Book Review: When True Night Falls: Book 2 of the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

When True Night FallsTwo men, absolute enemies, must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known. One is 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. In their joint quest, both will be irrevocably changed.

It’s not too often that I give up on a book but this was one of those times.

After getting about 3/4 of the way through this book I had to stop.

My biggest complaint about this book is about the characters. Tarrant and Vryce were fleshed out and I got to know them inside and out.

The other charters? Hesseth is a cat woman and there was a girl. That, honestly, is about as much as I can, or care, to remember about them.

My next complaint is with the moral conflict that Vryce is experiencing. Every decision that Vryce makes is punctuated by him whining about the moral implications of said decision. It became frustratingly monotonous.

My third complaint is the pacing of the novel. There were far too many lulls in between any kind of action. Near the end I found myself skipping and skimming over way too many paragraphs.

I can not recommend this book on the sole basis that I was unable to finish it.