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Świt Czarnego Słońca (Trylogia Zimnego Ognia, #1) (The Coldfire Trilogy #1)

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Na dalekiej północy budzi się pradawne zło. Demoniczni wysłannicy Władcy Ciemności przybywają do krain zamieszkanych przez ludzi, niosąc śmierć i przerażenie. Nadchodzi czas mroku, czas bohaterów...

Przeciw hordom istot ciemności staje czworo ludzi: kapłan, adeptka, praktykant i czarodziej. Przeznaczenie zmusza ich do podjęcia wspólnej walki. Wyruszają na wyprawę, aby stawi
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Published 1999 by MAG (first published 1991)
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mark monday
Black Sun Rising; Or, How Ciani Got Her Groove Back.

two major things to note in this sometimes absorbing, sometimes ridiculous science fantasy novel: a fascinatingly developed magic system and a head-smackingly stupid quest.

regarding the stupidity, let's first clear the air with some extended ranting, so we can later speak on more pleasant things and end on an agreeably positive note. C.S. Friedman seems like an endearing author; her writing style can be lazy but it can also be interestingly qui
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Stephen
5.0 to 5.5 stars. C.S. Friedman is one of my favorite authors and I have never read one of her books that I haven't loved. I am in the process of re-reading her books after first reading them many years ago and I started with this one.

The first book of the "Coldfire" trilogy, this book takes place on the planet Erna which was colonized by people from Earth over a thousand years ago. When the colonist first landed on Erna, they discovered the "Fae" which is a natural force that causes the though
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Mpauli
With Black Sun Rising, author C.S. Friedman transports us into a world of darkness, where your fears can manifest themselves to haunt and hunt you.

Erna is a planet humans from earth reached via spacship and settled onto. This sounds like SF, but is just a backdrop for a dark fantasy novel.
The society wasn't able to hold up to the level of progress of a spacefaring people. So, the atmosphere is more of a gothic victorian world. Think Bram Stoker's Dracula and you have a good picture.

Eevryday life
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Ivan
Apr 16, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This was great.

Main plot has been seen many times.Fellowship travels to the hearth of darkness for good cause, in this case to restore hot sorceress power.Their travel will take them across Erna, planet who creatures and natural laws are shaped but it's inhabitants both conscious and subconscious mind.Erna itself is biggest reason for my high rating as it's one of most fascinating setting I came across.While this book is technically sci-fi (Erna is colonized planet) book play mostly plays out li
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Kris43
Mar 08, 2013 Kris43 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im having a hard time with rating this.

If I were to rate the world building and magic system, I would give it 5 stars, they are absolutely brilliant. This has strong sci-fi elements mixed with fantasy. The whole thing is happening in distant future. Humanity has moved to this planet that is totally different from planet Earth. It has something that at first looks like magic.

It is inhabited by sentiment forces who feed on human emotions/blood/semen and can be tapped to fuel various things. But t
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 19, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Okay...this is another I'd like to give 3.5 as it's got to be above a 3 but I didn't care for it as much as I have many of the books I've given a 4.

It has an interesting "world system". I don't think the term "magic system works well here as it all has to do with the planet or world on which the action takes place. (To say more would of course entail spoilers). This book might be more accurately called "science fantasy" rather than epic or high fantasy as it's built around the assumption of an e
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Ben Johnson
Black Sun Rising is a brilliant setting with a mediocre story. A warrior-priest and his companions track a demon in order to restore one of their member’s memories, but are forced into an alliance with perhaps the greatest evil of all: the former Prophet, damned by his own church and driven into a dark pact which brings both power and a vampiric curse. The novel sets up a variety of interesting themes but concludes its bloated story with cliches, a disappointment given the great world-crafting o ...more
Pax
Jul 03, 2008 Pax rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finally made it to the end of this awful book, mostly by skipping about eighty pages in the latter half (figured out what I'd missed within five repetitive pages, and no need to slog through) and then skimming the rest.

All in all, this writer had a good idea, some fun character interplay potential and NO EDITING. As in, where was her EDITOR??? This could have been trimmed to less than half its dense, repetitive mass with such greater impact. Apparently this is part one of a trilogy -- the rest
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Mary
Oct 30, 2007 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
I'm not really sure what I didn't like about this book. The setting was amazing, the plot was interesting, the characters were... well, they weren't horrible, but I've read better. And that, I think, is where it lost me. I liked the characters well enough, but their problems didn't engage me. I wasn't particularly upset when one of the characters died, I wasn't particularly glad when they resolved some of their issues, and I wasn't particularly interested to find out what happened to them in the ...more
Chris
Dec 05, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There were some good elements of story here, and some good world concepts. However, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The prose is choppy, full of adverbs and redundancies. If I had to hear "he smiled grimly" one more time, I was prepared to gouge out my eardrums (I listened to the audio, obviously). The plot drags on and on. And on. And on some more. Events take forever to set up, and then when something does happen, I'm like "what the hell? Where did that come from? Should I rewind? Oh ...more
Chris
Apr 09, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is an old episode of Star Trek . . .


Okay, for you born after the 1990s, I'm talking about the really old ones. You know the ones with the Enterprise attached to a string, with Leonard, with Shatner and his ever changing girdle.

Anyway, in this episode, Lt. Uhura, who is very cool, gets her knowledge zapped by some alien in bad make up.


That's this book, sorta.


The book is about power, knowledge, people, and cost. Very few books deal with cost. This is one of them. I enjoyed this book very muc
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Jonathan

Black Sun Rising is another highly recommended fantasy novel that I took my time to get around to finally reading. Having completed this novel I admit that I am slightly torn about it as an entire experience. On the whole it is not quite as great a read as other novels I have rated four stars, yet at the same time there are large patches of the novel which are five star quality. These patches unfortunately mix with the three and two star patches.

The biggest - issue - I had with Black Sun Rising
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Black Sun Rising is the first novel in C.S. Friedman’s popular COLDFIRE trilogy. I read Dominion, the prequel novella, a couple of years ago after reading (and loving) several of her science fiction novels. I admire Friedman’s worldbuilding and her writing style.

The COLDFIRE trilogy feels like traditional epic fantasy, but it would best be categorized as science fantasy because it takes place in the far future on Erna, a planet colonized by humans looking for a habitable world. When they got to
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Luke Taylor
Apr 19, 2016 Luke Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In Black Sun Rising, C.S. Friedman manages to transmute an elegant yet gutsy blend of familiar elements and concepts into a staggeringly vivid adventure, the fulcrum of which rests on an uneasy alliance of secretly flawed figures thrown into the proverbial furnance to prevail as champions or melt and die trying to save humanity. Friedman’s character rationale process bordered the excessive, but her graphic display of the different kinds of fae, the surface of Erna and its different landscapes, a ...more
Blake Charlton
Nov 20, 2012 Blake Charlton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
five stars for classic science fantasy with wonderful world building. vivid setting and characters, a straight-forward and satisfying story. my only complaint concerned anachronisms in the prose style (e.g. characters from a pseudo-medieval (or maybe pseudo-neogothic) culture using corporate slang like "PR"). but overall, this is a wonderful series and deserves to be revisited in this era of gritty fantasy. i'm looking for the rest of the series.
Giovanna
Oct 28, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely present from Lys :3

Mmmm. It's kind of difficult to rate this book. I loved some things and I disliked others.

The world-building and the magic system are really original and well-written and the characters are quite complex and well-developed, but sometimes the plot itself bored me. All in all I did like the book but there are some things that bothered me. First of all the book felt really slow. I mean, I get why all these pages were needed, but at the same time I was bored anyway sometim
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Neda Stojkovic
I slogged through about half of the book, thinking maybe it will get better - I heard a lot of praises for this trilogy, so I expected something quite different. But I give up. I'm done. No more.
One reason why this book gets two and not one star is the magic system, which is interesting, if confusing - humans can use, consciously or unconsciously, natural forces of the planet Erna (called fae) to, well, do stuff, like materialize fantasies or nightmares, or change reality in accordance to their
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Noelle
Sep 14, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friedman-c-s
I am almost finished with this book and even though it took me longer than usual to get into the story, i must admit that right now I will have a tough time putting the book down. I want to know what happens.
In this story, I seem to like the bad guy (a/k/a Gerald Tarrant) way better than the "good" guy (a/k/a Damien Vryce). Gerald has this "je ne sais quoi" about him, and I cannot help but like him ... Without wanting to give away the story, Cianni is a character that is necessary to the story,
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Blodeuedd Finland
I struggled, oh how I struggled. This was the second time I started this book, the first was a DNF. This time I did get to half the book, but yawn.

The world is fascinating! Scifi mixed with fantasy. Humans came to a planet and settled. They lost their tech ad found magic and a cruel world. Awesome worldbuilding.

But, the characters are flat, the story was not interesting. After 250 pages I started to skim. I just could not bother anymore. At the end I closed the book, and will not read more or ca
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Griffin Vanderschaeghe
Black Sun Rising is a SFF book in the true sense of the word. Humanity traveled from earth to Erna, a planet rampant with fae, a natural force feeding on the human mind. They are able to draw images from people's worst fears and give substance to these concepts. Over a millennium humanity achieves an uneasy equilibrium. Sorcerers and adepts (basically stronger sorcerers) are able to manipulate the fae, but simultaneously making the demonic forces who gain by such efforts. Thus though scifi in na ...more
Kinga
Feb 28, 2013 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you take such an interesting, excited and complicated world with so many conflict possibilities and write such a crap book about it? It’s rather amazing.

I haven’t read a proper fantasy novel since my early high school days. Back then I used chain-read Andre Norton but I can tell you very little about as it has been mostly eradicated from my memory to make room for all the plotlines of Grey’s Anatomy. Therefore I can’t tell you if C.S Friedman writes badly or whether she is in line with o
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A.E. Marling
Fears and expectations shape this world. Worrying your sword could break causes it to do so, making more intricate technologies undependable and isolating this Earth colony on this planet. The power of thought harnesses natural energies, and those gifted with greater control and sight of these beautiful forces are called Adepts.

The story perspectives are male oriented, a warrior priest and an Adept's assistant. I loved the assistant's introduction: His fiance leaving him because she saw she'd al
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Eric Allen
Sep 12, 2012 Eric Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Sun Rising
The Coldfire Trilogy Book 1
By C.S. Friedman

A Retroview by Eric Allen

Imagine, if you will, a distant future where humanity has stretched his reach out amongst the stars, sending colony ships to find new, inhabitable worlds to colonize and populate. One such world, a world where magic, or the Fae, is an actual force of nature, created by natural elements and occurances, that is shaped by the willpower, imagination, and emotions of the people nearby. A world where merely having a ni
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Kara
Jun 29, 2010 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Okay... I struggled with this one. I liked the idea and the world of Merentha. Good characters, I really like Vryce, but I especially adore the evil Hunter. I'm not sure why, or how it happened, but I do. I also dearly love how the fae are represented, and how they interact with the people and the world of Merentha, and I appreciate it's complexity.

That said, I often found myself skipping over paragraphs and pages, so that I could move on with the story (in which I was truly interested), and not
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Sara
Dec 09, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely, positively love this trilogy; it is one of my all time favorites. I've re-read this trilogy I don't know how many times and recommend it to everyone I know who enjoys fantasy/sci-fi.

In this trilogy, C.S. Friedman builds a world that is detailed and vibrant. Her characters are similarly well-written and interesting. Damien Kilcannon Vryce and Gerald Tarrant are probably my favorite characters from any book I have ever read.

The premise is that humanity has established itself on an al
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Lorena
Sep 05, 2007 Lorena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I found the fantasy world that was created here to be very interesting, and the author certainly does like her anti-heroes, based on this book and the one other I've read by her so far. However, I felt that the backstory and some of the characters could have used more filling out. We've barely been introduced to our main characters when suddenly they are thrust into their Designated Quest, supposedly in part because of the deep feelings two of the characters apparently formed for each other virt ...more
Andy Kahl
Nov 27, 2007 Andy Kahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
When fantasy and science-fiction meet, you get the Coldfire Trilogy. This first book might have stood alone except for a paragraph or two in the last chapter. Yeah, there were loose ends, but aren't there always. So the story might have ended except for those couple of paragraphs, but isn't it grand that they didn't.
Anyway, the story really picks up the concept of the dark hero. One of the main characters, the primary antagonist I would say, has pretty much 'sold his soul to the devil'. He is by
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Xara Niouraki
What I Liked: the word building, the magic system, the writing, the relationships between the characters, the Hunter (he's awesome).

What I didn't like: the Priest (how much prejudice can one endure? Ok so you're religious... Deal with it...), the reason of the quest (I wouldn't go anywhere for a woman I've just met), the bad guy (view spoiler) (anticlimactic), the constant reference to earthquakes and tectonic plates (y
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Jasmine Me
A wonderful world, an interesting magic system, a bad storyline, that sums up this book for me, the characters were unlikable and the decisions they made that drove the plot onward were unbelievable and irrational, I'm not sure I want to continue with this series
Evgeny
May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very dark book features one of the best bad/still most interesting guys in fantasy books.
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