Breath and Bone [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Breath and Bone

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

As rival princes grow closer to open war over the succession to an empty throne, a rogue sorcerer's powers may hold the key to saving a dying land. Wanted by almost every figure of power, from an ambitious priestess to a bastard prince, Valen tries to fight an addiction to an enchantment that transforms pain and pleasure in order to save his world and redeem his shattered soul. The sequel to Flesh and Spiritbuilds upon the first book's events and illuminates the complex intrigues that mark the land of Navronne. Berg's lush, evocative storytelling and fully developed characters add up to a first-rate purchase for most fantasy collections.


—Jackie Cassada
Kirkus Reviews
Second part of a fantasy duology, following Flesh and Spirit (2007, etc.). Young Valen, a novice monk with magical skills of finding and unlocking, also has a personal problem. Owing to his ghastly upbringing, he's addicted to doulon, a pernicious drug that requires pain for release. His protege, the youthful scholar Jullian, whom Valen has sworn to protect, has been kidnapped by the evil renegade monk, Gildas. The latter's in league with the fanatic Sila Diaglou, who has lethal theories of destruction-as-salvation, and whose armies of Harrowers are running riot. Worse, Valen's liege lord, the sorcerer Prince Osriel-his secret identity is Gram, secretary to Thane Stearc-collects the eyes and souls of dead warriors. Sila Diaglou also threatens the elflike Danae; she poisons their secret places and imperils their homeland, a magical realm adjacent to human lands. Osriel agrees to help Valen pursue Gildas, but then gives him over to the Danae to be broken, whence Valen, not altogether surprisingly, discovers he's actually a half-breed, anathema to the Danae. But then, when he reveals abilities the Danae themselves can't match, Valen's Danae uncle Kol agrees to teach him the skills of the Danae. But while Kol teaches Valen, Sila Diaglou grabs Osriel (in his Gram persona) along with Stearc and Jullian. With his new magic, Valen conceives a plan to rescue the three. But can Valen really trust Osriel, whom he suspects of building an army of enslaved undead?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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101219546
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 168,427
  • File size: 592 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Berg
Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.
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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Difficult to Read

    I very much enjoyed her storyline. However, I found her style of writing very difficult to follow. Sometimes, I was just lost for a while. I had no idea what she meant. However, I kept on reading and then I would find the storyline had returned. The fact that I didn't understand everything didn't appear to affect my understanding of the story. Apparently the confusing stuff wasn't relevant to the story. So why did she put all the fluff in? I found this book more of a chore to read than a relaxation. If I can remember, I won't be buying anymore of her books. I read for relaxation and entertainment. This book was only half of that requirement.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Excellent!

    This was one of the best and most creative books I've read in the fantasy genre. I have to admit that the first book in this duet took some work to get through the first half of it because there's a lot to set up. However, the second half of the first book and this whole book were worth the setup. Well done!

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Breathtaking and Completely Satisfying

    Beautiful world building, stunning prose, intriguing magic system (in both worlds), satisfyingly twisty plot and exceptionally well drawn, deep characters round out this remarkable conclusion to the Lighthouse series.

    I highly recommend both Flesh and Spirit and this novel to all fantasy readers. I suggest they be read together, as one large volume.

    For the rest of my review, please visit GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/77739661

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining character study

    Valen the sorcerer does not want the role he finds himself in as he fears for the realms of the mortals and the Danae the beleaguered mage is convinced a new evil era is coming to both spheres. Adding to his discomfort and uncertainty is his feeling that he is the midpoint foci of a dangerous pair of villains pulling at him. He knows he must choose to ally with Osriel the bastard prince of Evanore or priestess Sila Diaglou both believe that the end is now. His selection between the lesser of two evils even if he chooses the right one still could prove too late as doom appears the most likely outcome for humanity and or the Danae regardless of what he does. --- This sequel to FLESH AND SPIRIT is an entertaining character study as much of the fantasy saga is an introspective of Valen seeking to save the worlds while also redeeming himself for his past transgressions. Readers who prefer fast-paced action should look elsewhere. However, those in the audience who enjoy a doubting hero struggling to be a champion while hesitating at every step he takes will appreciate Carol Berg¿s intriguing BREATH AND BONE. --- Harriet Klausner

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