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Feast of Souls (The Magister Trilogy) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404321
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,576,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Friedman. . . writes bright, clear prose that can shine like gemstones or cut like broken glass. If you haven't read her work you need to do something about that right now (Tad Williams ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The first volume in a compelling new fantasy series from the acclaimed new author of The Coldfire Trilogy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis, editor of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist on 12 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
Inexplicably, this latest offering by acclaimed author C. S. Friedman has been flying under the radar since last January. And given its quality, this sad state of affairs continues to baffle me. Feast of Souls marks Friedman's return to the fantasy genre. That, in and of itself, should be reason enough to buy this book! Like many other readers, I have been waiting for this moment since Crown of Shadows was published.

And yet, having read both Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind and Williams' Shadowplay earlier this year, I decided to wait a while before giving this one a chance. I try to balance everything by reading titles from various publishers -- an attempt to spread the joy, if you will. However, electing to wait before reading Feast of Souls proved to be a dumb move on my part, for the first volume of the Magister trilogy is without a doubt the very best of Daw Books' "big guns" of 2007.

More epic than dark fantasy this time around, Feast of Souls is a compelling opening chapter in a tale which appears vaster in scope than anything C. S. Friedman has written up until this point. Having said that, I feel that it's also the least self-contained novel the author has ever written. Whereas each volume of the Coldfire trilogy was more or less stand-alone -- even though part of an overall story arc -- Feast of Souls is definitely an introduction to a much more ambitious and complex fantasy epic.

Richly detailed worldbuilding intrigues the reader from the beginning. It's obvious that this book is meant to lay the groundwork for what will unfold in the upcoming sequels. As such, it makes for a slower pace for the better part of the first half of the novel. After that, the pace quickens and the storytelling makes it difficult to put this one down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aingeal Fiction on 11 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was a really good return for me to the SF genre after a year and I was not disappointed. At first, the book began with different points of view and at one point **spoiler begin** I was confused as to how long Kamala had spent with Ethanus I thought it was a year because the wasting had only hit Andovan for a year but the book indicates a longer time with Ethanus **end of spoiler**. I too missed the map and hope that this is included in the next part of the trilogy - i could not put the book down and read it in one weekend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
To be honest a book that I missed originally and one that I've come to lament in certain respects as it has some wonderful moments within the pages. Bigger, better and perhaps longer than anything Celia has written before this epic novel really does hit the spot for fantasy fans. Richly painted in descriptive words you can't help but get sucked into this world however youre really going to want the additional novels when you pick this up as to be honest its not neatly tied up with a bow by the end in much the same way that her other novels are but perhaps best of all are the characters within, each one ready to jump off the page to the readers imagination and I hope that they will continue to grow with each subsequent outing. I will eagerly await the next novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Halo VINE VOICE on 6 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
Sometimes known as C.S. Friedman, Celia is the author of the acclaimed dark science-fantasy Coldfire series, of which Black Sun Rising is probably her most well known work. It's a series I'd always heard good things about, and the US edition sported fantastic artwork from the effulgent Michael Whelan, so I was eager to get my hands on the UK edition... And then, it was pointed out, by one of the lovely people at Orbit Books, that Celia had a new book out, the augurous Feast of Souls...

Yum...

Magic plays a very large part in Feast of Souls, perhaps even defining it. The story is a set in a world that is realistic (and thus rather dark), vividly realised, where everything good, and bad, and in-between, has a price. Magic is an awesome thing, but above all, a deadly, dangerous thing. There are two types of magic user: witches -- mostly women -- draw upon the athra, their own soul-fire, to use their power, thus shortening their own lives. But Magisters -- until now, all men -- have a seemingly endless supply of power, are capable of great feats at little risk to themselves, and are immortal.

All men, until Kamala. Believing the exercise to be largely pointless, probably fatal to his student, but still worth giving a go -- after all, if you're immortal, you have to have some way to spend your time -- a Magister trains her. She must work as a witch, drawing all the fire out of her soul at an unnatural pace, and then, when the last spark goes out, latch onto a new source of power ... and once she's done that, she will be told a truth Magisters have kept silent from all non-Magisters: the new power doesn't draw upon her own life-force -- she doesn't really have any -- it draws upon someone else's, slowly draining them dry.
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By Mr A A Okeke on 27 Jun 2014
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It's a decent attempt. Catches your attention and holds it. It could be better. The subtext, the underlying story of a woman making her own in a male dominated world, is not fully fleshed out.
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By Poppy on 20 Feb 2014
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May go back to this book at a later date .I though written more as a film script.not my usual read.
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