|Submitted by Pirate Roberts |
(Oct 19, 2004)
I just finished reading "Black Sun Rising", and enjoyed it, but in some places seems more like a comic book or anime show than an actual novel. I sort of got irritated by hearing people in a futuristic/fantasy world alternating between old formal dialogue, and (moreso in the beginning of the book) modern casual. It has some intriguing ideas to it, like the manner in which the characters view magic, referred to throughout the book as "the fae", as a natural resource. The book's main character, the Reverend Damien Vryce is interesting psychologicaly, but the main antagonist, the mistress of Lema, doesn't show up often enough. We are simply told that she is mad and power-hungry. The most interesting character is Gerald Tarrant, who long ago sacrificed his family, and in doing so, all that was good within himself, for the purpose of immortality.
The book also has an interesting primitive society of human-like creatures called the rakh (who originated from cats rather than apes), and quite a lot of interesting weapons and an army of unusual demons. This book does pack a few emotional punches- I couldn't help but pity Gerald Tarrant when he was being tortured or nearly cried when another certain character was killed by the demon of his own ambition, and Reverend Vryce's religiously-oriented grudge against Gerald Tarrant brought a creul little smile to my face, but occasionaly the book uses the cliched theme of making you believe a character is dead and then bringing him or her back later in the story. This book's got a few flaws, but if you'd like something to read that simply hasn't been done before, I would reccomend this book.