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.
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)