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Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1), by C. S. Friedman Book Review | SFReader.com
Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1), by C. S. Friedman Genre: Fantasy Publisher: DAW Published: 2008 Review Posted: 7/3/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1), by C. S. Friedman
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
Looking around for an honest, straightforward fantasy tale? Something
vampire-free? A story smoothly told with intriguing characters and an
interesting magical set-up that makes you want to track down the next
book in the series? Then this might well tick your boxes.
Magisters from across the known world are gathering for an unusual
meeting. King Aurelius has summoned them to heal his dying son, who has
fallen victim to an incurable wasting disease. The King has demanded
an explanation and a cure, yet appearances are deceptive. It?s clear to
the initiated that a magister is responsible - but the Order remains
quiet and organizes a manhunt to silence the culprit.
And while men are distracted, strangeness is stirring in the world. An
ancient evil is rising in the north, but the old warnings are long
forgotten. Only those carrying the Protector bloodline feel fear and
their numbers are few. So the powerful will soon find themselves
playing a new and more dangerous game.
The magic in this world is hard won and those who wield it pay the
highest price - or do they? Magisters are able to harness magical
forces without burning up their own soulfire - and as such live a very
long, long time, while witches are unable to attain their level of
mastery. One witch, however, is determined to break the taboo and
become the first female magister, ever. Will Kamala succeed in her
Friedman has been writing for a while - and it shows. Told in third
person multiple viewpoints, her style is smooth and unfussy and her main
characters are depicted with sufficient depth to keep the reader
caring, without impeding the tempo of her narrative. All in all, it?s
an accomplished, solid work. But for me, the defining aspect of this
series is the world - which is unusual as I?m normally a sucker for a
strong yet complicated protagonist. The setting up of the magical rules
pulled me into the story and I found the necessary background in order
to make it work was introduced effectively enough to be the page-turner
I?m looking forward to reading the second in the series, The Wings of Wrath, and hope that she gets a move on and quickly completes the last book in this trilogy.
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