Feast of Souls

Feast of Souls

Book - 2006
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In the High Kingdom of Danton Aurelius, magisters from across the known world are gathering for an unusual meeting. The High King's son is dying of an apparently incurable wasting disease, and he has charged them with providing an explanation and a cure. There is a mystery here, but not the one the High King thinks: the magisters know the cause of the prince's illness but they dare not reveal it for fear that it will expose the secret at the heart of their order. No, the mystery is not what is responsible, but who. . .

Now the magisters must embark upon a manhunt, racing against time, before the High King learns the truth. But they have not counted on the young prince's determination to control his own fate, nor on the existence of Kamala, a young woman schooled in their own arts, who will soon shake the world to its very roots.

Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9781841495316
Branch Call Number: AF FRIE

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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."

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kwsmith
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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Aug 29, 2013

kwsmith thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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