Following hard on the heels of Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey's spectacular debut novel, comes Kushiel's Chosen, the second in a glittering and riveting historical fantasy trilogy.
The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that the angels found the land and saw it was good, and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.
Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very special mission--and the first to recognize her for who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.
Phèdre has trained in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Having stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark.
The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not yet done with their charge--for while the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe that other heads should wear the crown. And those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge. To protect and serve, Phèdre will once again leave her beloved homeland.
From the sun-drenched villas of La Serenissima to the wilds of old Hellas, from a prison designed to drive the very gods mad to an island of immutable joy. Phèdre will meet old friends and new enemies and discover a plot so dreadful as to make the earth tremble, masterminded by the one person she cannot turn away from.
“It's rare enough for someone to write an excellent novel the first time out of the box, but rarer still to match or surpass that with the second. Jacqueline Carey has done it. Kushiel's Chosen is elegant, intricate, sensual and captivating. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down.” —Robert Jordan
“A beautifully written story and a gem of a fantasy novel.” —The Associated Press
“This brilliant and daring debut catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Making a marvelous debut, Carey spins a breathtaking epic starring an unflinching yet poignantly vulnerable heroine.”—Booklist, starred review
“With her provocative debut novel, Jacqueline Carey introduces herself as an extraordinarily talented writer…Ms. Carey weaves an exquisite tapestry of politics, intrigue, history, magic, desire and fate into a breathtaking epic that will captivate readers.” —Romantic Times, Top Pick/Gold Medal, 4½ stars
“Jacqueline Carey astonishes with her first novel…sexy and sometimes shocking, if you don’t mind your eyeballs popping out every couple of chapters, this is a swell tale.” —The Detroit Free Press
“Compulsively readable…a saga worthy of the field’s best writer on such a scale, George R. R. Martin. It’s an astonishing debut.” —Locus
“The highly distinctive voice of the protagonist, Phedre, captured me within the first few pages of the novel and held me spellbound.... This is a stunning debut novel.” —Juliet Marillier