The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (usually unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Last week brought a fantasy book so exciting I may not be able to resist starting it as soon as I finish reading my current Sci-Fi Month book (Cagebird by Karin Lowachee), but first a couple of things:

Ash and Silver by Carol Berg

Ash and Silver (The Sanctuary Duet #2) by Carol Berg

Ash and Silver, the second half of the duology beginning with Dust and Light, will be released on December 1 (trade paperback, ebook, audiobook). Excerpts from both books in the Sanctuary Duet are on the author’s website:

  1. Dust and Light
  2. Ash and Silver

Carol Berg is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and this is one of THE 2015 releases I am most excited about since I very much enjoyed Dust and Light.


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 Cineré stole 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…

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