Everyone in Navronne seems to be after Valen. There is the fanatical Harrower priestess, Sila Diaglou, who wants to raze the kingdom. The Bastard Prince Osriel, who steals dead men's eyes. And the Pureblood Registry, determined to keep every pureblood sorcerer in thrall. Even beings out of myth, the Danae guardians, whose dancing nurtures the Earth and whose attention could prove the most costly of all.
As Navronne sinks deeper into civil war and perilous winter, Valen finds himself a bargaining chip in a deadly standoff. Doomed to madness by his addiction to the doulon, and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon, the young sorcerer risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the ailing land its righteous king. Yet no one is who they seem, and Valen's search for healing grace leads him from Harrower dungeons to the very heart of the world. In the twilight of a legend, he at last discovers the hard truth of the coming dark age and the glorious, terrible price of the land's redemption...and his own.
©2008 Carol Berg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This book, like its prequel Flesh and Spirit, is a superb piece of intricate and dark fantasy. Carol Berg delivers a multidimensional plot with intriguing characters that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this book and its prequel to all fans of fantasy.
However, the narration, as with the prequel, is not what I would have wished. The pacing seems, to me, a bit awkward. There are multiple mispronunciations of words and hesitations that make it seem as though the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of some of the words he is reading. This isn't really a glaring issue and many people may not even notice, but it did bother me. Having said that, I still wholeheartedly recommend this series on the strength of the story alone.
change the narrator
just about anyone
i loved the story, loved the writing, shouldn't have bothered with audio book, could not get through it
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