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Breath and Bone by Carol Berg
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Mar 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 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--to the most feared and hated lord in the kingdom, caught up in the bitter dispute between the three claimants for the throne, and desperate to expose a traitor to the conspiracy, who has murdered two novices of the monastary and kidnapped another.

When Valen discovers that his master is the head of the conspiracy he has become a part of, he becomes somewhat more agreeable to being in his service, but is still wary of him, because Valen knows his master is involved in black magic.

In addition, he has sworn off nivat, the drug he is addicted to, even though he knows that without it he will go mad from the craving. Under the care of his master's peronal physician however, he survives coming off the drug with his sanity intact, although he will always be especially susceptible to nivat.

Valen also uncovers a skeleton in his family's closet: Valen is not a pureblood. The man he believed to be his grandfather is in fact his father, who simply appeared at the family home one day and managed to convince two confidants to lie and claim they witnessed his birth. His "parents" went along with the scam, because exposure would have meant humiliation for the family. The truth about his heritage explains a great deal about Valen and certain odd things that had plagued him all his life.

Again, by the end of the book, all the plot lines were neatly tied off, but there is still potential for a follow up novel.

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