Tor. Jun. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780765386823. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765386830. FaNTASY
OrangeReviewStarCarey's new historical epic fantasy introduces Khai, who, born during a lunar eclipse, was taken into the Pahrkun clan to learn the ways of a warrior in order to protect the princess Zariya of the Ageless and Sun-Blessed. Khai is Zariya's shadow, bound by prophecy as her defender and soul's twin. Although he trains for years in the ways of honor, he gradually discovers that the clan holds a secret that impacts him directly. Thrown into the midst of court politics and conspiracies, Khai struggles to understand his own identity, that of Zariya, and the truth about the coming of the dark god Miasmus. Survival depends on Khai and Zariya's joining a group of prophecy seekers who sail under starless skies searching for the answer that will save their world from utter destruction.
VERDICT Carey's evocative prose and skillful worldbuilding establishes a lushly detailed setting populated by memorable, well-drawn characters in a story that is deliberate and immersive. Exquisite action sequences will delight the many fans of her "Kushiel's Legacy" series. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]
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