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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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    Paul HOWELL, MI, United States 06-26-12
    Paul HOWELL, MI, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A great sires comes to audio at last!"
    What did you love best about Black Sun Rising?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Black Sun Rising to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Shirley 11-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a great series"

    a very interesting take on religion and human nature. I highly recommend reading with someone so you can discuss.

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    Rlyeh 10-18-17
    Rlyeh 10-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A lasting favorite."

    This has been a long time favorite of mine, and revisiting it as read by RC Bray has been a pleasure.

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    William J. 09-30-17
    William J. 09-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "As good as I remembered..."

    I was in high school when this series came out and originally enjoyed the author's willingness to tackle a protagonist with a measure of faith in a higher power. Revisiting Erna has proven to be as rewarding now as it was then, and the narration was top notch. Calesta's voice, in particular, was quite apropos, and the switch between voices for the character in the epilogue was quite well executed. Great read!

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    Selina Harvey Boston, MA 09-25-16
    Selina Harvey Boston, MA 09-25-16
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    "A Forever Favorite!"
    Would you listen to Black Sun Rising again? Why?

    Yes. This has always been one of my favorite re-reads, now I can enjoy listening to it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tarrant, he always has been. So very tortured.


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray’s voice?

    Engrossing Unique Listen-worthy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Robert Swenson 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book. My fifth reading."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 05-17-16
    Phillip 05-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting"

    This first book was very exciting to listen to. Can't wait to download the rest of them. Going to be a great story I can tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel Kekana 08-22-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. The story is compelling and gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The extreme reaction was in not wanting to stop listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pj United States 07-02-13
    pj United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great twist -- very likable bad-guy...."

    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..

    pj

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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