Jacqueline Carey has posted the cover for her upcoming book “Kushiel’s Mercy”. This is the last book in the Imriel trilogy and is out in June 2008. The cover’s lovely, and possibly the best in the series so far. Very lush and evocative. I like how the model’s eyes are hidden, also the hint of bondage in the scarves wrapped around her wrists. And the rich detail in the background tapestry. All very suited to the story, IMO. Also, Ms Carey mentions (in her November update) that she is working on a new trilogy set in the same world.
I can’t say much about it until Kushiel’s Mercy is released next summer for fear of divulging spoilers, but suffice to say that it will definitely take place a few generations later and feature a whole new cast of characters, as well as a return to a female protagonist.
How fantastic is that! I’m a bit torn about the fact that it is a change of cast – on one hand, I think it’ll be great to see what happens a few hundred years down the line, but I will miss Phedre and Joscelin. And Imriel.
In other Jacqueline Carey news, she also has a rather interesting interview up at Writers Unboxed (the interview was done by Juliet Marillier, another fantasy writer – I have one of Ms Marillier’s books sitting in my TBR pile, but for some reason or other, have not gotten around to reading it yet).