Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
Cover Artist: Luis Royo
Review by Colleen Cahill
Roc Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 978045146097804
Date: 01 May 2007 / Show Article /
There are plenty of fantasy series with heroes who destiny seeks out. In Carol Berg's Spirit and Flesh, we find a very reluctant hero, one who has run from his family, his powers and any destiny. If Valen could just be an average person in normal times, he would be happy to let any glory pass him by. But these are not normal times, as social unrest, and dark powers are on the rise and he finds there is no place to hide from fate. From official release/information:
Book Description: In a land torn apart by civil war, pestilence, and shaky alliances, a man branded a traitor may be the world's only hope...
The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society -- and his family -- ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water and blood and ice. And her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.
Offered sanctuary in a nearby monastery, Valen discovers that his book -- rumored to lead men into the realm of angels -- gains him entry into a world of secret societies, doomsayers, monks, princes, and madmen, all seeking to unlock the mystery of the coming dark age. Unfortunately, the key to Navronne's doom is buried in half-forgotten myth--and the secrets of his own past...
(Source: Roc Trade)