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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495415
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magnum opus of the imagination (Library Journal)

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct 2007
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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 By A Customer on 22 Mar 1999
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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 By bluecougar25 on 28 Jun 2008
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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 takes place. Very realistic world building, believable society and religion and a convincing version of magic. With tough no-nonsense characters and events, this is a long way from the usual dragons and magic wands, death and torture and a grey area of morals. Some people seem to have found it a grim read, but I didn't find it so, just a good amount of battling against the odds, and less of the sweet wish-fulfilment stuff that you tend to find in so much modern fantasy - I like gentler books, but this is a tour de force and the ideas linger in your mind for several days afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Elliott on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1995
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With _Black Sun Rising_, C. S. Friedman has created a complex and wonderful world peopled by characters who develop noticeably as the story continues, something that is sometimes lacking in other stories I've read.
The story is science-fiction, with the location, the planet Erna, being a colony world of Earth, colonized 1200 years ago. Unfortunately, the colonists didn't know about a curious phenomenon known as the *fae*; a natural 'power' that responds to the thoughts, emotions and needs of any living beings on Erna's surface. The fae is particularly responsive to human hopes and fears, resulting in the *creation* of the focuses of those hopes and fears.
But there is a new evil rising on Erna, and it is an evil that is unlike any previously known. Four people must go into the land held by Erna's native sentient species, in order to confront and conquer this evil. A Priest, a Sorceror, an ex-Adept who is a victim of the evil, and an Adept who has been one of the evils of Erna for nine centuries. Together, they must defeat this new evil, or Erna will be changed in horrifying ways.
If you like complex stories, with no *obvious* right or wrong side, with developing characters, and with action and excitement (and a touch of magic), then _Black Sun Rising_ is *definitely* for you. I hope you find it enjoyable.
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