Feast of Souls

Feast of Souls

Book - 2007
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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...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 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.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books : Distributed by Penguin Group (USA), 2007
ISBN: 9780756404321
Branch Call Number: FANTASY FRIEDMAN
Characteristics: 449 p. ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

Everything has a price, and in C.S. Friedman's 1st book in the Magister Trilogy, the cost of magic is life itself -- each and every spell drains somebody's life force. In King Danton Aurelius's realm, female witches eat away at their own lives with each spell-casting, while the all-male Magisters gain near-immortality by drawing power from others' demises. When a powerfully talented young woman, Kamala, flouts ancient law and secretly trains as a Magister, her fate becomes intertwined with that of the king's son, the mysteriously ailing Prince Andovan. Booklist praises the novel's "powerful, intricate plotting and gripping characters."

Aug 29, 2013

Friedman's dark fantasy novel features a unique magic system, and offers an interesting commentary about how men and women view power differently. A fast-moving plot and fascinating characters both help to overcome Friedman's sometimes uneven writing style.


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