Cassiel’s Servant

Tor. Aug. 2023. 528p. ISBN 9781250208330. $30.99. FANTASY
“Love as thou wilt.” Those words from Carey’s beloved series “Kushiel’s Legacy” are burned into scores of readers’ minds; the first book, Kushiel’s Dart, followed the life of a young indentured servant, Phèdre nó Delaunay, who rose to become one of the most influential people of her world. In this novel, Carey retells that first entry through the eyes of Phèdre’s consort, Joscelin Verreuil. In Terre d’Ange, noble families pledge a middle son to the warrior-priests that serve in the Cassiline Brotherhood. After leaving his family and life behind at age ten, Joscelin spends his childhood becoming the honorable, serious fighter who is later assigned to protect Naamah’s servants, leading him to a crossroads where he must choose the code of his faith or the love of his life. Familiar characters written from a different perspective open the reading wide, revealing new details through old footsteps.
VERDICT While many parts of the story are familiar, Joscelin’s point of view will revitalize fans of the series and draw new readers to this lush epic fantasy. Libraries should prepare for requests for the original series.
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