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Bleak Seasons
Bleak Seasons
Author Glen Cook
Illustrator Nicholas Jainschigg
Publication date April 1996
Published by Tor Books
ISBN 978-0812555325
Publication Order
Preceded by
Dreams of Steel
Followed by
She Is The Darkness

Bleak Seasons by Glen Cook is the seventh book of the Black Company series and the first novel in the Glittering Stone tetralogy.

Let me tell you who I am, on the chance that these scribblings do survive... I am Murgen, Standard-bearer of the Black Company, though I bear the shame of having lost that standard in battle. I am keeping these Annals because Croaker is dead, One-Eye won't, and hardly anyone else can read or write. I will be your guide for however long it takes the Shadowlanders to force our present predicament to its inevitable end..."


So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins.

Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyueng Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. The Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns of men and god alike.
   —From the back cover

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