In Conquest Born

In Conquest Born

by C. S. Friedman

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In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim-and launched C.S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations-locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

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ISBN-13: 9780886771980
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 05/02/1987
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.30(d)

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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In Conquest Born 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Sci-Fi books I've ever read. The characters and events are compelling, leading to many late-night reading sessions that last far after one should be asleep. The world C.S. Friedman creates here is both a vividly imagined fantasy, and an interesting stage for her characters to work upon. Recommended highly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well written, thoughtful, provocative. It's the kind of book that is hard to put down even at the last page.
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written, but I just couldn't muster sympathy for any of the main characters.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The really long and drawn out story about how two implacable foes, part of a very long unending conflict, somehow develop a relationship. Sort of. The opponents are humans, not aliens, though after many centuries they have diverged in tiny ways. Some folks call this space opera, its not.
Isamoor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
June09:I forgive her some since this was her first book. It definitely is not where I'd tell someone to start out.Characters: Only the main two were memorable. Took half the book yo be able to tell who they were tho.Plot: Intersteller war. Really, the plot was rather forgettable. The universe was built up with tons of details though.Style: Jumpy. Gave so many POV though that the universe really did come alive in the end.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually wanted to like this but somehow it didn't work all that well for me. The Braxana and the Azean have been at war for generations. Braxana have a complicated society that's obscure to all but the initiated. Azeans are masters of genetic science and have their own rules that are also complicated and strange. Neither like each other and both consider that they know best. Zatar and Anzha are two generals on each side and they have made this war their own. Somehow it just didn't work for me, it was interesting but I just didn't care all that much about any of the characters and when there were leaps in time I often didn't follow what was happening quick enough. I can see why some people would love it, but I could also see why some would dislike it. Maybe if I had read it earlier in my life I would have preferred it. I'm going to read the sequel to see if I want to keep them both.
Caragen87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a long, deep sociological read about far flung interstellar nations embroiled in a war so deep and so entrenched that it became a deadly tradition that divided Humanity into two separate races.
ds_61_12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Humanity has spread throughout the known universe. Evolution and genetic manipulation heve turned them in roughly two races, the Braxana and their holding on one side and Azea, part of the federational Empire on the other. In an endless war between the two races two warriors rise up, standing supreme among their own. In this war they fight their own personal vendetta, with an unyielding ruthlessness.Well written. Good theme. Good plot. Etc. And still it doesn't have that spark for me. It happens... If you like the theme by all means read it, it is a good book, I'm just a bit funny in this respect.
ben_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can one have potato chips for dinner? What about breakfast? I read this book when I should really have been reading, meatier, more nourishing things. It's not good, but I kept turning pages. Now my fingers feel greasy.
leld on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personally, I found this very complex. Friedman's style doesn't work for everyone though. An interesting look at motive and ambition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complex tale that neatly intertwines multiple lives and relationships over decades and thousands of light years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book on a whim and could not put it down. A lot going on. Not your typical sci-fi. A must read.
anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
A political sci-fi, In Conquest Born follows Anzha, a natural born psychic whose parents are murdered while she is still young. A shadowed group seizes her and trains her to fear life, people and, most of all, to hate the Braxi. She's made into a weapon against their enemy race, pale and dark haired with a hatred of psychics. Her life's course might have followed this path either way, but the choice is taken from her, and she is created. Her hatred is the driving force in her life as she seeks to infiltrate the Braxi and bring them down. Their strange culture leads one of their upper class to fall in love with her. Zatar views the war and her pursuit of his species' extinction with a strangely attracted fascination. He uses his connections to weave through her past and find out the secrets that drive her. Will he destroy her with them, or will she triumph? The two peoples have been at war for centuries, and the only way to end it seems to be total annihilaton. But there is another force at work, barely seen through the book, that could turn the tables. Riveting, with more secrets to share that can be discovered, In Conquest Born is a win.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. The story and characters are great.
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