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Authors: Carol Berg

Flesh and Spirit

Praise for the Novels
of Carol Berg

Flesh and Spirit

“In Carol Berg's engrossing
Flesh and Spirit
, an engaging rogue stumbles upon the dangerous crossroads of religion, politics, war, and destiny. Berg perfectly portrays the people who shape his increasingly more chaotic journey: cheerful monks, cruel siblings, ambitious warlords, and a whole cast of fanatics. But it's the vividly rendered details that 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
The Thirteenth House

“Chilling…well written.”

Publishers Weekly


Midwest Book Review

The Bridge of D'Arnath Series

“A very promising start to a new series.”

The Denver Post

“Berg has mastered the balance between mystery and storytelling [and] pacing.”

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.”


“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…. Highly recommended.”

—Broad Universe

“Berg excels at strong world building and complex, sympathetic characters. Her world is realistic and reasonable despite the obvious magical elements, and heroes and villains alike have complex motivations that make them real.”

Romantic Times

Song of the Beast
Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy

“The plot keeps twisting right until the end…entertaining characters.”


“The characters are memorable, and Berg's intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.”


“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.”


Transformation, Revelation
, and
, the Acclaimed Rai-Kirah Series

“Vivid characters and intricate magic combined with a fascinating world and the sure touch of a Real Writer—luscious work!”

—Melanie Rawn

“This well-written fantasy grabs the reader by the throat on page one and doesn't let go…wonderful.”


“Both a traditional fantasy and an intriguing character piece…superbly entertaining.”


“Vivid characters, a tangible atmosphere of doom, and some gallows humor.”

SFX Magazine

“An exotic, dangerous, and beautifully crafted world.”

—Lynn Flewelling, author of
Traitor's Moon

“Powerfully entertaining.”


“Berg's characters are completely believable, her world interesting and complex, and her story riveting.”


“Epic fantasy on a gigantic scale…. Carol Berg lights up the sky with a wondrous world.”

Midwest Book Review


Breath and Bone

The Rai-Kirah Series




Song of the Beast

The Bridge of D'Arnath Series

Son of Avonar

Guardians of the Keep

The Soul Weaver

Daughter of Ancients

Flesh and Spirit


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ISBN: 978-1-1012-1273-8

Copyright © Carol Berg, 2007
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