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.
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This book, in 3 Parts, is almost good.
Part 1 introduces the characters. There’s the hero, a priest, who’s sworn his life to fighting evil. The anti-hero, the Hunter, lives in a deep, dark, evil forest. The maiden, who must be protected. And some others.
Part 2 is entirely about travelling. This little group travels endlessly, to get to the evil they need to fight. They travel over mountains, and they travel over rivers, and they travel and they travel. Yawn.
Part 3 gets interesting again, with a very good ending.
I like that the characters are not stereotyped. Not fully, anyway. The goodies have flaws and find it difficult to resist temptation. The baddies have likeable and redeeming qualities.
I liked the book (Parts 1 & 3), but not enough to rush off and get the sequels.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
Gerald Tarrant, AKA the hunter. Villain, antihero, hard to quantify and yet always compelling and complex.
Great job differentiating, but see my complaint about the accent for The Hunter.
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.
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.
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