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.

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Book Review: The Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Swan SongIn a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth’s last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets . . . Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station . . . And Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan’s gifts. But the ancient force behind earth’s devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself. . . .

Have you ever been reading a book that you just couldn’t put down? You’d cling to it while your eyes turned to lead and your head started to bob as sleep slowly wrapped itself around you?

This was one of those books!

With this book Robert McCammon has crafted a beautiful post-apocalyptic horror novel with a nice balance of good-vs-evil.

The characters were well thought out and believable to the point where I could empathize with each and everyone of them.

This is a must read that I have read a few times and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a horrifying masterpiece!

Book Review: Black Sun Rising: Book 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, #1)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.

The first book in The Coldfire Trilogy.

I have been struggling with whether to give this book 2 stars or three. I would have liked to give it 2.5 as there were some really good things in this book while at the same time I found that there were parts of this book that were merely OK.

Damien Kilcannon Vryce is a Warrior Priest who sets out on a journey to right some wrongs in a magically receptive world where your darkest thoughts can take physical form.

For the most part I found this book was written well and the magic system was creative and fresh.

The world was beautifully crafted and I was given just enough detail to spark my imagination.

Some of the characters in this book were well thought out and believable.

There were parts of this book that dragged but I found that I’d get to a point in the story that made the plodding well worth it.

Where does one start with the characters in this novel? There were a few characters who were brilliantly crafted while others were nothing more than shadowy figures who I couldn’t like or care about at all.

It was almost as if the author had written the character’s on a sliding scale where one character was written as a 10 and others were written as a 5 or lower.

My biggest complaint with this book? Stop with all the whining about the moral conflict (you are a priest…he is a demon..we get it already!).