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Dominion [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Friedman
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Book Description

Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

This novella prequel to C.S. Friedman's bestselling Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, Crown of Shadows) offers fans of the series a tale of Tarrant's secret history, while new readers will enjoy a chilling introduction to one of High Fantasy's most fascinating—and deadly—worlds.


Product Details

  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tridac Publishing (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00770IFRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to have Gerald Tarrant back! January 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
C. S. Friedman confided that she had had an idea for a new Gerald Tarrant story when she agreed to contribute to Speculative Horizons, the anthology I compiled and edited for Subterranean Press last year. I was foaming at the mouth at the very thought, yet I knew that we could never afford to have that story in our anthology. In any event, she wanted to complete Legacy of Kings before tackling that new project.

And then, a few weeks ago, she let me know that the novella was done, edited, and she wanted to know if I wanted to be the first one to review it? Are you kidding me!?! "Hell yeah!" I said! And it was quite a treat, if only for 31 pages, to return to the world of the Coldfire trilogy and rediscover one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time!

It's been sixteen years since we last encountered Gerald Tarrant. Far too long for most Friedman fans around the world, I'm sure. But when asked about the possibility of additional short stories or novellas featuring that beloved protagonist, C. S. Friedman told me that this was a one-off. Unless other memorable and worthwhile ideas come to mind, there won't be more of them coming up. Which, as a matter of course, made me savour Dominion even more.

This being a novella, the format precluded too much depth in terms of worldbuilding. Still, Friedman sets the mood perfectly. The narrative grabs hold of you and won't let go. The prose is evocative and the Forest almost becomes a character in its own right. Sure, many will claim that fans are already won over. But it's no secret that the author knows how to draw readers into her tales and Dominion is no different.

The novella features the POVs of two protagonists. The first is, not surprisingly, that of Gerald Tarrant, first Neocount of Merentha.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Ian Lee
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Friedman is a master story teller. She can make a reader identify with her characters. The other reviewers have covered enough on the techniques.

I found the story absorbing as any of the coldfire trilogy. It's delicious in filling a back story. If you are a fan and remember wondering about Trent's encounter with the Forbidden Forest, then you'd be happy with this short story.

It is S-h-o-r-t. That's my main disappointment. It entertained all too briefly. The set up leading to Trent's battle with the Forest seemed to demand a more dramatic, or simply lengthier denouement. The show down was't as flashy as I would have preferred. Still, Friedman made it work.

Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all May 2, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining prequel short story January 29, 2012
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Dominion is a novella by celebrated SFF writer Celia S. Friedman, it is a prequel to her seminal work that is "The Coldfire trilogy". The first book "Black Sun Rising" was released in 1991 and captured the interest and fascination of readers worldwide with its curious mix of science fiction and fantasy. Two sequels followed at a biennial rate and the author closed of the trilogy and the story of eclectic bunch of characters found within. I haven't read the trilogy but that is more due to laziness on my part rather than anything else. Also since this novella was a prequel, I thought of it as a perfect opportunity to begin my exploration of this evocative work.

The story has two protagonists namely Gerald Tarrant and Faith, the former is the first of a kind among mages, the latter the ultimate survivor of a hunting Knight force. They are polar opposites and are both drawn to a certain special forest that will test their fortitude. Gerald is drawn to it for the sole reason that it raises his curiosity by being a font of fae energy, which might have sentience. Faith on the other hand, doesn't have an exact clue about how she has landed there. Death however stalks both of them and one misstep will be all that it takes for the forest to claim dominion over both of them.

What is so good about this novella is that even though it is on the shorter side in matters of length, it does not waste any extra space in immersing the reader in the dark world of Erna. The setting and background information is quickly given to the reader without making it all to obvious and at the same time is the introduction of the dual POV threads which fuel the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to revisit Erna
I enjoyed this return to Erna greatly. If you are a fan of the Coldfire trilogy, then you will enjoy this story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but good
If you are fresh out of the series and eager for more, this is worth grabbing. But it is very short, doesn't provide very much backstory, and probably would disappoint someone... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Zmunk
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent back-story
I adore the original Coldfire trilogy and have for over 10 years, so I was excited to finally read Dominon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Marie Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars they all feel like a pale replica of the neocount of Merentha
Nowadays, it seems as though you can’t swing a stick in the fantasy section of your local bookstore without hitting three or four antiheroes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeryn Coldfire
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent dark fantasy novella, but you should read the Coldfire Trilogy...
This is a prequel to the Coldfire trilogy. I got this as a free download from Audible.com. I read the Coldfire trilogy some 20 years ago back when I was in highschool, so I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must-read for fans of the Coldfire trilogy.
Published 3 months ago by Federico De Domenico
5.0 out of 5 stars great for fans
Short story about the taming of the Forest. For fans of the coldfire stories only. Quick read but we'll done
Published 7 months ago by S. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible addition to the Coldfire Trilogy!
I'm so happy Ms Friedman wrote this novella to add to the Coldfire Trilogy. I read the trilogy as a teenager years ago, and I read them several times since, and I've bought copies... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kevin Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite
I have loved her cold fire and magister series it's no surprise that this one was great in my eyes as well
Published 10 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I love these books, this entire world is amazing, and the hunter is the coolest anti hero i know about
Published 11 months ago by Kim Marius Fon Bjørnfelt
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