This is an excellent book about the struggle between good and evil, and the compromises that fight often provokes. The book is filled with ironies, and subtleties that make it a great read.
The Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun Rising is the first) are excellent books. In the same vein as Dragon Lance and the Shannara books... this trilogy has excellent character development, plot twists, and tons of action. They are also very well written--and IMO written in a straight forward, easy to read/follow style that puts them a level above the aforementioned 2 series...
The books don't follow the straight forward 'swords/socery' framework.. mixing both magic and science... The main characters are a priest--who honors and believes in the church but is challenged by many aspects of it (that said this IS NOT a bible thumping book---the 'church' in this book is a church of a distant alien world and the author doesn't use the book to make statements about faith).
The other main character is 'evil'.. someone who's forsaken their humanity (in a most brutal/dispicable way) for immense magical powers.
The blending of magic and science work well... and the characters are interesting, dynamic and well defined. I cannot recommend this series highly enough--one of my all time favorites (even more so than the aforementioned DragonLance and Shannara books). 5 stars to all three books... the series gets better and better with each book.
A word of warning.. don't start reading the first unless you have all three.. when you finish the first you'll be dying to read the rest.
Great book. Could use better character developement.
The Cold Fire Trilogy introduces one of the most facinating antagonists in literature. Gerald Tarrant is brilliant, ruthless, and decadent - he's also over 1000 years old. How then can he elicit compassion and yes, passion from the reader? It's a testament to Friedman's writing that Tarrant is regularly voted one of the sexiest "villians" in literature.
The story itself is a rarity in fantasy. It's premise is totally original. The decendents of humans live on a planet that responds to the mind's darkest drives, resulting in a world that requires its inhabitants to develop a entire society built around taming, or at least, living with this force (the Fae).
If you want a thrilling read set in a unique world and with compelling characters, read this trilogy!
A delightful blend of sci-fi with fantasy. Characters are likable even the evil Hunter. All in all a good solid fantasy read.
Black Sun Rising kicks off this trilogy with a bang. The characters are great, and the mixed themes of theology and SciFi make this an great story until the end.
Many centuries in the future, and thousands of light-years away, a human colony ship has established a colony on the last habitable planet before the void. The planet is far from perfect for human habitation: it is highly unstable and earthquakes/erruptions are frequent occurrances. But more unsettling is the nature of the planet: a force called the "fae" on the planet reacts with the human psyche to create both wonderful and horrible entities which can either help or hurt humans. Sorcerers have learned to control the fae, and adepts have become so sensitive to it that it is part of their natures. The Church of the One God has formed in an attempt to forge peace with the fae out of human hope and faith. Amidst all of this, however, lurks a dark force that preys upon human memories and life. When a popular loremaster is attacked, three people go out in search of justice, and meet with both enemies and friends--and one person who is both--along the way.
I found this story somewhat stodgy. The plot and characters seemed predictable at first, and then they...well, actually turned out mostly how I thought, with a few extra flairs and detours. Nevertheless, I expected certain things out of this story, and it failed to satisfy my expectations. Not enough sorcery, or even grand political intrigue; rather, a stout religious adventure quest. Relationships between the characters were very tense for little discernible reason, but once given a reason for tension, incomprehensibly lost most of that tension.
In all, it was illogical without having the excuse of being emotional.
My favorite thing about this book is the cover art. :/
I bought this on recommendation from some Amazon reviewers and I have to wonder what they were thinking. The writing is just okay and the characters are flat and lame. The author's ideas about magic are fun, but it's no good without compelling human drama.
Interesting world building.Not quite Tad Williams, but he's not bad either.
Huge book, bend in front cover, spine crease, great story.