Flesh and Spirit (Lighthouse #1)
Valen starts out as a magical drug addict and a bit of an opportunist hedonist, but when you realize what he's been through, you can't blame him. I wanted to take him out of the book and bake him some cookies, I felt so bad for him.
Oh, good. I added anot...more
Carol Berg gets better and better. This is a really well-written book, perhaps her best yet.
The main character is both compelling and flawed. Valen is almost human. You are dropped crashing into his world as disoriented as Valen and you thrash around trying to make sense of what's happening, stumbling from one crisis to another. Who do you trust? Who do you follow? Who i...more
It's kind of sad only halfway through the book the action picks up and there is more characters added instead of lots of descrip...more
Seriously, how about a map? Or a glossary if you insist on making up words. Or hell, how about a little backstory and explain things a tiny smidge. I'm like 100 pages in and I only have the vaguest concept about th...more
I do not know if I will pick this one up again.
I gave it two rather than one because the author writes well. I just don't think it is the book for me.
I picked up the...more
This is the first of two books. The second, "Breath and Bone" completes Valen's story.
He is a pureblood, which would mean privilege and magic, but a recoudeur, which is the worse offence possible for a pureblood. A recoudeur is pureblood who does not answer to family...more
The main protagonist is essentially on the run having escaped a life of magical enslavement. He's a drug addict hiding in a monastery to avoid detection, where he becomes embroiled in events much larger than his own problems.
The author has created an interesting world of religion and magic, with alternate realities and ominous foes. However, the pace of this first book is quite slow and any momentum lost in a lot travelli...more
The bland, slow beginning is not the only fault in this book. The Narrator, Valen, seems to have Attention Deficit Disorder, for, even at the heigh...more
Flesh and Spirit feels more like the set up for the second part, its companion book Breath and Bone however that does not mean that the book does not have themes that give the book its own credit as i...more
This is not one of them.
It takes a little while to get into the story and there are a few points that I was left confused on, but for the most part this was an excellent read. A strict world where people with magic are kept firmly under wraps. (view spoiler)[A young noble, Valen, rebels agains...more
Now for the problems: It's a book about a man who can sense places and has a magic bo...more
I didn't have some of the same complaints with this book as I had with the last Berg series that I read. This one kept up its fast pace and didn't dilly dally around as much. At least not for me I think there is opportunity for some to argue...more
The Books of the Rai-kirah, The Bridge of D'Arnath Quartet, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winning Lighthouse Duet - Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone - the standalone novel Song of the Beast , and the three novels of the Collegia Magica.
Berg holds a degree in mathematics from Rice University, and a degree in computer science from the University of Col...more