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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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    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 2016
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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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    gara SPRING CITY, PA, United States 07-24-13
    gara 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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 05-24-15
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 05-24-15 Member Since 2014
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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...

    0 of 0 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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