Dreamseeker: Excerpt III

by csfriedman on January 2, 2013 in Excerpts

There was a pteradactyl sitting on my chest.

Not a big one.  Parrot-sized.  It had its head turned to one side so that its little black eye could stare at me, and there was no mistaking the profile.

A pteradactyl.

“Ah. You’re awake.”  A man’s voice filtered into my awareness.  I tried to turn my head toward him, but the motion hurt.  Everything hurt.

“Here”, he said, to someone other than me. “I saved one for you.”

A small fish came flying in my direction.  The  pteradactyl reached up and snapped it out of the air.   One gulp later it was gone. Read more


Swing State Blues

by Celia S. Friedman on October 24, 2012 in Essays

The election will soon be upon us, and the gods of statistics have declared that a once-in-a-blue-moon event is about to happen: my vote will actually matter!  Having spent my entire life living in states where presidential elections were decided before they began, I have grown accustomed to performing my pilgrimage to the presidential polls as a civic duty, a metaphorical declaration of my belief in freedom, justice, and the American way…but not an action that would actually help decide who led the country.

But hey, I live in Virginia now, and the pundits have declared God’s truth from every mountaintop: My vote matters!  Read more

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Legacy of Kings in Paperback

by admin on August 23, 2012 in News

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DAW Books – 2012
ISBN: 0756407483
(Mass Market Edition)
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Legacy of Kings, the final volume of The Magister Trilogy, will be released in mass market paperback on Sept. 4, offering readers the chance at last to complete the trilogy with matching Palencar covers.

In April 2011, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist posted a review of Legacy of Kings. Below is a teaser. Pat previously reviewed Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath and interviewed Celia in 2007 and again in 2009. Links to those reviews and interviews can be found below. Read more


Darkover 35

by admin on August 21, 2012 in Events

Celia will be appearing at the 34th Darkover convention in Baltimore on November 23-25, 2012. This intimate family-style convention is a great place to hang out with your favorite authors, listen to good music, and of course enjoy the best in panel discussions and games.


The Reality of Writing

by admin on July 29, 2012 in Essays

People often ask me what writing professionally is like…or how to go about writing a publishable book…or some other question that involves the writing process. Well, here’s the answer:

This morning I’m working on a chapter in my book where my characters are finally getting a few important things explained to them. Yes, the dreaded “E” word. An author usually avoids explanations like the plague, and writing one from the author’s POV is on the top ten list of unforgivable sins in fiction. But sometimes you get to a place in your story when one character needs to explain something to another, and then you have to figure out how to make that happen without slowing down the story… or making it seem like you’re trying to sneak in the author-POV thing. Read more



by admin on July 2, 2012 in Short Works, The Coldfire Trilogy

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Tridac Publishing – 2011
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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 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.Read more