Kushiel's Dart

Kushiel s Dart 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 on

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 Ph dre n Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bondThe 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 Ph dre n 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.Ph dre 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, Ph dre 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 Ph dre 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 ab

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Jacqueline Carey born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A s in psychology and English literature During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a work exchange program While there, she decided to write professionally After returning she started her writing career while working at the art center of a local college After ten years, she discovered success with the publication of her first book in 2001.Currently, Carey lives in western Michigan and is a member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state.

166 Reply to “Kushiel's Dart”

  1. Did you cop a big eyeful of that That s right Those Tortoises are totally boning Now, I m sure there s many a tortoise out there who would find that image very appealing Unfortunately, I don t.And this is my BIG PROBLEM with Kushiel s Dart.Not that it s full of tortoise sex, mind you There s almost no tortoise sex at all It s that the sex in this book just does nothing for me In fact, I d probably enjoy tortoise sex .I m hardly going to elaborate on my proclivities in the bedroom It s enough to [...]

  2. Just a disclaimer here This will be a very difficult review to write In order to truly review this book, I have to talk about my own views on things and how books affect me personally I am opening myself up here, which always makes me squirm If you are reading this review and you don t agree with my beliefs on things, that s totally fine But, I am not going to deny how I feel, because that is very important to me when I review a book, since I read books emotionally and not from a detached standp [...]

  3. I enjoyed this a lot at first, in a stupid trashy way, but got bored after a while, which is why I took so long to finish it I think it reaches its height of trashy fun in Terre d Ange all the bits with Phedre living with the Skaldic tribes, getting away from them in the wintry tundra etc etc drag a lot for me Maybe it s just cos swept away by a barbarian isn t my kink.Carey has a habit of saying really obvious things in a hilariously portentous way, e.g.I asked him to pass the butter, for thoug [...]

  4. There is this new guy at my office The moment I learned he used to work at BN, I wanted to run to his desk and start hounding him about books Don t scare him off, Cassy Pace yourself I started stealthy checking the cover of the books he d read during lunch I tested the waters before team meetings dropping the names of authors from different genres Turns out he reads a lot of fantasy, which is great I have always enjoyed the genre and seem to lean heavily toward it this year When I mentioned this [...]

  5. The first thing everyone usually talks about regarding the Kushiel books is the sex, so I ll get it out of the way first SM, not for the faint of heart, absolutely integral to the plot It s easy to summarize the book very briefly or very in depth it s almost impossible to do anything in between, so I ll keep it brief Phedre is an elite courtesan in Terre D Ange, a land whose residents boast traces of angelic blood in their veins She is trained as a spy by a mysterious courtier, and must navigate [...]

  6. I don t care how long a book is, if it s failed to wow me by page 361 then I think it s time to give up, right I understand a few things about this book Firstly, that Jacqueline Carey is actually not a bad writer, that the world created and the politics of it are well thought out but I still don t understand why this book hasn t got mixed reviews Are there that many people into hardcore bdsm Let s face it, that s what this book is really about.Yeah, so sex I am open minded about it and like boo [...]

  7. This is going to be a very unpopular review So, to all of you who may hate me after reading this, I apologize in advance From the rave reviews, and based on the vast number of people who seemingly loved this book enough to tattoo a representation of it on their body, I expected it to blow me away I love fantasy, I love stories with a kick ass female lead, and despite the fact that this might tell you a bit about me than you bargained for, I was really looking forward to enjoying a bit of pain a [...]

  8. once upon a time, in response to the question What Would You Like To See In Fantasy, i responded 1 i would like to see an old woman as a protagonist 2 or an interesting demon but not a sexy PNR demon 3 or epic fantasies set in steamy, wet jungles rather than european style forests or meadowlands 4 or a hero who is also a slut male or female.5 or a YA fantasy series in which the hero grows progressively villainous ________i felt confident that Kushiel s Dart would allow me to eliminate number 4 [...]

  9. This book is so overwrought, so full of tangled, convoluted prose, that I found it hard to take seriously The world, instead of being built up as an original creation, seems to be taken fairly whole cloth from the French Court of Louis XIV I know everybody steals, but the best writers steal the most, and I could have used some depth of inspiration.Then, of course, there is the sex The constant rampant, submissive, fetishy, pain pleasure sex Sex is fine, even porn is fine, but the sheer redundan [...]

  10. 4 A buddy read with my friend Iain and the Kushiel fans That which yields is not always weak Well this was unexpected Maybe I should make it a point to read the blurbs of the books before I start reading them, but I like to be surprised by the content of the story I get into As it is, all I do is check out the ratings some of my GR friends give and then decide yay or nay accordingly I tried to erase all expectations for the Kushiel s Dartbefore opening the book, because my friend s ratings on it [...]

  11. This book was soooooo not what I was expecting it to be.For some reason, I had it in my head that this was some sort of paranormal romance And that it was sort of trashy I have no idea where I got those ideas from, because they couldn t be further from the truth This book is epic fantasy, well written, has intricate plotting, seriously intense worldbuilding and it s not your mom and pop s epic fantasy, either It s sexy Like, SEXY sexy Sex is a vital part of the world in Kushiel s Dart.So the ba [...]

  12. I usually don t like to review books until I finish them, but I don t think my complaints with this book are ones that will be rectified in the rest of the tome Very few authors do political intrigue well Carey is not one of them, since I have no idea what s going on half the time Part of the reason for this is that characters are poorly introduced, often with little context to remember them by or in groups of several people such that you have no idea which characters to remember and which ones [...]

  13. Tight, intricate plotting, side characters with a mythological flavor I swear The Master of the Straights came right out of The Odyssey , And Phedre the heroine of the story.Never would I have guessed I would like a character with masochistic tendencies who sleeps with whoever she wilt But I did.I also liked the way the author weaves politics, war, betrayal, treachery and love into this story, and rather adeptly in my opinion.Such intricate plotting can often get tangled and leave open ends that [...]

  14. On sale for 2.99 at US January 7, 2017 OMG why is this book so long No wonder it s been on my TBR shelf for over two years I m getting heavy R Lee Smith vibes I have developed an allergy to long books like this.

  15. Noticed this has been shelved several times as Romance and even as erotica , but I think its important to note that there is a difference between books which are actually Romance, but contain fantasy elements and books which are Fantasy but contain some romance I d say this book definately falls into the latter category Certainly some parts are somewhat graphic on the bdsm parts, but thats where it s important for plot and character, a lot of encounters were suprisingly of the tasteful fade to b [...]

  16. Kushiel s Dart is an epic book, which I enjoyed In fact, I long to read another book of this epic scale The world Jacqueline Carey presents is rich and beautiful, with its own mythology and its own customs Little details like the exotic wines, elaborate tattoos, and breathtaking fabrics, make my mind swim with ideas Truly the book is a feast for the imagination I was intrigued with all the characters too Everyone, Delaunay, Alcunun, Hyacinthe, Joscelin and of course, Phedre herself, all seem to [...]

  17. TW for this review long discussion of rape and consent.Edit No, one thing WHERE ARE THE CONTRACEPTIVES WHERE.Edit x2 Is it bothering anyone else that Phedre s name is apparently pronounced close to FAY dra , but the accent on the first e is an accent grave as opposed to an accent aigu, which would actually produce that hard a sound in French Because it s bothering me If you re gonna do expy France, don t fuck up the language What s written there is closer to Fedruh.Edit x3 I stand corrected I f [...]

  18. Feels like I just finished a whole series in a matter of days Not quite fantasy but epic in scope and depth There s a lot of world building that can seem like tedious writing at first, but all the disordered pieces of the puzzle do come together at the end and there s a huge pay off the battle at the end had me on the edge of my seat for days.Star rating to be determined at a later date because I just don t know at the moment There s a lot to unpack, still, but I ll definitely finish this series [...]

  19. No Didn t really like it Still haven t gotten halfway into it Sadly, I also bought the next two volumes Just too slow and convoluted and uninteresting Maybe I ll give it another try sometime, butOkay so three years later, I gave this novel a second chance, and my opinion of it could not have changed drastically Whereas the book began very, very slowly and introduced so many characters that they were difficult to keep track of, after I picked it up again and kept reading, I found a story that wa [...]

  20. I don t normally do a very long or thorough review for books that are part of a trilogy I tend to wait for the end of the trilogy But Kushiel s Dart is an exception, mainly because there s enough action and intrigue for a whole trilogy in the first book alone A lot of people start their reviews by saying that this book is not for everyone Well, bah to that No book is for everyone Kushiel s Dart does deal with a lot of sex Kinky sex I thought, on the whole, that part was well done and a lot of Ph [...]

  21. Fantasy Review BarnIt has been a little while since I read a book that gave me a oh hell yes, stand up and cheer type of scene And if the one in the waning pages of Kushiel s Dart consists of the type of thing that can only happen in movies or books, so be it Because it was the accumulation of events set in motion many chapters before, with everything finally lain before the reader, and it was a rare climax that matches the buildup The strangest thing about it It is pure action in the middle of [...]

  22. 4.5 stars A little too long generally, the beginning is too dense especially with regard to the world building in the beginning But after the beginning and aside from the length, I loved this book It is beautifully written, the main character is inspiring, the side characters are fun to read about, the romance is very sweet, the world created is enormous and creative I love how the author pushes beyond what is comfortable for many people in terms of relationships and sexuality Unlike other revie [...]

  23. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.I read and enjoyed Kushiel s Dart years ago after it won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and I ve recently re read it so that I can finish the series I ve read only the first trilogy and move on to Ms Carey s newer books This time I listened to Tantor Audio s version, which was read by the incredibly talented Anne Flosnik.The Kushiel series is set in an alternate Europe which is easily recognized by its geography, language, culture, religion, mytholog [...]

  24. This is Tor s Book of the month for July 2017, and available for free download you need to provide an email address So if you ve somehow managed to not read thisw is the time Added 12 28 11 Just finished this for the 3rd time, in as many years The world that Carey created has become like an old familiar friend to me Her books, like comfort food Which means of course, that I can no longer reliably give this an impartial or unbiased review Yes it has flaws A bit too much foreshadowing I did not ye [...]

  25. This novel is one of those which could come carrying a warning label flammatory material , or a back cover blurb including no liability accepted for wanton acts of a prurient nature Kushiel s Dart is fantasy without the Elves, Dwarves etc, a pseudo mediaeval and feudal Europe in which each character claims allegiance to one of the ruling gods It also constitutes soft hard core pornography of various persuasions, and is laced with scenes of brutal savagery the heroine is delightfully relieved of [...]

  26. This is one of my favourite books for these two reasons, Love as thou wilt and That which yields is not always weak This book and the books that follow is an incredibly detailed, involved, beautiful story and I can t really do it any justice The plot is intricate, the characters are vivid and Carey rarely leaves you a moment where you re not anticipating something That said, it is graphic to an extent It s not quite romance novel graphic, but it s close and it depicts violent acts of a sexual na [...]

  27. Re Read May 3, 2011Just thinking that I would have missed or not enjoyed this lush, well crafted first novel because it did not fit many of the standard romance tropes makes me so thankful that I am a fantasy reader FIRST and a romance reader afterwards I realize that may sound a tad elitist, but I ve found that romance and its readership tend to be pretty hidebound when it comes to tropes That means for a novel like this one where the heroine is a courtesan and her assignations are not hinted a [...]

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