Carey returns to the land Terre d'Ange in this utterly fantastic novel about Imriel nó Montreve de la Courcel, son of two of the most hated traitors in the history of Terre d'Ange.
Taken in by the Comtesse Phedre and her Cassiline consort, Josceline, Imriel greatly desires to be good. But in order to be good, Imri must overcome his haunted past and build a life and future for himself on his own merits. There is much intrigue at the court of Terre d'Ange, and many people who are quick to judge young Imri, so he finally heads to Tiberium, where he hopes to disappear in the crowd of students.
Imri is a charismatically conflicted narrator, and readers will be passionately drawn into his adventures. As with her prior series set in this alternate Europe, Carey's settings are beautifully realized and filled with absolutely wonderful secondary characters. There's a lot going on in this baroquely plotted novel, but the author never loses sight of what makes these books so wonderful: the characters. (Jun., 753 pp., $26.95)