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Nov 01, 2005
| ISBN 9780756403188
Aug 01, 1996
| ISBN 9781101174166
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Nov 01, 2005 | ISBN 9780756403188
Aug 01, 1996 | ISBN 9781101174166
Unlikely allies Damien and Tarrant are faced with an enemy who may prove invulnerable—a demon who has declared war on mankind. Called Calesta, he is a master of illusion and devourer of pain, and he plans to remake the human species until it exists only to sate his unquenchable thirst for suffering.The war against Calesta will take Damien and Tarrant from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond—in a battle that could cost them not only their lives, but the very soul of mankind.Crown of Shadows is the stunning conclusion to C. S. Friedman’s Coldfire trilogy.
For more than a millennium now Erna’s humans have maintained an uneasy stalemate with the fae, that treacherous force of nature which feeds on the human psyche. Adepts and sorcerers work the fae for their own profit, while the demonic creatures who feed upon such efforts rapidly gain in power and ambition. Now one of these demons, a Iezu called Calesta, has declared war on all of mankind. Master of illusion, devourer of pain, he plans to remake the human species until mankind exists only to sate his unquenchable thirst for suffering, and omens of his triumph are already apparent. Only Damien Vryce, warrior-priest of the One God, and his unlikely ally, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tararnt stand between Calesta and his triumph. Nothing short of the demon’s absolute destruction will save mankind from his unholy influence. But no one on Erna is certain just what the Iezu really are and no man has ever succeeded in killing one. Faced with an enemy who may prove invulnerable, Damien and Tarrant must risk everything in a war that will take them from the depths of Hell to the birthplace of demons and beyond—in a battle which could cost them not only their lives, but the very soul of all mankind.
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. Friedman worked for twenty years as a… More about C.S. Friedman
“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
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