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When True Night Falls (The Coldfire Trilogy #2)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,124 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Two 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.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by DAW Trade (first published October 1993)
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mark monday
When True Night Falls; Or, How Gerald Vryce Finally Learned to Stop Worrying and Love That Hunky Bombshell & Immortal Vampire Damian Tarrant

I don't have any issues with plus-sized people; several of my friends including people I've dated have been plus-sized and they are all compelling and adorable. same goes for plus-sized books. I like something sturdy to put my arms around, I love getting lost in them, and they are also often compelling although maybe not "adorable" per se. but with this
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Excellent sequel to the superb Black Sun Rising and book two of the Coldfire trilogy. I am a big fan of C.S. Friedman and this series is one of the big reasons why. Highly Recommended!!
Inara
Feb 04, 2009 Inara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sifi and fantasy readers
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Xara Niouraki
The second book in the series was better than the first. I really liked the writing style in the first book, but here it is even better. While reading, you can see the writing improving. The relationships between the characters are deeper and a new character is introduced, who is very interesting.

The main evil character remains the same, but there is a different secondary one. I liked him better than the woman in the first book, because I found him more believable.

The priest isn't so frustrati
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Eric Allen
When True Night Falls
Book 2 of the Coldfire Trilogy
By C.S. Friedman

A Retroview by Eric Allen

I honestly can't believe I've never come across this trilogy before now. I can't believe that no one I know has ever suggested it to me, or mentioned it in conversation. It takes place in one of the best thought out, and vividly created worlds I have ever read. And the story is both epic in scope, and quite entertaining to read. And so, it was not until twenty years after its publication that a copy of th
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Rob Towell
This is by far the best series I have ever read. From the start I was a little mixed about the idea of mixing Sci-Fi with my fantasy -although they are my two favorite genre’s and Sci-Fi usually has fantasy mixed in I prefer it to be a one way street.

By the time Damian was in town and the Hunter was introduced I was completely convinced this lady has skills. I enjoyed everything from the basic background elements and the implied and actual politics, down to the actual physics of the magic. In th
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Patrick
When True Night Falls is just as good as its predecessor, if not more so. Unfortunately, it took me an extremely long time to finish mostly because I had less personal time to spend reading. This book is not much different from its predecessor. It is a fairly straightforward adventure novel with a very small cast of characters spanning over 600 pages.

Something that I admire about this series is that it manages to always hold my attention even after 500 pages in. This is something that many book
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Dave
The Coldfire Trilogy continues, following the priest/knight Damien and the 1000 year old sorcerer/vampire (not exactly) Tarrant and their quest to stop the demon Calesta and the human he's working with in the Eastern continent. What makes this paring interesting is that Tarrant, once the founder and prophet of the church Damien belongs to is now essentially an evil entity (perhaps lawful evil for those who played D&D) and Damien is definitely a good knight and priest (originally lawful good) ...more
Molly Amory
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Laurie
I'm liking this much better than Black Sun Rising, which although deeply flawed was strangely compelling. I'm not sure what it is with C.S. Friedman and why I am suddenly finding the need to read all her books. Her work is a strange mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror and all the characters are really dark. In fact all the protagonists seem to either completely lack any sense of a moral center or are fanatically attached to some unrealistic ideal of good....But it's like I am being sucked into he ...more
Omly
Although I enjoyed the returning characters as well, Hesseth really stole the book for me. Something about the native woman's indomitable spirit completely appealed to me. Warning: this book contains some character death.
David
Most of my gripes about this series can be found in my review of the first book, but I will say that the strongest part by far of this novel is the prologue, where we get more of the backstory of Friedman's world...and the worldbuilding is by far the strongest part of this series. In this novel, the "map" gets enlarged and we get to discover new lands, new cultures, new threats...and that is all that kept me turning pages.

The characters remain 2d and one trick, and even The Hunter is losing some
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Brendan
Just as dark and even more character-driven, the second installment is a great continuation of the series. Top-notch.
Chy
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Christopher
I feel like this book should be closer to a 2.5 - 2.75 stars. I feel the ending was above average and therefore bumps it up to 3 stars.

I have trouble with C.S. Friedman's style. I don't know what it is but I find reading him to be a lumbering process. That should not detract from the author, mind, but for me I guess we're not as compatible as I would have liked when I picked up this series.

I will admit, I picked this trilogy up for the cover art. It looked so good, how could the story not be goo
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Bryan Stevenson
This is a solid continuation of The Coldfire Trilogy. Friedman has created a world unlike any I've read in which the power of humanity's faith and imagination comes to life. The plot is a somewhat typical traveling quest, but it is made interesting by the angst of the main characters and the rules of the world they find themselves living on. I felt like it slowed down a lot in the middle, and I got tired of the main character continually battling his conscience over the same questions. That cons ...more
Kathryn
It took me forever to read this book only because I was constantly strapped for time.

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Peter
This writing is amazing. I love the descriptions and the subtle characterizations. I love the detail in those as well. While some might think that Friedman just repeats the hostile feelings between Damien and Gerald, she is really moving their relationship a long at a pace similar to that found in real life: slowly, but purposefully, and the changes are very apparent. Given the amount of detail, we can see the little changes in each character build up until they are completely different than whe ...more
Newton Nitro
As múltiplas facetas de Gerrald Tarrant. Essa é o foco narrativo e o elemento que dá unidade para a trilogia Coldfire, um clássico da fantasia sombria (literatura de fantasia misturada com temas da literatura de horror). O grande feito de C.S. Friedman está em ter criado Gerrald Tarrant, o feiticeiro-cientista-vampiro-encarnação-do-mal em torno de quem as narrativas se convergem.

O Neoconde é um personagem fantástico. Misterioso e imprevisível, sociopata e pragmático , suas ações ambíguas e amor
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Mzungo
Another quality entry in the fantasy genre. This book had much in common with its predecessor. The overall plot is essentially the same - quest to slay a demon. It is an entertaining story though. This book does offer a bit more insight into Vryce and the Hunter and further develops the interplay between them. Like the first book, some of the internal struggles of the characters are overdone and drawn out, but I can easily look past that. Overall, it was good enough to make me want to continue r ...more
Filth
i have read this book and boy was it ever a book! and a legible one at that! one of the few facts the author mentions in her bio is that she "shares her house with several large cats", and thank goodness for the clarification! after reading about half cat-people traveling with an arrogant, sadistic, but somehow irresistible (not to mention impeccably manicured) all-powerful man I was beginning to wonder what kind of person was weaving such yarn! let me proclaim my summation from the highest moun ...more
Merryish
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Grimnir
Book two of what is beyond doubt a brilliant concept, and exceptional book and a truly engaging story. I have no intention of giving any spoilers but I must say I whole heartedly endorse this book.

The framework is mankind has become stranded, and then grown on a new world, one whose basic make up allows mans fears and imaginations to take deadly shape such that we have magic on this world. The hero of the piece is himself an immortal paragon of evil, who ironically becomes mankinds only real pro
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Carlo
This the second book I read by Celia Friedman and boy was it good.

The story is great and all; however, for me the real literary narcotic lies on the characters. They are unique and well developed but mostly mentally and emotionally strong. Despite the fantasy elements, the story actually revolves around the (positive and negative)chemistry between the protagonists and the psychological battle that ensues. Notwithstanding, I find the portray of the magic system fascinating. Simple and elegant, it
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Eric Leblanc
3.5 stars

I liked this one better than the first, but it still took me a looong time to finish it. It's not that I don't like the characters, I do, I think they are very well fleshed out. The relationship between Bryce and Tarrant is awesome. I also like the idea of this planet where human emotions have an impact on the ecosystem as well as on the "magical" surrounding. But I think what bothered me every time I picked up that book was that I couldn't care much about the plot. I'm like "yeah, they
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Lauren
Lost a star due to pretty heavy violence. I enjoy a book with characters that are so real. Their insecurities, faith, family instincts, hunger make the main characters wonderfully vivid. The landscape was also very well described, without becoming too wordy.
There was pg13 language, mentions of a character having sex and a partially erotic dream, but no graphic sex. As mentioned above, there was a lot more graphic violence in this book.
Glenn
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 de
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Rob Towell
This is by far the best series I have ever read. From the start I was a little mixed about the idea of mixing Sci-Fi with my fantasy -although they are my two favorite genre’s and Sci-Fi usually has fantasy mixed in I prefer it to be a one way street.

By the time Damian was in town and the Hunter was introduced I was completely convinced this lady has skills. I enjoyed everything from the basic background elements and the implied and actual politics, down to the actual physics of the magic. In th
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Steve Grandpre
An enjoyable read, but the book didn't add any new depth to the first book. It plays off the same dynamic between good and evil as it follows the main characters of the first book on another quest. The author should have gone deeper and explored greater implications of the fascinating world she created, but instead she sticks with the tried and true formula that worked for the first book.
Onefinemess
***SPOILER WARNING***

I was expecting it to be somewhat tedious, even though I remember it as being good when I first read it 10-15 years ago. However, I was pleasantly surprised, and it was difficult to put it down each day and pace myself through a week of lunch breaks & train rides.

That being said, Hesseth's death, while serving and obvious point, just seems silly and weak, and further emphasized to me, the weakness and lack of definition of the female "leads" in this book & Black Sun
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Celia S. Friedman is a science fiction and fantasy author. She has also been credited Celia S. Friedman and Celia Friedman.
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