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Summary

More than a millennium after the human race forges an uneasy stalemate against the demonic human-psyche feeders known as the fae, a pain-hungry demon called Calesta declares war on all living beings.

©1995 C.S. Friedman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic 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 Fire Trilogy." The richly detailed setting and strong supporting characters give substance to a tale that explores the consequences of embracing evil in hopes of achieving its redemption." ( Library Journal)

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  • Amy D. V.
  • 29-08-12

Wow, the ending blew me away!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the author provides detail to the mindset of each character and the narrator brings them to life. The final book had me on edge from beginning to end.

What other book might you compare Crown of Shadows to and why?

I find it to be unique. A living world that adapts and has a symbiotic bond with its inhabitants. It feels like the era is old but it is actually thousands of years into our future.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed the narrator's performance. He scares me when he does the voices of the nameless and the demons. Each character sounds different and he really brings out the personality of the Hunter and the Priest.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually cried at the end. I don't want to give anything away but you actually feel sorry for many of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were more books to this series but at last it cannot be. :-( So I purchased C.S Friedman's "Feast of Souls"..

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  • J. Brooks
  • 15-05-15

Expertly Wrought Conclusion to Awesome Trilogy

Diverse narration of a beautifully complex dark fantasy epic. If you've come this far in the series, don't stop now! :)

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  • Veronica
  • 15-02-13

Great ending to an interesting trilogy :)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely, its always amazing to see a new word with some pretty interesting concepts and the characters are not bad at all . :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crown of Shadows?

I really loved all the book but I think by the end I was speechless , nice twists :)

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that R.C Bray did bring the book to live , he did an awesome job all together ,I hope I will found his work more often in this genre . Thank you R C Bray :)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Sacrifice" maybe or "Don't trust the dead guy" :)

Any additional comments?

Great writing, C S Friedman did a wonderful job with this trilogy hopefully she will add more books in this world :)

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  • Daniel Brichta
  • 02-08-12

Superb story!

Where does Crown of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the topp ten

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crown of Shadows?

All of it! Its a rollercoaster, that takes you through the whole spektra of emotions.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings to life a very wide range of distinct of characters and with his tune and modulation he brings sorrow, thrills or action alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hell yeah!

Any additional comments?

Get it! Get it, now!

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  • Dorothy T. Rose
  • 09-01-18

Excellent finish!

Skillfully written and wonderfully performed. Bray had real talent in devising didn't voices for each character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-17

Dark Magic and Human mistakes

This book is excellent. If you prefer your fantasy dark and complicated then this is for you. The story is a little choppy from book to book, but for me I found the story to really be between the characters and not in their quest.
After reading this book ask yourself, What would you do to accomplish your goals?

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  • Jacobus
  • 21-11-14

An enjoyable trilogy with a satisfying ending

In a world called Erna seemingly hostile to human dreams and thoughts an unusual story draws to a close. Has the fallen prophet an vampire-like creature of the religion in the one god, the God of Earth and Erna, done enough to be redeemed out of his centuries of hunting women as prey? Will the priest Reverend Damien Canon Vrice done enough to save his friend? How will he choose between his religion and his loyalty to a very dark person?

C.S. Friedman ends a successful trilogy with a good ending. While I thought she was totally against religion - almost like Philip Pullman - she was debating the value of religion throughout the story. I found her approach interesting and refreshing.

R.C. Bray did an excellent job of reading the book. It is very much in the same line as the other two books he read in the trilogy.

If you want a relaxing well put together fantasy story, why not give this trilogy a go?

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  • A book reader
  • 04-03-13

Weakest of the trilogy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they wanted to complete the triology.

Would you ever listen to anything by C. S. Friedman again?

No.

Any additional comments?

This was the weakest of the three novels in the series, I just didn't find the new characters compelling.

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  • Irene
  • 25-08-15

Unnecessary ending for the trilogy

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The first 2 books were quite slow but I quite enjoyed them. This one did not seem to go anywhere new and got quite bogged down at times - quite repetitive really. Pity. I have loved so many of CS Friedman's books, wished that the Magister trilogy would have lasted forever and have listen to a few others so had such high hopes. Feel that I have wasted credits with book 3 and probably book 2 as well. Shame.

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  • Jenny
  • 27-11-12

Enjoyable if a bit dark

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I always hope for a range of hope and disappointment in my characters experiences, and found this last book was more filled with death, destruction and disappointment than I would have liked, although narration was excellent and the story telling and characterisation very well done.

Would you recommend Crown of Shadows to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe, but they'd have to be very specifically fantasy, and DARK fantasy at that.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A great narration and clear delineation between characters

Was Crown of Shadows worth the listening time?

Sure.

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