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Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman
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Jul 09, 12

Read from July 05 to 07, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

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 awed feeling stays with me. But it could happen, this book has that potential. I will throw a few cliches into the mix, cliches like "tightly plotted" and "strong characterization" that are way overused but truly apply in this case. Few fantasy novels surprise me at this point since I've read so widely in the field, but this one brought ideas more common in the horror genre and gave them a fascinating sff overlay. This first book in her latest trilogy is clearly an experienced author firing on all cylinders. And I must admit it has a trifecta of my favorite tropes: lead female characters asserting power in a patriarchal society, bad guys who maybe aren't so bad, and just a hint of star-crossed love. The book ends on a sort of cliffhanger-lite note that will not drive you needlessly insane, but nonetheless makes seeking out the next book compulsory. In fact, please excuse me, I need to get back to it right now...
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07/05/2012 page 86
15.0%
07/07/2012 page 355
62.0% "Just starting part 3. So good so far!"
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