Crown of Shadows (Coldfire Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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The stunning conclusion of the Coldfire trilogy. Warrior-priest Damien Vryce must once again unite with his unlikely ally, undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant, to degfeat a genocidal demon who may prove to be invulnerable. If they lose this epic struggle which will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond, they will sacrifice not only their lives, but the very soul of all mankind.

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Crown of Shadows (Coldfire Series #3)

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Overview

The stunning conclusion of the Coldfire trilogy. Warrior-priest Damien Vryce must once again unite with his unlikely ally, undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant, to degfeat a genocidal demon who may prove to be invulnerable. If they lose this epic struggle which will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond, they will sacrifice not only their lives, but the very soul of all mankind.

The stunning conclusion of the Coldfire trilogy. Warrior-priest Damien Vryce must once again unite with his unlikely ally, undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant, to defeat a genocidal demon who may prove to be invulnerable. If they lose this epic struggle which will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond, they will sacrifice not only their lives, but the very soul of all mankind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This closing volume of Friedman's Coldfire trilogy (When True Night Falls; Black Sun Rising) ably concludes one of the better fantasy series in recent memory. Even readers unfamiliar with the earlier volumes will quickly be enmeshed in the struggles of the Reverend Damien Vryce and The Hunter, Gerald Tarrant, to maintain the order of the planet Erna against the forces of the demon Calesta. The battle is made more complicated in this volume by the development of an allegiance between Calesta and Andrys Tarrant, a descendant of Gerald's who vows vengeance on his ancestor. Andrys is a bit too inept to ever seem threatening, however, and a bit too lacking in joie de vivre to come off as a classic Pretender/Fool. But the sections without Andrys, especially those focusing on The Hunter, are interesting enough, and as the final battles-involving The Church, The Hunter, the forces of Calesta and various people and factions whose alignments vary throughout the novel-are held around The Hunter's keep, readers will be enthralled. While Friedman introduces a science fictional raising-of-the-stakes gambit here that isn't entirely satisfying, her general mastery of her material should delight her fans. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Despite opposition by his Patriarch, warrior priest Damien Vryce again seeks the assistance of the immortal sorcerer Gerald Tarrant. While racing against time to prevent the enslavement of their world, the two men find themselves trapped between justice and retribution. Betrayal and loyalty assume ironic forms in this conclusion to Friedman's complex and compelling "Cold Fire Trilogy." The richly detailed setting and strong supporting characters give substance to a tale that explores the consequences of embracing evil in hopes of achieving its redemption. A priority purchase for fantasy collections.
Roland Green
Readers who have followed Friedman through "Black Sun Rising" and "When True Night Falls" will not be disappointed by this stout romance that concludes another fantasy trilogy. Here are Friedman's usual virtues: plenty of action, brisk pacing, and characters and settings painted with broad strokes and vivid colors. The battle between humans and demonic beings on the planet Erna has reached its climax. One of the demonic Iezu is seeking total power over all living things, especially humans, and only the combined efforts of Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant can defeat it. The warrior-priest and the zombie sorcerer are unlikely allies, but Friedman makes their adventures an absorbing story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101174166
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Coldfire Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 85,913
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

An acknowledged master of Dark Fantasy, Celia Friedman is a John W. Campbell award finalist, and the author of the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy, New York Times Notable Book of the Year This Alien Shore, In Conquest Born, The Madness Season, The Wilding and The Magister Trilogy.  Ms. Friedman worked for twenty years as a professional costume designer, but retired from that career in 1996 to focus on her writing. She lives in Virginia, and can be contacted via her website, csfriedman.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Two thumbs up

    I enjoyed reading these three books. The bond that happens between Damien and Gerald is very complex. There were times when it seemed the same story line accured throughout the three books. The same pattern of taking a long journey against impossible odds, but was still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Time tested

    I love this trio of books. This is about the 5th or 6th time reading them! My books are all worn out because i try to read them every 1 to 2 years. Now i have them on my Nook! I recommend these. If you like the wheel of time series, you will like these.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    Breath of fresh air in Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

    I'm an avid reader of Sci-Fi & Fantasy and was running out of reading material that didn't involve teen vampires, and stumbled upon this trilogy recommendation on more than one of the "Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books" websites, so I thought I would give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised! C. S. Friedman writes beautifully. I liked that the content is more for adult reading. And the concepts, plots, and characters are new, refreshing, and very well depicted!

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Horrible

    The first book was good, the next not bad, and the last was horrible and filled with information that had no business being there. Not to mention the timeline at the end of the book was off.

    My first issue with the book was the romance between Andrys and Narilka. The book could have done without it. This author sucks at making the romance between characters natural and believable. She did a bad job with Damian and Ciani and worse with Andrys and Narilka. The romance between the last two read more like a really bad, and super cheesy romance novel. This book was fine without the over the top romance.

    Second issue is, why did we need Andrys? I assumed the role Andrys played would be reserved for Toshida, a character from the previous chapter. Author does poorly tying all three books together. In book 2, the author hints that Tarrant left a surviving heir but that's not enough to explain Andrys.

    I also don't understand who the Patriarch comes to realize that all his visions where calesta's doing but yet he still clings to the vision of Andrys as the only means to enter and destroy the forest? He should have rejected this vision also.

    I think Damian was secretly in love with the elder Tarrant. He lost his focus and hinself. No matter the sacrifice Gerald made and how much I liked him, the man was evil and did not deserve a second chance. For Damian to mourn the way he did was unthinkable! And always with the flowery, mushy talk.

    Next, bringing Tarrant's wife back in ghost form. Why? I'm all about shock and the unexpected but not when it does not fit or when it leaves you at a lost for words b/c it's so ridiculous.

    What made me livid was when Tarrant should have died after binding Calesta but did not and the fact that Damian helped so he did not die. How can you let Hesseth and Jenseny die in the second book and keep Tarrant alive? These two were more deserving of a second chance. When I thought that Tarrant finally died by Andrys' hand, I thought how fitting, but then to find out he did not die. Sort of defeats the purpose of having Andrys in this book. No matter how you look at it, Tarrant was EVIL. He did one good deed in his nine centuries and all of a sudden, clean plate. Does not cut it. I really liked his character, but the author did not made a good enough case for giving him a second chance at life.

    Last, someone please explain to me the purpose of the last three sections. Andrys getting married. Who cares? Riven Forest and the Hunt Shoppe and the last scene in that same chapter? why, why, why? And all this is happening in a matter of weeks?

    This book was so frustrating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    Dive right in the waters great

    You cannot read these books without becoming attached to the characters both good and bad. Makes you question right and wrong. Leaves you with a sense of excitement long after you have finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    Awsome ending to an awsome Trilogy

    This book realy is the best one out of the trilogy. After I finished the first two i thought the third couldn't surpass the second one. Boy was i wrong.REALLY WRONG. Crowm of Shadows was not only intense, it was a very deep story. as i read along, i began to think that i was actualy Vyrce trying to stop the demented Iezu. i would recommened this to any fantasy fan, wheter you were a hardcore fan or not. P.S. read the first two first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    Awesome!

    This book was the perfect ending to the Coldfire Trilogy. Each one is better than the last, and this one tops the cake! I couldn't put it down, even after the second time I'd read it. This book is for anyone woh loves fantasy and sci-fi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Perfect in every Aspect

    A truely perfect ending to a series that demanded nothing less than perfection. Deep characters, wonderful use of diction and all those other litary divices. I first bought it because of the cover(black sun rising) and believe me, the cover is only the beginning. super page turner. Read it in a day. Coulnd't put it down. Great Prelude. The ending is just so...right, too...and cunning. Makes me wish there was a fourth book. I guess we can only imagine... but read the other 2 books first!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Great Ending To A Great Trilogy

    This book was just what my title says. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I could not put it down. Even those parts of the story that didn't have Damien or The Hunter were interesting. C.S. Friedman has created yet another great fantasy story. I was looking for books with action, sorcery, and love between characters. I found all of that and much more in the Cold Fire Trilogy. You don't even have to read the books in order to follow the story. There is enough from each past book in the current book to make sure you know all the characters and the plot. I read the second, third, and i am now reading the first book. It was an accident but I am glad it happened because now I am hooked. You don't have to believe what I wrote, pick up Black Sun Rising (Coldfire Trilogy #1) or When True Night Falls (Coldfire Trilogy #2) or even Crown Of Shadows (Coldfire Trilogy #3) and become a fan of Friedman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    Perfect ending

    After reading the first two chapters of the coldfire trilogy i was left with nothing but anticipation for the third and last chapter. I was amazed and blown away but the this final chapter

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