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Authors: Carol Berg

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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageAcknowledgements CHAPTER ONE - 33 TRINE 64 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWO - 36 TRINE 61 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THREE - 36 TRINE 61 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER FOUR - 10 QAT 51 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER FIVE - 11 QAT 50 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER SIX - 11 QAT 50 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER SEVEN - 12 QAT 49 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER EIGHT - 13 QAT 48 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER NINE - 13 QAT 48 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TEN - 14 QAT 47 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER ELEVEN - 15 QAT 46 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWELVE - 18 QAT 43 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTEEN - 21 QAT 40 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER FOURTEEN - 21 QAT 40 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER FIFTEEN - 23 QAT 38 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER SIXTEEN - 31 QAT 30 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER SEVENTEEN - 31 QAT 30 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER EIGHTEEN - 31 QAT 30 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER NINETEEN - 32 QAT 29 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY - 32 QAT 29 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-ONE - 4 CINQ 21 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-TWO - 4 CINQ 21 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-THREE - 5 CINQ 20 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR - 6 CINQ 19 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE - 7 CINQ 18 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-SIX - 9 CINQ 16 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN - 9 CINQ 16 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT - 11 CINQ 14 DAYS UNTIL THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER TWENTY-NINE - 25 CINQ THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTY - 25 CINQ THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTY-ONE - 25 CINQ THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTY-TWO - 25 CINQ THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTY-THREE - 25 CINQ THE ANNIVERSARYCHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR - 30 CINQ 5 DAYS AFTER THE ANNIVERSARY EPILOGUEABOUT THE AUTHORPraise for the Novels of Carol BergBreath and Bone “The narrative crackles with intensity against a vivid backdrop of real depth and conviction, with characters to match. Altogether superior.”—Kirkus Reviews(starred review)“Replete with magic-powered machinations, secret societies, and doomsday divinations, the emotionally intense second volume of Berg’s intrigue-laden Lighthouse Duet concludes the story of Valen. . . . Fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon sequence and Sharon Shinn will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly“Berg’s lush, evocative storytelling and fully developed characters add up to a first-rate purchase for most fantasy collections.”—Library Journal“Berg combines druid and Christian influences against a backdrop of sorcerers, priestesses, priests, deep evil, and a dying land to create an engrossing tale to get lost in . . . enjoyable.”—Monsters and Critics“An excellent read . . . a satisfying sequel.”—Fresh Fiction“Set in a well-crafted world of magic, intrigue, and dark secrets, this is the intense conclusion to the adventure that began inFlesh and Spirit. . . . Berg injects complexity into her characters with a fascinating mix of noble intention and human weakness.”—Romantic Times“The world Berg builds is one of these intricate, multidimensional fantasy worlds you can’t describe in one sentence. Just read the books.”—The Monthly Aspectarian Flesh and Spirit “The vividly rendered details . . . give this book such power. Berg brings to life every stone in a peaceful monastery and every nuance in a stratified society, describing the difficult dirty work of ordinary life as beautifully as she conveys the heart-stopping mysticism of holiness just beyond human perception.”—Sharon Shinn, national bestselling author ofThe Thirteenth House continued. . .“Valen is unquestionably memorable—in what is definitely a dark fantasy as much concerned with Valen’s internal struggle as with his conflicts with others.”—Booklist“Chilling fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly“Fast-paced. . . . Berg creates a troubled world full of politics, anarchy, and dark magic . . . fascinating.”—SFRevu“Carol Berg has done a masterful job of creating characters, places, religions, and political trials that grab and hold your attention. . . . Don’t miss one of 2007’s best fantasy books!”—Romance Reviews Today“[Berg] excels at creating worlds. . . . I’m eagerly awaiting the duology’s concluding volume,Breath and Bone. . . . An engrossing and lively tale, with enough action to keep you hungry for more.”—The Davis Enterprise The Bridge of D’Arnath Novels “A very promising start to a new series.”—The Denver Post“Berg has mastered the balance between mystery and storytelling [and] pacing; she weaves past and present together, setting a solid foundation. . . . It’s obvious [she] has put incredible thought into who and what make her characters tick.”—The Davis Enterprise“Berg exhibits her skill with language, world building, and the intelligent development of the magic that affects and is affected by the characters . . . a promising new multivolume work that should provide much intelligent entertainment.”—Booklist“Imagination harnessed to talent produces a fantasy masterpiece, a work so original and believable that it will be very hard to wait for the next book in this series to be published.”—Midwest Book Review“[Seri] is an excellent main heroine; her voice, from the first person, is real and practical. . . . I’m truly looking forward to seeing what happens next.”—SF Site“Gut-wrenching, serious fantasy fiction.”—Science Fiction Romance“Excellent dark fantasy with a liberal dash of court intrigue. . . . Read this if you’re tired of fantasy so sweet it makes your teeth squeak. Highly recommended.”—Broad UniverseSong of the Beast Winner of the Colorado Book Awardfor Science Fiction/Fantasy  “The plot keeps twisting right until the end . . . entertaining characters.”—Locus“Berg’s fascinating fantasy is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and a plot as intricate and absorbing as fine Celtic lacework. . . . The characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.” —Booklist“It would be easy to categorize it as another dragon fantasy book. Instead, it is a well-crafted mystery . . . definitely recommended for libraries looking for high-quality fantasy and mystery additions.”—KLIATT Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration The Acclaimed Rai-Kirah Saga “Vivid characters and intricate magic combined with a fascinating world and the sure touch of a Real Writer—luscious work!”—Melanie Rawn“Grabs the reader by the throat on page one and doesn’t let go . . . wonderful.”—Starburst“Berg greatly expands her world with surprising insights.”—The Denver Post“Superbly entertaining.”—Interzone“Vivid characters, a tangible atmosphere of doom, and some gallows humor.”—SFX Magazine“An exotic, dangerous, and beautifully crafted world.”—Lynn Flewelling, author ofTraitor’s Moon“Berg’s characters are completely believable, her world interesting and complex, and her story riveting.”—KLIATT“Epic fantasy on a gigantic scale. . . . Carol Berg lights up the sky with a wondrous world.”—Midwest Book ReviewALSO BY CAROL BERGTHE RAI-KIRAH SERIES TransformationRevelationRestorationSong of the Beast THE BRIDGE OF D’ARNATH SERIES Son of AvonarGuardians of the KeepThe Soul WeaverDaughter of Ancients THE LIGHTHOUSE SERIES Flesh and SpiritBreath and BoneROCPublished by New American Library, a division ofPenguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street,New York, New York 10014, USAPenguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto,Ontario M4P 2Y3, Canada (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.)Penguin Books Ltd., 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, EnglandPenguin Ireland, 25 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd.)Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124,Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty. Ltd.)Penguin Books India Pvt. 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