When Night Falls: Book One Of The Three Gifts
When Night Falls feels like Lord of the Rings meets Black Panther.
New York Times Bestselling Author Andrew Hartley calls it, "Vast and thoroughly realized. Rich and sweeping: a true epic!"
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.
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"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."