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The leap of faith require by this book is so great that I don t think that I ve seen it done before, let alone pulled off A character that you start off genuinely not liking all that much in the first book but who wins you over which may be becoming a hallmark of the author s has to be started off from scratch as a man who s lost his memory So not only do you have to be able to see the man he was, the man he became, the man who has been erased, the man as he is rebuilt and manipulated in t The leap of faith require by this book is so great that I don t think that I ve seen it done before, let alone pulled off A character that you start off genuinely not liking all that much in the first book but who wins you over which may be becoming a hallmark of the author s has to be started off from scratch as a man who s lost his memory So not only do you have to be able to see the man he was, the man he became, the man who has been erased, the man as he is rebuilt and manipulated in the rebuilding and the man he chooses, eventually, to be At the same time.Things got a bit too messy and last minute toward the end, and I found myself struggling to remember the events of the sister series But a bang up job, and impressive handling on an impossible writing task Carol Berg does it again long a favorite on my favorites list Her development of characters, settings, and above all, plot twists is nearly unrivaled in fantasy today Highly recommended Ash and Silver put Carol Berg on my list of authors to watch The world she creates is rich, the plot expansive, and the magical and social systems intricate and complex Ash and Silver is the second book a series, but it was the first book and indeed the only book by the author that I ve read I actually think the book may beenjoyable without the context of the first The protagonist, who goes by Greenshank, is a paratus of the reclusive and mysterious Equites Cinere, whose members mu Ash and Silver put Carol Berg on my list of authors to watch The world she creates is rich, the plot expansive, and the magical and social systems intricate and complex Ash and Silver is the second book a series, but it was the first book and indeed the only book by the author that I ve read I actually think the book may beenjoyable without the context of the first The protagonist, who goes by Greenshank, is a paratus of the reclusive and mysterious Equites Cinere, whose members must not only renounce all ties to the outside world, but even their very memories of it I started the book very much like Greenshank utterly unaware of who he once was and what he had once done I think it made the slow reveal of his past farinteresting and probably quite a bit less frustrating.As is clear from the first few pages, Greenshank is a Very Special Person with a Very Special Role in the world, despite his inability to remember the smallest bit of it He s also spectacular at almost everything he does If you re opposed to Chosen Ones, this may be something of a trial, but despite my general dislike of the trope, I found myself captivated by the mystery and intrigue of the story The plot itself is slow paced and involves the slow intertwining of disparate threads, plus various betrayals, schemes, plots, and adventures Not all of it necessarily makes sense there was one bit in particular whose illogic niggled at me throughout the story but even so, I found the eventual resolution satisfying view spoiler Inek, primarily Surely there was an easier way of telling Greenshank about his suspicions A way that might have, you know, actually worked I would suggest a conversation on the sea wall, but hey, there were plenty of other available options Getting yourself near dead by a charm in the hope that your student will miraculously regain his abilities and evenmiraculously get a message via his art is rather baroque, not to mention ineffective Also, am I the only one to notice that Lucian contradicts himself within a few pages on his attitude towards drawing living people hide spoiler For me, the most interesting aspects of the book were the themes that Berg explored The Equites Cinere makes heavy use of mind altering magic not only does it brutally strip its initiates of their pasts, but it uses smaller memory charms to erase itself from the memories of any commonfolk who come into contact with it The initiates minds aren t safe even after they are robbed of all identity, for each subsequent mission may also be stolen away Greenshank generally is accepting of these practices, but I was far less sanguine Does wiping away one s memory also remove the personality It s a question that Berg explores in depth The other major theme of the story is a familiar one, but no less knotty for that can the end ever really justify the means As one character puts it Is it righteous to achieve great ends no matter the cost I have no idea what this book would be like if you actually read the previous book in the series, but as a first entry to the world, it was thoroughly enjoyable I m looking forward to seeing how later events shape my view of the first book, and I ll definitely keep an eye out for Berg s future imaginingsI received this book through Netgalley from the publisher, Penguin Group Berkeley, in exchange for my honest review Quotes are taken from an advanced reader copy and while they may not reflect the final phrasing, I believe they speak to the nature of the novel as a whole A few words about this book Several years ago, she wrote a duology about a young wastrel named Valen, who is addicted to drugs and on the run from his family Obviously, there is much there that resonates with me, and the Lighthouse Duology became two of my favorite books ever Berg is one of those writers who likes to keep it fresh and exciting much like Guy Gavriel Kay, she completes a project and then starts over with a fresh world, new characters, a new system of magic, and new challenges A few words about this book Several years ago, she wrote a duology about a young wastrel named Valen, who is addicted to drugs and on the run from his family Obviously, there is much there that resonates with me, and the Lighthouse Duology became two of my favorite books ever Berg is one of those writers who likes to keep it fresh and exciting much like Guy Gavriel Kay, she completes a project and then starts over with a fresh world, new characters, a new system of magic, and new challenges Never once did I think she would return to Navronne and to Valen Then, a couple years ago, she announced that she would indeed be exploring Navronne again, in a companion series.I have to admit, that made me groan If there is one thing I likethan falling in love with a character, it is having the promise ofbooks featuring said character A new duology set in Navronne, but void of Valen It seemed a sort of torture There is room forabout Valen the ending of Breath and Bone seemed poised to be the perfect spring from which a new duet could emerge.And then I read Dust and Light.Lucian is the complete opposite of my favorite rampaging drug addict He never met a rule he didn t love to uphold, he took his responsibilities seriously, and he would never, ever have repudiated his family as did Valen Lawful good types usually annoy me, but there is something beautiful and pure about Lucian.The world building, though I am deeply amazed at how the two duets fit so seamlessly together The Sanctuary books Dust and Light, and Ash and Silver fulfill the Lighthouse books, and give themmeaning,nuance I don t know how she did this, I really don t Maybe she had Lucian in mind all the while she wrote Valen Perhaps she knew the mysteries of the Sanctuary duet before she even probed the mysteries of the Lighthouse Perhaps she is a genius.I miss my drug addict wastrel Valen, but throughout Ash and Silver, Lucian became the bravest man I have ever met Word is that she will one day return to Navronne to finish the story, to have the unstoppable Valen meet immovable Lucian, to see what happens when Order meets Disorder Until that day comes, I think I will go ahead and reread all the books again to see if there are any connections I missed the first three times Come join me I ve been waiting anxiously after the events of DUST AND LIGHT to continue the series, and finally I can know what happened to Lucian in ASH AND SILVER.Turns out that his struggles in DUST were just the beginning It s been two years since the closing events of DUST when Lucian was whisked away from the city after the devastating revelations he made about the Registry revelations that put his life and his sister s in danger He agrees to go to a refuge without really knowing what he was agreein I ve been waiting anxiously after the events of DUST AND LIGHT to continue the series, and finally I can know what happened to Lucian in ASH AND SILVER.Turns out that his struggles in DUST were just the beginning It s been two years since the closing events of DUST when Lucian was whisked away from the city after the devastating revelations he made about the Registry revelations that put his life and his sister s in danger He agrees to go to a refuge without really knowing what he was agreeing to It turns out to be Evanide, an isolated citadel where men who can wield magic are molded into warriors His memory was wiped when he entered so has no recollection of his past or even his real name As the men of Evanide go through their training to become knights they are sent on missions that protect the weak and forward the cause of justice.On Lucian s most recent mission he is visited by a woman who knows him and he is compelled to learndespite the lies he must tell to his senior officers Soon after, he s brought in to the Knight Marshal s office to meet with Damon, a Registry curator whose presence at Evanide causes Lucian nothing but trouble Damon has an unexplainable hold over the Marshal, and despite being an outsider determines some of Lucian s missions Strangely enough these missions lead Lucian to two of the three brothers vying for the Navronne throne, and which show him the horrible realities about the princes and the lengths they will take to obtain the throne.I wish I could tell youabout the story, but it would mean spoilers, and it s too awesome a story for me to give away what happens.Told from Lucian s first person PoV, he continues to be the honorable man who is willing to do the hard things necessary to do what s right even if it means risking his own life It s easy to admire Lucian s perseverance when it seems everyone is conspiring against him It s interesting to watch as he interacts with people and tries to discover their true motives sometimes his conclusions are right, sometimes they aren t We see old friends from DUST as well as get to know new ones These characters all rotate around Lucian s central story however, while we hear little about their background, they aren t uninteresting and are easily identifiable.As in DUST and in her Collegia Magica series , Carol Berg s worldbuilding is in top form The magic takes center stage here She deals with the Danae faerie and their magic tied to the earth and nature There s Lucian s dual bents bent an affinity for a particular kind of magic it s rare to have two and it s believed that people with dual bents go insane , which because of their nature gives him the particular ability to travel between this earth and the Danae home This book dealswith the magic involved in combat, compared to the magic in DUST that dealt with history and art We learn about how Lucian s magic is both a blessing and something others fear What he s learned at Evanide over the past two years has only made Lucian stronger both magically and physically and he uses everything he s learned to try to overcome all who would try to use him for their own ends.Evanide is the hub of all things that happen in ASH AND SILVER We learn about its structure and purpose Lucian considers it his home and a bastion of honor The outside world is in a state of chaos as the war of succession rages on his missions show us this chaos and it s easy to see that despite the hard training at the citadel why he considers it a refuge We learn about other cities, including a central theme first shown in DUST, and why the decisions of others require Lucian s help.The story moves at a pace similar to DUST Despiteaction, Berg s prose gives the action less power compared to others, such as the flashy Brent Weeks This does not bother me I love how she weaves a story of twisty revelations, self discoveries, and mysterious motivations Pair that with her beautiful prose and ASH was a delight to read You could read ASH without having read DUST, but I don t know why you d want to They are both worth the time, and with this duet both done, you can read one right after the other.Recommended Age 15for comprehension than content Language NoneViolence A fair amount of fighting some bloody deathsSex Referenced Find this and other reviews at Elitistbookreviews.com This was the second and final book in the Sanctuary duology I ve now read seven books by Carol Berg and I ve loved every one of them Why don t people I know talk about her booksoften I ll definitely readof them eventually, after I ve made a dent in some of the other books on my list There are still so many authors whose books I ve never read.These books are told from the first person perspective of Lucian, a young pureblood man who gets caught up in a web of deception and schemi This was the second and final book in the Sanctuary duology I ve now read seven books by Carol Berg and I ve loved every one of them Why don t people I know talk about her booksoften I ll definitely readof them eventually, after I ve made a dent in some of the other books on my list There are still so many authors whose books I ve never read.These books are told from the first person perspective of Lucian, a young pureblood man who gets caught up in a web of deception and scheming centering on the purebloods and their leaders Purebloods are sorcerers, and they believe it s important to keep their bloodlines pure in order to preserve the gift of magic that they believe the gods have given them The series starts off simply and growsandcomplex as things are revealed There are many mysteries, and not everybody is who they appear to be In this second book, Lucian is pulled in so many different directions with his many responsibilities and concerns that I felt stressed out on his behalf The story, which was already good, really took off in this book It became harder and harder to put it down.As with the other books I ve read by Berg, I really loved the characters and the story I mentioned in my review of the first book that this duology is set in the same world and at around the same time as her Lighthouse duology Both duologies feature different characters, but events in both books are at least partially influenced by some of the major events going on in the world In particular, there is a war being fought by the recently deceased king s sons as they each strive to become the next king.This series, Sanctuary, was written second, but it would stand fine on its own so I think people could read them in whichever order they wanted Sanctuary ends chronologically before Lighthouse, and I don t think it would at all spoil any of the major surprises from that series On the other hand, knowing how things turned out in Lighthouse made it easier to see through some of the deception toward the end of Sanctuary I did enjoy seeing the small connections and revelations related to the first series though, and they might have been easier to appreciate in publication order Of the two, Lighthouse was my favorite They were both great, but I became especially attached to some of the characters in that first series I was alsosurprised by some of the twists in Lighthouse, which may be odd because Sanctuary is arguably thetwisty of the two Carol Berg is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and although I didn t love it quite as much as the first half of this duology, Ash and Silver was a satisfying conclusion Though there were some interesting parts in the beginning, it took a little while for this one to completely pull me in but once it did get going, I couldn t put it down The characters, world, and the exploration of memory were all well done and made this a memorable read one of my favorites released in 2015.Full Review h Carol Berg is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and although I didn t love it quite as much as the first half of this duology, Ash and Silver was a satisfying conclusion Though there were some interesting parts in the beginning, it took a little while for this one to completely pull me in but once it did get going, I couldn t put it down The characters, world, and the exploration of memory were all well done and made this a memorable read one of my favorites released in 2015.Full Review At the edge of the eastern sea, the Fortress Evenide holds the Order of the Knights of the Ash Greenshank is a paratus, one level below a knight, and is working day and night to be deemed ready for promotion Greenshank is completely loyal to the Knights of the Ash, in part because he has to be He has no memory of any life before two years ago when he was brought to the citadel Then one day, returning from an assignment, he is accosted by an otherworldly woman, a Danae, and she calls him Luci At the edge of the eastern sea, the Fortress Evenide holds the Order of the Knights of the Ash Greenshank is a paratus, one level below a knight, and is working day and night to be deemed ready for promotion Greenshank is completely loyal to the Knights of the Ash, in part because he has to be He has no memory of any life before two years ago when he was brought to the citadel Then one day, returning from an assignment, he is accosted by an otherworldly woman, a Danae, and she calls him Lucien de Remeni.Ash and Silver is the second book in Carol Berg s SANCTUARY series I m not sure what to say about it, except that if you have liked Berg s other work, you will like this one Everything she does well is here, against the backdrop, once again, of a plau Read More 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum year I had the pleasure of reading Dust and Light by Carol Berg It was my first experience with her work and I was introduced to the wonderfully enticing world of the Sanctuary Duet I had a feeling things were just getting started for protagonist Lucian de Remeni, so I ve been waiting on pins and needles for the sequel ever since.But even though Ash and Silver is the second half of this duology, the story surprise 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum year I had the pleasure of reading Dust and Light by Carol Berg It was my first experience with her work and I was introduced to the wonderfully enticing world of the Sanctuary Duet I had a feeling things were just getting started for protagonist Lucian de Remeni, so I ve been waiting on pins and needles for the sequel ever since.But even though Ash and Silver is the second half of this duology, the story surprised me by taking a much unexpected turn This book differs from its predecessor in many ways, not least of all because it begins two years after the events of Dust and Light with our main character having forgotten everything about himself The heartbreaking conclusion of the first book left Lucian with no choice but to leave his old life behind, and he ends up in an isolated stronghold of the Order of Equites Ciner They wiped his memory so that he doesn t even remember his name, and now he goes by Greenshank , just another loyal follower of the Order But the last two years of rigorous magical training has served Greenshank well, and the story begins as he prepares to embark on his first solo mission.While on this mission, however, he is visited by a mysterious woman who turns his world upside down The problem with the past is that it never stays buried, and little by little, Greenshank recoversof his lost memories as he traces the path back to the beginning He is the Pureblood sorcerer Lucian de Remeni, scion to a fallen noble house Once again, he s plunging headfirst into a storm of conspiracies and corruption, putting himself in great danger as he takes on both the Order and the Pureblood Registry in order to learn the truth.But while the plot heads off in a new direction, Ash and Silver still shares many similarities with Dust and Light in terms of tone and style Carol Berg s world building is top notch again, as this sequel fleshes out the magic system established in book one We learned in Dust and Light that a Pureblood s unique magical talent is called a bent , but Lucian, being an unusual sorcerer, is gifted with two One of his bents is in art, which allows him to reveal secret truths in his work while painting, and this was by far my favorite detail from the first book.Perhaps it is no surprise then that in terms of the magical aspects, my one main regret in Ash and Silver is seeing Lucian s art bent play a much less significant role After all, he starts the story as Greenshank, having no knowledge of his dual bents, and he spends most of the first half of the novel trying to piece his life back together again That said, I could hardly resist everything else related to the world building In addition to the magic that is everywhere in this novel, there is also a fae like race that features heavily in this series called the Danae, whose magic is nature based Lucian discovers a way to travel to their world, and the descriptions of the place and its people are phenomenal.Much like in Dust and Light, the writing in Ash and Silver was also very rich and heavy, which actually had both positive and negative consequences Bluntly put, it wasn t exactly easy on the eyes, though things smoothed out once I got accustomed to the style, and there s no denying the deep, immersive feel of the story The pacing suffered somewhat in the first half as well, due to the nature of Lucian s new circumstances two years have passed so there was a lot of groundwork to cover in order to bring readers back up to speed, compared to most sequels Overall, it s safe to say that this book ramps up slowly, but was it well worth it in the end Yes, absolutely.Ultimately, I felt this sequel was very different from Dust and Light but in a good way I enjoyed the return of a few familiar faces, including the protagonist s sister Juli and his old contract holder Bastien There were also many surprises as we gleaned new information about these characters Overall, Lucian s journey of self discovery in Ash and Silver turned out to be just as mysterious, suspenseful and full of intrigue, except the scope of the story is much bigger, the stakes are higher, and best of all, there s a lotaction A couple of minor hurdles notwithstanding, Carol Berg has delivered a strong and satisfying ending for the Sanctuary Duet `Download Book ↶ Ash and Silver ☠ In Dust and Light, national bestselling author Carol Berg returned to the world of the award winning Flesh and Spirit Now she continues the saga of a man whose past is veiled in shadows Ever since the Order of the Equites Cinerstole his memory, his name, and his heart, thinking about the past makes Greenshank s head ache After two years of rigorous training, he is almost ready to embrace the mission of the Order to use selfless magic to heal the troubles of Navronne But on his first assignment alone, the past comes racing back, threatening to drown him in conspiracy, grief, and murder He is Lucian de Remeni a sorcerer whose magical bents for portraiture and history threaten the safety of the earth and the future of the war riven kingdom of Navronne He just can t remember how or why Fighting to unravel the mysteries of his power, Lucian must trace threads of corruption that reach from the Pureblood Registry into the Order itself, the truth hidden two centuries in the past and beyond the boundaries of the world