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Feast of Souls Audiobook

Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    Danielle 07-23-16
    Danielle 07-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Political intrigue, suitably conflicted heros"

    Narration is well done and pleasant to hear. The story stays on track and doesn't splinter into too many plot lines á la Wheel of Time, GoT etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 12-02-15
    Paul United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "A slow rewarding burn"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a good solid fantasy book and anyone into fantasy would probably enjoy it.


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

    It depends on the friend. Some like fantasy and fast paced books, others avoid genre fiction like the plague. It depends on the friend. I do have friends that would easily enjoy this book and others would think it's terrible.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the witch queen. She's an interesting character, with a rich history. She doesn't have the long life of the Magister's, but she is a crucial stone in the Magister's political world. Her timeline goes in a lot of interesting places.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very slow burn. There's a lot of set-up with the world and characters. It's a bit boring for the first 60-70 percent, but there is good pay-off. It leaves a lot of open plot-lines that will probably be tied up in the rest of the series.

    This is my first exposure to C.S. Friedman, and she creates a very detailed world with a lot of backstory. From the first female magister, to these huge countries each with their own unique cultures and customs. There were some interesting rules between the Magisters as well, they can't actively kill each other, but they're rivals which didn't make a ton of sense as they were essentially demi-gods, but could cause mischief and essentially this world's version of trolling on another. Interesting concept, but I didn't see how it went anywhere.

    Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers does a pretty good job. I've listened to her from the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead where she did a solid job as well.

    Overall, this is an OK book. It's a very slow burn. There's some interesting concepts from women's rights (first female magister, witch queen, etc.), the magic system life being the spell component, the world itself is rich and has a lot of interesting history. Part of me thinks this story should have been 10 hours longer, to build the world more completely, but there just wasn't enough substance to warrant 18 hours much less 28. I'm looking forward to book 2, but it's not on the top of the pile.

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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 05-24-15
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 05-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly original take on the vampire theme"

    I absolutely loved this fantasy, which has it all: a host of characters you care about, convincing villains you love to hate, moral ambiguity of heroes and evil doers alike, realistic world building, fast paced narrative, terrific writing and probably the best narrator I've ever listened to! Can recommend this book highly enough!! And now, on to the sequel...

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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


    1 of 1 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.

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    Chrissy Anderson Tullahoma, TN US 04-21-15
    Chrissy Anderson Tullahoma, TN US 04-21-15
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    "C.S Friedman is one of my favorite"

    I have read scores of fantasy novels by many authors in the 23+ years I've been an avid reader. C.S Friedman is a truly gifted fantasy writer and in my top 3 authors of all time.

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    K.Penn 04-16-15
    K.Penn 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    The author presents us a truly unique view on magic and its user through a dark, powerful story threaded with glimpses of hope and light. It is narrated quite well and will be sure to keep fantasy fans engaged for hours of listening pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lestine Webb San Diego, CA, United States 01-23-15
    Lestine Webb San Diego, CA, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011

    Geek in disguise!

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    Not what I expected even after reading the "back cover". Only chose this because of the narrator and she did not disappoint.

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    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 11-12-13
    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "My first Witch Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Feast of Souls the most enjoyable?

    I loved the magic system. It was simple and fun. I would say this book was almost a light read but not quite there. Other reviewers said the book was slow, I did not see that at all. The story developed at just the right pace if you ask me.


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

    I cant think of one. Not too many books I read have a female protagonist.


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have never listened to her before. But I would again.
    To be honest I really have a hard time listening to Female Narrators. Elisabeth did a awesome job. I went right into the story like you should after a books gets going.


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

    Never. Driving, house/yard work and when I play madden are my listening times.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was fun. I dont know if I will get the second book however. I have a big bucket list of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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