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The Frost Eater

The Magic Eaters, Trilogy Book 1
Narrated by: Carol Beth Anderson
Series: The Magic Eaters Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

A lonely princess.

A flying teen.

A kidnapped girl who only remembers what happens at night.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Nora is a frost eater who creates magical ice. Her royal life is luxurious but stifling.

Krey West has a rare magical talent: when he eats feathers, he can fly. His one goal is to find his missing girlfriend, Zeisha. He thinks someone in power abducted her.

Krey’s daring feats of magic earn him an invitation to the palace. Craving adventure and friendship, Nora offers to help him find Zeisha. He’s desperate enough to accept - though he hates the monarchy. 

The truth is more terrible than they could imagine.

Every night, Zeisha wakes in a dark room full of sleeping people, unable to remember what she did in the light. Her dreams provide violent glimpses into her forgotten days.

If Krey and Nora can’t save her, Zeisha may lose herself forever.

Readers describe this post-apocalyptic fantasy novel as “magic-packed” with “action, romance, and intrigue” that’ll “pull you right into the pages.”

Sink your teeth into The Frost Eater today.

©2020 Carol Beth Anderson (P)2020 Carol Beth Anderson

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Overall thoroughly enjoyable

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review. This book is certainly filled with plenty of action, suspense, magic and friendship. It all winds together in an intricate and fantastical story that keeps you listening/reading. I really liked that Nora and Kray to start with aren’t these perfectly loveable characters they’re still young after all but through their time together they grow and you watch their friendship blossom. The plot is truly interesting and the fact that their magic is only available to them when it is fuelled is a new concept. My one downside to this is the pacing to the story. Sometimes it feels like it’s going a bit slowly and not a lot was going on, other times weeks have gone past and I don’t know where the time has gone which was quite frustrating so lost a star for this unfortunately. Overall though I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely worth anyone giving it a go!

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Perfect in every possible way

The cover, the characters, the world and all the mystery surrounding it, the weird magic powers. They all sucked me in and I couldn’t stop listening. I had waited to start this book because it seemed too long. After I finished it, I was sad it had to end and I’m now just waiting for the next one to come out.

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  • 20-02-20

A very interesting magic system

Princess Nora is lonely and bored with her restrictive life in the palace. So when she sees an opportunity for a possible friendship she grabs at it, setting off a chain of events that she never could have imagined. The book is set in a world colonised by humans and takes place some time after devastating destruction left only 1 in every 1000 people alive. A mysterious stone seems to be the cause of the death but may also have created the magic in people too. There was a very interesting and unusual magic system, where those who have a talent need to eat a certain type of fuel for their powers. For example feathers so they can fly. I loved reading about a friendship between a girl and a boy that, for once, didn't have to turn romantic. Most books are so predictable with the romance. I'm looking forward to book 2. I enjoyed the narration which is done by the author herself.

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Great story

So to start off, if you really want to know what the book is about, the description does such a good job to tell you, that you really dont need to know much more. The author was the narrator, which isn't something that happens too often. The author being the narrator can be a good thing cause they can read it in the way they wanted it to be portrayed, but it can also be a bad thing cause they might be trying too hard to get certain points across too much that it takes from certain scenes. Thankfully this didnt seem to be the case this time. Though I will say most voices seemed to be in the same tones, and it was hard to follow at times to know if someone was talking or not. There was lots of information in the book, Lots of descriptions which make some scenes run a but longer but it still went great. I enjoyed listening to the book, I just wish that there was different tones/voices for the characters to make them more distinguished. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving am honest review.

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Excellent World Building!

The reader is fully engaged from the get go. The author's ability to ensure the reader can envisage this world without having to struggle is spot on! In a new world where humanity has had to start all over from scratch, this story is very well written. As an audible the author, herself, reads the story and holds the listener's attention with ease. This trilogy is going to be a great one! A fantasy that keeps the reader turning pages and the listener holding on for more! First story down and well done!

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Interesting Magic

This was a great book. I truly enjoyed it. The magic in this book was very interesting. I really loved the character development. I also enjoyed knowing what was going on with the side characters as well as the MCs. Can't wait to see the story continue.

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Interesting magic

This story shows a magic I haven’t come across personally before! It’s an entertaining story that sucks you into their world! Author did a great job with the narration .

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  • LittleE
  • 13-01-20

Excellent

I got to listen to this at the courtesy of the author in exchange for a review.

First thing’s first: the author herself read the book, which can be hit or miss, and she did a superb job with it. Major hit in terms of audiobook quality.

This was an epic and original feeling world, filled with characters that were easy to connect with as you watch them change and evolve beyond their upbringings and prejudices.

This story comes from the point of views of, really, five characters, and there are elements from past and present so expertly interwoven it is mesmerizing. I can’t believe how complex this story is, and yet also easy to follow. This is an incredibly rich world she has built, and it’s lovely.

I love all these characters, and I want more. This is an epic tale, on a large scale, blending elements of the medieval with the familiarity of things modern to our own society. I think there is something here for everyone. There is romance, drama, action, and intrigue. You want this in your collection. I wish the next book were available now.

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  • Fayeray85
  • 02-09-20

Wow!

This book is amazing! It’s a refreshingly unique storyline with very dynamic characters. The story flows along nicely, and keeps you listening.

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  • Belinda C
  • 01-09-20

This book rocked

Nora and Krey and Zeisha are just great this book had me on the edge of the couch listening to it

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  • Linda Wilson
  • 31-08-20

A real grabber of your attention

Extremely captivating and very enjoyable to listen to. Kept me listening when I needed to sleep lol.

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  • Isabel
  • 01-08-20

The Frost Eater

this book was so good. it was filled with Adventure, sadness, love, and lies. this book keep u wondering whats going to happen. then to find out who the bad person is, its like omg what. I really enjoyed this book very much can't wait for the next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-06-20

Deep freeze!

Loved this book! What would it be like to be able too breathe ice! And hang out with dragons! Narrator was awesome!

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  • Jette H (Book Dragons Cave)
  • 11-06-20

What an original and wonderful story!

This review contains SPOILERS!



A free review copy of the audiobook received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Frost Eater is but the first book in The Magic Eaters Trilogy.

Thoughts on Narrator: Author herself
Initially clipped and staccato in her performance, this was quite distracting at first. As the book progressed she got better and the flow seemed to pick up. Only when she had an obvious break did it return for a little while. I will say that it's acceptable since she isn’t a professional narrator and it takes time to learn.

The book feeling
I had been waiting for this book for a while and was super happy to receive a review copy of the audiobook from the author! The description and concept of the book were very intriguing and I haven’t come across that before so I felt it was somewhat original. This is always super exciting! So I went into the book with high expectations and boy I was not let down!

I liked the story from the get-go. It was a fascinating world and the world-building method was genially executed by including the history through the memoirs by Liri Abrios! The world itself is also very original with its post-apocalyptic world on a different planet than the original home planet, here I just assume that we are talking of earth because it’s never mentioned. Though, I was a bit confused about it, because it’s not directly explained but comes up in a conversation.

Additionally, Anderson ensures to have details of everyday life including bathroom needs, food, water, sleep, etc. that makes the story nicely realistic and more real, which helps your experience of the world. No one is indestructible and injuries don’t heal unnaturally but with time or healers and to recharge after magic use sleep is necessary. Not alone do they need to eat their catalyzers AND food, but energy is not endless. This attention to detail makes the story feel more real throughout the book.

My only disappointment was that somehow I was able to put the book down and not think much about it for about 2 weeks, where I wasn’t that invested in the characters and the conclusion of the book. I was about 65% in the book by this point. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t a page-turner for me. Well, not all books have to be that to be good though.

Overall it’s a fantastic YA read! And I would definitely recommend it to teens and adults. Both the characters and the world in which they lived were believable. The plot was robust and expertly managed. There were many humorous moments mixed in to lighten the mood. There were sadness and heartache. Flora and fauna were fascinating to learn about. The magic was original and convincing.

Characters:

Nora:
Nora is an extremely naïve and sheltered girl. Her naivety annoyed me at first, but that’s a personal preference I have. And I know it’s a purposeful character fault she has for the story to work and is a part of her. Her character development was wonderful and she starts to question all she was told and had learned eventually, while still keeping her center of right and wrong and hope. She doesn’t turn cynical but keeps believing in the people she loves, though it’s misplaced at times. This just makes her more realistic and human.
Hormones! Lots of them and again makes her realistic. But I was also really happy that it didn’t take over and she could set it aside and be rational (most of the time). She is such a detailed character and it’s clear that Anderson has worked hard on her.

Krey:
Extremely self-righteous and cynical of everything he deems not worthy and against his goals. He is the total opposite of Nora which is creating a good balance in the story. He is also very goal orientated and has a tunnel vision, and stubborn as hell! I didn’t like him and I swear I rolled my eyes a million times. The first time I got some reverence for him was when he realized that he only blamed and mistrusted Nora for everything because it was easier rather than it was justified. That was the first time he developed if I don’t count that he grudgingly started to trust her. He is so hardheaded!

Ovrrun:
The buffer and love interest
I really liked Ovrrun! He is also portrayed as the perfect hero and guardian. Though there isn’t much to his character and that he seems to mostly be there to be a buffer between Nora and Krey, he is very likable and I hope he gets a bigger role in the next installment. That said I’m really happy that the romance was in the backseat to the main plot but still contributed to the royal pains of arranged marriages and how Nora is a normal teenager with normal feelings and not a cold and snobbish royal. It makes her seem humble.

Villain:
We don’t see who the villain is until about 11 hours in the audiobook. And for some reason, I already had decided it couldn’t be the king because Krey was so adamant that it was him, so of course, it would be too easy. But what do you know, he was right all along. So in a way, it’s a brilliant way for getting the reader to not expect it. But for me, I kind of feel it gets to black or white. Seeming there was only those two options, the king or not. I would have liked a bit more nuanced answer to that question which brings me on to the question of the motivation of the villain.
In terms of the motivations of the king, it’s incredibly vague and we don’t get and explanation of why he wants war and turned against his people. We only get to know how he became a brain eater because he was in a bad place emotionally. It isn’t quite enough and I hope we get a better explanation in the next installment.

I am excited for the next installment to be released and continue the story in The Vine Eater. I want to see more of Ovrrun and how strong Nora gets, I have such a feeling she could be an epic queen! I am giving it 4 stars, because it wasn’t a page-turner, though I would recommend it to everybody who likes original stories and a well-written book!

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  • Lobo Lifting
  • 08-06-20

Buy this book

Mystery, strange and different magic system, somewhat dystopian yet not, interesting characters and fantastic twists (while you predict them, you won’t). I couldn’t get enough of this book and look forward to the next. While in classic fantasy style, the main characters are all teenagers, but unlike many they are clearly teenagers which is refreshing in its realism. I found the “food” based magic system to be intriguing and different from most traditional styles. The twist you knew was coming kept me on my toes right until the reveal. And of course, one more twist was thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend you check out this book.

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  • Kinsey
  • 13-05-20

Couldn’t finish this book

I really wanted to like this book, I thought it was so unique that the author is the narrator and I actually loved the narration of it. It’s just so slow. And I really dislike all of the characters, I feel like the main female character just has no common sense. Maybe one day I’ll finish it but not right now.

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  • Margaret
  • 01-05-20

very original story with a mix of genres.

This is the first book I have read or listened to by this author and I would gladly listen to another. The story is a great meld of fantasy (with mystical creatures and magic) and post-apocalyptic. There is some mild teen romance, great world building and intriguing storyline as three teens work to save their friends and their society. I like how every chapter has a passage from the journal of a "first generation" magic eater. This helps expand the understanding of the world these kids live in and how the events that unfold came to be. There is a degree of conclusion to the main confrontation but it is obvious the threat is not over and the tale is not complete.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. It is a great young teen story.

Not many authors choose to narrate their own books, and not many can pull it off as well as Carol Beth Anderson has. She brings her story to life with a great performance. Her character voices are infused with personality and emotion and her cadence drew me into the story even more.
Unfortunately there is some noticeable static sound in the background, but it low and not really disruptive.