When Night Falls: Book One Of The Three Gifts


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Gerald L. Coleman
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5.98 X 9.02 X 1.45 inches | 2.09 pounds

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About the Author

Gerald L. Coleman is a philosopher, theologian, poet, and Science Fiction & Fantasy author. He was born in Lexington and now makes his home in the Atlanta area. He did his undergraduate work in philosophy, english, and religious studies, followed by a master's degree in Theology. He is the author of the Epic Fantasy novel series, The Three Gifts, which currently includes When Night Falls (Book One), A Plague of Shadows (Book Two), and the upcoming When Chaos Reigns(Book Three). His poetry has appeared 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, About Place Journal, and Star*line Vol. 43, Issue 4. His speculative fiction short stories have appeared in: The Cyberfunk Anthology: The City, the Roaring Lion Anthology: Rococoa, the Urban Fantasy Anthology: Terminus and Terminus 2, the 2019 JordanCon Anthology: You Want Stories?, Dark Universe: Bright Empire, Cyberfunk! by MVMedia, the JordanCon 2022 Anthology: Neither Endings Nor Beginnings, and Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird. His essays appear in the polish language Con-Magazine: KONwersacje, Apex Magazine 127, and the Hugo nominated Fanzine: Journey Planet. He has been a Guest Author at DragonCon, Boskone, Blacktasticon, JordanCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, SOBSFCon, The Outer Dark Symposium, World Horror Con, Imaginarium, and Multiverse. He is a Scholastic National Writing Juror, a Co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, an SFWA member, a Rhysling Award Nominee, a recipient of The Hero of the Horn Award at JordanCon, and a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute. He is currently working on new editions of When Night Falls, A Plague of Shadows, and writing book three in epic fantasy series - entitled, When Chaos Reigns. You can find him at Geraldcoleman.com.


"Vast and thoroughly realized. Rich and sweeping: a true epic!"

Andrew Hartley, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Author Gerald Coleman takes us to a fantasy world reminiscent of The Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings, except this is a story replete with multicultural characters. It tells the story of the Alexandrian Empire and the various characters inhabiting this unique world. The Empire is at its peak, but there are forces at work from a time long ago conspiring to not only bring the empire down but change the course of history. When Night Falls introduces us to many characters that will be swept up into this turmoil, most notably Bantu, the commander of the Peoples Company, a band of semi-mercenaries pledged to help those in need. Gerald Coleman meticulously crafts an engaging world and story, writing with the details, energy and flair that immerse you into this world. The characters are distinct and engaging, and the fight scenes are as detailed as they are exciting. When Night Falls is the kind of book you make time for, a book that deserves a comfortable chair and a cup of choca (the Alexandrian equivalent of coffee). It will definitely be time well spent."

Milton J. Davis, Author of the Changa's Safari Series

"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.

R. W. W. Greene, Author of the Science Fiction novel, The Light Years

"A masterpiece. It may sound cliche or even pretentious but that's ultimately the first word that came to mind when I finally reached the end of When Night Falls. How else can you possibly describe a multi-layered epic that takes the fantasy genre and skillfully blends it with with elements of African culture, steampunk technology, and incredible swordplay? The way author Gerald Coleman managed to seamlessly blend so many different elements was truly impressive.

Many months ago I was desperately searching for a story featuring a black swordsman as it's protagonist. What I got instead was something infinitely richer and more endearing than that. I personally cannot recommend this book enough and greatly look forward to future installments."

Kenny Honeywood