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Feast of Souls (edition 2008)

by Celia Friedman

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Title:Feast of Souls
Authors:Celia Friedman
Info:Orbit (2008), Paperback, 576 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fantasy

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Feast of Souls by C. S. Friedman

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C. S. Friedman is known for gritty, dark novels, and this first book in the Magisters trilogy certainly doesn't disappoint. A nice read. Fans of her Coldfire trilogy should enjoy it. It has the same dark grittiness... ( )
  bryan.miller.3705 | Jun 21, 2013 |
Dec11:

Characters: Frankly, I liked them all. Strong females are a big bonus. Somehow keeping everyone in shades of grey is a real treat.

Plot: Damn good actually. Keeps you wanting to see what will happen next without knowing for sure. Plenty of foreshadowing.

Style: Just the right balance of detail and pace. And all sorts of great moral quandaries. I do love this author. ( )
  Isamoor | Dec 26, 2011 |
Substance: Another of Friedman's explorations of a world where sympathetic characters and protagonists extend their own lives by killing innocent victims. Artificially immortal sorcerers band together reluctantly to fight the animal Souleaters that can destroy mankind, although some are not willing to risk themselves to do so. Some contradictions in the set-up (incredibly powerful men allowing themselves to be dissed by a merely mortal king, for instance). The humans come off better than the sorcerers in both ethics and actions. The conundrum of a sorcerer falling in love with the life she is draining is in the current realm of vampire romances, but with a bit more complexity. Friedman exhibits the usual post-modern misunderstanding of and disdain for traditional Western Christianity while carrying the trappings of resurgent paganism; the socio-theological conflict at the end of the book is understated at the time, but will probably be a major part of the next volume.
Style: The writing is clear and often compelling, aside from a few cryptic asides. Friedman adheres to the rules of Aristotelian drama, which makes a satisfying conclusion to this first book of the series while believably setting up the successors. Characters are well-drawn individuals in the context (it being nearly impossible for any writers to escape the endemic literary stereotypes of their contemporary generation). Dialogue and description are nicely balanced. ( )
1 vote librisissimo | Dec 5, 2009 |
Though I love Friedman's writing and the dark fantasy genre, this is a difficult book to get through. Not because it's bad or poorly written or anything -- it's just a very heavy story that can take a lot out of you. I've had to read it in spurts because I wasn't in the right mind frame for it. Definitely not the book for when you're in the mood for some light reading. Still, the story concept and setting are excellent, the writing is, of course, brilliant, and the characters are very interesting. I would absolutely recommend this book, especially if you've enjoyed some of Friedman's other work. Just make sure you're in the right mood before starting. ( )
1 vote TheBooknerd | Aug 29, 2009 |
This is a magnificent take on the trend : If magic cost us our soul...

I loved every minute of reading this, couldn't put it down ! This is a hard read some times but it shapes the story and it's character to what they are. ( )
  DriderQueen | Jul 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756404630, Mass Market Paperback)

A new trilogy of epic adventure from one of the finest writers in modern fantasy

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 readers 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 readers eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

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"At the end of her Coldfire trilogy, C. S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice...that of life itself. Now, in Feast of Souls, she introduces us to a terrifying world in which the cost of magic is just that: in which the fuel for sorcery is the very fire of the human spirit, and those who hunger for magical power must pay for it with their lives. In this tale of nightmarish shadows and desperate hope, the greatest threat of all may not be that of ancient enemies returned, or ancient wars resumed, but of the darkness that lies within the hearts of men." "In the court of High King Danton Aurelius, young Prince Andovan lies dying of a mysterious malady known only as the Wasting. Determined to save his son from this incurable disease, the High King summons a council of Magisters to aid him. These solitary, seemingly immortal sorcerers rarely combine forces for any purpose, but in this one case they are willing to unite. For there is a fearsome secret the Magisters guard above all else - the nature of the transformation that sets them apart from all other sorcerers, allowing them to draw on the power of a human soul without dying for it - a secret that might be exposed if the High King learns too much about his son's illness. For the dread disease called the Wasting is in fact a sign that a Magister is stealing the young man's soulfire to fuel his sorcery, and that is a truth that must be hidden from the mortal world at any cost." "Now the Magisters must hunt down one of their own before the High King learns the truth, and find a way to sever the link between Andovan and his killer. But they have not counted on the young prince's determination to control his own fate, nor on the existence of a young woman, schooled in their own arts, who will soon shake their secretive society to its very roots." "Sold into prostitution by her peasant mother while she was still a child, Kamala has learned the hardest lessons life can teach. Her mane of wild red hair and her diamond-hard eyes reflect the wellspring of strength and defiance within her - a hunger to live by her own rules at any cost. Honed by cruelty and poverty, she has become a fierce creature, and with the help of one reclusive Magister may well become the first of her sex to master true sorcery. But at what cost to herself, and to her world?" "Against a backdrop of glittering kingdoms and dark prophecies these two young people will be forced to confront their destinies...while in the shadows of their world an ancient Evil is stirring for the first time in centuries, seeking allies in a cause more terrible than any living man can imagine."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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