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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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A lush fantasy classic and one of the few books I enjoy re-reading.Published 9 days ago by Kari J. Hayes
This book is so well-written it will suck you in from the first few pages. The author invests so many careful, beautifully and subtly conveyed details that you can completely... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dag
This book is the first in a series of epic ‘alternative Europe’ fastasy narrated by a Courtesan-cum-spy chosen by the god/angel Kushiel to be his Special Snowflake—a woman born to... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Wyrdwell
Kushiel's Dart is the introduction to a long, intricately plotted, and outstandingly characterized series set in a fantasy alternate of our world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stormhound
Title: Kushiel’s Dart
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Historical Fantasy
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Loved the story. Sadly I lost my first first copy but this cover is so pretty it was worth it. Am rereading it again to finish the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica
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