In 2001 with Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey introduced us to Phèdre nó Delaunay, gods-touched courtesan-spy, and the network of friends and lovers who aid her in delving into the courtly intrigues of Terre d’Ange while following Blessed Elua’s precept of love as thou wilt. Including one austere, beautiful Cassiline warrior-priest and bodyguard, Joscelin Verreuil. Now, nearly twenty years later, Carey will retell the events of Kushiel’s Dart through Joscelin’s eyes in Cassiel’s Servant.
The announcement comes from Publishers Marketplace, which describes the book:
Jacqueline Carey’s CASSIEL’S SERVANT, which retells the events of cult favorite KUSHIEL’S DART from the warrior-priest’s point of view, starting with his own childhood and training and following his epic quest to avert the conquest of Terre D’Ange
Carey also tweeted about the exciting news:
Okay, so I was kinda waiting until all the "i"s were dotted and "t"s were crossed to reveal this, and I'll have more to say later, but in brief… yeah, almost 20 years after writing the original, I'm telling Joscelin's side of the story.
You may squee now. https://t.co/2QMzM3CE0j
— Jacqueline Carey (@JCareyAuthor) April 17, 2018
While Joscelin sticks by Phèdre’s side almost unfailingly—aside from taking his vigils during the Longest Night while she’s at the Midwinter Masque—his experience of the events of Kushiel’s Legacy vastly differ from hers. Just as Phèdre is caught in the grip of love and cruelty of the god Kushiel, as a scion of Cassiel, Joscelin is forced to stand at the crossroads and choose, again and again, the path of the Companion.
No publication date has yet been announced. More to come on Cassiel’s Servant as Carey shares more details. In the meantime, check out our Kushiel’s Reread and let us know which parts of Dart you can’t wait to see from Joscelin’s POV!
Kushiel’s Dart art by Tran Nguyen for Subterranean Press