9)
1990 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #6 / 9)
1996 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #7 / 9)
1997 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #8 / 9)
1999 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company #9 / 9)
2000 | fantasy, dark fantasy
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1989 | fantasy, dark fantasy
(The Black Company)
2018 | fantasy, dark fantasy