My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are authors you read, and authors you experience. Jacqueline Carey is one of the latter. As a writer, I more often than not can only read in small doses. This isn’t due to time constraints, but rather due to my own internal editor coming out. I very rarely will find a book (or author) that breaks this habit. When I read Carey, I am immersed. This has not been the case with all of her books, but it has been with all of the Krushiel and (so far) the Naamah novels. The verbiage, story, plot and characters are so intriguing and flawlessly presented that I literally cannot put it down. I read this 800 page novel in two days. That is unheard of for me.
Do yourself a favor, start with Krushiel’s Dart, and read all of Carey’s books.
Notes to consider: if you do not like sexual content, disregard the last above statement. These books revolve around erotic ideas and acts. Also, this particular novel bashes the idea of narrow-minded religious dogma, and the manipulation of a religious ideal by those who are it’s “priests”. I find this element an excellent commentary on much religion today. Don’t know if Carey intended this to be a social commentary, but I hope so.