A decade of peace has passed in Terre D'Ange, the country founded by the god Elua. Since the world's most famous courtesan saved her queen from assassination, Phedre n? Delauny has been enjoying a quiet life until a prophetic dream calls upon her to serve her gods one last time.
But what they ask may be too painful for even an "anguissettte" to bear.
When the young son of the traitor Melisande Shahrizai Imriel de la Courcel, who stands third in line for the crown is kidnapped, Phedre enters an uneasy bargain to find the boy in exchange for the information that will free her beloved childhood friend Hyacinthe from his eternal imprisonment as the new Master of the Straits. When it becomes clear that Imriel's disappearance is part of a larger, far darker scheme, Phedre knows it is her sacred duty to end it.
At her side is her loving consort Josselin, who will also risk losing himself in Phedre s gamble to rescue Imriel and save her country from a spreading darkness. And beyond her doubt, her fear, dangles the promise of a holy mystery so great that it could transform Phedre into justice incarnate or consume her in the flames of her own passion. All of Phedre s journeys have led here, to the grandest of conclusions in an epic tale of
fantasy, adventure, and, above all, love.
"Kushiel's Avatar" is the stunning conclusion to Jacqueline Carey's epic trilogy."