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The Frost Eater

By: Carol Beth Anderson
Narrated by: Carol Beth Anderson
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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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For lovers of YA fantasy

This is a review of the audio book version and the content of it is similar to the one I wrote for the kindle version.
One aspect of the book I really loved was a vignette at the beginning of each chapter in the form of an excerpt from the diary of Liri Abrios. She is a similarly aged girl from the first generation after an apocalyptic event, which formed the world and society Nora lives in. It is a novel and interesting way to get an insight into the history of the planet Anyari, where the story takes place.
There is this unique and fascinating magic system. People who possess magic abilities have to eat a particular fuel, which they catalyse to create the effect, so for instance there is the frost (ice) eater who can then form ice projectiles or shapes; or the magician who eats feathers to be able to fly.
The characters Nora and Krey are both magic eaters. Princess Nora is a frost eater or ice lyster as they are formally called. Krey is an ice lyster and feather lyster.


Krey is trying to find his missing girlfriend Zeisha, and suspects the monarchy to be involved in her disappearance. Presented with the opportunity to befriend the lonely, bored princess Nora he decides to use her to get into the palace. Nora sees the chance of adventure and becomes his willing accomplice. They involve Ovrun, the handsome palace guard. Ovrun is head over heels in love with Nora and will do anything for her. Nora fancies hunky Ovrun and despite knowing nothing can come from it starts to fall for him.
The very different teens form an alliance that eventually leads to a deep friendship and trust in each other.
They discover Zeisha is not the only person who has gone missing, and they all have something in common: they are all have a magical talent.
Nora and her friends uncover a far more sinister plot and it is up to them to save the future of the kingdom and its people.

This is the first book of the Magic Eaters Trilogy and any fan of YA fiction will love it.

Carol Beth Anderson narrates the book herself, she has and a very pleasant voice and clear and concise pronunciation.

I received this book in audio book format from the author and am leaving this review of my own volition.

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I loved the plot

I really did love the story even though it took me a little to get into it.
The plot is nice and focused on a group of young people who will learn to trust and lean on each other. The world building is complex but once you get how it works (hence the concentration at the beginning), you just enjoy the story development. The romantic subplot (which is my favorite in every book) also developed alongside the characters’ growth and I can’t wait to see if Nora and Avron will end up together despite all odds! I can’t wait for the next installments to find out.

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Wow!

I really liked the storyline. It had a few twists and turns that caught me off guard which was super nice! I love when the story is a little less predictable. Great author and obviously it's the best to hear the audio in the author's voice with the inflections intended. There is swearing in the book, so if you avoid that usually, beware. Overall, really great book!

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Great story

I really enjoyed the story, the characters, the world that was created. The title alone was super intriguing and I had to listen to it. It slowed down too much for me in some places but was still a good listen. I liked the narrator.

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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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  • julia goldhirsh
  • 15-10-20

Great worldbuilding and characters, slow start

Overall, the ending sucked me in with mythical creatures, a major battle, and interesting new powers. The narration was good and their voice kept my attention, but I would've liked a little more differentiating between character voices (personal preference).

Nora's character has an interesting arc and plenty of depth, but she frustrates me at the end because I felt like some of what happens in the big battle undid parts of her character growth, but she does make up for it at the very end of the battle.

Cray was an interesting character. I liked his growth and how he learns to be more trusting while also making Nora more balanced by teaching her to not blindly trust.

Nora's crush/love interest doesn't have as much depth as I'd like to see from him, but I might just feel that way since we don't get POV chapters from him. he's kind and interesting, and I'd like to know more about him.

I had love/hate feelings for the Tolkien esque level world building. It was really intriguing when I had context for it, but at the beginning I kept putting it down because there wasn't enough happening for me. It had this huge expansive world which is great, but personally I get easily distracted. If you like dense world building and creative creatures, this is the book for you.

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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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  • Shanel Fortney
  • 29-03-22

I loved it!!

Such a great sci fi story to read/hear. Carol Beth Anderson paints such a great story and leaves you wanting to know what happens next. On to her next book!

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 09-11-21

Story was So different from anything I read before

This is a Story about a group of colonists Adapted for a different Planets plant life and animals who settled on a Planet. They had all the technology of their home world. Then a Meteor strike cause things to happen to kill off most of the population, caused by this Meteorite the next generation some were born able to eat various things and have magic. Now the Story Begins!! The Narrator did a great job with the characters voices and the entire storyline.

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  • Yolanda
  • 02-12-20

The Frost Eater

Good listen. Enjoyed the uniqueness and great narration. Fairly slow build in the beginning but it picks up nicely in the 2nd half🙂

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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!