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When True Night Falls (The Coldfire Trilogy #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,574 Ratings  ·  138 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 (first published October 1993)
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mark monday
Jun 24, 2014 mark monday rated it it was ok
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
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!!
Luke Taylor
Apr 19, 2016 Luke Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 excitment of visceral visuals and tremendously perilous exploits, and constantly Work the reader with the indulgence of emotionally loquacious prose designed to stretch any who even think about reading the book to the limit, the second act of C.S. Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy, spectrally titled When True Night Falls, succeeds i ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Inara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sifi and fantasy readers
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Eric Allen
Jan 13, 2013 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing
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
Xara Niouraki
Jul 07, 2014 Xara Niouraki rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-series
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
Rob Towell
Apr 04, 2008 Rob Towell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

When True Night Falls is the second book in C.S. Friedman’s COLDFIRE trilogy. You’ll want to read the first book, Black Sun Rising, first. This review may spoil some of that first book’s plot.

At the end of Black Sun Rising, Reverend Damien Vryce, the devout warrior priest, discovered the source of the evil that is infecting his country — it lies across the ocean where there exists another continent that humans are aware of but know nothing about. In the past, several expeditions have be
Aug 03, 2010 Onefinemess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Edward Rathke
Jan 04, 2016 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I enjoyed this book much more than the first, but it becomes complicated.

I actually think this is a much better book in just about every way. The characters have grown more and grown together more. The world becomes infinitely more developed, and developed in some of the most interesting ways they could have.

It still feels like a JRPG, which isn't a bad thing, but this also brings me to my issue with the book.


The end to the novel's conflict is a seriously unpleasant manipulati
Alex Andrasik
This series pulls way fewer punches than I was expecting. It's actually pretty ruthless, looking at it in terms of a named-characters-to-death-of-characters ratio. It doesn't hurt that it continues the previous volume's intriguing meditations on faith, the nature of reality, and loyalty, as expressed through a fantasy world where the strength of belief can literally alter nature and probability itself.

Gerald Tarrant continues to be darkly seductive, a monster steadily refusing the easy path of r
Jan 16, 2009 Chy rated it it was ok
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Aug 16, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2011 Molly Amory rated it really liked it
Shelves: and, fantasy, sci-fi
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Mar 09, 2010 Laurie rated it really liked it
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
Aaron Humphrey
Mar 27, 2010 Aaron Humphrey rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
First of all, while "True Night" is mentioned in the book (as what happens when both light sources in the sky, the sun and the galactic core, both set), it has zero relevance to the actual plot. So bad there.

This book is fitfully interesting. There's probably a good 300-page book in there somewhere. Some passages are badly overwritten, there are large travel sections where little interesting happens, there are (somewhat surprisingly) no decent female characters, not even compared to the one in t
Abu Bakar
Jan 25, 2016 Abu Bakar rated it really liked it
Amo Ra lisch
After a promising start with Black Sun Rising, the second book of the Coldfire Trilogy When True Night Falls sadly fails to impress me with the impact and originality C.S. Friedman delivered so unexpectedly in his first book. In one line: The story cools down to a stringy mass.

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Mar 08, 2015 Larry rated it it was ok
A vampire-demon, a non-human cat woman, and a priest … (It sounds like a bad joke “…walk into a bar”). This is the second book in the trilogy – and the last one for me. My guess is that some editor convinced the author that a pretty good Fantasy novel (the first) could be stretched into three books. Not! Then again, it could be just a “middle book” (but I’ll never know).

The reader first learns the ancient history of this strange planet – an earth “seed settlement”. On this planet, there’s power
Aug 30, 2008 Omly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 20, 2014 David rated it liked it
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
Aug 08, 2008 Brendan rated it it was amazing
Just as dark and even more character-driven, the second installment is a great continuation of the series. Top-notch.
I really wanted to like this book and the series but I'm really struggling. The concept and story is good, the characters are interesting, but it's probably about 50% too long. I liked their journey into the unknown territory and enemies but there is just so much unnecessary fluff in the middle and then suddenly the last 2 chapters finishes everything up.

The first book was all about Damian's sudden instant love at first sight with Ciani and then all of a sudden with the second book, she is nowhe
Jul 23, 2010 Christopher rated it liked it
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
Bryan Stevenson
Feb 17, 2010 Bryan Stevenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to read this book only because I was constantly strapped for time.

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Aug 30, 2011 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
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
Apr 11, 2016 Newton Nitro rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 11, 2012 Mzungo rated it really liked it
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
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