When Night Falls: Book One Of The Three Gifts

When Night Falls: Book One Of The Three Gifts

by Gerald L. Coleman


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We rarely consider the reputation of our age. An ordinary one, for most of us, would suffice. You might be an Empress too concerned with the affairs of State, a soldier focused on your duty, a former rascal trying to find redemption, or even a great warrior too busy with your command to know that there are whispers being spoken in late-night taverns. But what happens when your ordinary age stops being so ordinary? What happens when dark, twisted things step out of the mists of legend to walk the world again? Strange, black ships have been spotted far out at sea. People are disappearing from towns without a trace. Cordovan, a member of the Watchmen of Alexandria, knows something is wrong, as he races toward the capital, hoping he will make it in time. Far to the north, two members of the ancient order of the Ki'gadi, fear the darkness may already be here. While the rest of the world carries on, unaware of the danger, they search for the place where the darkness is taking root. Heroes will be needed to face what is coming. Thankfully, Alexandria is home to one. His name is Bantu, the Commander-General of the Peoples Company. He will be needed, when night falls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578474274
Publisher: Gerald L. Coleman
Publication date: 03/13/2019
Series: Three Gifts , #1
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.45(d)

About the Author

Gerald L. Coleman is a Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Author residing in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, he did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and English at the University of Kentucky. He followed that by completing a degree in Religious Studies, concluding with a Master's degree in Theology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His most recent poetry appears in, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18, Black Bone Anthology, the 10th Anniversary Issue of Diode Poetry Journal, and About Place Journal. He is a speculative fiction author with short stories published in these Anthologies: The Science Fiction, Cyberfunk Anthology: The City, the Rococoa Anthology by Roaring Lion, Terminus Urban Fantasy Anthology, and the Dark Universe: Bright Empire. He is the author of the Epic Fantasy novel saga The Three Gifts, which currently includes When Night Falls (Book One) and A Plague of Shadows (Book Two). He has been a Guest Author and Attending Professional at DragonCon, Boskone, Blacktasticon, JordanCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, The Outer Dark Symposium, World Horror Con, and Imaginarium. He has recently joined the staff of WorldCon Dublin as its Programme Content Consultant, and Multiverse Con as a Director in programming. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and has released three collections of poetry entitled the road is long, falling to earth, and microphone check. You can find him at geraldlcoleman.com.

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When Night Falls: Book One of The Three Gifts 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ExpatMaineBoy More than 1 year ago
"When Night Falls" really brought me back to the days when I'd buy books for length, hoping they'd last me the week. That buying plan took me through Hugh Cook's "Wizard War Chronicles," Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time Series," and any number of fantasy series I burned through in those days ... pure story, all of them. Author Gerald L. Coleman holds his own in that pantheon, with bonus points for bringing fresh ideas to the usual fantasy tropes and archetypes. This, the first book in the series, kept me turning pages and left me wanting another big book for my bedside stand. Fortunately, the second book of the series just came out. I'm looking forward to my continued voyage in Coleman's afrofantastic word.
Scaramander More than 1 year ago
I got the opportunity to hear this author speak, and discovered this book, at DragonCon. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how good this story is. I used to roam the aisles of bookstores looking for new fantasy series. It was always exciting when I discovered a new one. That's how I feel about this series. I am excited to see what comes next, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
FGY More than 1 year ago
I have not read the amount of fantasy certain friends of mine have, but I have been at least part-time living in fantastical worlds since I was a teenager, first reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with an epic appetite, then venturing into C.S. Lewis, Terry Goodkind, J.K. Rowling, and many more. These books then brought me to table-top RPGs and D&D—as a player and a dungeon master. So, I have somewhat of an insider’s opinion, and a pretty high skill modifier for Knowledge: Fantasy Fiction, and I say that Gerald Coleman’s first novel, When Night Falls, book one of a trilogy titled, The Three Gifts, provides readers with a new fantasy story well worth reading, and in a few new ways.  First, When Night Falls is a new story, with a new world, new creatures, new magic, new swordplay, new empires and kingdoms and nations and cities and landscapes and mountains and rivers and seas, in short, a new fantasy story! with all the facets of good fantasy writing/world building.  In a mountain of books about pasty elves, pink men, and bone-white dwarves, and always bad guys, either black of skin or garb, When Night Falls features a strong black protagonist in Bantu, or, Ossassande Bantu A’ Omorede, First Born of the Omorede of Al’akaz, and Commander-General of the Peoples Company of the Empire of Alexandria. He is the most perfect swordsman, and is going to be even better in book two!  I have read but one sci-fi/fantasy novel written by a black author, but I know they are out there. Gerald Coleman is out there, and he provides readers with a new fantasy story with a new type of protagonist/world saver where readers see elements of African culture rather than the typical Euro-centric fantasy worlds we are offered so often in this genre. Some place-names include: Mount Kilamajoon, the Dagoonzu Forest, and the Sedengetti; we read of the great Zulumdebe family of Al’akaz; and meet griots on our way through Gerald’s novel.  Maybe When Night Falls isn’t the first fantasy story to have positive images and characters with very visible and interesting African qualities, but it is one of a very few books, and Gerald Coleman, with the exception of Octavia Butler, is the only author I know to have done so. I thoroughly enjoyed When Night Falls, and am in stitches waiting for book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An action packed ride! Fun and filled with a variety of characters that is refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to find speculative fiction with black characters. Though after reading I found that When Night Falls is not a "black" novel so much as a fantasy novel with diverse characters. I enjoyed the descriptive writing and all the action! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not normally being a reader of the fantasy genre this book was a bit of a struggle for me to get into. Once I did, however, I was drawn into a new world with so many characters to admire, cheer and even despise. I am beyond glad that I took the time to give this story a chance and am anxiously awaiting the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous reviewers. When Night Falls is a wonderful find. It explores territory that other fantasy writers have not. It is nice to see more diverse characters. I highly recommend this book  especially to those who enjoy science fiction and fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid fantasy reader for most of my life. When Night Falls was a refreshing and pleasant surprise. Gerald Coleman paints a complex and riveting world that delights the imagination. I am looking forward to Book Two!