Feast of Souls (Magister Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this imaginative, deftly plotted fantasy from Friedman (The Wilding), the first of a new trilogy, a female witch's magic comes at a terrible cost: her own finite life force, which drains away with each spell. Nearly immortal male Magisters, on the other hand, tap a more murderous fuel for their power. No woman has ever found its source, until young Kamala, hardened by life as a child whore, insists on an apprenticeship and secretly becomes an unheard-of female Magister. Meanwhile, Prince Andovan, third son of the avaricious King Danton, is expiring from the baffling Wasting disease, which can only be caused by a Magister. When the enraged king banishes his right-hand Magister, the mysterious and sinister Kostas takes his place, much to the dismay of Andovan's benevolent mother, Queen Gwenofar. As the kingdom threatens to spiral toward a dark age, Kamala and Andovan find their fates entwined. Readers will eagerly await the next installment. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
While witches spend their own life force to power their magic, shortening their existence with each use of their gift, wizards draw their magic from a source known only to themselves. No woman has ever mastered the right to call herself a magister-until a young woman named Kamela discovers the sacrifice that transforms her into something more than a witch, and her power may be the spark that brings the world to the brink of madness. The author of the best-selling "Coldfire Trilogy" (Black Sun Rising; When True Night Falls; Crown of Shadows) creates a world in which magic comes with a high price and the world's greatest struggles occur within the souls of men and women. Friedman's storytelling acumen and her ability to create unforgettably complex characters make this series opener an essential addition to any library's fantasy collection. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Start of a new fantasy trilogy-an elaborate vampire variant-from the author of the Coldfire trilogy (Crown of Shadows, 1995, etc.). At the court of King Danton Aurelius, Magisters (immortal sorcerers) have gathered to examine Prince Andovan and discuss his debilitating ailment. Cynical southern Magister Colivar confirms that Andovan has the incurable "Wasting." What the Magisters know, and what nobody else must ever learn, is that the Wasting is caused by the Magisters themselves, who drain their "consorts" of life-essence in order to power their magic. When the consort dies, the Magister simply fastens on another victim. Meanwhile, ill-used, red-headed peasant girl Kamala, who has powerful sorcery (but is reckoned a witch, since she has no consort) demands that reclusive Magister Ethanus train her to become a Magister. Ethanus carefully explains that women cannot ever become Magisters due to some constitutional weakness. Kamala persists nonetheless and-no surprise-becomes the first female Magister. With her vast power but poor control, she needs to pose as a mere witch in order to learn. Colivar, meanwhile, perceives that the cause of Andovan's Wasting is an unknown female with magisterial powers. Andovan, determined to learn the truth, plots with Colivar to fake his suicide. Royal Magister Ramirus and Danton are fooled by Andovan's fatal plummet from the rooftops; furious, Danton dismisses Ramirus and hires the ill-favored and sinister Kostas to replace him. Kamala, when molested by a Magister, kills her antagonist-thus becoming a target for other Magisters to hunt down and slay. Among other complications, the long-suppressed conflict between the warrior-heroes of old and theiradversaries, the demons, seems about to burst into flame. Well-fashioned and often absorbing, if hampered by a dearth of sympathetic characters. A good start to the trilogy. Agent: Russell Galen/Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756404321
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: Magister Series , #1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,043,235
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

An acknowledged master of Dark Fantasy, Celia Friedman is a John W. Campbell award finalist, and the author of the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy, New York Times Notable Book of the Year This Alien Shore, In Conquest Born, The Madness Season, The Wilding and The Magister Trilogy.  Ms. Friedman worked for twenty years as a professional costume designer, but retired from that career in 1996 to focus on her writing. She lives in Virginia, and can be contacted via her website, www.csfriedman.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    1st book with main character as a prostitute!!! Dude........

    Overall a very good book with some dark humor to spice it up. The plot is what draws you in and the background on the characters is what keeps you reading. The only thing that was bad is that there are no giant battle scenes in this book, but it is very ingrossing and will make you laugh in that weird sort of way, plus it will make you think twice on whether you should laugh or not(Dark Humor).

    You should totally buy this book because I said so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Strong Woman Lead

    I love fantasy stories that have a strong heroine, because there seem to be so few, most of them end up being pushed aside or saved by a male character, but CS Friedman has written about a woman who is herself, and even when faced with many difficulties is still strong and beautiful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great fantasy

    King Danton Aurelius calls the immortal sorcerer Magisters to his castle because his third son Prince Andovan is wasting away from a devastating illness. Magister Colivar immediately knows that Andovan is dying from the incurable Wasting, a self inflicted lifestyle disease in which a Magister uses the life essence of a consort until that person dies the Magister just finds another person to use and turn into a corpse. No one knows who wasted the prince.-------------- Meanwhile, Kamala a sorcerer witch with no consort wants to become the first female Magister, but no one will train her, as women are not strong enough to become a Magister. Kamala pursues her dream anyway hiding her poorly controlled power behind the face of a lowly witch. Colivar realizes that an unknown woman somehow has broken the gender barrier to become a Magister and has used Andovan as her consort. Andovan with Colivar¿s help fakes a suicide in order to go undercover to uncover the identity of the woman who gave him the wasting disease. An irate Danton fires his Royal Magister Ramirus and replaces him with evil Kostas, who also hunts down the source of the wasting.--------------- The first tale of the Magister trilogy is a fascinating fantasy built upon the premise that the source of magic is throwaway people society, especially the royals, accepts the premise that the Magisters use someone¿s essence to fuel their power. Readers will feel for Andovan dying from a disease caused by someone else though he previously did not blink when someone else suffered from the wasting (mindful of some stem cell research born again supporters who become vocal advocates when someone they love might be helped with a cure). Readers will appreciate this opening tale that provides a deep look at a society that condones the source of magic in spite of the cost being the death of others.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Logical follow-up of Coldfire Trilogy

    Although not based in on the Coldfire trilogy, the author follows the conclusion of the Coldfire triglogy's effefct on magic (a mage willing to sacrifice his life to perform magic) to its logical conclusion. Here magic users do drain their essence every time they use magic, in effect shortening their life span. But Magisters are outside this law and use magic at will and are nearly immortal. But they pay a high price in another way...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Feast of Souls is a very well written book, with strong characters, and character development. I found that once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down. There are twists and turns within the plot that I did not expect to find.

    This is a breathtaking discovery in a fantasy novel. I found myself thinking about the characters and the storyline long after I had put the book down. There is an even amount of action/adventure, as well as suspense, and I did not find myself growing bored with the progression of the story. I am interested to see how the series plays out.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

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    C.S. Friedman provides original fantasy plots

    I highly recommend this book as well as her other series "When True Night Falls". I love that she creates fantasy that is outside the "norm" and her writing style is fluid. I would not mind a little more reasons to like the characters, but that is part of what keeps me turning the pages.

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    Fabulous. Very possibly a new favorite. I can't wait for the next one.

    Reading this book, I was a little leery because it seemed like it might be cliche. Fortunately, the romance I thought it might turn out to be was swiftly changed. It is a classic fantasy novel in the sense that one prosperous era has passed followed by a "dark age" with the current setting in the second prosperous age long after the "dark age" has been forgotten but the characters are what gives it a much more original spin. Instead of the traditional hero saving the day, there is a heroine and who you think is the hero and they go along their way. C. S. Friedman is brilliant though, and leads the reader down paths that she wouldn't always expect or starts to lead you somewhere before introducing a twist that will have you wondering what comes next. I couldn't put it down and I wonder why I haven't read more of her stuff. While they sometimes may be slow to start, they are worth the intricate introductions and shouldn't be missed.<BR/><BR/>I won't deny that there are some more traditional fantasy elements, for example the righteous indignation of a former whore taking vengeance on the men who treated her poorly, or the idealistic prince but these aspects are interwoven with more intricate and interesting character traits that they seem much more plausible than the flat character templates they exemplify.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    great book

    miss friedman is an outstanding writer.the plots and personalities are deep andwill leave the reading interested from the first to the last page..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

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    This book is a real page-turner. I could not put it down for even one day. I cannot wait to read the rest of the Trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

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    Anyone who is a fan of C.S. Friedman from any of her past work will absolutely fall in love with this trilogy as well. My favorite series of books from her has always been the Coldfire Trilogy. And if you loved that series, you'll most definitely love the beginning of this trilogy as well. The way she develops the characters, and also the way she describes the magic/power that the Magisters are able to use, is very unique and a great way to to delve into the supernatural aspects much in the same way there was supernatural powers in the Coldfire Trilogy. And another great feature of the book, is the main character is female, where as most other books that have a similar formula,it's nice to read that the main character is female. I could continue on forever describing in vivid detail how wonderful this book is, and how great the trilogy is as a whole. Just purchase this book, if you're a fan of C.S. Friedman and also a fan of books with terrific detail as well as the use of supernatural magic between the special class of Magisters. Then purchase this book because you wont be disappointed at all, other than having to wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    A must read

    If you love C.S. Friedman books, you will not be dissapointed by this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    C.S. Friedman Delivers Again

    C.S. Friedman is orginal, dark and engaging.

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