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.
"[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)
Imaginative, Intriguing, Original
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.
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.
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.
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.
interesting twist, but very slow to get there. hoping book two will get to the guts. of the story
pick up the story pace
yes - trying book two
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.
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.
No, the book was not a waste of time. It had its faults, but overall a pretty good story.
Depends on what sort of fantasy they are in to. This book has some slow points, which is fine, but certainly not for everyone.
I thought Elisabeth Rodgers did a good job separating characters by their voices. Even if some of them seem hackneyed at times.
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.
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.
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.
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
NO I still like this genre of books however I dont think this is a series I will continue on with.
yes the narration did match the story long and slow.
I would cut Camalla she never really developed for me.
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.
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.
YesVery detailed, well written story and performed wonderfully.
I have the other two books in my wish list and am wanting to see how the peasent witch fares.
There were several scenes well done, too many to choose from.
There were several gripping moments in the story i had to just sit still and listen it was very intense.
A great book; a well written fantasy novel and hooked me into the series.
She narrated excellently. Offering different voices for each character and a level of realism to the story.
The intro in the witches den..
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content