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Black Sun Rising: The Coldfire Trilogy: Book One

Black Sun Rising: The Coldfire Trilogy: Book One [Kindle Edition]

Celia Friedman
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A magnum opus of the imagination (Library Journal)

Book Description

The first volume of the Coldfire Trilogy - an extraordinary feat of storytelling and imagination on a grand scale

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 595 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0886775272
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2V4RRC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but grim and humourless. 2 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Twelve hundred years ago, a sleeper ship from Earth deposited several thousand colonists on the wild, untamed world of Erna. Seismically active Erna is a harsh planet to survive on, made worse by the presence of the Fae, a source of energy that permeates the elements and can be harnessed by certain humans to further their own ends. Unfortunately, the Fae can also be manipulated subconciously, resulting in the people's fears and nightmares taking on solid form.

With all high technology lost in the birth of a new religion, the colonists of Erna have descended to a Renaissance level of technology, although retaining certain advanced medical, astronomical and scientific knowledge. Damien Kilcannon Vryce, a warrior-priest of the Church and one of the few churchmen able to wield the Fae, arrives in the city of Jaggonath to adopt a new and difficult role in the Church hierarchy. However, when a local Fae-wielder is brutally attacked and her ability to wield the Fae is neutralised, Damien is drawn into a lengthy quest that will lead into the dangerous rakhlands to confront a powerful sorcerer. Along the way Damien is forced into a most uneasy alliance with the cold and arrogant Gerald Tarrant, a powerful wielder of the Fae who has secrets of his own...

Black Sun Rising (1991) is the first novel in Celia Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy. This SF-epic fantasy hybrid was very highly regarded upon its initial release in the United States, but oddly it wasn't until a year or so ago that Orbit finally published the first UK edition.

The novel is a mixture of the familiar and the use of more original tropes, although the familiar does win out in the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the BEST! 22 Mar 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion C. S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy is tied with Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series as the best fantasy ever written! Tarrant is without question the most interesting character in any fantasy novel I have read. He isn't the flat "Big Bad Evil Guy Who's Going to Destroy the World" found in so many fantasy books, yet neither is he the "Poor Misguided Soul Who Just Has to Be Shown the Right Path." He's not some looming shadow who can be dismissed as the bad guy, labeled as evil and given no further consideration. He's a real, fully developed, character, one who is inclined toward cruelty. He sees "The Right Path" and is by no means sure he wants to take it. Likewise his companion, Damien, though he is a priest, hardly fits the traditional mold of that vocation. Damien begins the tale as a devout warrior priest to whom Tarrant and all he stands for are anathema. However, Damien's naive idealism and faith soon come under assault, and ever so slowly Damien comes to doubt himself and his beliefs. More and more he comes to find himself agreeing with Tarrant, and more and more the reader who identifies with Damien finds himself agreeing with Tarrant. It is much more chilling to be in the vampire's head, to understand him and maybe even agree with him, than it can ever be to be stalked by him. For anyone growing at all tired of trite conventional fantasy (unicorns, fairies, and little pet dragons) this series will be a thoroughly refreshing read.
The magic system devised by Friedman is deliciously original. The cover art is outstanding. This is one case where you CAN judge a book by its cover; if you like the cover you'll love the book. I have to see if I can get a poster sized copy and possibly frame it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Original 2 July 2006
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With so much dross out there in the genre it's a relief to know some authors can still turn out a novel with fresh ideas. The setting for the novel is unique and believable with a frightening alien world and terrifying magic like abilities simultaneously depriving a previously advanced civilization of its technology. The threats faced are dark and ominous, much like the rest of the novel and the internal and external struggles and conflict between the main characters are delightful, especially given the complexity of certain of those characters. This is an excellent start up to a thrilling and absorbing series. Great stuff.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 Aug 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As many of the other reviewers in this genre love to brag, I, too, have read a lot of fantasy. I usually lean towards writers like Tad Williams, David/Leigh Eddings, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, Melanie Rawn, and Katharine Kerr (to give you an idea of what kind of reader I am). C.S. Friedman, in her trilogy, has created something so unusual that it swept me off my feet. Her characters are captivating; I found myself as fascinated by the Hunter as the other reviewers on this page seem to have been. The way she uses the traditional fantasy backdrop of a world where magic is a reality and twists it into something so bizarre and unusual, sets the scene for a striking story that questions the boundaries between good and evil even as you, as the reader, are convinced you're rooting for the good guys. It's true that we've seen the very basic plot before, if you want to get to the bare bones; however, there are very very few stories in this world to which you can't do that. The characters, setting, creatures, and details in this world are ones that would make any mundane tale a complete delight. This trilogy comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite books and now available on Kindle
This is a wonderful book with an imaginative and well-thought out setting. This is quite dark fantasy right from the start but although dark it isn't gratuitously nasty. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jollycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Other Worldly Horror
Set in the future,on a plannet called Erna,where the inhabitants decended from a survival capsule sent from Earth. Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by alysan
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong characters in a cogent new world
Dark fantasy set on a planet where the colonists met a force that turned their deepest nightmares into reality, and the legacy of same several thousand years later when the story... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2008 by bluecougar25
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and intriguing, but a little slow in places
Black Sun Rising has been my introduction to the world of Celia Friedman. It provides a new twist on the way that magicians are portrayed (not a pointy hat or flowing robe in... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2006 by Steven Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
Read this. You must, especially if you think of fantasy as a normally shallow genre. More than a battle between good and evil, it is a tale of falls from grace, redemption,... Read more
Published on 30 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book was excellent... When asked to describe it, I have a hard time - there's definite sci-fi thread running through the book, but the predominant mood to me was one of... Read more
Published on 12 July 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting characters
overall a very enjoyable book. The tension between Damien's "good guy" and the hunter makes for good reading. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars gives a different twist to the classic fantasy/sci-fi book
usually when you think about fantasy, you think of dragons and magic and stuff like that. with this book, the fantasy deals with the "fae" and the term sorceror isn't... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Over used plot, but still good
Black Sun rising had a bit of a run of the mill plot, but it seems to me that there are so many books out there that it's immpossible to come up with a story idea that isn't... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic sci-fi. Strange but wonderful brew.
I've had this book sitting around for years, and finally decided to read it rather than throw it out. A wise choice. Friedman's writing is a joy.
Published on 1 Jun 1999
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