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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Beautiful prose, excellent narration
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.
Lucian, the narrator is compelling and so is Bastien. I also loved Constance’s malapropisms.
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.
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.
Eagerly awaiting book 2 which is in my pre-order list.
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