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Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1 | [C. S. Friedman]

Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.
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Publisher's Summary

C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

©2007 C.S. Friedman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[I]maginative, deftly plotted fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)

"Powerful, intricate plotting and gripping characters distinguish a book in which ethical dilemmas are essential and engrossing." (Booklist)

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    Ashleigh United States 10-23-13
    Ashleigh United States 10-23-13
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    "Enthralling"
    If you could sum up Feast of Souls in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, Intriguing, Original


    What other book might you compare Feast of Souls to and why?

    I would say Feast of Souls compares well to Robert Jordan books and other fantasy books of the same type. Though the entire thing may seem a bit wordy, it's refreshing to me since most books lately, especially self-published, lack the quality, intelligence and wit that had always been in literature before. If you like fantasy but don't like the YA aspect that seems to have overrun much of recently written fantasy, you'll definitely enjoy this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I usually enjoy scenes when Kamala is locked in a battle of minds with any of the other Magisters. They're extremely entertaining and charged with an addicting sort of energy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not until the last book, and because that is so far away, I don't want to spoil it. Just know that many of the characters will take you by surprise. It's refreshing to read about people who aren't entirely predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like reading for the sake of reading, don't admire when an author weaves words together artfully and instead prefer unoriginal plots and unimpressive language, this series is not for you. If, however, you love when an entirely new world unfolds before you filled with characters unlike any others, you will adore this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen perth, Australia 07-31-13
    karen perth, Australia 07-31-13
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    "very slow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    interesting twist, but very slow to get there. hoping book two will get to the guts. of the story


    What could C. S. Friedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    pick up the story pace


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    well done


    Was Feast of Souls worth the listening time?

    yes - trying book two


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NEWBERG, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Amazon Customer NEWBERG, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "difficult in the beginning but........"

    This is a story more easily followed if you are reading it rather than listening. So many things can be said in writing that............simply do not come across in narration. The story jumps around because there are many main characters who are also telling the story from their point of view all converging later in the other books.

    I was originally drawn to the book because of the narrator. She did a great job in this series. Still I found the that listing to this story twice was almost an essential thing to pick up all the things you would have understood reading it. Changes in places and who is talking and even time issues overlap. It was confusing at the start. After listening to the whole series I can appreciate all of it. I will have to say I did enjoy the series but this first book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped. In the end I am glad I finished the series. At some time later I would listen to the whole series again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mathias United States 07-09-12
    Mathias United States 07-09-12

    I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.

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    "A little confused ... who is the main character?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the book was not a waste of time. It had its faults, but overall a pretty good story.


    Would you recommend Feast of Souls to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends on what sort of fantasy they are in to. This book has some slow points, which is fine, but certainly not for everyone.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    I thought Elisabeth Rodgers did a good job separating characters by their voices. Even if some of them seem hackneyed at times.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Honestly? I don't know if this book would translate well to a movie. Lots of the story revolves around things happening inside the characters (such as how their magic works) and I don't know if that would come through well on the big screen.

    But, by all means, prove me wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot go without saying one important thing. Kamala, who seems to be the main character, appears to take second stage to too many other characters at times. I think the book suffered from a flood of too many POV characters and not enough time focused on the her. I think the story could have been told with a heavier focus on her and some of the other characters left out when it comes to POV. It was a disappointing aspect of the book that haunted me from start to finish. She seemed to act very out of character towards the end of the book and I think had more time been spent on her, her transformation, her actions, and her motivations would have been clearer to me as a reader.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Valdosta, GA, United States 08-19-13
    Todd Valdosta, GA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not care for this book"
    Would you try another book from C. S. Friedman and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Possibly, I would have to look deeper at the story line and read the reviews


    What was most disappointing about C. S. Friedman’s story?

    This story took too long to develop, it became boring


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elisabeth Rodgers’s performances?

    Possibly, I did like Elisabeth's ability to bring out different characters in her voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, I guess I was looking for something else


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Prenesha EAGAN, MN, United States 07-18-13
    Prenesha EAGAN, MN, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I love Sci Fi/Fantasy books. The very first author I listened to was Laurell K Hamilton. I love audiobooks they allow me the luxury of books without reading since I don't see well at all.

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    "BORING..SKIP IT"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No, this book wasnt for me but I think person that would like it more would be someone who likes long slower books or maybe someone who already likes this author


    Has Feast of Souls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO I still like this genre of books however I dont think this is a series I will continue on with.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes the narration did match the story long and slow.


    What character would you cut from Feast of Souls?

    I would cut Camalla she never really developed for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SPRING CITY, PA, United States 07-24-13
    Amazon Customer SPRING CITY, PA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    This book was too depressing. I don't even want to hear how it ends anymore.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Evesojourn Austin, TX 05-21-15
    Evesojourn Austin, TX 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a good novel made better by a good narrator."

    love the narrator, her speed, annunciation and dramatic application is perfect, but there is one thing she need to work on. her scream. makes me laugh and roll my eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 05-09-15
    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 05-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "Original and Refreshing Couldn't stop listening"
    Where does Feast of Souls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    Would you recommend Feast of Souls to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, they don't like these kinds of stories. This is Earthsea meets J.R.R. Tolkien mixed with Arabian Nights.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Everything


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bay Area 05-03-15
    Amazon Customer Bay Area 05-03-15 Member Since 2010

    film freak

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    "Suffused with excellence and novelty"

    Fresh, new concepts expertly handled. A deft balancing of intimate warmth for illumination of character and the cold detachment for establishing scale and socio-political scope. Friedman is a world-maker and a transformative hand upon the stuff of genre. Bravo.

    Elisabeth Rodgers delivers worthy and magnificent performance. It was her charismatic narration in the sample that prompted me to give this book a try, and the promise of that sneak peek kept in full.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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