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Kushiel's Dart Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book is told in first person from Phedre's point of view. I really enjoyed this as it gave it a more personal feel. It felt like I was someone who lived in her world reading her accounts of history. This also made it easier to understand Phedre. Some of her actions I think would not come off as well in the third person. I also enjoyed this because it meant the depictions we got of characters were more personal as they were coming from Phedre.
This book has a lot of politics. Which is understandable as the one who buys up Phedre's mark, Anafiel Delaunay, is someone who is very good at playing the game of politics. Phedre is taught by him how to listen and to remember. How to use her skills as graduate of the Night Court to gain special information. However it is these very skills that cause Phedre to be caught in a very dangerous game where she can never be sure just who to trust.
If you are looking for a book that has great world building, interesting characters and a strong female lead then you need to consider picking up this series. I am absolutely devouring and I have yet to be disappointed.
Rather, the raw sex in this book will leave you wondering what part of your brain understood what your mind's eye just witnessed. This is politics, pure and simple, woven over the intricate tapestry of a society founded on a religion.
Surprisingly, my athiest self really enjoyed the religious aspect of this society and how their lives were governed by these beliefs. Rather than being baseless, blind beliefs like todays Christianity, there was a concrete affirmation of this belief system here and there that made it beautiful.
The story is slow to start and the author tosses the reader into this world of names and cultural rules with barely a "dramatiz personae" as a life preserver. Even 70% of the way through the book I had little idea who some of these people were or their importance.
Battles bore me, and I'm sorry to say that the battle scenes had me skipping text. At times the story seems to ramble, telling instead of showing. There is a grand beauty to the story arc, of course, and I found it a compelling world to immerse myself in; but I cannot say I'm terribly interested in continuing the story.
The writing is well done, despite the many distracting grammatical errors (was there an editor?), and the author can truly paint a lovely picture in the mind's eye. The story is worth 4 stars, but it is not what I expected.
What else is there to say? It's a story of politics and war.