Flesh and Spirit (Lighthouse Duet Series #1)

Flesh and Spirit (Lighthouse Duet Series #1)

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The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society—and his family—have ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water, blood, and ice. Her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.

Offered sanctuary in a nearby monastery, Valen discovers that his book—rumored to lead men into the realm of angels—gains him entry into a world of secret societies, doomsayers, monks, princes, and madmen, all seeking to unlock the mystery of a coming dark age. To his dismay, Valen must face what he fled so long ago, for the key to Navronne's doom is buried in half-forgotten myth and the secrets of his own past....

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ISBN-13: 9781511396059
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Lighthouse Duet Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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"Chilling...well-written." Publishers Weekly "Terrific." -- Midwest Book Review

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Flesh and Spirit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
JonMoss More than 1 year ago
Superb storytelling, twisting plots, puzzles and mysteries, and an apocalyptic convergence made for an excellent and enjoyable read. If it weren't for the press of other book club selections, I would immediately proceed to the second half of this duology, Breath and Bone. Even though the story is told in the first person, by Valen, it flowed well. I struggled to connect with Valen, a fugitive from his family, constantly on the run and hiding for twelve long years. Magic is strictly registered and contracted among pureblood families and any offspring willful enough to escape the privilege are hunted down relentlessly. For the rest of my GoodReads review, please visit: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/77739601
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Navronne, twelve years ago then fifteen years old Valen was abandoned by his companion Boreas to die (as predicted by the teen¿s mother). Instead he survived somewhat due to his 'doulon sickness' addiction, but vanished from his family of pureblood sorcerers renowned for their mapmaking foretelling skills. Before he was left to die he took with him his grandfather¿s most sacred tome, Maps of the Known World, that many believe can guide the right mage to the realm of angels if the key can be found to unlock its secrets.------------------- Valen lives in concealment amidst the Gillarine Abbey monks, who gave him sanctuary because of the volume he stole from his family they believe he will eventually interpret the book so they can use it to reach the angels¿ realm. However, as he struggles with his 'doulon sickness' addiction, his family and others have found his haven they are coming for Maps of the Known World.------------ FLESH AND SPIRIT is a terrific first entry in an apparent two book saga. This tale is a coming of age thriller as the beleaguered hero begins to understand what he possesses, the world converges on him. Everyone touched by magic, which means everyone, want Valen to use him as their guide to the Angels or to kill him to take possession of the tome. Readers will appreciate this terrific opening gamut, whose only flaw is waiting for the rest of the journey.--------------- Harriet Klausner
laurenbethy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so unique and amazing that I have practically recommended it to everyone I know. It took me a little while to get into it, but after the first few chapters I could not put it down. At the time I read it I was so sick of romance fantasy novels, and I happened upon this book which has almost no romance in it. The book is well written and offers up a completely new world and a surprisingly unexpected hero. Valen is very heroic yet very unheroic at the same time. I just love this book and the sequel so much--they are members of my exclusive favorite group.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carol Berg has taken fairly standard elements of the fantasy genre (magic, medieval setting, otherworldly powers, battles for the throne) and has made an above-average novel out of them. She does a good job of depicting Valen's growing maturity and her world with its different religious systems is intriguing. Unfortunately, minor characters tend to be a bit interchangeable, and after a while I wished I had a map of Navronne (ironic, considering that Valen comes from a family of mapmakers) and maybe a small appendix covering those religious systems and telling me a bit more about the major players in the civil war. But since this is only the first book in a duology, things may be clearer by the end of the story.
VivalaErin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't give this one a 4 simply because it took so long to get going. Not much happened during the first part, but the second and third were much more exciting. Of course, once Valen was outed as magical his relationships with everyone changed. So much political, religious, and war-time intrigue in the competition for the throne. Carol Berg has a definitive style and I really enjoyed that part; I just wish it hadn't taken so long to get interesting! Overall a good book, I'll be reading book 2 to see what happens next.
sonicstorage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on a vacation in the car, because it sounded mildly interesting and there was a lack of better things to do. It was a slow start that didn't catch my attention much, but once things picked up... I couldn't put it down! The first part of the book took me several days to read, but I had to read the end of Flesh and Spirit in a day and begin the sequel as soon as I could, because I couldn't put it down. It's quite the surprise, if you've never read anything by Carol Berg before (like me), but it was very pleasant.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Valen lives in a world that falling apart. Civil war, privation, and even the natural world seem to be devolving. He has been on the run for 12 years, desperately trying to stay free of a life he did not choose and does not want. But his past is about to catch up with him, with consequences that could affect his entire world.I found this book a bit hard to get into. I couldn't decide if I liked Valen or not, and whether I wanted to see where his story was going.I'm glad I hung in there...Valen is both a very simple character, and very complex. His past is more complex, and more meaningful in light of current situtation, than it seems at first glance, even to himself. All the characters have more depth to them than they first appear, even the ones we don't get to know as well (at least so far). This book is well worth delving into, and I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion.
alchymyst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the most original and captivating fantasy books I¿ve read this year. Berg weaves an interesting story that has a potential to surprise even when you think you have solved the mystery. There might be times when you guess a secret or two, but then there is still satisfaction from reading what is really a great tale. There seem to be no true villains or heroes in the story (at least when it comes to genre conventions), which makes the characters seem quite real. The world-building is also excellent. I enjoyed Berg¿s names, titles, terms, -- all those little details that make reading fantasy fun.If you find yourself liking this book, pick the second installment, Breath and Bone, before you finish the first one. The ending is a cliffhanger and practically requires the reader to pick up the sequel immediately.
bluerose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Carol Berg's writing, she does very well drawn characters and her world building is excellent. I seriously struggled with the Avonar series tho, and that has permanently affected my view of her writing.Flesh and Spirit and related books may yet redeem her for me. Valen is a tormented spirit, on the run from many things (some we learn, some we don't) and the story of him taking refuge in a church is quite delightful.I did struggle a bit with the plot around the magic stuff towards the end, I need to reread. Good news is the next book Breath and Bone has just been released
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The thing that struck me about this book is the reality of the characters. Often fantasy falls into some very bad traps for characters, but Carol Berg seems to know how to create people I can believe in and care about. The book is worth reading for that alone.The plot is good, but in my opinion, overreaches sometimes. Connections between plot elements occasionally come off as contrived, but if you don't worry about that too much, it's great.I'm looking forward to more of the story!
meriamon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So far I've loved every one of Carol Berg's books, and this one is no exception. The monastery is a great setting, Valen is a wonderful character, and the plot is interesting, complex and engaging.I can't wait to read the sequel.
Fabulist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carol Breg is a wonderful storyteller. Her skills with first person narrative are impressive and get better with each new book. Flesh and Spirit is a delightful start to what will surely be a complex story. Valen has spent his life either abused or on the run, but when fate puts him on the path to something more important, things get ugly. I laughed out loud with her opening paragraph and found myself screaming with frustration about halfway along. I grew to like Valen in an instant, which resulted in my cries of ¿Oh my H*** can it get any worse?!¿, later on. And yes, they always did. It got to the point where I had to put the book down I was so aggravated by what was going on. This is definitely a story filled with lack of communication and trust, and wile it could be potentially predictable to long time fantasy readers, it has the layers of a masterful story. This is definitely going onto the favorites shelf.
saturnine13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flesh and Spirit is rather more somber and pessimistic than Carol Berg's other books. If you've read her other works, you might recall how she likes to make events turn from bad to worse to "oh my god this couldn't get any worse -- oh wait it just did". She's never afraid to pile on hardship, to make the challenges the characters face truly excruciating, and this book takes it to new heights. This is one of the few series I've read where a happy ending is not assured -- I know to a certainty it won't end well, but I've just got to read on and hope there will be some light there at the end.Berg's style, rich in evocative, precise description, is one of her strong points, but in this book it tends to overwhelm the story, which itself is overwhelming in complexity (I wish I had taken notes, in fact, I'll be utterly lost when the sequel comes out). I also felt the "don't do drugs" moral was a bit heavy-handed. And while I'm complaining, Valen's a nice guy, but he's not my favorite Berg main character.With all that in mind, I still liked it and think it's an excellent book, both heart-breakingly beautiful and sad. There's a strong element of mystery to it as well, which is nice to see in a fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Berg keeps my interest!
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