- Jacqueline Carey is the name of two authors. For the author of The Crossley Baby, see Jacqueline Carey (II).
Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.
She attended Lake Forest College
, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a work exchange program. While there, she decided to write professionally. After returning she started her writing career while working at the art center of a local college. After ten years, she discovered success with the publication of her first book in 2001.
Currently, Carey lives in western Michigan and is a member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state.
Her first novel was Kushiel's Dart
, published by Tor Books
in 2001, and the recipient of the 2002 Locus Award
for Best First Novel. The Kushiel's Legacy
trilogy, completed with Kushiel's Chosen
and Kushiel's Avatar
, follows the story of a courtesan
in a historical fantasy
or alternate history
) society that follows a demi-god, Elua
, whose precept is "Love as thou wilt
". The map of Terre d'Ange, the "Land of the Angels," bears a striking resemblance to that of France
. Fictional versions of Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Spain also figure prominently in the series. Elua was born when the blood of Yeshua, the son of God, mingled with the tears of the Magdelene and fell on the Earth. Seven angels rejected God to become Elua's companions on Earth. All D'Angelines are descended from Elua and these angels.
The Imriel trilogy is a continuation of the storyline started in Kushiel's Legacy. The main protagonist is now Imriel nò Montrève de la Courcel, third in line for the Throne of Terre d'Ange and adopted son of Phèdre nò Delaunay de Montrève. Imriel was first introduced in Kushiel's Avatar, in which Phèdre embarked on a mission to rescue him from the Mahrkagir.
Carey's second fantasy series is "The Sundering," consisting of Banewreaker, published in 2004, and Godslayer, published in 2005. It is a story in the vein of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but told as a tragedy, largely from the point of view of the "dark" side.
Kushiel's Legacy series:
The Sundering series:
- "The Isle of Women" (in Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004), edited by the Rev. Andrew Greeley)
- "Jazznight" in I-94: A Collection of Southwest Michigan Writers (1997)
Online archived short stories
- "The Peacock Boy" in The Scroll (issue 4, 1995) edited by Thom O'Connor)
- "Actaeon" in The Scroll'', issue 6, 1995)
- "The Antedivulians", Prisoners of the Night #9, 1995
- "In the City" in Quanta (1995), edited by Daniel K. Appelquist)
- "Bludemagick" in InterText (issue #26, July-August 1995), edited by Jason Snell)
- "What Bled Through the Wall" in Clique of the Tomb Beetle (1996)