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Review: The Frost Eater, The Magic Eaters Trilogy Book One By: Carol Beth Anderson

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I had the pleasure of receiving a free audiobook of The Frost Eater by Carol Beth Anderson. What follows is my unbiased review!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

The post-apocalyptic fantasy world of The Frost Eater will keep you compulsively turning the pages. Devour it today.

MY REVIEW

This has to be one of the most unique books I’ve read in a long time! It did take me a little while to get into, but once I did, I was pretty engaged throughout.

The magic system is strange but fascinating! Some beings in the story have magical abilities that they “feed” through eating fire, snow, feathers, and some other interesting substances.
The character interactions feel real. I could feel the teenage angst and insecurity, but I didn’t really feel deeply connected to them as people, and thus it was harder for me to worry about them when they were in danger.

I listened to the audiobook, which was read by the author, who did a fabulous job. I don’t know how many indie books I sample audiobooks of and just go with the ebooks instead because the voices are so terrible. Anderson was lovely to listen to, and there were no production value problems. The only thing I can think of with the audiobook that was a little jarring at first was when each chapter started. The majority of the book is in the third person, but each chapter begins with journal notes from the generation before that are written in first-person, and until you get used to that, it is a bit confusing. I do love the history put into the novel in these moments, though. I’m sure it translates much better in print and ebook format.

I did enjoy the way Anderson portrays class differences not only in a way that describes the poor class’s plight, but also the difficult decisions of the royals as well.

The downfall of technology and scarcity of creature comforts solidly sells the post-apocalyptic atmosphere without resorting to too many tropes that this genre tends to suffer from. (This was not the Hunger Games, but the world still felt just as tangible!)

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author and more books in this series.

BUYING INFO

You can get The Frost Eater in ebook, paperback, and audiobook formats!

The author ever has signed copies available on her website!

Kindle| Paperback | Audiobook | Signed Paperback

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