Dust and Light : Sanctuary (Berg)

  • by Carol Berg
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: Sanctuary (Berg)
  • 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National best-selling author Carol Berg returns to the world of her award-winning Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone with an all-new tale of magic, mystery, and corruption....
How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly? The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of "unseemly involvement with ordinaries", which meant only that he spoke with a young woman not of his own kind, allowed her to see his face unmasked, worked a bit of magic for her....
After that one mistake, Lucian’s grandsire excised half his magic and savage Harrowers massacred his family. Now the Registry has contracted his art to a common coroner. His extraordinary gift for portraiture is restricted to dead ordinaries - beggars or starvelings hauled from the streets.
But sketching the truth of dead men’s souls brings unforeseen consequences. Sensations not his own. Truths he cannot possibly know and dares not believe. The coroner calls him a cheat and says he is trying to weasel out of a humiliating contract. The Registry will call him mad - and mad sorcerers are very dangerous....


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This is the first novel I've read/heard from Carol Berg. She can REALLY give BEAUTIFUL Prose, and great scene and character descriptions... She can make you "Connect with a character", however, this is also how I started getting lost, quickly uninterested, and dozing off in bed. 12 hours of this 20 hour book (don't get me wrong, I LOVE long books and series) were spent in "Character Development" and "Misunderstandings", which got mired down in wordy details.

It almost takes 3 days to tell about 3 days of the story line... At one point, Listening in bed, I woke my wife up and scared the dogs by suddenly (and unexpectedly) bursting out loud, "PLEASE! I GET IT! SEEN IT A THOUSAND TIMES! 'HIGHEST HEIGHTS, DEEPEST DEPTHS'! JUST MOVE IT ALONG!" My Wife rolled over without really waking up fully, and mumbled, "Which book? Need to delete it before I get to it". Meanwhile the dogs were ringed around the bed with their fur standing up, facing outward, growling, like, "HOOO-LEEE CRAP! WHAT DID WE MISS?!?!? MOUNTAIN LION?!?"

I usually say "I HATE Fantasy Novels", and I realize that THIS is why. I get sucked back into the Fantasy Gene by Brandon Sanderson, Rob J. Hayes, Brian McClellan, Joe Abercrombie, etc.. and think "Maybe The Fantasy genre has FINALLY Changed for the better?" and then you promptly hit a series like this (which is probably fantastic if there is an abridged version).

The Main Character usually doesn't seem to know if he's awake or asleep, Insane or Sane, and there's always some simple point of confusion that leads down LONG twisty paths to nowhere, because the character is always unable to respond to misunderstandings, or someone keeps a simple secret for a silly reason that would have saved HOURS of going nowhere.
First day of 7th grade English, our teacher said, "If you want to fail this class, turn in stories with any form of '...and then he woke up and it was all a dream'". I heard that again from a College English Lit Professor. Even being an Engineer, with our legendary poor writing and grammar skills, I know THAT lesson.

"Wheel Of Time" broke me from 'buying the next book in a series' simply because I keep thinking: "It has Rave reviews! It HAS to get better!" (..And it never does).

This book just didn't make my Bunny Hop.
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Good but not for everybody.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Depends on the kind of reader they are. Yes, if they match the genre of this type of book. Not going to recommend this book to people who really only read Epic Fantasy. The book is in first person.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucien hard not to like. He is the main character when your reading a 1st person book.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Lucien gets his day and calls out the murder of the little girl... Plus a whole bunch more then that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

To be honest.. I fell asleep during this book a whole bunch of times. I would have to go back chapters because I fell asleep so much. Do not get me wrong the book is not boring, its just not really exciting. I almost gave it a 3 star to be honest. But I thought some of the Robin Hobb fans might like this book.

Any additional comments?

Over all this book is written well and the magic system is fun, along with the world building. This book has many things to offer. I kind of felt some of the battle scenes were a tad weak.
And the book ends in a cliff hanger ... If you like Lucien at all your going to want to find out what happens to him in book two.

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- Chad "This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios