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HThis brilliant and daring debut, set in a skewed Renaissance world (people worship Jesus-like "Blessed Elua" but also demigods), catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists. In the character of Phdre n¢ Delaunay, "a whore's unwanted get" sold into indentured servitude in opulent Night Court, the author has created a particularly strong and memorable female lead, and has surrounded her with a large and varied cast, from nobles and priests to soldiers and peasants. An engrossing plot focuses first on court intrigue and treachery, then, in a surprising shift, on high adventure, travel in barbarian lands including Alba (England) and war. Two demigods rule Phdre: Naamah, for sensual love; and Kushiel, for sado-masochistic pain, his "dart" being a blood spot in Phdre's eye. Not everyone will go for Phdre's graphic if elegantly described sexual encounters, which usually involve the infliction of pain, whether from lashing, branding or even cutting. Phdre, however, is no clichd sexpot but a complex character motivated by religious zeal. In one amusing scene, a group of sailors on the march chants: "Whip us till we're on the floor, we'll turn around and ask for more, we're Phdre's Boys!" At the end, the heroine reminds one of an equally strong-minded sister whose home was Tara. No mere feminist novel, this is an assured and magnificent book that will appeal to both male and female readers. (June 4)Forecast: With blurbs from Delia Sherman and Storm Constantine, plus major print advertising both genre and mainstream, this first novel could rack up impressive sales.
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Trained from childhood to a life of servitude and espionage, Ph?dre n? Delaunay serves her master, Anafiel, as a courtesan and spy, ferreting out the dangerous secrets of the noble houses of Terre d'Ange. When she uncovers a treasonous conspiracy, however, her life takes on a new and deadly purpose. Set in a world reminiscent of late medieval and early Renaissance Europe, Carey's first novel portrays a society based upon political and sexual intrigue. The author's sensual prose, suitable for adult readers, should appeal to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodkind. Recommended for adult fantasy collections.
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smart and incredibly sexy. i adored these books and cant believe this one is only 4 stars! the character and relationship developments as well as a political plotline make it more... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's not that the whole concept of Kushiel's chosen didn't appeal to me, it was the character herself that left much to be desired. Read morePublished 13 days ago by justanotherreader
Set in an alternate fantasy world which looks much like perhaps 17th century Europe, Phedre no Delaunay is an indentured servant trained in the arts of the bedchamber as well as... Read morePublished 18 days ago by DabOfDarkness
Kushiel's Dart (and the rest of the trilogy) is a book that I return to over and over. The writing and character development is rich and compelling, and the pacing is perfect. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Freemajo
Definitely my favorite series. Read it over quite a few times and as I've aged I seem to only have noticed more depth to it and further aspects I haven't seen before. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Georgios
Disclaimer: Kushiel's Dart is my very favorite book! This review will indeed wax poetic about its awesomeness, but I'll also give realistic feedback, as it's certainly not for... Read morePublished 24 days ago by A. Mack
I discovered this book about 10 years ago, and I consistently revisit the book once a year. The book has lost a bit of it's luster over the years, mainly the childhood set-up, but... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kristen Rosengren
this book kept me so intrigued that the minute it was over, I immediately wanted to buy the sequel. However, it was 1 am and I decided I needed some rest but I've already... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Victoria Hall-Clinton