Breath And Bone

Breath And Bone

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Penguin Putnam
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.



Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Pursued by a murderous priestess, a prince who steals dead men's eyes, and the Danae guardians, the rebellious sorcerer Valen, addicted to a spell that transforms pain into pleasure, risks everything to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and return the rightful king to the dying land of Navronne, in the conclusion of a duology that began with Flesh and Spirit. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

The rebellious sorcerer Valen is pursued by many enemies as he risks everything to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and return the rightful king to the dying land of Navronne.

Publisher: Toronto : Roc, 2009; c2008
Edition: mmkt
ISBN: 9780451462473
Characteristics: 515 p. ; 18 cm

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Sep 29, 2011

Sci-fi club
Our latest book was CARTAMANDUA LEGACY, by Carol Berg. It's actually a double book, previously published as FLESH AND SPIRIT (2007), and BREATH AND BONE (2008). They were a winner together in 2009 of the Mythopoeic Award. They follow a central character as he learns of his magical abilities and his role in a world with two parallel realities linked together.
When we met for our monthly discussion, I'd only finished the first book, so our group kindly agreed to avoid any spoilers and any discussion of how all the threads were resolved at the end. We kept it generic, sort of like those book reports in our younger days where we didn't actually get to the end – but faked it nicely.
As in many of these other world fantasies, there is a lot of set-up needed. Characters, cities and towns, religions and deities, knights and nobles, all with suitably “foreign” names of course, and all packed in the first few chapters it seems. I needed my scribbled list to keep track of them all at first. The hero is a reluctant one, not that likeable or knowledgeable, a failure at many things in life, addicted to a drug, rejected by his family, using his few skills to carouse and battle through life. We read the first few chapter wondering when the real hero was going to step forward – as did he I think. This does give the hero ample room for improvement through the story, as he learns to develop these skills into magical abilities, and explore the links between this world and a more magical realm, and his role in both of them. There are several battle scenes, covered quickly and superficially – room for improvement here.
Our hero finally does decide to get a grip – and a life – and takes control of things. I'd recommend checking out both books, as the first ends abruptly, with many problems unresolved.

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the_golux
Sep 23, 2011

As a sequel to Blood and Spirit, this did not disappoint. It held my attention so firmly that every obligation which took me away from the book, even things I enjoy doing, were frustrating because I wanted to go on reading.

There are a lot of easy fantasy-cut-and-paste pitfalls Berg could have fallen into with these books, and she avoided them all to make something complex in both plot and character.

These were the first two books I'd read by Carol Berg. I'll be reading more soon.

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