- File Size: 3774 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Publisher: Eliana Press (January 28, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08135W76P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Frost Eater (The Magic Eaters Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Grade Level: 7 - 12|
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I quite enjoyed this novel. The worldbuilding and fantasy elements were well thought out, and I loved how real every character felt. The opening did seem a bit slow, but by taking its time to set up all the interpersonal relationships between Nora and her friends and family, every moment once the action really got going felt 100% earned, and made the twist very effective. My favourite bit of the novel was the short journal entries at the beginning of chapter. Not only did they reveal a fascinating - though tantalisingly far from complete - glimpse into the past of "The Frost Eater," but they usually directly related to something within the subsequent chapters, and it was fun to try and figure out the connection between each little "preview," as it were.
The middle of the book got a bit slow for me. Between the chapters just chewing the scenery for a while with not that much happening, and the number of times it was mentioned that characters had to sleep because their reserves had been exhausted, I had a hard time fully engaging with that section of the book. I must say, I'm not usually one for romantic subplots, especially in adventure books, but the one in this novel was done really well, and I was rooting for two certain characters the whole time.
Overall, a well crafted book whose fun moments definitely made up for the parts I wasn't especially keen on. Oh, and it had dragons. I loved that!
I love seeing real character growth and change in a story, not just on an individual level, but also in characters' relationships and interactions with each other. And this book absolutely delivers that. Nora is a likeable but spoiled and naive princess who has never wanted for much of anything, and when we first meet her, she has absolutely no idea what challenges daily life presents for people outside the monarchy. She 100% believes that everything the monarchy does is for the good of the people, and as certain events unfold, it's interesting to see her grapple with some of the questions and realizations she's presented with. A lot of those realizations come from Krey, our other protagonist, who is Nora's complete opposite in almost every way. He's cynical and sarcastic and often unable to hide the fact that he has some major beef with the monarchy and what it represents. Pairing these two together creates some great conflict, and their interactions are always interesting to read.
Then there's Ovrun, who gets dragged into the middle of things but quickly becomes a very important member of the group. I love big-tough-warrior-with-a-heart-of-gold trope, so obviously I loved Ovrun. There is a bit of a romantic subplot here, which I absolutely loved, and it is woven into the main plot of the story and the character development really well.
The magic system was really interesting, with magic users having to ingest fuel in order to use their specific brand of magic. It kind of reminded me of Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy in that way, but Anderson does some unique things here that were really interesting to learn about as the story progressed. I was especially interested in the post-apocalyptic angle of the story and the connection between this world and the one that came before The Day. I hope to learn more about that in future books of the series, and I absolutely cannot wait to read more.
The characters-their flaws, their quirks, their growth throughout the story, their friendships/relationships/betrayals are what really drew me in and kept me engrossed in the story. I found myself as I was reading trying to predict how certain characters would react to things because I felt like I knew them.
I don’t want to give away anything, so please forgive my vagueness, but the action in the book is perfectly paced and I’d deem the book appropriate for my 6th grade daughter, and plan to stock copies in our grade-school library for the 6-8th graders. Yet though it would be appropriate for that age level, I truly loved it as adult!
There are a lot of unanswered questions and conflicts to be resolved. I eagerly await the second installment!
If you like this book, be sure to read her Sun Blessed Trilogy. They both have magical characters building friendships while fighting injustice.
Nora, Krey, and Nora’s potential love interest, Ovrun band together to find Krey’s missing girlfriend, Zeisha. Along the way, Nora improves her ice eating techniques and discovers other hidden talents.
Great battle scenes and world building. Highly recommend.
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The first in The Magic Eaters Trilogy, Anderson has given us a masterfully written world to explore that is full of magic and excitement. The world-building of Anyari was beautifully done; I especially enjoyed learning its history of Earth colonists and The Day that killed billions of humans and brought magic into the world. I'm hoping that these events are explored deeper in future books or even a prequel, I'd love to learn more about it.
What I loved most about this book was the uniqueness of the magic system. In order to gain magical powers, people have to consume items related to their field of power. A frost lyster/eater gets their freezing magic from consuming ice, a feather lyster can fly after consuming feathers, and a healing lyster has the amazing ability to heal people after consuming animal blood. There are so many fascinating possibilities for different kinds of powers; I can't wait to see what Anderson comes up with for the next book.
I also loved the teenage angst and insecurities in this book. All too often these issues are over-dramatised to cause more tension in the story, but in this case, they are handled masterfully and perfectly reflect the feelings of a rather clueless, teenage royal who has had a sheltered upbringing.
I would highly recommend this book for fans of YA fantasy and those who enjoy immersive world-building and intricate magic systems.