Book Review: Kushiel's Dart by: Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Dart
Publisher: Tor
Publish Date: 15 March 2002
Origins: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Series: Kushiel's Legacy Series: Kushiel's Dart (1), Kushiel's Chosen (2), Kushiel's Avatar (3), Kushiel's Scion (4), Kushiel's Justice (5), Kushiel's Mercy (6), Naamah's Curse (7), Naamah's Curse (8), Naamah's Blessing (9)

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good....and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission....and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. 

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair....and beyond. 

Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear. Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart, a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new

This was yet another re-read for me. I have been sort of nostalgic as of late and I have been going back and reading some of my old favorites. This is definitely up on the list of my favorite books. The richness of the world and the sensuality of the characters and the writing draw you in. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, it is a dark fantasy with a major sexual undertone through the whole book but if you like that sort of thing, this book will hit your top ten.

Phedre is the main character in this story and she is freaking awesome. She uses her mind, and her body, to get what she needs and in doing so pretty much rocks. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Joscelin, he is one of my all time favorite book heroes. He is bad ass, knows it, and is still pretty humble. I love him and I love him and Phedre together.

The whole world in this book is rich with tales, characters, and lore. Most of it is an adaption of our own world with a few fantastical twists. I love how the author put all of this together and I just adore this whole series. Look for more reviews, I am trying to re-read them all. 

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  1. Couldn't agree with you more, hon - I absolutely loved this book. It's so deep and so beautiful, and manages to be incredibly erotic without being smutty. I really need to get cracking on the rest of the series.

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  3. This is one of my all time favorite books. All of the first three in the series actually.

  4. Because I love this blog I gave you an award on my blog. Keep up the awesome work!!!

  5. I haven't picked this one up yet. I keep thinking it is such a long book and I'm not a huge fantasy fan but I will have to give it a shot. Thanks for the review.


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