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Feast of Souls

Feast of Souls At the end of her bestselling 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 So

  • Title: Feast of Souls
  • Author: C.S. Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780756404321
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the end of her bestselling 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 which the fuel for sorcery is the very fire of the human spirit, and those who hungAt the end of her bestselling 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 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 epic 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.

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    1. I just finished the audio version of this book. C.S. Friedman is one of my favorite authors. She does dark fantasy like it's meant to be done. Plus, she has a way with scratching my itch for an antihero like no author author can manage. This isn't her best trilogy (I think that honor goes to the Black Sun Rising series), but it's pretty close. I love her writing. I love her characterization, and her complex world building. Perhaps the thing that caught me the most about this book that I never re [...]

    2. Eh. Seriously, eh. Read both this and the next in the trilogy based on excellent reviews - but these books really aren't great. Not awful - but pedestrian at best. Strongest element is the worldbuilding, which is fairly creative. Otherwise, however - pretty generic high fantasy, with somewhat cardboard characters. Apparently significant characters can and do die, which I applaud, but unlike in G RR Martin's books, I don't particularly care about any of them. Basically, pales in comparison to Mar [...]

    3. are you retarded?!i just got to the bit where the magistrate dies and she is all upset. UPSET. what the hell? i cant even. their power comes from taking the LIVES of PEOPLE. y reaction? nope, none at all. all happy about it. but one damn evil wizard dies, when she defended herself in self def-fence, and suddenly a hard ass character is crying. CRYING. omg its like Buffy crying after the death of every vampire she kills. i'm so pissed of by this, i dont even want to hear the rest of the book. edi [...]

    4. I feel, after reading multiple reviews and seeing a majority of people provide a lot of stars on this, that i should provide some insight into my low rating.Friedman has a great concept but unfortunately never gets off the ground with the characters. Most come off as paper thin ideas, devoid of much description minus a few details on hair and eye color with one predominant character trait. They have about as much personality as the players in a one shot D&D game.The world of magic seems infi [...]

    5. Just finished this and I'm pretty pumped about starting the 2nd book in the series. It seems like the first really original fantasy book that I've read in a long while. It's actually NOT about some amazingly all-powerful magical object that can only be wielded by one person in the entire world, who must then take it across the realm to some dark and terrible place. Madness. I guess if I have to compare it to another fantasy series it would be George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire but so far [...]

    6. This is a wonderful fast-paced fantasy book. It's dark in places and it's not saturated with sexuality or the usage of sexuality in order to play games with someone, either as a pawn or not. It's pretty refreshing, actually. Characters are believable and I hope for more characterization of some rather intriguing characters. While at some point the faint misogynist and acute misandrist perspectives can seem somewhat simplified in their roots and solutions, it carries the story well. Believable en [...]

    7. Once again Friedman produces a masterpiece. Her books are consistently creative, deep, and satisfying. This is no exception. I find that in today's fantasy novels, true originality is very rare. Mostly there are variations on an old theme, and rehashing and combining a couple of archetypal plots. Friedman's works are all strikingly innovative. But she also manages to pace her books well, develop intriguing and memorable characters, and tells a really good story. This is a great book - the only p [...]

    8. Oh, C.S. Friedman. Your name stirs up nostalgia and memories of hours spent curled up in an old worn armchair. I used to adore your books. It seems like only yesterday that my friend told me to pick up Black Sun Rising because he thought that I would like it. He was right. I remember voraciously devouring When True Night Falls and Crown of Shadows and wanting more. In Conquest Born blew me away and This Alien Shore left me agog. True, The Madness Season was a little different, and I don't rememb [...]

    9. Marketing of books is strange, this beginning of a new trilogy, by an experienced author of some cult books nearly passed under my radar. Thank goodness it did not, it´s probably the best fantasy novel I have read recently. The setting is interesting, the economics of magic are original and suitably creepy. There are courtly intrigues, mythical history, well drawn characters and a feeling that this series will bring a lot yet. I look forward to the rest of the series. As drawbacks, it´s one bo [...]

    10. 1.5/5; 2 stars; C-I finally finished this book, but, sadly, only because my garden is so freaking huge that it took me about 10 hours to weed it and I just left the audiobook running while I worked. I know a lot of people loved this story but it did not grab me. I couldn't really feel connected to any of the characters and couldn't get excited about the plot. I started this book last year and tried a few times to get into it. I should have just let it go.

    11. Terrible, terrible, terrible!I just don't understand all the rave reviews - on picking up this book I was under the impression it would make for a good fantasy read but I couldn't make myself get halfway through. So, you get a universe where witchery consumes the souls of female witches, while males can apparently become "Magisters", and thus use magic unlimitedly without making themselves die. At the same time, the prince Andovan is riddled by a terrible disease, and in the wake of some more ev [...]

    12. At present, I would consider Martin and Friedman the best living authors of Fantasy. Both are capable of rendering deeply 3 dimensional characters, endearing them to the readers (and presumably themselves) and offering them to the rightful fates that their worlds require. That's no mean feat, when it's far more palatable to pad their worlds in the name of story-telling, keeping them in gilded adventures, with only a shadow of true risk.That's a beautiful thing.This book has many of CS Friedman's [...]

    13. i had a whole long rant here about what a sexist piece of shit this book was, but you know what? i'm sick of making myself more irritated about it. i have finally finished it so i can stop wasting my brain cells on it, yay! (i do miss collander and omnibus (collivar and ramirus, whatever) though. fortunately, i will have completely forgotten about them by the time the second book comes out so i will not even be tempted to read it. sometimes i really love my brain.)(review pulled from lj.)

    14. Very good epic fantasy that gets out of its own way. Only the basic world building frees the reader to invest in plot and charactersaffersbookreview/201

    15. With all three out now of this awesome trilogy, it may just be time to pick up this little gem. Please check out my full review HERE

    16. Very good book, I look forward to the second book in the series. ALthough there is one cheesy sentence at the end of the next-to-last chapter that had me giggling for hours.

    17. This book-- I have conflicted feelings about this book--but only mildly conflicted because for the most part, I didn't really like it. The female characters were problematic at best. Strong, yes. And under a heavy patriarchal rule, I get that, that's fine. But the three dominant (and only real female characters in the book) have been raped, get raped, or use sex and are utterly dependent on men for their well-being. They are strong women yes, but character wise? Not so much. The strongest was pe [...]

    18. I love a good fantasy book and this was just that. I could not put it down.I did want a map though, I always need a map in fantasy. But ok, on to the story. We meet a king and queen and one son is dying. Those who are the masters of magic in the world has been sent for (the Magisters). They know what's wrong, I am not gonna say it, but it was such a good twist. And I so want to talk about it as it's one big part of this book, and the whole series. But just know that.'s good.We follow a few peopl [...]

    19. Feast of Souls is a unique book, like all the books written by Friedman that I have read. Her books not only tell a story, but present philosophical issues making you think and examine your moral point of view. Feast of Souls describes a world where in order to use magic without dying, you have to kill someone else. You have to use their soul, their energy as a fuel for your magic. That concept seemed tragic to me and I had to wonder what would I do if I had that option. Would I choose to have u [...]

    20. I wish there were half stars in this rating system. I often find it too unbalancedAfter reading the Coldfire trilogy earlier this year, I was intrigued by her writing. This introduction to a new series stands out as a fairly amazing contrast to the fundamentals and feel of that series, and from what I have read, her sci-fi as well. What an interesting writing history. She appears to have several stand-alone books that vary quite a bit, and is starting to turn some of them into trilogies it would [...]

    21. On the back of this book there's a quote about the author: "She 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." And it couldn't be more true.Before this book, I was one of those people who didn't know about C.S. Friedman and now I want to read everything by her. I haven't given this book 5 stars - yet - because I give out 5 stars rarely and I need to reflect over time and see if this [...]

    22. C.S. Friedman is one of the best fantasy authors out there, period. In "Feast of Souls", we're introduced to a deeply developed world where powerful sorcerers called Magisters secretly control the world through their magic, which draws upon the lives of others. When Kamala (the first female Magister) sets off to find her way she triggers a series of events which threaten the entire balance of order. As if that wasn't enough, an ancient evil is rising, and the most powerful king in the world may [...]

    23. This book was highly recommended on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist and it was an awesome book. Some similarities to her Coldfire trilogy though this was much more epic. I am very excited to read the rest of the series.

    24. Another enjoyable read from CS Friedman, with her unique worlds and moral questions. There are few "good guys," just people with dilemmas and resources to handle them in a variety of ways. I look forward to the next book in the series!

    25. Pretty good anti heroy fantasy book. Really an introduction to an environment as is typical of fantasy trilogies.

    26. An interesting and dark beginning to a fantasy series. I thought the setting was well-imagined and unique, and I can't wait to read the next two books in the series!

    27. I'm between 3 or 4 stars here.I should start saying that the concept of life being the fuel for magic, so the witches have to take care of how and when to use it since everything drops time out of them, sounds promising, and the fact that Magisters can use magic using other people's life, which made them almost immortal, sounds extra promising. So yeah, I started this book with no previous knowledge and I got hooked since the beginning. The question was, of course, how is the story going to go c [...]

    28. Hard to give this one a ratingThis book sucked me in with a compelling story and great characters from the jump, and it was my first to try with Whispersync, which was an interesting experience. I did come to the end with two issues that gave me pause and make it difficult to rate: first, a minor one, that the narrative does get pretty bogged down in the middle and drags quite a bit, to the point that I put it down for a while to read something else. Second, and a bigger issue, was the treatment [...]

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