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Kushiel's Dart: Kushiel's Legacy #1

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Staff Pick

So you've finished reading the fifth Game of Thrones book, and now what are you going to do? Wait five to seven years for the next book to come out? Turn to non-epic fiction? Don't be ridiculous! Instead, start reading Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series.

Filled with all the epic staples, Carey's trilogy will provide you with plenty of intriguing and satisfying reading material as you weather the long winter between Martin books (or any other uncompleted series you're in the midst of reading). Elements of Grecian epics, sensuality, religion, war, extreme travel, and monarchies are rounded out with fresh and captivating characters. You won't want to put down these books.
Recommended by Michelle M, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read." Robert Jordan

Review:

"Perhaps once in a decade, if you are fortunate, you discover a debut novel as intoxicating as Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart. Part reimagined history, this sumptuous, spellbinding fantasy is kaleidoscopic in breadth, intimate in detail. It is sure to be read and talked about for years to come." Eric Van Lustbader

Review:

"The author's sensual prose, suitable for adult readers, should appeal to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodkind." Library Journal

Review:

"Superbly detailed, fascinatingly textured, and sometimes unbearably intense: a resonant, deeply satisfying, and altogether remarkable debut — but, emphatically, not for squeamish or judgmental readers." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Sold into indentured servitude as a child in the sumptuous and exotic Night Court, Phdre no' Delaunay is a woman trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, in the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. She also struggles for honor and duty, and her loyalty to the land she loves will take her to the edge of despair and beyond.

About the Author

Born in 1964, Jacqueline Carey was an avid reader since early childhood. She began writing in high school, not realizing her hobby would become a permanent vocation. After receiving B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College, she spent time living in London and working in a bookstore, then traveling throughout Europe. While living abroad, the desire to become a professional novelist emerged as a driving passion.

Upon returning she embarked in earnest on a writing career, which came to fruition some ten years later. During this time, she worked at the art center of an area college, gaining a strong background in the visual arts. This, along with her early studies in literature and psychology informs her work, as does a lifelong interest in mythology. She enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has take her from Finland to Egypt to date. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.

Jacqueline currently resides in west Michigan, where she is a founding member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state. She is the author of the critically acclaimed "Kushiel's Legacy" fantasy trilogy, including Kushiel's Dart, which received the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Fantasy in 2001. Other previous publications include a nonfiction book, various essays and short stories.

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Amber Black, September 16, 2012 (view all comments by Amber Black)
This is a masterful blend of fantasy, political intrigue, and adventure that could be read over and over again easily. Each time I imagine the reader would find a new aspect to marvel at.

I originally found this on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Book List and it was doubly recommended by a friend. I'm now on the third book in the series and it just gets more and more fascinating, although I keep thinking back to the first and thinking it was my favorite. When you first read it, the idea is so fresh that it's hard to stop as every page turned brings more thrills and fascinating interactions.

One falls in love with these characters that Carey has created making this long book seem almost too short. Highly, highly recommended!
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Dee Faaborg, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Dee Faaborg)
To start off, I read the second book of this series first (whoops) and was minorly confused by a few plot points before I returned to this one and read it through. It made it infinitely easier. Read books in order - it's a good idea.

After that small hiccup though, the book was amazing to read. Miss Carey has a skill for writing in the first-person POV that I find is rare in authors. It is actually delightful to read as Phedre as her story unfolds and develops. The book definitely deals with some very mature content, but it is written in a way that keeps it engaging (if a bit squicky at times)and entrancing to read. Watching as Phedre grows and blossoms throughout the entire series, and yes, even through this one book is, simply put, amazing.

So I highly recommend this book for mature readers who can handle the content within it, and urge anyone who reads Kushiel's Dart to continue on through the other five books in the series, before continuing on to the Naamah's series.
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Jessica Fee, August 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jessica Fee)
Every single book in this series is amazing, all the way from Kushiel's Dart to Naamah's Blessing. There are a few authors that I can read over and over again, Jacqueline Carey is one of those. You get a little bit of everything in these books, romance, adventure, fantasy. The main character in the Kushiel series is an odd character that you can't help but admire and love, Phedre is like no other character I've ever met. Once you read it there's no going back and you won't regret any bit of it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765342980
Author:
Carey, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Tor Books
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Women domestics
Subject:
Indentured servants
Subject:
Courts and courtiers
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st mass-market ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Kushiel's Legacy
Series Volume:
157
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 928 pages Tor Books - English 9780765342980 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

So you've finished reading the fifth Game of Thrones book, and now what are you going to do? Wait five to seven years for the next book to come out? Turn to non-epic fiction? Don't be ridiculous! Instead, start reading Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series.

Filled with all the epic staples, Carey's trilogy will provide you with plenty of intriguing and satisfying reading material as you weather the long winter between Martin books (or any other uncompleted series you're in the midst of reading). Elements of Grecian epics, sensuality, religion, war, extreme travel, and monarchies are rounded out with fresh and captivating characters. You won't want to put down these books.

"Review" by , "A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read."
"Review" by , "Perhaps once in a decade, if you are fortunate, you discover a debut novel as intoxicating as Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart. Part reimagined history, this sumptuous, spellbinding fantasy is kaleidoscopic in breadth, intimate in detail. It is sure to be read and talked about for years to come."
"Review" by , "The author's sensual prose, suitable for adult readers, should appeal to fans of Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodkind."
"Review" by , "Superbly detailed, fascinatingly textured, and sometimes unbearably intense: a resonant, deeply satisfying, and altogether remarkable debut — but, emphatically, not for squeamish or judgmental readers."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , Sold into indentured servitude as a child in the sumptuous and exotic Night Court, Phdre no' Delaunay is a woman trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, in the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. She also struggles for honor and duty, and her loyalty to the land she loves will take her to the edge of despair and beyond.
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