The opening of this book was hard to get through as the setting at first seems alien enough to be difficult to grasp and familiar enough to be generic (it's a post sci-fi fantasy). We immediately meet a character who is committing a heinous act and, with no appreciation for who he is, it's jarring and unpleasant to read. Eventually, the book comes into its own, with the introduction of some very enjoyable characters (although they seem a little flat at first).
The magic system presented is more detailed than much fantasy but doesn't quite achieve a level of detail where the reader can appreciate the limitations/strengths of the magic characters without being told directly about them by the narration. It doesn't have as much detail as the Mistborn series, but that also means that it doesn't get bogged down by that detail the way that I feel that Mistborn was.
By the epilogue, I realized that I had actually grown attached to the characters, as I was smiling and chuckling at their actions.
I was a HUGE fan of this series in print when I as a youngster....
I was overjoyed to see it finally available in Audio!!
The story remains as great as ever. (just go with it past the grisly start of
The Audible narator is servicable, but I had hopes for something slightly
more "rough-edged" to portray the "Hunter" Character.
Still a great buy that you will not be disappointed with!
Perhaps the best thing about Black Sun Rising and the Cold Fire Trilogy as well, is the world creation. The magic system alone is worth the credits. I have listened to over 700 books, and the reading of the entire trilogy is top notch. RC Bray nails it.
While Black Sun Rising stands out, as special, if you you are a fan of good world creation, it is easily in the same category as such great books, as Mistborn, the codex Alera, and Chalion books.
There are many stand out scenes in this book, but i was hooked 20 years ago by the prologe, and it still stands out to me to this day.
I loved this book so much that i spent a year creating a paper and pencil RPG based on it back in the 90's.
I have been waiting for these books to come out on audio for years. And i am not disappointed in the least. Five solid stars.
Everything! The story line was great, the characters were well developed and the narrator was amazing.
One of my favorite scenes was when the first venture into the Hunter’s woods occurred. I will leave it at that to not give out an spoilers for those who really want to read the book.
I particularly loved how all of the characters had to join forces to overcome an evil despite the fact that they really would have rather killed each other! The control and determination that was portrayed by each of them kept the story going and it really made you want each of them to triumph despite all the wrong some of them had done.
I am writing this after reading the first two book and I must say that I absolutely love this set so far. I started this set after finishing a more historical fiction trilogy and must say it took a little bit to accumulate to the different nature of the books, but man once I did I was hooked. I was honestly very surprised by all of the negative review. The book opened with a scene that grabbed you and made you hate the character and then it kept going and this character developed into so much more and then you cannot decide of you really hate him or not. Then once you move into the second book the line gets closer and closer together and you hate to love this character, but you just cannot help it.
I am a very vivid reader and I love making a book come to life and R.C. Bray was AMAZING and helped me do just that! I am so glad that I listened to this as opposed to actually reading because I really think that he made the book have that “it” factor that kept me hooked.
I loved the buildup of relationships between the characters over the entire series. If you have not read on you really should. The twist and turns and the moral calling between right and wrong is just so intriguing. I listened to the books every they were just one of those books that you don’t want to put it down, or in this case, take the headphones off. I am so glad that I read them and am excited to finish the third!
The story line barely made sense. The need for the "Quest" was never developed or explained, let alone the main characters' reasons for pursuing it. The story just never took form for me. I really liked the character Damien at the beginning of the book, but towards the end of the final section, I was so disappointed and frustrated by his incessant whining that I could not even finish the book! By the final third of the book, every scene in which Damien opened his mouth (or his thoughts) he was ranting about his guilt and self-hatred for letting the "evil" Tarrant live. Even though Tarrent was the Father & Prophet of Damien's religion. Even though Damien himself said earlier (more than once) that as long as they were on this quest together, they had to get along and look out for each other - even to the point where Damien saved Tarrant's life by allowing him to feed off his own (Damien's) blood and nightmares. Halfway thru the book Tarrant became more likeable than Damien!
Never before have I come to loathe the main character of a sci-fi novel to such an extent. Never before have I discontinued a book so close to the end, but I just couldn't take it anymore. Listening became tedious and annoying for me. It frustrated me beyond belief (hence the title of this review).
William (Tedium Ad Nauseum) explained it better than I... Read his review please.
I will continue to read and enjoy Sci-Fi & Fantasy novels as long as I live. There are so many good author's out there, like Brandon Sanderson, and Joe Abercrombie... No reason to let one bad apple spoil the genre...
I liked the combat scenes.
In retrospect, this is probably one of the worst books I have read beyond page 200 (or listened to until the final part) . The most redeeming aspect of this audiobook was the wonderful performance by R.C. Bray. He was a pleasure to listen to. Creative and believable voices & accents. Especially the non-humans. I will seek out other books (not by this author) that Bray has performed.
I was introduced to Gerald Tarrant and Damian Vryce maybe 2007 or 2008 and have enjoyed the dialog between the two ever since. When I saw that it was in audio form I decided to chance it.
I've seen other reviews where this trilogy was characterized as tedious, maybe I was spared that because I had already read the trilogy, more than once.
There is a sense, at least to me, of earned respect given by each character. The mix of frontier mentalities with the canonical structure of the Church made for a great backdrop for Tarrant and Vryce.
There is a slower pace to this story that is a wonderful change from my other genres where things are always on the move or blowing up, etc.
Another thing that I enjoyed, is that it the characters where not truly black or white, all had their faults, all had their strengths.
Then there is Tarrant, how could I not love, him... arrogant, powerful, but always, well almost always true to himself...
In the previous statements I wanted to say that all the main characters have a dark side and a side that strives for the goodness of the light; with Tarrant he has his dark side, and then his maybe-no-so-dark side... ;-)
I didn't get to the point where I had to write in the margins of my copy of this book; for that try reading "My House has Two Doors" by Han SuYin, but I can see where one might have to double back a couple times to see if he or she missed something. Really not easy with an audio file..
My two cents for what it is worth..
This trilogy is one of my very favorite reads. Mr. Bray does an amazing job with the voices, especially the unhuman voices. Highly recommended to anyone who already thinks they might want it, and to those who enjoy an intricately plotted, character driven, richly detailed story which explores the natures of good and evil, altruism and self-interest, and unlikely allies. This is a complex series, yet each book comes to a satisfying conclusion, so one is not left hanging should one decide to stop after the first (hard for me to imagine, but tastes do vary). If you enjoy admiring an attractive villain, there are few as attractive as Gerald Tarrant, and Damian Vries makes an excellent hero as well.
I felt like this could have been a much better book if it hadn't taken itself so seriously and gotten bogged down in how the protagonist and antagonist felt about each other (and everything else) all the time. I mean, seriously, I don't care how they feel. Let's just get through this plot. I'm not against a little introspection, but this was ridiculous.
I guess I shouldn't be too hard on it. The idea was good; very interesting. It just moved so slowly. I never get bored mid-book... except for this one.
Sadly, I won't be finishing this series.
I could not keep my attention on this book; either the narrator or just boring story did it, I could not pay attention for more than 5 minutes. Author also failed to create any emotional attachment to the characters.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
The story was great. It had a wonderful balance of actual characters and magic with rules. The bad guy was bad but yet still had more character then a single drive and goal villain. The whole time I didn't want to put the story down. The action was great without the battles becoming tiresome. Bray did a nice job without over powering the story.
Note there are a very few scenes where if you a thin voice hard to hear you might very difficult. However they are for the most part short and not super critical to the plot.