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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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    Jason Folsom, CA, United States 06-20-12
    Jason Folsom, CA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow start but really quite fun"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 06-05-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 06-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Doesn’t Inspire"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "mind drifted off into oblivion"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Kellum 10-27-14 Member Since 2017
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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 02-28-13
    Jessica 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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tomare Utsu Zo 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Brooks 03-27-15
    J. 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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