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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.
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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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By Stefan on 08-30-13

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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By Ashleah on 12-03-12

ANOTHER TWISTED MASTERPIECE

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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By Amazon Customer on 10-22-14

Epic Adventure, refreshingly stars a female hero

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook because it's a good, epic, (what I would call) low-fantasy story. Lots of great characters and solid consistent world, with believable heroes, doing the best they can. The story moves from the micro to the macro covering both individual tales and wider, world-effecting events.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the completeness of the world, the consistency and reality of the characters and the strength of the female characters, particularly Kamala, through whom we can explore the trials and tribulations facing a woman in a man's world.

Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favourite?

Toss up between Kamala and Colivar, arguably the main characters but Elisabeth Rodgers gives them both clearly distinctive tones and characters despite being female and male. Something she does all the way through with all of the characters. Elisabeth narrates this story excellently, and it's no nice to hear a woman narrating an epic fantasy novel for a change!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Is the true price of immortality too high?

Any additional comments?

I think Friedman is an excellent writer, this is the second of her books that I've listened to, the first being Black Sun Rising. I will definitely be back for the sequels in each trilogy. However, I've taken a break from each. Friedman is skilled at creating a consistent world and believable multi-faceted characters. She clearly has a depth of understanding for her stories that is all to often missing. However, I find that there is a little too waxing lyrical from those characters. In both this and Black Sun Rising, the key characters, like so many of us, have various problems and concerns that they worry at when they have chance, but in these stories I found it got repetitive and tedious and detracted from the pace and urgency of what are, frankly, fantastic story lines. I feel that if a quarter of the story was edited out then it would make for an equally in-depth and real story, that moved along at a more reader-friendly rate. It's this that makes me reluctantly reduce the story rating to 4 stars, when otherwise and overall I think it is more than worthy of 5.

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