Feast of Souls : Magister Trilogy

  • by C. S. Friedman
  • Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Series: Magister Trilogy
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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The Price of Power - Would You Pay It??

C.S Friedman is the author of my favorite fantasy series, The Coldfire Trilogy so I was excited to begin the Magister series. Friedman writes anti-heroes like no other. I never knew there could be so many shades of gray.

Feast of Souls introduces us to a world of magic where the cost is high, your soul or in the case of some, the souls of others. There are two different practitioners of magic, witches (both male and female) who power their art with their own soul fire, but the human soul is finite and once consumed means death. Then there are the mysterious Magisters, an elite group of males that power their sorcery with the souls of others, thus giving them almost unlimited power, but at what ultimate cost?

Friedman excels at creating a world in which the powerful rule by manipulating others, and yet you feel sorry for them. The varied cast of characters all had separate stories yet seemed to be guided to the same end. Friedman weaves a complicated net drawing each character closer and closer together for an exciting climax.

Elisabeth Rogers does an excellent job creating individual personalities for each character. I have read Feast of Souls twice before but listening to it felt like reading it for the first time again. I am looking forward to listening to the next two in the series.

If you liked Feast of Souls, I highly recommend Friedman's Coldfire trilogy, which is also available on Audible.
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- Stefan


If you could sum up Feast of Souls in three words, what would they be?

Mysterious, captivating, and dark!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way C.S. Friedman portrays internal struggle of a tormented young woman determined to survive by any means. Even if it means killing a part of herself.

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

Elisabeth Rodgers has done an outstanding job with this narration. Each personality comes through clearly and never had an issue with confusing voices during conversations.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I really have no ideas.... Sorry for the lack of creativity here...

Any additional comments?

This is a brilliant idea taking concepts from childhood fairy tails and turning them into realistic and for the most part horrifying realities. C.S. is always a good read when you want to identify with the darker half of your imagination and fall in love with an evil protagonist.

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- Ashleah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios