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Publisher's Summary

Get ready to devour The Magic Eaters: over 48 hours of dystopian YA fantasy featuring dragons, romance, and a magical world like no other.

Blogger Sara R. Cleveland said, "The Frost Eater is hands down the best YA book I have read in a long time. Maybe ever."

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Book 1 Description:

A spoiled royal hungry for excitement. A young man who hates nobles. Can they foil a kidnapping before they fall prey to an enemy's deadly magic?

Seventeen-year-old Princess Nora Abrios is lonely and bored. Though she’s a frost eater who creates magical ice, she’d give anything for a chance to really cut loose. When a commoner’s flying antics capture her attention, she seizes the opportunity to partner up and escape her dreary palace duties.

Krey West’s girlfriend Zeisha disappeared weeks ago. He vowed to discover her fate. So when his unusual magic catches the eye of the privileged princess, he jumps at the chance to find his love by exploiting the monarchy he hates. But he’s surprised by his feisty new ally’s willingness to defy her family and dig deep into the nation’s darkest secrets…

As new evidence shocks Nora, she makes the fateful choice to flee the capital and join Krey in banishment. And when they uncover a sinister plot which runs darker than the disappearance of one girl, Krey resolves to do whatever it takes…even if he must face down a dragon.

Can Nora and Krey save Zeisha and expose a shadowy enemy, or will their prying spell their doom?

The Magic Eaters is an enthralling dystopian YA fantasy trilogy, plus a sci-fi/fantasy prequel. If you like funny and capricious heroines, smart and snarky heroes, romance subplots, and unique world-building, then you’ll adore Carol Beth Anderson’s fast-paced series.

©2020, 2021 Carol Beth Anderson (P)2021 Carol Beth Anderson

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Epic Fantasy, great magic system, and fascinating world building

4.5 stars overall for the full trilogy and prequel. This builds an intriguing and fascinating magic system, where the magic wielders consume “fuel” of some kind in order to be able to use and continue to power their magic. And the “fuel” is directly related to their power - to fly, they consume feathers, to use stone magic, rocks are consumed, vine magic users consume tree bark or other similar environmental items, and frost magic wielders consume ice. There is a hierarchical system in place that definitely drives who can use their powers - often tied to their access to their fuel. The overall plot follows Princess Nora, a frost eater, who discovers the dark underbelly of her kingdom and the magical world when she meets Krey, who is desperate to find out what happened to his girlfriend Zeisha, who disappeared after being recruited into a mysterious magic apprenticeship, supposedly by the crown.

The world in and of itself is fascinating as well. It’s a foreign planet, settled by humans millennia before, which has since befallen to an apocalyptic event that decimated the population almost entirely, wiped out all technology and scientific development, but brought forth magic and magical creatures. Just learning the different aspects of the world and it’s history is engrossing enough to keep the story moving, the world building is excellent.

The characters are the other big plus. Nora is opened up to a whole new perspective on the world, and her entire foundation is shaken to it’s core. The people she meets, connects with, and ultimately joins with are a great cast of characters - playing off each other like family, they become very close knit. The romantic aspects of the story are also built well - there’s a very realistic component to them, and they evolve in a way that in the end makes the most sense for the characters, but it’s not without heartache, sacrifice, and pain. There was even one point where I was so invested, that the shift made me angry enough to actually think I wasn’t going to like the direction the story was headed. But I was wrong, the relationships ended up as they really should have in the end, and overall became very satisfying and felt right.

It’s quite a ride, with the whole trilogy, and the prequel. The prequel really could be read first or last. I actually read it last (order of publication), and I think I actually appreciated it more, especially for the twist/tie-in at the end that really pulled it all together perfectly with the trilogy, but as with anything, that is my subjective opinion and experience. Either way, it was a great series.

Narrated by the author, the narration is quite good and does well to increase the overall enjoyment of the story. You know if the author is narrating it, that you’re also going to get everything pronounced the way it was intended, which is definitely a plus when dealing with fantasy. Definitely a good audiobook series.

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This should be a TV Show!

I was completely blown away by this Trilogy and Prequel!

The Author did an amazing job creating this story. I can see this being made into a TV Show or movies, its that amazing! These books held my attention from start to finish and I was completely captivated by the magic of it all.

The author also narrated these books and I think she did a phenomenal job bringing this story to life.

This series is about humanity living on another world after an apocalyptic event. There is magic, dragons, secrets, and mystery.

I 100% recommend listening to this.

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I loved this series!!!

Amazingly crafted magical world that pulls you in and doesn't let go!!
I just loved the Magic Eaters trilogy!
The story is well written, rich with detail and an amazing adventure with great characters! The audio narration is well done and does an amazing job bringing the story to life!
I highly recommend this series!!

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good read, would recommend

I really enjoyed listening to these books. 4stars bc I struggled with the prequel at first. But it really developed as the story progressed. the concept is great and the array of characters are wonderful. I recommend reading the prequel first. It seemed to make the fantasy aspect so much easier to accept and sets up the story well once I got a few chapters in. enjoy!

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Accessible

This is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I especially love that it is accessible: there is a rich background to this world, but you don’t have to take the time to learn about it before you dive into the stories. As a lukewarm-fantasy fan, I appreciate that! I love these books for the characters and relationships! The fact that they have a separate world and magic system is a bonus, not a hindrance as in some other fantasies. Having the author narrate these books is a huge added bonus, too. Beth Anderson is a fantastic author and narrator so having her voice in your ears is a lovely bonus!

I appreciated the chance to review this audio series for the author. If you’re a hesitant fantasy reader who loves YA sagas, give The Magic Eaters a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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FANTASTIC

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

if you are looking for a new and unique series I highly highly recommend the Magic Eaters!
This audiobook combines not only the trilogy but also a prequel story. I listened to the prequel story after I finished the trilogy and I felt like it really rounded out everything and recommend reading it in that order. I highly recommend this book for people who like The Lunar Chronicles, the Hunger Games, or Harry Potter

The Frost Eater:
This book is very interesting. It's a post-apocalyptic world that has gained magic from the source of the apocalypse. The magic users get their magic by eating things related to their magic, like people who have ice powers have to eat ice and people who can fly have to eat feathers. It's a little bizarre, but even in the world it is acknowledged that it's kind of weird. At the beginning of some chapters you are reading an account from the first generation after the apocalypse happened and they talk about how it's kind of weird that these kids are craving strange things and then suddenly have magical powers.
There is romance, but it's not the driving force of the story. There's a strong plot and very clear world building. I was uncertain whether or not I would like the lead female character (Nora) at the beginning of the book but by the end I felt like she was very three-dimensional and a character that I would root for. Kray, the lead male, is great. I love that even though he is strong and brave, he can get overly emotional and be really vulnerable. The characters are well rounded but they read as their age (upper teen). I appreciate that they are not 17-year-olds with the worldly experience of a 50-year-old, because who isn't tired of that.

The Vine Eater:
I love books that switch between multiple perspectives. I feel like you really can get a well rounded idea of what is going on and why characters make the decisions they do. And this is one of the few books I have read where I don't dread one the character perspectives, they are all interesting!
The first book had interspersed chapters from The First Generation diary, and this book had articles from a newspaper before "the day", and I really liked the shift. The author wrote the articles to line up with things happening in the actual story, but I really like how they gave a clearer picture of the pre day world. I felt like that was really missing in the first book and I was lost a little in the setting, but this addition in this book filled in those gaps for me.

The Stone Eater:
Going into the third book I had no idea how the author was going to tie up all of the loose ends by the end of it, but do not fear future reader she succeeds. I left this book feeling truly satisfied with the ending. Several moments had me on the edge of my seat and I often found myself saying "I swear if the author does this I'm gonna scream".

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I honestly felt so torn listening to this book because you know how it's going to end. I mean the whole setup for the series it's post-apocalyptic and this story happens before the apocalypse. So you as the reader know that this book will end with the world ending, but the characters are trying to stop it. I felt like this prequel was such a good conclusion to the overall story because it really circled back around to the beginning of the first book. I think Carol Beth Anderson deserves an award for the series.

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Great series

The Magic Eaters is a great fantasy series, full of magic, conflict, and people fighting for what is right. The author not only did a great job narrating the story, she built a vast new post-apocalyptic world with well defined characters. I would recommend this series, its definitely worth the read. This should be read in publication order with the prequel being read last.

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What an amazing series!!

What a great story and the narration added just the perfect cherry on top.

200 years ago, a near extinction event happened when a stone hit and almost everyone was killed. Fast foward 200 years, Nora and her father, the king are on a tour of their land.

We learn about magic eaters, those that were somehow given magical abilities when the stone nearly killed everyone. We learn how magic corrupts, and love can be found in the craziest of places.

There is love, there is so much loss, and I used a box of tissues at least during the listening of these books. I don't want to give anything away, but you are doign an injustice to yourself if you don't read/listen to this series. Come meet, Nora, Cray, and all their friends... and foes.

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A great series

Oh my gosh, I should have read this series all the way through so long ago! This was one of the best series I’ve listened to in a long while. I’ve been in a funk lately because the main characters of these great books I’ve been listening to have come across as cheesy, or whiny after a few chapters. This series however is such a breath of fresh air! The main characters are so fun to follow. They each have such diverse backstory’s and come together in this incredible story. I loved the setting and the entire magic scheme. What a unique and creative story! The other thing I LOVED about this series was that the audiobook was narrated by the author. She had such a perfect tone for each character, and you could tell she conveys the emotions perfectly behind each character because she literally created them and knew where the story was going! I cannot express how much a loved this entire series and would recommend it. I think Nora was my favorite character, but all the characters really blew me away. Absolutely five stars.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent Series!!!

I decided to listen to the prequel before the trilogy, but it can be listened to afterwords as well. The prequel is a full length story. I enjoyed every minute of it. The trilogy is unique and different the other magical series. What you eat fuels the type of magic you make.

Narration is well done and brings the story to life. I don’t usually like when authors narrate their own work but this author is an exception, she did a great job.

The world building is well done and complex. The characters are well developed and interesting. This series sucked me in from the beginning, and it was hard to put it down. It is a great story from beginning to conclusion. There are twists and turns I did not see coming.

I enjoyed having a complete series where each book picks up where the previous one has ended. This series is my first experience with this author, and I really enjoyed her writing style.

I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

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  • SarahReadsALot
  • 12-07-21

I loved all 40+ hours

Normally a 40+ hour audio box set wears me out- even when I love the series already. This one, however, and for whatever reason, didn’t! I enjoyed it to the very end and couldn’t wait to hear what happened.

Narrator review- I really enjoyed having the author narrate. She did a great job.

Story review- I was a little weirded out by the title “Magic Eaters”. Like, what is that? But I decided to give it a go since reviews on Amazon were good. I’m so glad I did! It was a fantastic YA Fantasy story with a unique magic system.

I did get a little confused on the worlds and and then rules of magic- sometimes it seemed like the author took liberties and added things for the story. But I didn’t feel like looking back to see if things lined up. The story was enjoyable enough, it didn’t really matter.

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  • Angel Cross
  • 11-28-21

This is a fantastic set of books!

The world building is great and the characters are so well thought out that it can easily be envisioned. The viewpoints are taken from varying characters in each story with a differing set of gifts and magic from entitled royals down to the "meager" peasant off the street. The fight for survival is very real as each set of people do their best to survive and try to thrive. A wonderful fantasy series to enthrall even the hardcore fantasy readers and listeners. Story telling at it's best!

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  • MummysVampire
  • 11-19-21

Narrated by the author wonderfully-love it

This is book 1 in The Magic Eaters trilogy by Carol Beth Anderson who kindly gifted me with audio book in return for a non-biased review. It was great and I can’t wait to get my teeth into the next book.

Nora is a lonely and kind-hearted Princess living in a post-apocalyptic world called Anyari. Her ancestors left Earth to colonise this new world and it’s often described what life was like before ‘The Day’ This is when most of the population died along with all technology much like our own. What the survivors got in return was many of them now have magical abilities and Nora is a what is called a Frost Eater. Meaning when she eats shards of ice, she has the power to control and manipulate ice, frost or snow. Others have different magical gifts that manifest in a similar fashion to Frost Eating. They can control stones, fire, earth and some even fly. These are just some of the magical gifts but I won’t tell you more so you can experience this wonderfully created world as you read.

Krey is a Feather and Ice Eater who despises the monarchy, and he believes they are responsible for his girlfriend being missing. Nora is desperate for a friend and forgives his abrupt and obnoxious treatment of her as she just craves a friend her age. Krey needs to get over himself and put his trust in Nora and together they start to investigate other Magical Eater disappearances.

The world building is fantastic and the clever writing paints a very vivid picture in your head. Especially gives you a feeling of dread when you think what it would be like to live with no electricity or mobile phones! That’s a very scary concept for me as my phone is like an extra limb. Lol

This is a young adult high fantast with a little taste of romance and the ending will leave you itching to get to the next in the series!

I would give this a solid 4.5/5 only because I like a little more romance but trust me this is just my preference. This is packed with action and adventure and thrilling twists and turns! I would highly recommend the audio versions as its wonderfully narrated by the author herself! You really can feel her love for this world and the characters.