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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....
©2014 Carol Berg (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Trip Williams on 01-13-16


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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3 out of 5 stars
By Ijw on 01-04-16

Not up to Carol Berg's standards

The book reads more like the outline of the book Ms Berg set out to write. It is slow starting and then jumps along at full swing with occasional elaboration of detail. It is a complex and promising plot, but the rough edges are showing. It is not as good as her other books but the reader can hope that the next books in the series are better polished.

For instance, she kills off almost all his large, extended family in a terrible fire. I'm not counting that as a spoiler because it happens before the first chapter. Even though it happened just 3 months before the opening of the book, he is not as depressed as you would expect. This seems to be a detail that needed more work.

For my own tastes, I do wish she refrained from torturing the characters as much as she does. We want the villains to be despicable but If you take it to heart, you might find it too unpleasant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Indigo Blue on 11-23-15

Beautiful prose, excellent narration

What did you like most about Dust and Light?

This wonderfully written, as are all Carol Berg’s books, combines a fine mystery and well-imagined fantasy. It tells the story of a young sorcerer’s growing awakening and realisation that all is not as it seems.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucian, the narrator is compelling and so is Bastien. I also loved Constance’s malapropisms.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time with MacLeod Andrews. He is perfect as the narrator and provides the right amount of profound sombreness demanded by the story as and when required.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

As with Ms. Berg’s other books, we encounter pain and sorrow that is almost unbearable but there is also hope, love and yes, joy.

Any additional comments?

Eagerly awaiting book 2 which is in my pre-order list.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Book Worm on 03-01-15


Scary and exciting - can't wait for the next part. Great narration - McLeod Andrews' wonderful inflections made it for me, as always!

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