Readers are likely to find themselves carried away by the first book in the newest series set in Carey's lushly imagined alternate Renaissance Europe. Readers are bound to enjoy Moirin, the opinionated and strong-willed protagonist. Densely plotted
and with layers of nuance, this
installment is a welcome addition
to Carey's oeuvre.
Set a century after Phedre nó Delaunay and Imriel de la Courcel's adventures, this volume follows a minor scion of the royal family, Moirin of the Maghuin Dhonn. She was raised in seclusion by her mother, and it wasn't until adolescence that Moirin learned of her mixed heritage: Her father was a D'Angeline dedicated to Naamah, the goddess of desire. After undergoing adulthood rites for her people, Moirin is charged with fulfilling a destiny that will take her from the forests of Alba all the way to the distant land of Ch'in, where her gifts will prove invaluable in the face of a vengeful mage and at the side of a warrior princess determined to save her father's throne. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jul., 656 pp., $26.99)