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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 Member Since 2013
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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 2010
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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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    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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    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-02-14
    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting, enjoyable, somehow off."

    I did enjoy this book, but I struggle to say good things about it. The characters aren't exactly flat, but their not exactly very dynamic. The story isn't predictable, but it doesn't feel like it gives you anything unexpected. The ending is a bit of a let down I thought. Given that this is part one of a trilogy I guess that is expected.

    What I am trying to say I was left with mixed feelings and I'm really not sure if I will go on to the next book or not. This series is worth a try, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

    As a side note, somehow the strongest thing that sticks out in my mind about this book was the gratuitous use of the word "Slowly" and "Noooooooo!". If such things bother you I'd pass on this one. I guess that being my biggest impression proves about 3 stars is appropriate.

    The narration was a plus, I thought that it was handled very well. So there is always that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-28-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-28-14 Listener Since 2007

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    "Trilogy, Book 1 of 3"

    The reading is a major stumbling block for me. Although Elisabeth Rodgers reads with plenty of tone variation, the rhythm is grating; ends of phrases very often have an excessively drawn out last word; this may just be the normal cadence of her native area in the US; a little too breathless too often makes the drama too little distinguishable from the melodrama.

    The writing and plot development didn’t do anything for me either. I found no character to care about; or even to be interested in … I finished the book in hope, but nothing eventuated; the writing tries to manipulate sympathy, but …excessive contrivance doesn’t help ... padded with internal dialogue.

    The plot seems derivative (Game of Thrones – I wonder which was written first); although it does have some originality. It is a shame it doesn’t intrigue, or entertain sufficiently.
    The book doesn’t really stand on its own; book 1 of 3.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 12-04-13
    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "SLOW START GREAT FINISH"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YesVery detailed, well written story and performed wonderfully.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. S. Friedman? Why or why not?

    I have the other two books in my wish list and am wanting to see how the peasent witch fares.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several scenes well done, too many to choose from.


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

    There were several gripping moments in the story i had to just sit still and listen it was very intense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Gentlemen's Barber Rochester, NY 09-10-13
    The Gentlemen's Barber Rochester, NY 09-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Took me to another realm."
    What made the experience of listening to Feast of Souls the most enjoyable?

    A great book; a well written fantasy novel and hooked me into the series.


    What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She narrated excellently. Offering different voices for each character and a level of realism to the story.


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

    The intro in the witches den..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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