Cover image for Starless / Jacqueline Carey.
Starless / Jacqueline Carey.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.

Physical Description:
587 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tor Book"--Title page verso.
Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.


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CAR Book Adult Fantasy / Sci-Fi

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Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk...Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him. In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity. But in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. If Khai is to keep his soul's twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

Author Notes

Jacqueline Carey was born in 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois. After receiving B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College, she spent six months working in a bookstore in London. Upon returning to the U.S., she began her writing career while working at a local college.

Her debut novel, Kushiel's Dart, was published in 2001 and won the 2002 Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her other works include the Kushiel's Legacy series, the Naamah series, the Sundering series, and Santa Olivia series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This rich, evocative fantasy epic from Carey (Miranda and Caliban) is a poignant tale of grand adventure. Khai was chosen at birth to serve as shadow (a soul-twin and protector) for the Sun-Blessed Princess Zariya of the House of the Ageless. He has spent the entirety of his young life in the desert, preparing for this task the gods have bestowed upon him. As puberty draws near, Khai is due to be presented to the princess, but his position is undermined when he learns that he is bhazim, a daughter who was pledged to be raised as a son. He also learns of a prophecy that speaks of the fallen god, Miasmus, a darkness that will "arise in the west against which one of the Sun-Blessed will stand." Pragmatic Zariya, who was injured in childhood and walks with canes, is determined to be that prophesied one with the aid of her shadow. Khai, cautiously experimenting with gender presentation, joins Zariya and the defenders of the four quarters, a ragtag group who are committed to halting Miasmus's destructive force. Carey handles themes of duty, love, and identity with tenderness and fortitude, never pigeonholing her protagonists, and the tapestry of her characters elevates this novel above its peers. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Carey's new historical epic fantasy introduces Khai, who, born during a lunar eclipse, was taken into the Pahrkun clan to learn the ways of a warrior in order to protect the princess Zariya of the Ageless and Sun-Blessed. Khai is Zariya's shadow, bound by prophecy as her defender and soul's twin. Although he trains for years in the ways of honor, he gradually discovers that the clan holds a secret that impacts him directly. Thrown into the midst of court politics and conspiracies, Khai struggles to understand his own identity, that of Zariya, and the truth about the coming of the dark god -Miasmus. Survival depends on Khai and Zariya's joining a group of prophecy seekers who sail under starless skies searching for the answer that will save their world from utter destruction. VERDICT Carey's evocative prose and skillful worldbuilding establishes a lushly detailed setting populated by memorable, well-drawn characters in a story that is deliberate and immersive. Exquisite action sequences will delight the many fans of her "Kushiel's Legacy" series. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.