Crown Of Shadows (The Coldfire Trilogy, #3)
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Crown Of Shadows (The Coldfire Trilogy #3)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  7,704 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Despite opposition by his Patriarch, warrior priest Damien Vryce again seeks the assistance of the immortal sorcerer Gerald Tarrant. While racing against time to prevent the enslavement of their world, the two men find themselves trapped between justice and retribution. Betrayal and loyalty assume ironic forms in this conclusion to Friedman's complex and compelling Cold Fi...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 2007 by Orbit (first published October 1995)
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mark monday
Crown of Shadows; Or, He's Just Not That Into You (Because He's an Undead and Very Heterosexual Vampire)

all the standards established by the prior two novels are in place for the grand finale of this fitfully entertaining trilogy.

at times amazing ideas and a compellingly realized world? check!

fascinating 200 page novel filled with those amazing ideas but force-fed nonsense until it bloats into a 500+ page novel? check!

all the accoutrements that a goth teenager would love in a genre novel: romant...more
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Very satisfying conclusion to the Coldfire Trilogy after the excellent Black Sun Rising and When True Night Falls. I am a big fan of C. S. Friedman and this trilogy is a big reason why.
Finally, I'm on the last book of this C.S. Friedman series, although now I'll be sad to leave this world and all of its compelling characters. Gerald Tarrent is one of the best and one of the more complex villains I've yet to encounter, even more so than the Shrike (from Dan Simmon's brilliant hyperion series). The Shrike was ultimately servile to a mysterious evil force and not necessarily autonomous, unlike Tarrent who is completely in charge of his awful destiny. The choices he makes are so h...more
The story of Damien Vryce, the knight/priest of the One God, and Gerald Tarrant, the founder of Vryce's church who sold his soul for immortality, comes to a satisfying ending. These companions, who have become friends (due to their working together in common interests in the previous books) despite the fact that they should be mortal enemies, along with the help of Karril work to stop Calesta from dooming humankind on Erna. While this is all happening, the Patriarch leads Tarrant's only survivin...more
Molly Amory
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Xara Niouraki
A fine ending to the trilogy.

I think the book drags a lot and it could have been a lot shorter. The moral pangs the Reverend faces are totally useless here. He had two books to come to terms with the Hunter and his ways. I don't need to read again and again about his spiritual agony.

Generally, I liked the ending and I believe that the author resolved everything nicely. I can't help but feel that the world emerging after that is not one I would like as much. Magic dies and the world becomes ordi...more
Bryan Stevenson
"Crown of Shadows" is an excellent conclusion to a solid fantasy series by C.S. Friedman. I kept waiting for some of the elements from the 2nd book to show up in the 3rd, but they never did. Other pieces, however, were woven together nicely. I was afraid that the ending was going to be rushed, but it turned out great. All of the loose ends were tied up succinctly.

Friedman's writing style reminds me a bit of Frank Herbert. She gives you just enough detail to imagine the world for yourself, and th...more
(This review is for the whole Coldfire trilogy, including Black Sun Rising and When True Night Falls).

When I started this trilogy I was in the mood for some science fiction, as someone had recommended this to be. Well, while it turns out these books have some SF background they are mostly sword & sorcery fantasy but quite good enough to keep me reading through all three books in no time.

The world building here is intriguing: Being descendants of an Earth colony, the protagonists have quite...more
Tammy Witzens
This was one of those books that made me sit very still for a long time and just reflect on the journey I had just completed with the characters of this story. Of course I had already fallen in love with them, and their journey had gotten extraordinarily complex. The climax definitely delivered.
A reasonable end to the story. It's an unremarkable series, but well done for what it is. The storyline with Tarrant is essentially the only part of the series that is consistently intriguing, but I don't regret having read it.
My favorite of the three. The ending is worth all the effort of reading the three books.

I'm not sure how Friedman does it. But he makes a bad guy (Tarrant) so darn likable I end up rooting for him through the whole thing.
Quick! Gut reaction: Well, I like the cover art.

Short Summation

This is third in a trilogy. My reviews for the first two are around here somewhere.

We have to stop the Iezu, Calesta. That’s kinda like a demon. The Church is heavily involved, working separately from our main characters, Gerald and Damien. Also, we get to meet Gerald’s descendant, Andrys.


Why this book?

I read the first two. I was hoping for more entertaining exchanges between Damien and Gerald. I wanted to see Damien help Ge...more
*****Spoiler Alert****The first book was good, the next not bad, and the last was horrible and filled with information that had no business being there. Not to mention the timeline at the end of the book was off.

My first issue with the book was the romance between Andrys and Narilka. The book could have done without it. This author sucks at making the romance between characters natural and believable. She did a bad job with Damian and Ciani and worse with Andrys and Narilka. The romance between...more
In this third and final book in the Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman, she tried to wrap up all the lose ends of her previous novels and tie everything together. While the book was enjoyable, I found myself annoyed that it was dealing mostly with the feelings and emotions of the characters rather than the actual storyline. I think Friedman realize that her characters hadn't grown as close as she wanted them to in her previous books, so she forced it in this final episode. What results is a book th...more
This is my favorite of the three. It had a faster pace and more interesting events. There were points in the first two where the book sort of dragged on the travel details, but because there was only a little bit of travel in this one, there wasn't really enough to drag.

I loved learning more about the Hunter and his mind and soul. I loved what happened to him overall as well. I also thoroughly enjoyed revisiting past characters like Karril and the Patriarch as well as Narilka ((who I don't think...more
This was, by far, the most confusing out of all the books in the Coldfire Trilogy. All the loose ends and all the random stuff are thrown together in the end to hopefully create something that resembles a satisfactory ending. It falls just short.

While some parts of the ending were excellent, other parts were so confusing that I'd be halfway through that specific part before thinking "How did we get here?" There were several things too confusing and jumbled to straighten out; the pace moves too f...more
I pretty much cannot even express my feelings on this book without going into spoilers. Character development! There was more of that happening here, because wow, does Friedman really love to play with morality. Of course, I love that about this series, so I am not at all complaining in that regard. Actually, there is very little in this book I would complain about. (view spoiler)...more
Eric Allen
Crown of Shadows
Book 3 of The Coldfire Trilogy
By C.S. Friedman

A Retroview by Eric Allen

I still can't believe that I had never heard of this trilogy until recently. It has been around for twenty years and I only just discovered it. Although, I do have to admit, that my younger self would probably not have been wise enough to pick up on a lot of the themes and subtlety involved, and may have come away bored by them.

Crown of Shadows picks up several months after the previous book. Damien and Terran...more
Newton Tio Nitro
Crown of Shadows é uma ótima conclusão da trilogia Coldfire. Nesse último volume temos muitas revelações sobre a natureza do mundo de Erna e descobrimos mais sobre a alma do Neoconde Gerald Tarrant. Assim como em toda a trilogial, o tema da religião, da visão messiânica e de como essa visão pode gerar destruição, é tratado com mais profundidade.

Vendo a trilogia de uma maneira completa, observo que o segredo de sua popularidade está em focar no desenvolvimento pessoal dos dois protagonistas, Dami...more
I started reading this trilogy close to 15 years ago, before the concluding Crown of Shadows was published. I remember liking the series but for some reason never got around to the final book, which meant when I started Crown of Shadows I had forgotten everything that came before. This actually didn’t matter as much as you’d think since the trilogy is not one story split into three books but instead each is a separate (although linked) story.

Crown of Shadows focuses on 4 people:

Andrys Tarrant
This trilogy is beautifully written, and is emotionally compelling. What I loved the most about this series is the astonishing amount of self sacrifice and the reflection of the consequences by Damien. Usually in novels I read about the hero doing acts that might not be entirely noble, but still for the greater good, and it is taken in stride by the hero and cast. A little frown or solemn look off in the distance, but not much else. Not these characters.

In the first book each character is set i...more
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The world of this story was so unique, I couldn't stop talking about it or thinking about it in the week it took me to read the entire trilogy. I have to say, though, Black Sun Rising disappointed me a little bit. It wasn't quite as great as I was expecting. For one thing, I was annoyed that CS Friedman spent so much time with the young lovers (who were NAUSEATING). I've invested two large books worth of interest in the two main characters, Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant. I resented having to s...more
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...more
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...more
Jun 10, 2007 Inara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sifi and fantasy readers
Damien and Gerald Tarrant are back in Jaggonath. Shortly after being back Damien has an audience with the Patriarch who disapproves Damien´s actions deeply but doesn´t banish him out the church because he has learned disturbing things about himself and is struggling with problems of his own. In the meantime the demon Calesta has allied with a descendant of Gerald - Andrys Tarrant - who had vowed to destroy Gerald after the demon had murdered his whole family...
I liked this last volume best I ad...more
Steve Grandpre
It's the exact same book as the second book in the trilogy. The bad guy has a different name and the quest takes them to new places, but there is nothing original in this book. If you enjoyed reading the second, you'll enjoy reading this one, but you won't find anything new.
When I first finished this, I was a little "WHA???", but this one's had time to settle, and I'm actually really pleased. I mean, I think about the book and I'm happy with the end. I do think she could've/should've written it without going for the cheap emotional shot, but I really really really liked the pleasing tension between that last scene of damien and not!gerald.

I do wish there'd been more or less about Andrys & Lessing - they (andrys, rather) came in late in the trilogy, so I think,...more
Michael Hall
This one moved at a faster pace than the previous two books in the series. Maybe because there was less actual travel and we don't get bogged down in the minutia of detail present in those. There are some slower bits that deal with feelings and background of the Hunter (the evil sorceror who is one of the 'heroes') and his creation, the Church, with it's current leader. Fortunately those come in small doses and we quickly move past them. Everythinig ties up nicely in the end resolving some linge...more
It was a bit difficult to get through some places and I found myself skimming through some descriptions.

No more than an average fantasy with a few irritating things, such as too much of religion, description and explanation of every emotion some protagonists felt, as if the readers are stupid and cannot decide for themselves what a particular type of a smile of a particular character in a particular situation might mean. It is like: Dave smiled wryly. Then she would launch into explanation what...more
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