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  • Series: The Coldfire Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Trade; Reprint edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756403146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756403140
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For over a thousand years, the colonists of the planet Erna have struggled to gain control over a land prone to seismic instability and infused with a wild, near-sentient natural force known as "the fae." While sorcerers and adepts manipulate the dark and light sides of this power, the Church maintains its stance in opposition to its use. As the dark side of the fae grows in strength, feeding off the nightmares and greed of the minds that are drawn to it, four individuals form an unwilling alliance to battle the source of evil. Friedman ( In Conquest Born , DAW, dist. by NAL, 1978; The Madness Season , DAW, dist. by NAL, 1990) has produced a splendid hybrid of sf and fantasy in this first volume of a trilogy. Hauntingly memorable protagonists, high drama, and vivid world-building mark the beginning of what promises to be a magnum opus of the imagination. A priority purchase for fantasy or sf collections.
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"A magnum opus of the imagination." —Library Journal
"Lyric and fanciful...classic high fantasy." —Locus
"Hard to put down." —Midwest Book Review


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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "sarasarah" on August 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Oh God, I love these books! I've read the whole trilogy and I've reread it and then reread it again, and it still haunts me! I never tire of it. Some people complained that there wasn't enough depth in the characters and that made me laugh a lot because sure at first you don't know them that well (how can you? this is book one) but as you progress through the trilogy the character development is amazing! Believe me, when you are done with all three, you will know these characters inside out and they will fascinate you, and you'll feel for them. The author does an EXCELLENT job of slowly building up empathy among the readers for main characters Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant. At first I thought I could never like Damien because I hate the burly warrior types but he's more complex and solid than I ever guessed and to my surprise I began to treasure his wry humor and to admire his strength. The priestly side of him is a good balance for his warrior skills and rough experience. As for Gerald Tarrant...oh God! You'll fall under his spell instantly even though he's pretty evil, and I mean: EVIL. He fascinates and repells at the same time and he's just too cool for words. He's got so many vices: vanity, arrogance, ruthlessness, but somehow the author already begins in this book to hint at something underneath very complex and far from all bad. Which is why I love the sequel (When True Night Falls) so much. That is the book where the characters have their surfaces rubbed off and you see what they really are like! Gerald Tarrant is amazing and C.S. Friedman is even more amazing for creating him! I wish there were more Tarrants out there (in books I mean) but he's a very original character.Read more ›
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Reillan on November 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Coldfire trilogy (Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, Crown of Shadows) is possibly the most well-developed book series of all time. Friedman delves deep into the psyche of all of the major players - good and evil - to explore the depths of human morality. This book is not a fantasy or sci-fi book as much as it is a look at what makes man tick.
The entire story is an analogy, and each of the characters within it represent different aspects of humanity; primal cunning or fragile innocence, lust for power or for immortality, unwavering morality or a kind of good which sees only the end result, not the process taken to get there. Every desire a human may have will come to life in this place, and Friedman allows them all to run rampant and see where they will lead.
This is not a fast-paced, action-packed epic. If you are looking for something to turn into a $1 billion movie, this book is not for you. If, however, you can appreciate a plot that moves along based on the mental and emotional progress of its characters, a story that is driven entirely by the intricate decisions of its characters rather than by some deus ex machina, then this book is definately for you.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Coldfire Trilogy is my top favorite. It is in a class beyond my other favorites, which are the Shannara books, Tad Williams', Goodkind, and Melanie Rawn's Dragon Series. I'm mentioning these because I think they're great, and a lot of other people do too, and the fact that this is better, should mean something. The sequel to this book, entitled When True Night Falls, is even better because you get to know the mysterious Gerald Tarrant more intimately, and understand the nature of Erna. I don't usually read SciFi, because it's too technical, but Black Sun Rising is just such a wonderful blend with fantasy and horror and tons of adventure, that it's very readable. Still, I understand that it might be a little complex for people who are TOTALLY SciFi or fantasy illiterate. Try it anyway, and I think you'll be in heaven when you realize there are two fat books after it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book (this entire series) was a beautiful example of what you can do when you go beyond the boundaries of typical fantasy novels. The characters were believable and three-dimensional, illustrating a truth of the world: that the capacity for good and evil exists in everyone, even those we label "absolute evil." The plot, while not mind-boggling complex in the first novel, expands in the future books of the series until the main struggle of the novel is not just against one creature of ultimate "evil," but against the nature of their world itself. C. S. Friedman's writing style was just right: enough description to give you a good mental image, but not enough to drown your imagination.
I strongly recommend this book and the rest of the series to those who are tired of the cliche: a courageous and kindly hero in shining armor who rides to battle against an over-generalized, shadowy evil.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nash on January 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in the future, and on another world, this excellent book begins with an interesting Science Fiction background. The story itself, however, is pure Fantasy, and very well done. It also includes a strong dose of Gothic Horror to keep you on your toes. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this book is the exellent character developement. Especially when you continue on to read the next two books in the trilogy. The way the characters evolve in response to one another through the books is thought provoking and captivating. There is a great amount of depth to be explored. A common finding of mine, is that many trilogies start out with an excellent first book, and then begin to go downhill after that. This, the Coldfire trilogy, is a definite exception. It starts out with an amazing first book, and if anything, it just gets better from there. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good Fantasy, SF, or Gothic Horror.
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