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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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    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 11-12-13
    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 11-12-13

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "My first Witch Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Feast of Souls the most enjoyable?

    I loved the magic system. It was simple and fun. I would say this book was almost a light read but not quite there. Other reviewers said the book was slow, I did not see that at all. The story developed at just the right pace if you ask me.


    What other book might you compare Feast of Souls to and why?

    I cant think of one. Not too many books I read have a female protagonist.


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have never listened to her before. But I would again.
    To be honest I really have a hard time listening to Female Narrators. Elisabeth did a awesome job. I went right into the story like you should after a books gets going.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Never. Driving, house/yard work and when I play madden are my listening times.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was fun. I dont know if I will get the second book however. I have a big bucket list of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Temporal Singularity 10-27-13
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    "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
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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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    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.

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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

    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
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    "..."

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

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dawm 11-04-16
    Dawm 11-04-16
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    "It finally gets good about ¾ through."
    What disappointed you about Feast of Souls?

    The thing I did not like about this book was the constant gut wrenching reminders of the poor girl’s youth. I get it she was sold into prostitution; you don’t need to bring it up ever chapter. It’s awful and I don’t want to hear it over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    The last hour was good but not sure if I will buy book #2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie 09-23-16
    Jessie 09-23-16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Na 09-21-16
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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.

    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

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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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