This is the second book in Carey's wonderful series about Imriel de la Courcel, one of the most interesting fantasy protagonists in a long time. Carey's setting is nuanced and complex, and the plot, while a bit baroque at times, is well-paced and fascinating.
Imriel de la Courcel, of Terre d'Ange, is in an interesting position: He's caught up in a torrid affair with Sidonie, heir to the throne. Knowing that their relationship would cause massive problems in the kingdom, they keep it secret in the hope that it will fade.
To this end, Imriel marries a Cruithne princess as planned and moves to Alba, where his life is destroyed by mistaken violence exacted in the hope of forestalling an invasion of Alba by Terre d'Ange. Swearing Kushiel's justice, he travels to the ends of the earth to exact it and avenge his losses. (Warner, Jun., 720 pp., $26.99)