Mercy Wraps Kushiel Series

Best-selling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey told SCI FI Wire that her latest novel, Kushiel’s Mercy, is the sixth volume in the Kushiel’s Legacy series, which concludes the adventures of the ill-starred prince Imriel de la Courcel.

“When I set out to write the Kushiel’s Legacy series, I wanted to write epic fantasy novels that were lush with intrigue, religion, romance and sex,” Carey said in an interview. “Some elements had an obvious genesis, like the central setting, which was inspired by a trip to Provence. Others came from anywhere and everywhere: a love of history and a lifelong fascination with mythology, the swashbuckling fun of Alexandre Dumas’ novels, a very vivid dream.”

In Kushiel’s Mercy, Imriel, having avenged the death of his wife, returns home to find Terre d’Ange torn apart by his love affair with the Queen’s heir, Sidonie. “When the lovers declare their desire to wed, the Queen decrees that she will give her blessing under one condition: Imriel must find his mother, the infamous Melisande, and bring her home to be executed for treason,” Carey said. “However, a gathering threat looms on the horizon in the ambitions of a ruthless Carthaginian general, and unfolding events take an unexpected turn that changes the very nature of Imriel’s quest.”

Carey said that while she can’t directly relate to her characters–she’s never been a prince with a tortured past and a star-crossed love–she is telling stories about people she wishes existed. “Too often in fantasy, tragic events take place and are swiftly forgotten with no lingering psychological ramifications as the plot moves onward,” Carey said. “Conversely, one can run the risk of wallowing in angst if one dwells too long. Over the course of Imriel’s journey, I tried to find a middle path.”

When asked if this is truly the end of the series Carey says the answer is both yes and no. “I’m working on a new trilogy set in the same milieu,” she said. “It takes place several generations later and features a new cast of characters. Naamah’s Gift is the working title of the first book, and it will likely be out in 2009. I know some fans are reluctant to say goodbye to beloved and familiar characters, but I think it’s time to let them pass gracefully into legend and begin a whole new adventure.” —John Joseph Adams

from Sci Fi Wire

Why did she talk to Sci Fi Channel? That seems kind of weird. But, regardless. She’s writing more books in the same world! As much as I’d end up missing the original characters it wouldn’t be an issue. I was thinking I’d miss Phedre as the main character when she started the books about Imriel. Then I fell in love with Imriel too. This woman just knows how to write characters, that’s all there is to it. Maybe her next book will be more intersting for guys too. Everyone I know who likes who books is female… and guys label them as “chic books.”