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When True Night Falls

(The Coldfire Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,529 ratings  ·  190 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. ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by DAW (first published October 1993)
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TinaH I think it’s necessary to read the 1str and 2nd book before reading this one. The main characters are the same throughout the trilogy, so the 3rd book…moreI think it’s necessary to read the 1str and 2nd book before reading this one. The main characters are the same throughout the trilogy, so the 3rd book really is a continuation of the same story from the other two. You will be really lost if you skip the other two books and dive in on the 3rd.(less)

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mark monday
Feb 22, 2013 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 book
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
Again simple plot as priest Damian and undead sorcerer Tarrant continue their uneasy alliance into another hearth of darkness but Erna is everything but a simple place and still one of most interesting fantasy (I see people calling it science fantasy but I disagree with that, this is high fantasy without much science elements) settings I came across.

I found this book more enjoyable than than first one largely because this book doesn't involve Ciani who was annoying throughout most of the first b
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!! ...more
Luke Taylor
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric Allen
Aug 07, 2012 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
May 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sifi and fantasy readers
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There was never any doubt that I would read this novel—I enjoyed the first installment a great deal and it is part of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project. Not only that, but I found all three volumes at the popular used book sale in my city and had them on hand. If all of that wasn’t enough, last year at the When Words Collide writers’ conference, Peter V. Brett recommended it. He was on a panel about female characters in fantasy fiction and I came away quite impressed with his views. ( ...more

This is a re read. Read back in the early 90's.

3.5 stars

Not going to attempt to summarize this, just going to make a few points.

-Best to read in order.
-Ciani is absent from the book.
-The 1st 40% bored the fuck out of me and could have been eliminated entirely or drastically reduced. I skimmed most of it.
-After the 40% it finally gets better.
-There is no romance
-Very repettitive
-Hesseth dies
-Jennsyne dies

As I said above, the first 40% was painfully boring. The author has a tendency
Xara Niouraki
Jun 24, 2014 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
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was stronger in writing, but the story was still confusing. Though, since I am writing this review after just finishing book three, I guess everything does make sense in some strange way.

The characters Damien, Hesseth, and Tarrant decide to road trip across the plains. This time they are trying to find out what is on the other-side of this vast ocean. Apparently over the last thousand years or more, three times mankind has tried to cross only to be slaughtered like crazy.

Apparently on
Aug 23, 2014 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 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
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
Aug 03, 2010 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 Rising.
Kat  Hooper
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jun 20, 2014 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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is where things become convoluted, still worth reading.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what to think! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was perhaps longer than it should be but it was slow, dark and melancholy and very deliciously character driven that I didn’t expect anything else. I enjoyed all the contemplation, actually Morally Grey charecters. I also enjoyed the partnership between the priest and the sorcerer .

This series is Grimdark in nature with very grim scenes and lots of reference to religion.

Generally, I do love these types of books and Ill def
Meredith Katz
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a plot that holds up a mirror to the first one, which has some benefits of setting up some beautiful parallels (it also uses this structure to set up expectations about what's really going on with the plot and play it off beautifully) but has some detriments: there is a loooong stretch at the beginning where it feels like the characters don't do anything that parallels the stretch before the protagonists meet in book 1 -- so they go places and see things but it's very passive. And ...more
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
Edward Rathke
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sf
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
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: and, fantasy, sci-fi
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Jul 31, 2013 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). Th ...more
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
Mar 09, 2010 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 19, 2010 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
Jul 12, 2008 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. ...more
Aug 08, 2008 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.
Nathan Gelineau
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely longer than it should have been. It started out interesting, but then went downhill from there. It didn't pick up again until (view spoiler) Then it died out again, sinking back into unnecessary details and ramblings, mostly Vryce's musings about Tarrant and how much better Tarrant is than him. (view spoiler) I did like t ...more
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