Black Sun Rising (Coldfire Series #1)

Black Sun Rising (Coldfire Series #1)

by C. S. Friedman

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ISBN-13: 9780886775278
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 09/28/1992
Series: Coldfire Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 552,857
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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,

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"A magnum opus of the imagination." —Library Journal
"Lyric and fanciful...classic high fantasy." —Locus
"Hard to put down." —Midwest Book Review

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Black Sun Rising (Coldfire Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
HR_Readnstuff More than 1 year ago
Great book with a gritty, dark world and nice character development. Definitely not your standard fare.
BryanM379 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book i ever read by CS Freidman, and i am only sorry i hadn't heard about her or this series before! It is the best fantasy novel i have ever read, and combined with the completion of When True Night Falls, and Crown of Shadows makes this the best fantasy series i have ever read. The interaction of the characters with each other, the clashing personalities, the seemingly inconsequential details that give each character (Especially Zen) a very real feeling. The world sucked my in with its, sci-fi meets fantasy elements. After finishing this book, i immediately went out and bought the the next two books.
jcpollari on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This book is an excellent introduction to the series, and readers should definitely take the warning "DARK fantasy" straight to heart! It is a well written and dramatic story set in a very creative world, although I think some of the ideas about the fae should/could have been explored in more depth and detail - there is a sense of "assumed common knowledge", a lot of concepts would have benefited from being unpacked in greater depth throughout the story rather than being treated as assumed knowledge. Other than that there is a lot I liked about this story, especially a general lack of predictability which is always nice. I am looking forwards to reading the next two when I get a chance to pick them up!
monroecheeseman on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Book of earth coloniest on a planet that is controlled by a mystical fae that can bring man's worst fears to life.
jammilram on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I have read these books at least 3 times, and they are just as entertaining as the first time I read them. I have never been disappointed by this author.
johncf1018 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
About a quarter of the way in I realized I had read this book almost 2 decades ago. Still, it was a good read the second time through. I especially appreciated the internal consistency of the world. Additionally, it was refreshing to deal with a story where the characters (who overall were somewhat lackluster) didn't just get more powerful as the story went on. The development that occurred was more psychological and avoided the classic hero's journey which plagues this genre. Central themes were the effects of power/knowledge lust on those with and without power/knowledge as well as what good and evil might truly look like in a world where thoughts truly do have power. The world of Erna in which the story takes place manages to avoid many cliches. The plot dragged at some points but I came away from the book having thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This book -- and series -- is a fantastic story. I love the character Gerald Tarrant -- he's complex, intriguing, and fabulously unique. Only in Tarrant has evil ever been so lovable.
clong on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I know this series has a fair number of fans (including several folks who included it in their top 5 favorite fantasy series of all time lists at another site I follow). I read it right after finishing Steven Erikson's Reaper's Gale, and Friedman certainly suffered in comparison (after reading Erikson I might call this Dark Fantasy for Kindergarteners). The characters and the world they live in are intriguing, but offer very little depth or movement. The storyline raises challenging questions about things like whether ends justify means and whether one should accept evil as a tool to fight a greater evil. But the book didn't have anything particularly new or insightful to say about these questions. And I found the conclusion to be patently ridiculous.
onefinemess on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Dark fantasy, no happy thoughts. Emo-goth before...before, something. But still about the epic struggle of good vs. evil - it just takes a more serious look at what good (true good, not politician-good) might be willing to do to defeat true evil.The supporting characters do seem rather weak and undeveloped, readers should not be surprised when they die or don't appear in the next book. This series is about the Hunter & the Priest, everything else is just window dressing and plot points.
leld on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I love this series. The power of thought, of suggestion. Fear and what we will do to feel safe, what we will do to survive.
WingedWolf on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The Coldfire Trilogy:On an alien world, a priest and a vampire who feeds on blood and terror must join forces to try to save humanity's future there. The most evil protagonist ever written, and a fascinating story of shades of grey.
klemay42 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I liked this book, but it was one of those I'd read for a few days, and then lose it for a few weeks, and then read it for a few more days...I got through it, and I've been meaning to buy the sequel for almost a year...just never quite gotten there. I think that says a lot.
zsms on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Despite the annoyingly self-righteous protagonist, this book contains one of the best evil characters ever written. The writing is a bit verbose, but it's a highly entertaining book.
Caragen87 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
he one is a fantasy that strikes the questions that only Fantasy can ask: What is the purpose of Power? How does Power damn the one who uses it? How can one chose NOT to do so? Gerald Tarrant is the Uber Demon who makes the reader question all the little passively accepted 'Truths' of Life. If you haven't read this book and the rest of the trilogy-- BUY IT. READ IT. That's all there is to say. C. S. Friedman writes like a Man-- this is not a soap opera filled with princesses and princes. It's hard choices with sharp edges that draw blood every time
Nekosohana on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I'm going to give this a four star review, along with each of the books in the series. It's a fun read, and personally, this series remains on the top of my list of all time favorites.However, the book just skims the surface of what could have been a rich world. The fae that permeated everything could have spun off a thousand short stories. And while Damien Vryce, Gerald Tarrant, and a handful of other characters are excellent and complex, the overall world is missed due to the focus on their travels.Overall, this is a very fun read, a very quick read, and one that was great when I was a teen. I find it to be less excellent than I remembered it being.
HightowerLA on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Part of a truly accomplished trilogy. No set of books has ever rendered an inherently evil character is such a sympathetic light. You'll spend most of the pages wondering whether feeding off the fear of dying women is really all that bad. That says something...what, I don't know.
anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
They landed on a world with strangely swirling mists. Disembarking and beginning to build, the new colony slowly fell in love with their new home. Until the mists began to take form. At first it was wonderful, odd and exciting things wandered out of the mists- anything you could imagine, but as the population slowly grew fearful, it devolved into madness. Even more than their dreams and hopes, their fears were so strong that they fueled the nightmares which became reality and in turn fed the horror of the magic that was native to this new place. Technology began to fail, if you believed it would. Engines were openly examined, so that everyone would be reassured that they worked, people lost the non-tangible tech they had brought with them as it randomly became obsolete. Civilization devolved and their escape route closed before they realized it- the ships that brought them here no longer worked. He was a hero, fighting with everything he had to tame the mists, sacrificing anything for a better world- until the Church condemned him, and everyone believed it. Now he's no longer even a man, he feeds off of people and knows that on the other side awaits the lowest, burning hell. And a priest is going to ask him for help. Because believe it or not, inside the mists, things are getting worse... Tatianna Anne Jindra On YouTube BadFantasyRx
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Amazing and original story. I have read trilogy at least five or six times.
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BobBD More than 1 year ago
This is a series I read when I was in high school. These are a few of my goto books for an enjoyable read with imaginative characters. 
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