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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.

Critic Reviews

"[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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Epic!!

This book is so amazing. If you like Game of Thrones, this work with interest you as well. So many rich, well-developed characters all with flaws and redeeming qualities. Each story interweaves itself into another until the entire work comes together in one cataclysmic conclusion. I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy. I definitely recommend if you enjoy science fiction/fantasy.

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A little slow

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reading was wonderful and beautifully performed.

What could C. S. Friedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing. The story line is really boring and uneventful. I couldn't even finish because the story was so lackluster.

What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

She was wonderful.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Feast of Souls?

All of them this was not a very good story for me.

Any additional comments?

The book is well written and allows the listeners to have clear and precise imagery. The actual story line had as much excitement as watching grass grow. I listened to 3/4 of the book and literally couldn't stand anymore. I'm just not that into this book, sadly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A dark story with dim lights showing here and ther

This is my first C.S Friedman book that i have been listening to. My usual area of books are fantasy with a twist of humor and my normal comfort zone is David Eddings, Tamora Pierce, Anne Mccaffrey, Robert Lynn Asprin, Robert Jordan, Trudy Canavan.
I tried out Feast of souls due to a sale here on Audible and this is my rewiew:

The story is well written and well narrated. You follow the storyline quite well and easy and there are a lot of good introduktions to the universe, wich helps you make your own internal image about how the world is build. All in all exelent pennmanship and the narrator gets the high and lows of the story and catches it in her voice.

But i have difficulties getting above 3 stars because i miss some things in the story. Kamala never becomes my antiheroine due to the fact that you never get close to her. Yes it is terrible that she was a child whore and you can write a lot of her distant emotions off to the fact that she was in that state. Hell you could probably give her 2 or 3 diagnosises due to that fact, but instead of inviting us inside Kamalas head and letting us explore har lack of emotions from the inside we get this blank shell of a person who periodicly shows sign of being a human being. The whole dilemma about being human and being a magister is just not very well written out in my opinion and the ethical part of it is just stated bluntly. I would have loved a bit more exploring about this antihero thing. Even when she is up close and personal with it it does not get to go skin deep but instead becomes a gushy love drama with same depht as the cinderella story and i find that to be a lack i must admit. it make the story go stale and never really reach the extraordinary.

There are two scenes with sex in the book one rape and one due to love and i wonder why the passion that gets written out in theese scenes arent used in the rest of the book. It took me aback how much the author was able to make me live through theese scenes and how explicit she actuallly was and i must admit i didnt like theese scenes wich took me by surprice. I have no problem reading Sookie Stackhouse and 50 shades of grey wich is much more explicit, but the scenes in this book botheret me wich i pondered a lot about for some time. I figured out that the reason why they bothered me was that they stood out. The intensity in theese passages were 10 og 10 but the intencity in the rest of the book even the killing and slaughter scenes never got me over 5.

all in all i ended up feeling that ste story had so much more potential. it wasnt bad but also not trulty alive for me, and i missed some humor (or irony) and some deeper emotions and deeper exploring of the ethical dilemmas. like the one in Trudy Canavans Dark Magicians trilogy


If you managed to hang on this far then heads up to you. English is not my first language so sorry if i made some errors during the writing.

Greetings from Denmark.

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Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Create more interesting characters and plot

If you’ve listened to books by C. S. Friedman before, how does this one compare?

I read the Coldfire Trilogy years ago and found it quite interesting. I was looking forward to more from the same author, but this novel didn't live up my expectations. The characters just aren't interesting. The plot moves at a glacial pace. There are hints here and there that things may pick up, but so far, it fails to deliver.

Any additional comments?

One of the other comments mentioned that it gets interesting for the last few hours. I'm halfway through this one, but I don't think I can struggle through the rest of it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful