Kushiel’s Dart-Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey

I am on a new fantasy kick to replace the lack of kick ass heroines from my favorite romance authors. Anita Blake the one trick pony is down the tubes and at this time I have not found any new releases from my other favs.

This is a rich fantasy story about Phedre no Delaunay who was born with a defective spot on her eye. She was born into a society of courtesans and rejected at an early age do to her imperfection. A nobleman, Anafiel Delaunay purchases Phedre because he immediately recognizes her imperfection as the mark of Kushiel. He understands the ramifications of the mark and realizes that she has been selected to experience pain as pleasure. Yes it sounds as though the dirty ole man scoops up the girl to abuse her, but really it is not this way. He teaches her in the art of espionage while she is growing up. After the death of Anafiel and her friend Alcuin Phedre discovers a world of politics and deceit.

I found this to be a very detailed and imaginative story with non stop exotic lands and problems. There is a wonderful cast of secondary characters who each add to the tale. Joscelin is a Cassiline Brother who is sworn to protect Phedre even though at first he does not like her at all. He is sworn to protect and to remain faithful to his training. His pledge requires him to remain celibate. Faced with his devotion to his pledge he finds himself growing respect and love for Phedre. Hyacinthe was Phedre’s first true friend and constant companion. He is not the street rat he appears to be. At the beginning of the book is a three page book with the names of characters and their family affiliation. I found myself needing to refer to this frequently at first, but caught on to the myriad of characters quickly.

This book has it all from mystery, fantasy, eroticism and imagination. It is not a light book to waste a few hours with, it is intense and well thought out.

I rate this as an A and a keeper. This is actually my second reading as I am now working on the third book and wanted to get back in touch with the characters.

4 thoughts on “Kushiel’s Dart-Jacqueline Carey”

  1. YAY!! Another Kushiel fan-that makes me so happy! Thus the exorbitant amount of exclamation points!!

    Seriously now. I just finished rereading this myself this past weekend. I read this series 3 years ago, and didn’t even need to refresh myself when I picked up Kushiel’s Scion last summer. It’s a truly excellent series that stays with you and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    I almost cried when Hyacinthe had to stay on the island.

  2. Hey Angie!

    can I ask you, did you have a hard time to read this book? Cos I have it at home, but when I opened it and see all the way it’s written, i wonder a bit… but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Angie – I am a huge fan of Jacqueling Carey and the Kushiel trilogy also. I whole heartedly agree on the A rating. Not a book I lend out (I’d hate to part with it!) but I recommend it often.

    The art work on her books is amazing too.

  4. I loved this book. Intricate and engaging, but for some reason I couldn’t get into the second book? The characters are terrific but the backstory/history of the people is a bit much, no?

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