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When True Night Falls: The Coldfire Trilogy #2 Paperback – October 4, 2005
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In the beginning of this novel, the characters from the first book are arriving at their destination: the lost civilization, the eastern continent, settled by a group of religious pilgrims centuries before. The priest Damien Vryce finds a culture and nation that realizes his dearest dreams of a civilization ruled by his religion, where the faith in his God holds dominance in the hearts and minds of its people. But it is soon revealed that all is not as it seems in this new land, and the companions find themselves on a trek to the south to discover the source of the evil that has insinuated itself into the civilization.
In that regard, it is a rehash. Much of the book is spent traveling again, and this is the part I found a bit tedious. This book could have been about 100 pages shorter if the unnecessary overland journey section were shortened. But I felt that the reasons behind the actions certain characters take were a bit more well established than in the first volume of the trilogy. The characters also change and grow along the way, and the characterization is better in this volume than the previous. In the course of this novel, we learn who the true enemy is, and this sets up the plot of the third novel.
One of the problems I had with this book was the title. The author took pains to define what True Night meant in the first book, and it doesn't really come into play for this one.Read more ›
First, don't get me wrong. The author can hold my attention, and draw me from chapter to chapter. There were episodes in the book I could not put down. Again, she has created a weird world -- this time on the eastern continent -- and has further developed her archon demon as well as her evil dictator, "The Prince." Her wasteland of death near the end is truly scarey!
But . . . I was a bit disappointed comparing this book to the first in the series. The first novel was complete as a story-- with a beginning, middle, and end. This just seems a transition, albeit 650 pages of transition. It sort of ends unresolved, forcing the reader to purchase the third volume to see what happens.
The plot is less complex and considerably more simple than the first novel, and -- frankly -- I believe it can't support the huge number of pages. One wishes her editor had been a bit tougher on her, and whacked about 25 percent of the manuscript.
For all her strengths as a writer, she has one irritating trait, which is to describe in narrative what a character is feeling. To paraphrase, she might say that "Damien was deeply hurt by what she said. He felt pain at her words. His anger welled up . . . " Really, a good writer should DRAMATIZE emotion, and "render" the feelings of characters in good dialog-- not stop the book and start explaining to the reader what a character is supposed to be feeling.
As with another reviewer, I have ordered the final book of the trilogy from Amazon, hoping it is more like the Dark Sun Rising, and with fewer of the shortcomings of When True Night Falls. Even though I will admit -- for all its flaws -- that When True Night Falls is good. Just, after the first one we have been SPOILED. It was SO good.
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The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman is brilliant. I re-read these books every year.Published 14 days ago by A. Brooks
Kept me wanting to find out how each event would resolve itself. Not predictable. Ready for the next book to finish the seriesPublished 1 month ago by Tori Simms
Love the entire trilogy. Masterful world building, and character growth that is surpassed by none. I'm always rooting for the bad guy, and C.S. lets you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
With the rough and lumbering sort of swagger born in a creative storm’s dynamic struggle to express old ideas in new ways, balance theological/humanitarian morals with the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Luke
Though the plot takes roughly the same course as that of the first book, it feels like the writing style has improved somewhat. Love the concept.Published 13 months ago by Brenden