Review: Nightborn: Coldfire Rising

Title: Nightborn: Coldfire Rising (July 18, 2023)
Author: C.S. Friedman
Pages: 304
Series: The Coldfire Trilogy #0

It’s rarely rainbows and butterflies when a science fiction book tackles the colonization of a mysterious distant planet, but I did not expect things to go as wildly off the rails as they do in Nightborn: Coldfire Rising. With swift pacing and an intriguing mystery at its core, I was transfixed by this story and its unique setting.

C.S. Friedman’s lithe prose wastes no words pushing the action forward moment to moment. By explaining the seemingly supernatural entity/antagonist in scientific terms, Friedman grounds this story in a terrifying and plausible light.

Having not read the original Coldfire books, I can’t speak to how well this prequel sets up that trilogy, but it left me wanting to jump right into those books, so I’d say it’s a very effective appetizer for what’s to come.


My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.