by Jacqueline Carey
Synopsis of Kushiel's Scion
Imriel de la Courcel was born a prince of Terre dAnge. A child of his birth parents treasonous blood and his foster parents heroic spirit, he bears the gift that belongs to the direct descendents of the deity Kushiel: the ability to deliver exquisite pain and cruelty, and the power to discern the faultlines in the souls of othersand the knowlege of how to exploit them. Surrounded by enemies who would gladly see him dead, Imriel must strive to obey Blessed Eluas precept of lovea challenge fraught with sorrow and joy beyond all imagination.