Black Sun Rising : Coldfire

  • by C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • Series: Coldfire
  • 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A Different Take

The story took me by surprise in that I was not expecting a 'new' spin on such a controversial subject: Religion. You have a group of colonists effectively stranded at the outer edge of the universe on a planet that literally takes their hopes and fears and make them real. The struggle to control the human psyche and the 'monsters' that can be created from it comes down to creating and sustaining a belief system so that they can survive and thrive. However, just like in our own society, there are those that buy into the belief system and those that oppose it. The introduction of an unknown but increasingly powerful villain that requires an equally powerful but somewhat equally distasteful "hero" just makes the story that much more interesting. Imagine the creator of your most cherished and beloved philosophy turning into the very thing you're fighting against. A "creature" that embodies the things you hate and despise the most but, at the same time needing that self same individual to help you save the human race.

The first book took a little long to get around to the actual story and character development seemed somewhat slow; but, as I listened I became more interested in the underlying story. The narrator, R.C Bray did an excellent job, and I look forward to listening to other books he has done.
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- Syndane

Celia your breaking my heart

Before jumping all over me, I want to say that my favorite Fantasy writer is Robin Hobb. I also really like Tess Gerritsen.

Shortly into this I said to myself, I bet that C in C.S. Friedman is a girl's name. This book is very touchy feelie. There are lots of sentences like "He sat heavily in the kitchen chair and wept." This was during a half hour argument this man has with his finance. At times this is very dramatic, almost like a Latin Soap Opera. I pictured in my mind quick close up view of the characters eyes, with dramatic music. Every time someone enters the scene, main character or nobody, we get a full description of everything they are wearing, how the wear it, how fast or slow they are walking and where there eyes are looking. Celia used to be a costume designer. When I bought this, the book had a high rating, but now that I have listen to it, it seems the rating has dropped. I think several other people bought and listened for the same reason I did.

So, what I am saying, is that if you like books written by females with all those things that you girls like to talk about, then this is for you and I believe it is well done.

If you prefer a more manly book on a similar subject, then get Peter V. Brett's, The Warded Man. It is less touchie feelie, but has all the demons and scared of the dark stuff.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios