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Breath and Bone

(The Lighthouse Duet #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,445 ratings  ·  147 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 449 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Roc Trade
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Nov 14, 2009 added it
Recommended to Jon by: Janny Wurts
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book almost makes me want to go back and lower every star rating I’ve given in the past 2.5 years by one star, to allow this book to have its own special place on the scale. It’s not that I don’t think the other books I’ve rated deserved the ratings I gave them; it’s just that this book deserves a six-star rating. :)

This was the sequel and conclusion to Flesh and Spirit. The first book was great, but this book was even better. At around the 10 or 11% mark, something was revealed that comple
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult fantasy lovers
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
This really is more just the second half of the first novel than it is a standalone. It takes all that is built up in the first novel, and kicks it full tilt into action, twists, and turns. This novel moves the story along down a dark and slippery path at a fast pace. This really is a mature, well written, dark and dirty fantasy. The characters are all flawed and not perfect cutouts, which adds depth and realism to their persona's. I highly recommend this duology to all fantasy lovers that want ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
"I was no grand thinker. No mighty warrior. No martyr or hero or scholar."
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: 11th-grade, reviewed
As I mentioned in my review for the prequal of this book, I actually started reading this one first. I didn't expect to like it so much that I'd go back to read the first book, but I did. I so did.

Carol Berg's unique writing style continued to fascinate me all throughout the book. If she were to rewrite the phonebook in her idiosyncratic style, I would stil find it the most fascinating thing on the planet. It's like a song - the words just flow together, unhindered by the occasional period or s
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Outstanding. Great story and great storytelling. Excellent characterization, and enough plot twists--most fully appropriate to the character and times--to keep the reader turning pages. A world and a reality which keeps growing. And Carol finishes the tale!

While you're waiting to Rothfuss, Sanderman, et al. to finish what they've started, read Carol Berg's fantasy duo. (For best effect, read them as a single work--as they should have been published.)

Carol Berg has rocketed to the top of a crowde
Spider the Doof Warrior
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-love-this-book
This is a great book! I love Valen. He's a great example of how to write a rouge and not make him a jerk. After all the suffering he went through, he finds out who he truly is, the truth about Osriel the Bastard and what has to be done to save his land.

Also, he spends much of the book running around naked. I will have to read this again.


This book is so good. It is the excellent conclusion to the first book in the series and this is where all the good stuff happens. Just read it. It's fan
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So. Freaking. Good. I may have accidentally stayed up all night reading this.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Lighthouse Duet by Carol Berg. As I mentioned in my review for the first book, Flesh and Spirit, the end of the first book left me needing to read the second book immediately. Unlike the first book I thought this was an amazing book. It continues right where the last book left off; except this time the fast pace of the end of the first book continues throughout the second book.

Valen has been contracted to serve The Bastard, Price Osriel. In service of the Bastard,
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this, along with flesh and spirit are really only one book--if you read only the first, where it ends will not be satisfying for very long (luckily i had the second book right there). and if you read only the second, huge chunks of it will not make any sense. so this is a review of both books.

a young man with an arrow embedded in his thigh and another wound in his back is abandoned, by his partner in thievery, in a ditch near a monastery. somehow in the cold and dark, the monks find him and take
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was an excellent conclusion to Valen's story, started in Flesh and Spirit. Even though I had guessed Valen's parentage halfway through the first book, the second one, despite a few fantasy tropes, threw one surprise after another at me. Considering how much fantasy I've read, that is pretty unusual. Valen is a junkie. a thief and a liar and doesn't exactly heroically overcome those things, even if he's found a cause to fight for. Everybody is flawed to a certain degree in this book, the goo ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Equally as exciting and intriguing as the first novel in this two-book sequence, Breath and Bone careens through an incredible landscape of destruction and hope and ends after satisfactorily depositing the reader in the cradle of its clever close. Not since Lois McMaster Bujold's fantasy novels have I enjoyed (and not winced at) such an irreverent and well-told tale of a place so different from our own that it occasionally seems the same.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, first-person
This book was better than the first book, Flesh and Spirit.

We continue to learn more about the characters we originally met in Flesh and Spirit and are introduced to a few new ones. In general, they're the strongest part of this series, and most of them ended up feeling quite real by the end. My favorite overall was the prickly physician Saverian, whose unfortunate name tripped me up quite a few times as it's quite similar to a completely different character. (It was somewhat funny to picture S
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second half of the story begun in "Flesh and Spirit". It is much easier to get into, as the environment has been painted in the prior book where the characters were introduced. The language (of clothes, distances etc.) is now not a barrier to understanding, but a password into the world in which we are now immersed . This book is like an ocean liner, a little slow to get started but unstoppable once it gets going! Even though it is a first person narrative, there are still many viewp ...more
Cherry Mischievous
Carol Berg is one of those talented story spinners whose author's voice is so wonderful that the story just flows. Berg makes the emotions of Valen so tangible and the tangy smell of the sea so real I could almost taste it! I really like this author's voice! The masterful author's voice was the only reason I didn't rate book 1, Flesh And Spirit, a less than 3. Which it automatically would have scored, given how I hate cliffhanger endings. However, (good for me) I borrowed both books of th
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Second reading; August, 2014

4.5 stars

Awww, I forgot how great this book is. Berg lifts you to the peeks of hope, just to plunge you into the depths of despair and then all over again... Valen grows in leaps and bounds and learns not just to accept his Danae heritage, but how to become a better man. Although I have read the book before and remembered some things along the way, I was still surprised by Osriel's identity and pleased with how the author dealt with various romantic entanglements (the
The Lighthouse Duet by Carol Berg is simply wonderful. The duology begins with Flesh and Spirit and concludes with Breath and Bone . This intriguing and multi-layered story is extremely well crafted. It is apparent that the author really thought about her plot and characters and how they all intersected.

The story centers around Valen, a rebellious anti-hero who desperately seeks to escape his assigned place in life and simply exist on his own terms. However, it is not to be. While the set-up
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second volume in the Dané series, following "Flesh and Spirit".

Renegade sorcerer and mapmaker Valen Cartamandua was recaptured and punished by his family. His ultimate punishment is his new employer, rather described as his owner since Valen is bound to his will by means of his contract.
But when Valen learns who really is the one he develops a fierce loyality that doesn't even stop where his life is in charge.

This book to me was even better than the first, maybe because all t
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, fantasy
I was left with so many questions after the first book that I felt exhilarated by this fast-paced second part. Revelations and mysteries stumble upon each other right from the start and all the way to the end.

Valen, the main character, who seemed only to be a by-stander unwillingly caught up in a world-wide conflict, appears more and more to have a centre role to play in it. After a lifetime of avoiding responsibilities, he's getting even more than he would ever have bargained for. He's going th
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
More engaging than the first book; of course this one picks up right where Flesh and Spirit leaves off. I actually really liked all the characters, the magic, and world. I'm used to Berg mutilating her characters somehow... but this one was actually happy! I know I ragged on the first book being slow... but now I wish I had more.
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I got three hours of sleep last night thanks to this wonderful book. Carol Berg stays at the top of my favorite authors list with this one, because it kept me reading from 8 pm until 5 am. Yes, 5 am. Oh, there were interruptions of dinner and a chat with the roommate and Pirates 3 (it was quiet in the apartment, what can I say? I have to stare at Orlando), so I could have finished sooner, I suppose.[return:][return:]Not quite the less-than-six-hours marathon of finishing HP 7, but close. I never ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A very satisfying conclusion. I was even more pleased with this one than the first. One thing that made me especially happy was that his love interest from book 1, if you could even call it that, didn't work out. Of course, he did end up falling for someone else, but at least Carol didn't do the obvious thing.

Breath and Bone picks up right where Flesh and Spirit left off, and the action doesn't let up a bit. Now thorughly involoved in the conspiracy, Valen finds himself contracted--permanently--
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I must say that this book should not be read before the first book. They are basically the same book, and all of the mystery begins in the first book. One of the only twists that actually surprised me occurs at the end of the first book and the whole experience is spread across both novels.

I loved this book. I am a stickler for prose. Even the smallest errors bother me immensely. Carol Berg's prose is lovely and virtually flawless. The narrative is engaging and the world is well-c
Despite my misgivings from the first book of this series, Flesh and Spirit, I took a chance with the second volume because I had felt that the story was getting more interesting toward the end. (Which is to say, it got out of the monestary - which in no significant way of interest differed from your typical historical monestary, neither in religious rites or behavior or dress or bearing. What the heck? She didn't try at all to make them anything but Christian monks.)

This second book had a more
Petra Eriksson
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first pages of Flesh and Spirt made me confused and felt like a drastic change from The Rai-kirah series. I thought I would end upp dissapointed and my mood was a little low. But I should not have douted! The Lighthouse series has the same insight and thoghtful writing as her Rai-Kirah series and I'm more than pleased. I can not say if I love this series more than her earlier it to hard to deside but I don't see a need to eitehr.
Carol Berg has an amasing way of writing, it gives of an illu
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have, as of August of 2013, read all of Carol Berg's existing oeuvre. I tried to read the last few books slowly, but the inevitable has happened: I've caught up with her. Thank goodness she's still writing.

The Lighthouse Duet follows Valen, a most unique young man, on his journey from battlefield to monastery, from life on the lam to a life of service under a sinister magician prince. Valen travels between his familiar world and the world of the Danae, probably the most interesting take on a f
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I adore Carol Berg. I've read everything she's ever written and frankly, none of it is bad. Not even mildly disappointing! She's by far the most consistent and consistently GOOD fantasy authors I've ever read. This was the conclusion to a two-book duo (although I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see more from her in this universe) and while it dragged a little, I really enjoyed it. Berg has a way of writing fantastical novels that are incredibly intimate. Her characters are always well- ...more
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: weird-fiction
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Patrick Burgess
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Better Pace, Rushed Ending, But Solid Finish

Much better pacing than the first installment, probably because there isn't as much need for exposition, AND we get to see Danae action right from the beginning. I would've liked Berg to have gone on longer, she really has something wonderfully intricate and original here. And ended things differently, the story concluded (to my thinking) with all the excitement of a deflating beach ball.

Overall, I really enjoyed my foray into Berg's world of otherworl
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-and-own
This book was much better than the first. However, I saw several problems with it, mostly my personal preferences against the book. I saw a lot of good things too, though. Berg is a great storyteller, though her stories are gut and heart wrenching at the same time. Nothing is ever clear cut, especially not the endings, even when the series ends. And I hate her endings. They're good, but I don't like them. Too bad this book ends the duology, because with that ending she could've gone on to write ...more
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Carol Berg is the author of the epic fantasy
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 Co

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