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Dominion (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

C. S. Friedman
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Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

This novella prequel to C.S. Friedman's bestselling Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, Crown of Shadows) offers fans of the series a tale of Tarrant's secret history, while new readers will enjoy a chilling introduction to one of High Fantasy's most fascinating—and deadly—worlds.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 197 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 52 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Tridac Publishing (9 janvier 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00770IFRG
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Review 5 juillet 2013
Par Amélie
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It was a bit short and we didn't learn anything new, but it was still nice to be able to come back to the Coldfire trilogy and Gerald Tarrent (though I thought that he could habe been portrayed a bit more darkly than he was).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's nice to have Gerald Tarrant back! 13 janvier 2012
Par Patrick St-Denis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
C. S. Friedman confided that she had had an idea for a new Gerald Tarrant story when she agreed to contribute to Speculative Horizons, the anthology I compiled and edited for Subterranean Press last year. I was foaming at the mouth at the very thought, yet I knew that we could never afford to have that story in our anthology. In any event, she wanted to complete Legacy of Kings before tackling that new project.

And then, a few weeks ago, she let me know that the novella was done, edited, and she wanted to know if I wanted to be the first one to review it? Are you kidding me!?! "Hell yeah!" I said! And it was quite a treat, if only for 31 pages, to return to the world of the Coldfire trilogy and rediscover one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time!

It's been sixteen years since we last encountered Gerald Tarrant. Far too long for most Friedman fans around the world, I'm sure. But when asked about the possibility of additional short stories or novellas featuring that beloved protagonist, C. S. Friedman told me that this was a one-off. Unless other memorable and worthwhile ideas come to mind, there won't be more of them coming up. Which, as a matter of course, made me savour Dominion even more.

This being a novella, the format precluded too much depth in terms of worldbuilding. Still, Friedman sets the mood perfectly. The narrative grabs hold of you and won't let go. The prose is evocative and the Forest almost becomes a character in its own right. Sure, many will claim that fans are already won over. But it's no secret that the author knows how to draw readers into her tales and Dominion is no different.

The novella features the POVs of two protagonists. The first is, not surprisingly, that of Gerald Tarrant, first Neocount of Merentha. It was a veritable pleasure to revisit a character that has made such an impact on me during the 90s. Although the thirty pages or so don't provide enough of an opportunity to fully appreciate this chance to see Gerald Tarrant in action and witness events unfold through his eyes, I relished every single moment of it. And damn it, I want more! The second is that of Faith, last survivor of a band of knights of the Church hunting faeborn creatures in the Forest. She possesses a special gift known as the Earth's blessing; the fae does not respond to her. Both characters find themselves in the heart of the Forest; one trying to escape, while the other means to best it. I think Friedman created a good balance between the two POV sections throughout the novella.

The relatively short format means that there is not a dull moment from start to finish. Indeed, all too soon you come to the end, satisfied but begging for more. Considering Gerald Tarrant's complex past, one would think that there would be material for several prequels. And here's to hoping that Dominion will be the first of many short form works featuring him.

This novella is a small vignette of Gerald Tarrant's life prior to the Coldfire trilogy, one focusing on his conquest of the Forest. I enjoyed how the author introduced Amoril and how he became part of Tarrant's entourage.

All in all, Dominion is a fantastic read. If you are a C. S. Friedman fan and loved the Coldfire trilogy, this novella is definitely for you!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The title says it all 2 mai 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Dominion is the perfect title for this prequel novella to C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy. It fills in some of the holes in Tarrant's missing past between his initial fall from grace to the fateful meeting with the Reverend Vryce. It is a short story, so it is very focused on the pull of the Forest and Tarrant's battle to dominate that dark power and make it his own. It is told from two completely different points of view, thus giving the reader an immersive perspective of just how dangerous, and beautiful, the Forest is.

The novella does have its drawbacks. As other reviews mentioned, it is a very short read. It leaves you with even more questions and more holes to fill. An unfamiliar character is introduced, endowed with a special ability not mentioned (that I remember) in the trilogy, who is in the end discarded - nothing more than a messenger of Tarrant's ominous declaration. What happens to her, and more importantly, her ability? Another drawback is the ultimate showdown between Tarrant and the Forest. With the goal of domination over such a strong force, one would expect a battle of epic proportions. This is not the case. Like the story itself, it is short, sweet, and to the point as to be almost anticlimactic. I said almost.

Friedman is no lightweight when it comes to writing. Despite the story's brevity, it is a well-written work that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Tarrant is the character you love to hate, and anyone with an interest in the Coldfire trilogy will enjoy learning more about this devil incarnate. We can only hope that Friedman will not leave the fans of Erna hanging for too long with more stories of this strange and wonderful place she has created.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's a good short story. Short. and from a master storyteller 30 mars 2012
Par Ian Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Friedman is a master story teller. She can make a reader identify with her characters. The other reviewers have covered enough on the techniques.

I found the story absorbing as any of the coldfire trilogy. It's delicious in filling a back story. If you are a fan and remember wondering about Trent's encounter with the Forbidden Forest, then you'd be happy with this short story.

It is S-h-o-r-t. That's my main disappointment. It entertained all too briefly. The set up leading to Trent's battle with the Forest seemed to demand a more dramatic, or simply lengthier denouement. The show down was't as flashy as I would have preferred. Still, Friedman made it work.

Enjoy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining prequel short story 29 janvier 2012
Par M. Wanchoo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Dominion is a novella by celebrated SFF writer Celia S. Friedman, it is a prequel to her seminal work that is "The Coldfire trilogy". The first book "Black Sun Rising" was released in 1991 and captured the interest and fascination of readers worldwide with its curious mix of science fiction and fantasy. Two sequels followed at a biennial rate and the author closed of the trilogy and the story of eclectic bunch of characters found within. I haven't read the trilogy but that is more due to laziness on my part rather than anything else. Also since this novella was a prequel, I thought of it as a perfect opportunity to begin my exploration of this evocative work.

The story has two protagonists namely Gerald Tarrant and Faith, the former is the first of a kind among mages, the latter the ultimate survivor of a hunting Knight force. They are polar opposites and are both drawn to a certain special forest that will test their fortitude. Gerald is drawn to it for the sole reason that it raises his curiosity by being a font of fae energy, which might have sentience. Faith on the other hand, doesn't have an exact clue about how she has landed there. Death however stalks both of them and one misstep will be all that it takes for the forest to claim dominion over both of them.

What is so good about this novella is that even though it is on the shorter side in matters of length, it does not waste any extra space in immersing the reader in the dark world of Erna. The setting and background information is quickly given to the reader without making it all to obvious and at the same time is the introduction of the dual POV threads which fuel the story. The pace of the plot is of the express kind but it does not hamper the characterization in any way, which just shows the proficient prose utilized. Another point about the characterization is that readers will be thoroughly invested in both characters and of course it's almost impossible not to be enamored by the Neocount whose actions, intellect & power are visible only as the tip of the iceberg. I know who the readers will most likely be rooting to achieve dominion (as was I) and that is another highlight for the novella to entrance the reader in such a small timeframe.

The novella is structured in such a way that its not hard to guess where it will end up but here's the beauty you can't exactly predict how it will end for both the protagonists (Obviously veteran fans of the Coldfire trilogy will know more about the fate of one of the POV characters). The twist in the end as well as the origin story of another character in the middle will be very much appreciated by pervious fans as I'm lead to believe that both plot twists are pivotal for certain events in the future trilogy. Overall this novella stands out for making it easy for fans & non-fans to get acquainted with it easily, with out losing out on the surprise factor that is often the downfall seen in most prequels due to the nature of the stories. I don't think I have any feedback of the dissenting kind for this story as it simply caught me off guard with its sheer excellence and it shames me to say that I haven't yet read the Coldfire trilogy in spite of owning all the three books.

CONCLUSION: C.S Friedman's Dominion is nothing short of a brilliant way to get new readers exposed to her seminal trilogy and other works. Do yourself a favor and read this novella if you are looking for dark fantasy and a protagonist who is quite simply the perfect embodiment of an antihero. Dominion is a must read for all fans of the darker turn of the fictional worlds, so go meet the Neocount and be prepared to amazed.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 great for fans 30 juin 2014
Par S. Rice - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Short story about the taming of the Forest. For fans of the coldfire stories only. Quick read but we'll done
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