Black Sun Rising

By C. S. Friedman,

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Over a millennium ago, Erna, a seismically active yet beautiful world was settled by colonists from far-distant Earth. But the seemingly habitable planet was fraught with perils no one could have foretold. The colonists found themselves caught in a desperate battle for survival against the fae, a terrifying natural force…

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2 authors picked Black Sun Rising as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I had never planned to read this book, but by a strange twist of fate, it became highly influential for me. I saw the cover art first, featuring the protagonist with his ‘coldfire’ blade and with the dark creeping lines of magic at his feet—this became the basis for an early rendering of the central character in Kiranis.

Rising focuses on a dark power that attacks the minds of humans, thriving on their fear. There was a wonderful tone to this dark fantasy story that permeated the creepy forests in which I recall most of the action taking place; and…

Black Sun Rising is a book with incredible world-building. It is worth a read simply for the unique premise, and then the author populates it with Gerald Tarrant—a horrific, soulless vampire—and Damien Vryce, the priest sworn to destroy him. Through many terrifying trials, the two form a grudging respect for one another that (of course) eventually turns into friendship. This book has so many interesting settings and situations, and it is fun to grow with Damien from despising Tarrant to absolutely adoring him. Those who love vampires should be giddy with this one, as Tarrant is pretty scary and powerful.

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