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Breath and Boneby Carol Berg
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As the land of Navronne sinks deeper into civil war and perilous winter, everyone wants to get their hands on the rebellious sorcerer Valen — a murderous priestess, a prince who steals dead men's eyes, and even the Danae guardians, whose magic nurtures the earth and whose attention could prove the most costly of all. Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure — and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon — Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land its rightful king. Yet no one is who they seem, and Valen's search for healing grace leads him from Harrower dungeons to alien shores. Only at the heart of the world does he discover the glorious, terrible price of the land's redemption — and his own.
"Replete with magic-powered machinations, secret societies and doomsday divinations, the emotionally intense second volume of Berg's intrigue-laden Lighthouse Duet (after 2007's Flesh and Spirit) concludes the story of Valen, a sorcerer who finds himself at the center of a looming conflict that could cast the realms of both humankind and the feylike Danae into a nightmarish dark age. Caught between the maneuverings of the enigmatic Osriel, bastard prince of Evanore, and apocalypse priestess Sila Diaglou, Valen must determine which perceived villain is less evil. Although billed as an epic fantasy, this duology is more accurately an intimate, character-driven journey of redemption and self-discovery. Valen's heroic quest to unlock the secrets of his heritage and save a world from destruction suffers from languorous pacing throughout and may discourage readers who like their fantasy fast and furious, but fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon sequence and Sharon Shinn will be rewarded. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Berg's lush, evocative storytelling and fully developed characters add up to a first-rate purchase for most fantasy collections." Library Journal
"Though the plot twists are sometimes obvious, the narrative crackles with intensity against a vivid backdrop of real depth and conviction, with characters to match. Altogether superior." Kirkus Reviews
The mesmerizing conclusion to the fantasy epic
Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure?and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon?Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land of Navronne its rightful king.
About the Author
Carol Berg is an award-winning author and former software engineer. She lives in Colorado with her family.
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