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The mesmerizing conclusion to the fantasy epic 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 of Navronne its rightful king. .
Consumed with despair, the blind necromancer Dante seeks refuge in a magical puzzle--a puzzle that supposedly fulfills one's utmost desires. But its actually a seductive trap, threatening to unleash the very cataclysm he fears. . . .
In Avonar, Gerick investigates the ancient king D'Arnath's own daughter, held captive by the Lords of Zhev'Na for a thousand years-or so she claims. Entangled in bonds of love, family, and secrecy, Gerick unravels the mysteries of ancient kings, ancient evil-and the dreadful truth of his own destiny.
National bestselling 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....
Four all-new stories of romance, fantasy, and natural enchantment.<P> From wizards to weathermen, many know the powers of the four elements-natural forces that can direct the fates, change destiny, and unite lovers in the most unexpected ways. Now, those magical elements-air, fire, water, and earth-come together in perfect balance, and a perfectly unique romance anthology, from four charmed authors.<P> In Air find romance in a breathless retelling of the Cinderella fable from award-winning Sharon Shinn, "an amazing writing talent"(Best Reviews).<P> In Fire blazes adventure in a parallel dimension of werewolves and love-slaves from USA Today bestselling Rebecca York, "a true master" (Rave Reviews).<P> In Water resides fantasy and a remarkable universe of magic, demons, and dangerous passion from "thoroughly original" (Starburst) award-winner Carol Berg.<P> And in Earth discover the ultimate in profound pleasure from Jean Johnson, "a fresh new voice in fantasy romance" (Robin D. Owens).
The rebellious Valen has spent his life trying to escape his family legacy. But his fate is sealed when he winds up half-dead, addicted to an enchantment-which leads him into a world he could never possibly imagine. . . .
For ten years, the noblewoman Seriana lived in exile, believing her husband Karon was dead, executed for practicing sorcery. But now she learns his soul has been anchored to this world by magic. He has been restored to life-though his memories of Seri are gone. When Seri's nephew is kidnapped-and a dark family secret comes to light-the two strangers will have to join together to defeat the evil Lords of Zhev'Na, who want to destroy both this world and the parallel magic realm that lies beyond. .
From the back cover: While a sorcerer slowly and painstakingly helps Karon regain his memories, Seri returns to her ancestral home of Comigor to quickly take care of some family business. But her continual leadership is desperately needed there... especially when her nephew Gerick disappears. Just as her husband's memories lie in the balance, so does Seri's life, as kidnapping and murder lead her to the evil Lords of Zhev'Na. And though they are strangers to each other, Seri and Karon must join together to fight the sorcerers of Zhev'Na before they destroy both this world and the magic realm that lies beyond.
From the back cover: By the time Seyonne survived sixteen years of slavery, reclaimed his life, and watched it slip away again, he had undeniable evidence of the gods. Now, exiled from his homeland, he is left to face the demon inside his soul. Meanwhile, the Hamraichi have sworn to destroy Prince Aleksander and anyone who shelters him. Assassins abound. And when Seyonne journeys across the borders of the world to finally confront his own haunts and dreams and put them to rest, he discovers instead something both unreservedly terrifying and thrilling. Soon he will become all that he ever feared....
Seyonne, Warden of Souls, has saved Prince Alexander, heir to the Derzhi Empire, by destroying the Rai-Kirah demons that sought to possess him. But now a new and greater danger threatens. For where once the demons sought to control the Empire, now they seek to control the man that thwarted them - and Seyonne must choose between the survival of his family and the survival of his race.
This sequel to Transformation continues the story of Seyonne, the wizard who fights the demons.
Magic is forbidden throughout the Four Realms. For decades, sorcerers and those associating with them were hunted to near extinction. But Seri, a Leiran noblewoman living in exile, is no stranger to defying the unjust laws of her land. She is sheltering a wanted fugitive who possesses unusual abilities-a fugitive with the fate of the realms in his hands. . .
Son of Avonar is a 480 page conventional fantasy novel written by the critically acclaimed author Carol Berg and first published in 2004. It is the first book in a series by Berg entitled The Bridge of D'Arnath; Subsequent novels in this series are, in order, Guardians of the Keep, The Soul Weaver, and Daughter of Ancients. Seri is a Leiran noblewoman living in exile. She wants nothing to do with the intrigues of her royal family, the politics of power, the unjust laws of her people. But her world is rent asunder when she shelters from Leiran soldiers a fugitive-a man with the skills of a warrior who is incapable of speech and quite possibly mad. There is more to this stranger than meets the eye. And now Seri must help him remember who and what he is before those responsible for his condition find him... and unleash an apocalypse against the world.
The winner of the Colorado Book Award is "a fantasy I didn't want to put down" (SF Revu) Brutal imprisonment has broken Aidan McAllister. His music is destroyed, and with it the visions he once gave a kingdom ravaged by dragon war. Now, he risks his hard-bought freedom to uncover the truth behind his incarceration-and to meet his enemy face-to-face. . . .
With no magic talent of her own, Anne de Vernase must take on her sister's magical legacy to unravel the secrets behind the dark sorcery besieging the royal city of Merona-and to uncover the truth behind her sister's death. .
The evil Lords of Zhev'Na kept Gerick captive for months. Although his parents rescued him, he remains tormented by his experience-and mistrusted even by those who love him. Accused of treason, Gerick flees and takes refuge in a magical realm full of outcasts, where he will discover how to use his own magical talent-soul weaving-to save his people from Zhev'Na. .
D'Arnath was born to be a Balancer, a most ordinary gift, but it was magnificence of his soul that made him a Balancer of Worlds. Fantasy.
View our feature on Carol Berg's The Spirit Lens. A brand new fantasy trilogy from an author who "brilliantly brings out her characters" (Denver Post). For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the King of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled. . . .
Seyonne is a man waiting to die . . . He has been a slave for sixteen years and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, even the power he once wielded as a Warden of Souls. Now he must bend his knee to a Derzhi Prince, heir to the Empire that wiped out his people and destroyed his life. As the Empire begins negotiations for an alliance with the savage Khelid nation, a deadly menace stalks the corridors of the Prince's palace. Only Seyonne seems aware of this danger. But can he ignore his years of subservience, put aside his hatred of the selfish Prince Aleksander and raise his voice in warning? If he does, he will risk his life, but it may save his soul. As Seyonne's tale unfolds, it is the actions of one man that will determine the fate of an empire.
In his catagorization and rating of fantasies, literary commentator Neil Hollands places the Rai-Kirah Saga in a small class of trilogies that sustain power and interest throughout each volume of the work. Roc's characterization of the work reads as follows: Seyonne was not always a slave. Once his people were the guardians of magic such as the land had never seen, protector, and defenders. But the Derzhi came, and enslaved them.Now. years of degradation and misery have blurred Seyonne's memory, and sapped his strength. To his people, he is already dead. And to him, death is all that is left, until he finds hope in a most unlikely place. Sold once again, Seyonne is bought by Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire. His new master is cold, and heedlessly cruel. But within Aleksander, the seeds of greatness wait. All it would take is guidance from one such as Seyonne once was. But time is short, for demons have also noticed Aleksander, and what they cannot control, they will destroy.... "A wonderful debut novel...hooks the reader with vividly drawn characters and draws us into an exotic, dangerous, and beautifully crafted world. Her heroes come alive on the page, with genuine emotions and concerns." -Lynn Flewelling, author of Traitor's Moon
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