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Black Sun Rising Audiobook

Black Sun Rising: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Stephanie Kellum 10-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "GIVE IT A CHANCE!"
    What did you love best about Black Sun Rising?

    Everything! The story line was great, the characters were well developed and the narrator was amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Crum 02-28-13
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    "A little less drama, please."

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Decatur, AL, United States 05-27-12
    Jo Decatur, AL, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "4½ Stars? Really??"
    Would you try another book from C. S. Friedman and/or R. C. Bray?

    I love this genre and was looking for a new series to enjoy. This is not the one. I'm about 16 hours into it, and I don't know or care about any of the characters. Their backgrounds and motivations have been left to our imaginations, and the characters themselves do little to explain themselves to us, or even to react in a manner that will shed any light. I will probably not purchase anything from this author again.


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    Julie 11-15-15
    Julie 11-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So bad"

    If I could give this book zero stars I would. I am an avid fantasy fan so in comparison to much better epics, this is horrible. The religious philosophy and magic system are so poorly explained. The characters are so poorly developed. New characters randomly appear and disappear with no explanation. I should have read more reviews. Like other reviews have said, the endless internal monologues of the characters replace normal dialogue. So annoying. The characters actions and motivations are so unbelievable. Do not waste your time or money on this book!

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-15
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    "One of the books and a great narrator."

    The narrator is great. Brings to life a story that thrums' with life. This is one of the greatest books I ever read.

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    Cole McCade 09-12-15
    Cole McCade 09-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ruined The Hunter for me."
    What disappointed you about Black Sun Rising?

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. And at first I was really enjoying the narration...until The Hunter first came on stage. He is, without a doubt, my favorite book character in the history of many years of reading. And this narrator gave him a terribly cheesy accent that wandered somewhere between Arabic and Italian, but rendered a chilling, powerful, emotionless character into a caricature. I couldn't stand to listen anymore and had to turn it off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gerald Tarrant, AKA the hunter. Villain, antihero, hard to quantify and yet always compelling and complex.


    Did R. C. Bray do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Great job differentiating, but see my complaint about the accent for The Hunter.


    What character would you cut from Black Sun Rising?

    Honestly? Ciani. Which would kill it since the plot revolved around her, but she was always an irritant in the print edition and remains one in the audiobook.


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    Jeff Brooks 03-27-15
    Jeff Brooks 03-27-15
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    "Favorite Narrator for My Favorite Book"

    Powerful character tale told on a dark rich stage of beauty and intellect and determination.

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    Billy SARASOTA, FL, United States 01-01-14
    Billy SARASOTA, FL, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Frustrating beyond belief. Couldn't finish it..."
    What would have made Black Sun Rising better?

    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.


    Has Black Sun Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the combat scenes.


    What character would you cut from Black Sun Rising?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-13-12
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-13-12 Member Since 2008

    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. :)

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    "Pleasure to Hear"

    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.

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    William R. Hale Palmer, Alaska 07-06-12
    William R. Hale Palmer, Alaska 07-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Coldfire Prelude"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you are not familiar with this author and/or story, the Prelude in Book two is a must read/hear before reading the first book as it explains so much of the ground work/foundation of the story line. I was lost for a lot of this first book and found it more interesting after listening to the start of the second book. That said, after the Prolog in book 2 is a complete rundown of book one, so avoid that. The author is very wordy and takes a lot of time to develop a story...this was the first time I thought about the abridged version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Trying to figure out what was going on.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Somewhat. Some of the character accents seemed silly, like the Dracula voice.


    Do you think Black Sun Rising needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story was complete, but the world created has a lot of room for exploration in narrative form.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but it has some real slow areas. I am finishing book two now and will get the third one as well.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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