Kushiel's Avatar is the concluding volume in Jacqueline Carey's evocative novels about the enigmatic Phèdre nó Delaunay; the third in a triptych of beautifully constructed historical fantasies that combine passion and danger, great battles of the sword and soul, deep eroticism, and mystical enigmas.
Phèdre nó Delaunay was chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Her path has been strange and dangerous, but through it all the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side.
But Phèdre has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe, who struck a bargain with the gods to save Phèdre…and their nation. She is determined to seize one last hope to bring him back. Her quest will bring Phèdre and Joscelin across the world, to distant courts where madness reigns and souls are currency, down a fabled river to a land forgotten by most of the world.
And to a power so mighty that none dare speak its name.
Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels. Recent novels include the Shakespearean adaptation Miranda and Caliban and the epic fantasy standalone Starless. Carey enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Iceland to China to date. She currently lives in West Michigan.
Praise for Kushiel's Avatar
“Think Anne Rice’s Exit to Eden crossed with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.”—The Romantic Times
“The promise of Kushiel’s Dart, the first volume of Carey’s immense trilogy set in a skewed Renaissance world, is more than realized in this splendid conclusion....Effortlessly rich in adventurous incident, with a huge cast of well-defined characters, this poignant and robust story will appeal to both fantasy lovers and fans of erotic fiction.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for the Kushiel's Legacy series
“A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read.” —Robert Jordan
“Rich, intricate worldbuilding meets swoonworthy romance. A tangled web of politics and desire … A modern classic. Phédre and Joscelin's story is the beating heart of every romantasy to follow.” —Olivie Blake, New York Times bestselling author
“A beautifully written story and a gem of a fantasy novel.” —The Associated Press
“A rollicking great adventure.”—Charlie Jane Anders, io9
“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