The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person's worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams, and indiscriminately giving them life.
This is the story of two men: one, a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity's progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.
©1991 C.S. Friedman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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.
Yes. This has always been one of my favorite re-reads, now I can enjoy listening to it!
Tarrant, he always has been. So very tortured.
Engrossing Unique Listen-worthy
The only problem I had at first listening was the almost stereotyped "bad Transylvanian Vampire" accent used for Tarrrant. Oh, I got over it, but it slightly bothered me a bit at first. Other than that, a wonderful listen!
The antihero, Gerald Tarrant (The Hunter) is the best reason to read this series. C.S Friedman often makes engaging characters for her books. And this one has stuck with me over the years. Not just for Tarrant, but because the world of Erma is a fascinating one. A place colonized by Humans, but having differences in its physical laws. The most unconscious thoughts can have terrible consequences, creating horrors from the Far... The magical force which permeates this world. And so, this book is as much Science Fiction as it is Fantasy. I would love to see even more books, eventually. I even think this could be an amazing starting point for the creation of a computer game!
It's just as nice to have the book read to yourself, as you're going about your tasks. I only have a couple of small quibbles, with the Narrator using inconsistent voices at a couple of spots. It seems to me that he confused The Hunter with Amoril, his apprentice. But other than that, Bray brings the world of Erma to life very well. He switches voices quickly, and without difficulty. I think I was most amazed at how he voiced the crystalline demon, Calesta. Exactly as I had imagined it.
Buy this title. I doubt you'll be disappointed. Except, with the comparatively pallid nature of other books, done by other authors. This book raised the bar for me.
Most definitely. The story is compelling and gripping.
The characters and the plot. The story is beautifully told and the characters are brought to vivid life by the R. C. Bray. The word play is a delight.
His stunning performance brings the story and characters to life such that if they ever make a movie out of the books, they should, at the very least, use his voice for Damien Vryce's character.
The extreme reaction was in not wanting to stop listening to the book.
I have been a Star Wars junkie for a while and after listening to Dominion, I decided to get this book. What a pleasure. After this book, I was hooked to the trilogy. Amazing work. I love it.
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 book was interesting at the beginning, with an usual magic system. Then it devolved into endless wandering, with little to nothing happening. C.S. Friedman has a tendency to use the same word over and over again. Malevolence was used so often, that I wanted to throw a thesaurus at her. Not recommended, and I willl not be reading the rest of the series.
When I first started listening to this book I was very hopeful. It has an interesting conceit - a world which contains a force that responds to human thoughts and shapes the physical environment accordingly. I found the protagonist, a warrior-priest with a mission, a refreshing change from the usual.
Alas, I got bogged down in the book and found getting to the end difficult. The development of the plot and the characters did not fulfill the original promise. Instead, the story became tedious and repetitive. Motivations were not clear. By the end I didn't care anymore.
Too bad, because it had a great concept.
That being said, others seem to like the book so read the reviews carefully. Perhaps it will be your cuppa tea. Sadly, it was not mine.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
FOR REAL you need to pay attention to every word. I would recommend this to a dark friend who had not much too do. You cant miss a few words do to a zone out while driving.
I don't remember
Bray is great. Nothing to complain about. I would say he is a 4 out of 5.
Yes... read a normal fantasy book. I do love my sword, wizard, and king.
The writing style is kind of strange along with the book. Every part of the book seems to show on how dark and wrong it is. It becomes a bore. I understand the authors intent. But it is a tad over done..... Making it dark.Every seen seems to have a description where it explains why every thing will be dark. This is only a skip if you CANT pay attention the whole time. Overalll... its a 3 star.. you can skip this one. But is a Fan-sci book to the extreme.
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.
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