We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Feast of Souls Audiobook

Feast of Souls: Magister Trilogy, Book 1

Regular Price:$29.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (614 )
5 star
 (216)
4 star
 (221)
3 star
 (117)
2 star
 (30)
1 star
 (30)
Overall
3.9 (558 )
5 star
 (209)
4 star
 (190)
3 star
 (100)
2 star
 (32)
1 star
 (27)
Story
4.1 (559 )
5 star
 (242)
4 star
 (190)
3 star
 (88)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (18)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Temporal Singularity 10-27-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    36
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    197
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nothing compelling here."

    This review is of the entire trilogy:

    After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.

    The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew they were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.

    Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble. If they were, they were killed off.

    It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.

    The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.

    Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Valdosta, GA, United States 08-19-13
    Todd Valdosta, GA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    karen perth, Australia 07-31-13
    karen perth, Australia 07-31-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Jeff Jackson United States 07-09-12
    Jeff Jackson 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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    97
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    gara SPRING CITY, PA, United States 07-24-13
    gara SPRING CITY, PA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "..."

    This book was too depressing. I don't even want to hear how it ends anymore.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessie 09-23-16
    Jessie 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating premise, okay execution"

    The premise here (in particular the magic system) is quite novel and fantastic. The characters are compelling, though I don't feel as deeply connected to any of them as if like to. There's a TON of laws and customs and ancient knowledge dumped on the reader...important to the story, but hard to hold straight. It seems as though the author repeats key concepts too many times, as though I didn't get it the first couple. Characters take different names often as part of disguises, which can be confusing. The various threads of story take a long time to converge, but their convergence is rather glorious. Adverbs abound, distractingly. ;) The distinct voices done by the narrator do a great job of helping keep various characters distinct from one another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Na 09-21-16
    D. Na 09-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Some strange calls by the narrator"

    I'm a fan of CS Friedman's writing and I enjoyed this book when I read it, so I decided to give the audio version a chance. Friedman's prose still shines as strongly as ever but the narration.....was ok. Rodgers doesn't seem to have a terribly large range of voices to draw from, but that's fine enough in and of itself. But when Kamala appeared.......and started speaking in a sometimes British accent. Its a baffling choice and extremely distracting. Often character voices can enhance a story and draw me in but here every time Kamala "spoke" I was jarred out of the story by this extremely out-of-place accent. Its made listening to this story incredibly difficult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Adam 02-02-14
    Adam 02-02-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-28-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 01-28-14 Listener Since 2007

    mcmap

    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.