Dominion is the perfect title for this prequel novella to C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy. It fills in some of the holes in Tarrant's missing past between his initial fall from grace to the fateful meeting with the Reverend Vryce. It is a short story, so it is very focused on the pull of the Forest and Tarrant's battle to dominate that dark power and make it his own. It is told from two completely different points of view, thus giving the reader an immersive perspective of just how dangerous, and beautiful, the Forest is.
The novella does have its drawbacks. As other reviews mentioned, it is a very short read. It leaves you with even more questions and more holes to fill. An unfamiliar character is introduced, endowed with a special ability not mentioned (that I remember) in the trilogy, who is in the end discarded - nothing more than a messenger of Tarrant's ominous declaration. What happens to her, and more importantly, her ability? Another drawback is the ultimate showdown between Tarrant and the Forest. With the goal of domination over such a strong force, one would expect a battle of epic proportions. This is not the case. Like the story itself, it is short, sweet, and to the point as to be almost anticlimactic. I said almost.
Friedman is no lightweight when it comes to writing. Despite the story's brevity, it is a well-written work that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Tarrant is the character you love to hate, and anyone with an interest in the Coldfire trilogy will enjoy learning more about this devil incarnate. We can only hope that Friedman will not leave the fans of Erna hanging for too long with more stories of this strange and wonderful place she has created.