Terre d'Ange prince Imriel de la Courcel draws on his abilities to inflict pain on others and works against his enemies in his determination to obey Blessed Elua's precept of love.
A second volume in a fantasy trilogy that began with
Kushiel's Avatar follows the forbidden love affair between Prince Imriel of Terre d'Ange and his cousin, Sidonie, whom he is forced to leave behind in order to join the princess he must marry, an arrangement that places his throne in jeopardy. Reprint.
When Imriel and Sidonie publicly admit to their relationship, they face the prospect of Sidonie's disinheritance by her mother, Queen Ysandre, unless Imriel can locate his own mother, who has been sentenced to death for treason.