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When True Night Falls: The Coldfire Trilogy #2 Paperback – 4 October 2005

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Stunning...A feast for those who like their fantasies dark, and as emotionally heady as a rich, red wine. --Locus

Readers will be enthralled. --Publishers Weekly

The creative genius of C. S. Friedman burns brightly with the publication of her stunning new novel, blending elements of science fiction and fantasy into an extraordinary reading experience. --Rave Reviews

Complex and compelling ... 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. --Library Journal

Some of the best writing I have seen in quite a while, and the ending is excellent. Buy this one. Don't wait for it to come out in paperback. Very highly recommended. --Science Fiction Review

A good mystery wrapped in an adventure story and set against an original and often fascinating background. --Science Fiction Chronicle

Epic fantasy with a keen, dark edge ... shows off Friedman's gifts of craft and authorial insight. --South Bend Tribune

Words do not suffice to describe the sheer imaginative genius, not to mention incredible power, of Ms. Friedman's formidable storytelling gift--you simply have to experience it. --Romantic Times

Hard to put down. --Midwest Book Review

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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, www.csfriedman.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0756403162
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Daw Books; Reprint edition (4 October 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780756403164
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0756403164
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.19 x 2.77 x 22.83 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Born in New York City in 1957, Celia S. Friedman inherited the writing bug from her father, technical writer Herbert Friedman, and has been putting pen to paper since she learned how to read. At age 12 she discovered science fiction and realized it was the ultimate form of literature in the universe; she has been writing science fiction and fantasy ever since then.

Celia's original career as a theatrical costume designer left little time for writing, but she managed to sandwich in enough work between dress rehearsals and university teaching positions to put together her first novel, IN CONQUEST BORN, which she sold to DAW Books in 1985. By 1996 she had become successful enough as a novelist that she decided to quit her job as costume designer and write full-time. She has never looked back.

To date Celia has published 14 novels, including the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy (BLACK SUN RISING, WHEN TRUE NIGHT FALLS, CROWN OF SHADOWS) and the groundbreaking science fiction novel THIS ALIEN SHORE, which was a New York Time Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, THIS VIRTUAL NIGHT, was included in Newsweek's list of "25 Must-Read Books to Escape the Chaos of 2020". THE DREAMING KIND is her first short story collection.

Celia lives in Northern Virginia with two very spoiled cats who insist on helping with the typing. If you find any typos in her books, blame it on them. In her spare time she LARPs, plays with molten glass, and hangs out with the Society for Creative Anachronism.

For more information please visit her web page, www.csfriedman.com

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