The Frost Eater

The Magic Eaters, Trilogy Book 1
Narrated by: Carol Beth Anderson
Series: The Magic Eaters Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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A lonely princess.

A flying teen.

A kidnapped girl who only remembers what happens at night.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Nora is a frost eater who creates magical ice. Her royal life is luxurious but stifling.

Krey West has a rare magical talent: when he eats feathers, he can fly. His one goal is to find his missing girlfriend, Zeisha. He thinks someone in power abducted her.

Krey’s daring feats of magic earn him an invitation to the palace. Craving adventure and friendship, Nora offers to help him find Zeisha. He’s desperate enough to accept - though he hates the monarchy. 

The truth is more terrible than they could imagine.

Every night, Zeisha wakes in a dark room full of sleeping people, unable to remember what she did in the light. Her dreams provide violent glimpses into her forgotten days.

If Krey and Nora can’t save her, Zeisha may lose herself forever.

Readers describe this post-apocalyptic fantasy novel as “magic-packed” with “action, romance, and intrigue” that’ll “pull you right into the pages.”

Sink your teeth into The Frost Eater today.

©2020 Carol Beth Anderson (P)2020 Carol Beth Anderson

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Excellent

I got to listen to this at the courtesy of the author in exchange for a review.

First thing’s first: the author herself read the book, which can be hit or miss, and she did a superb job with it. Major hit in terms of audiobook quality.

This was an epic and original feeling world, filled with characters that were easy to connect with as you watch them change and evolve beyond their upbringings and prejudices.

This story comes from the point of views of, really, five characters, and there are elements from past and present so expertly interwoven it is mesmerizing. I can’t believe how complex this story is, and yet also easy to follow. This is an incredibly rich world she has built, and it’s lovely.

I love all these characters, and I want more. This is an epic tale, on a large scale, blending elements of the medieval with the familiarity of things modern to our own society. I think there is something here for everyone. There is romance, drama, action, and intrigue. You want this in your collection. I wish the next book were available now.

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The Fantasy I've Wanted And More

From start to finish, this novel has been an amazing read. The cover art is what first captured my attention. And people say "don't judge a book by its cover," but I'm glad I did.

I didn't know what to expect, walking into this tale. Anderson seems to have every detail thought out and time car fully spent on weaving and presenting the information to the reader. I've been looking for something that would satisfy my thirst for Fantasy and Adventure and this did it. Frost Water made me excited to go on my morning walks and do chores just so I could pop in some headphones and give it a listen.

I was also worried I was going to have a problem with plotholes, unanswered questions, bad endings, but all the questions I have left deal with "what's going to happen next?" and "what is the inner workings of this new magic system"? Nothing the characters, themselves, aren't asking right now.

The only problem I have is that I wished we had more flashbacks with Nora's former best friend, Faylie. I would have liked to get to know Faylie more and care for her as a character just as I am intrigued by The First Generation creator, who doesn't get much screentime, but still manages to work her way into my fancy.

When I noticed the author was going to narrate her own novel I was excited and scared. Would I be able to enjoy it? Voice over isn't easy. And some just don't have the time for it. But it all makes sense after listening. Only Anderson could give a performance so acute and accurate that I could enjoy the novel how it was meant to be enjoyed.

I loved every aspect of this novel and Carol Beth Anderson has taken for herself a slot in my favorite authors!

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Good and entertaining fantasy book.

The Frost Eater is a good fantasy story that kept me entertained from the start. The writing and worldbuilding are really well done and the MC well developed. The narration was good as well!

I received this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Different

Good story, interesting premise. Different than most stories of this kind. I love that the author narrated. I feel it gives a better inside view to a character knowing how the author thinks of them. I was given a copy for review

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OMG... I LOVE LOVE LOVE this

What an amazing, original, exciting world that Carol Beth Anderson created. And she did an amazing job narrating her own book. She sounds like a professional narrator. I can NOT wait for the next book. I was so disappointed when I checked audible and the second book wasn't there. I say that I enjoy or LOVE a lot of book but this one... Definitely in my top 5 of the 150 books I've listened to and reviewed. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you Carol, this is Amazing!

This Book was given to me at my request. I am providing a honest and voluntary review.

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Great new sereies

Excellent story with fun characters and new ideas I've not ever read in a book before. The magic eaters are amazing and I look forward to more.
The book was narrated by the author. Overall I think she did a great job with telling the story. This is one where it is a lot more like the book being read to you and not a major performance. She has a nice voice and my only issue was a few times that she seemed to get really slow with her speaking pace.
Anyway, I really liked everything about this book and am glad to have found the author and series and will be searching for more.

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A Great Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian / Fantasy Tale

I have been jonesing for some fresh fantasy novels, so when I found a copy of this audiobook available through the author, I jumped at the opportunity to see what kind of world she could build. Naturally this is an honest review, and the fact I received the audiobook at no cost does not bear into my review.

First, while this is a fantasy novel at its core, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world. Many of the words have traces of Earth in their origins, yet they are also unique. This allows the listener to have an anchor to something relatable, which can be hard with some fantasy novels.

What stuck with me most was the originality of the magic system, which can be hard to pull off, but Anderson does it well. Essentially some people have the ability to use magic, but it is usually limited to a specific skill set, and they must be "fueled up" by eating something related to the power. Cast ice? Eat ice. Fly? Eat bird feathers. And so forth.

The title of the book relates to Princess Nora, who is what they call a frost eater. She eats ice, and it allows her to form ice shapes, make it snow, etc. She gets involved with Krey, who is able to fly and cast ice, which fascinates Nora. The princess discovers a possible treasonous or rebellious plot, and soon she is knee-deep in getting to the root of the problem, along with Krey and Ovrun, and wayward but honest and loyal palace guard.

Soon the three start off on an adventure together, Nora trying to locate a friend of hers from childhood, one she believes was kidnapped. Krey is trying to locate his love, Zeisha, who he believes suffered a similar fate. There's definitely an attraction between Ovrun and Nora, which creates a "forbidden love" theme because of the differences in their societal place, and just enough of her interest in Krey to form a "will she or won't she?" sub-plot.

Plus, the story has dragons, but only two, and they are used in a much different way than is typical, meaning the main characters don't need to enslave or kill them, nor are the dragons terrorizing the countryside. You'll have to read or listen to the book to see how they're involved. :)

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I knew from the get-go this would be part of a trilogy, and as of this writing, the second book is available for pre-order. The plot moved along at a good pace, both with the main quest and the sub-plots. Even though a book may be fantasy, it still has to be believable or at least give the reader/listener a reason to suspend their disbelief. This book does an amazing job of pulling the reader into the story.

Anderson did her own narration on this book, which she's apparently done on others. I've listened to some audiobooks where the author did their own narration, and while some of them are cringe-worthy, that's not the case here. Anderson does a great job of handling dialogue for both male and female characters, making them unique to the person, while also delivering the prose effectively. If I had one critique, it would be that the narration was just a tad slow, not so much that it ruined the pacing, but it did make for a longer audiobook.

I can't wait to check out the rest of the books in this series, plus I want to go back and check out another trilogy the author has done.

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Outstanding! One of the best books I’ve read in months.

The world building, the characters, & the details were all incredibly engaging. I became easily immersed in the story from the very first lines. It was written with finesse that is often lacking in 4-star books, taking you seamlessly over the falls of suspense without too much turbulent foreshadowing giving the game away. I’m putting this one up there with Brandon Sanderson for how eagerly I await the next book to continue on the adventure & to see how these characters develop even farther. Well done!

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Thoroughly Enjoyed!

I don’t read young adult fiction all that often, but I really enjoy Carol Beth Anderson’s writing. This was my first time listening to an audiobook of hers. At first, I found the different voices she used a little distracting, but as the story went on and the number of characters grew, I really appreciated the unique character she brought to each of their voices. I had no problem picturing the characters’ appearances, expressions, or predicaments. Listening to this story has brought a lot of entertainment to me during recent bike rides, car drives, and packing up the contents of my house for an upcoming move. I finished it much earlier than I thought I would! Anderson’s storytelling truly has an addictive quality. Looking forward to the sequel!!!

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YA. Definitely very YA.

I'm usually a fan of interesting and unique twists on childrens' or YA stories, but this one I had a hard time caring about. That isn't to say it's bad, just that I may be outgrowing the genre.

As I've already listened and reviewed the Sun-Blessed trilogy by the same author/narrator, I was familiar with her voice and writing style. It hasn't changed terribly much, and I found myself missing the villain PoV that was so present in the other story. Without that additional perspective, without the sweeping societal changes, this story felt thin in comparison.
But I digress; I'm not here to talk about the Sun-Blessed trilogy.

The Frost Eater is at its heart a mystery. MC-boy's girlfriend has gone missing. What happened to her, and why do so many clues lead to dead-end government offices which seem to not actually do anything? Is there some kind of secret conspiracy embedded into the capitol city?

MC-girl and MC-boy team up to find the answers, and practice magic while they're at it. Apart from the finale, which is pretty interesting, the story is overall quite ordinary. But there's magic and dragons and mystery and betrayal, so it's not a bad way to pass the time. I just hope the further entries in the saga will lend the world a bit more depth.

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  • 02-20-20

A very interesting magic system

Princess Nora is lonely and bored with her restrictive life in the palace. So when she sees an opportunity for a possible friendship she grabs at it, setting off a chain of events that she never could have imagined.
The book is set in a world colonised by humans and takes place some time after devastating destruction left only 1 in every 1000 people alive. A mysterious stone seems to be the cause of the death but may also have created the magic in people too.
There was a very interesting and unusual magic system, where those who have a talent need to eat a certain type of fuel for their powers. For example feathers so they can fly.
I loved reading about a friendship between a girl and a boy that, for once, didn't have to turn romantic. Most books are so predictable with the romance. I'm looking forward to book 2.
I enjoyed the narration which is done by the author herself.

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  • Raya Whitehouse
  • 02-12-20

Great story

So to start off, if you really want to know what the book is about, the description does such a good job to tell you, that you really dont need to know much more.

The author was the narrator, which isn't something that happens too often. The author being the narrator can be a good thing cause they can read it in the way they wanted it to be portrayed, but it can also be a bad thing cause they might be trying too hard to get certain points across too much that it takes from certain scenes. Thankfully this didnt seem to be the case this time. Though I will say most voices seemed to be in the same tones, and it was hard to follow at times to know if someone was talking or not.

There was lots of information in the book, Lots of descriptions which make some scenes run a but longer but it still went great.

I enjoyed listening to the book, I just wish that there was different tones/voices for the characters to make them more distinguished.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.

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  • Angel Cross
  • 01-29-20

Excellent World Building!

The reader is fully engaged from the get go. The author's ability to ensure the reader can envisage this world without having to struggle is spot on! In a new world where humanity has had to start all over from scratch, this story is very well written. As an audible the author, herself, reads the story and holds the listener's attention with ease. This trilogy is going to be a great one! A fantasy that keeps the reader turning pages and the listener holding on for more! First story down and well done!

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  • S. Cole
  • 01-24-20

Interesting Magic

This was a great book. I truly enjoyed it. The magic in this book was very interesting. I really loved the character development. I also enjoyed knowing what was going on with the side characters as well as the MCs. Can't wait to see the story continue.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 01-16-20

Interesting magic

This story shows a magic I haven’t come across personally before! It’s an entertaining story that sucks you into their world! Author did a great job with the narration .