Polly Shulman
May 25, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Valen, a dyslexic sorcerer on the run from his abusive family, takes refuge in a monastery, bringing a book of maps that can lead humans into the shadowy home of the supernatural Danae. Unfortunately, he can’t read it. Can he find a way to preserve civilization from fanatics and warring princes in Carol Berg’s Flesh and Spirit?

For Fans of…
George R.R. Martin; Anne Bishop.

Bottom Line
Moments of colorful intensity highlight this workmanlike coming-of-age adventure. B

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