Winner of the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Winner of the 2009 Colorado Book Award.
Cover painting by Luis Royo.
The stunning follow-up to Flesh and Spirit – a "vividly rendered"* novel about a renegade sorcerer who wagers his soul to preserve a dying world.
Diviners have predicted that the rebellious Valen will meet his doom in water, blood, and ice. Doom seems all too likely as the land of Navronne sinks deeper into civil war and perilous winter, and everyone wants to get their hands on Valen – a murderous priestess, a prince who steal dead men's eyes, and even the Danae guardians, whose magic nurtures the earth and whose attention could prove the most costly of all.
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 its rightful king. Yet no one is who they seem, and Valen's search for healing grace leads him from Harrower dungeons to alien shores. Only at the heart of the world does he discover the glorious, terrible price of the land's redemption – and his own.
Praise for Flesh and Spirit:
"Engrossing." – *Sharon Shinn, National Bestselling Author of Reader and Raelynx
"Masterful... Cunningly crafted and full of intrigue, mystery, and danger." – Romance Reviews Today
"[A] lively tale, with enough action to keep you hungry for more." – The Davis Enterprise
Carol Berg is the author of several fantasy novels, including the books from the Rai-Kirah series, Song of the Beast, and the books from The Bridge of D'Arnath series.
Carol Berg holds a degree in mathematics from Rice University, and a degree in computer science from the University of Colorado. Before writing full-time, she designed software. She lives in Colorado, and is the mother of three boys.
She also writes under the pseudonym of Cate Glass.
An interview with Carol Berg. Risingshadow.net.