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Kushiel's Dart

Carey, Jacqueline (Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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 sameglittering 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.
Authors: Carey, Jacqueline, 1964-
Title: Kushiel's dart
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2002, c2001
Edition: 1st mass-market ed
Characteristics: xvi, 912 p. :,map ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jacqueline Carey
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
ISBN: 0765342987
9780765342980
Branch Call Number: SF CAREY 2002
Subject Headings: Courts and courtiers Fiction Indentured servants Fiction Women household employees Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Courts and courtiers
Indentured servants
Women household employees
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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.


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Nov 03, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ooh this was torture to get to the good part - but after 250 or 300 pages it finally got better. I enjoyed the 2nd part of the book but I cannot say that I actually connected to the main character - she seemed "too different". I may read the other books but I fear they will be a long read.

Sep 14, 2013
  • nidofito rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not an easy book to read, I must admit. It took quite a while to remember the names, places and all the relationships. But man, once she is held in captive in Skaldia (which is about halfway through the book), the story really picks up until the end. The latter half is AWESOME! with lots of twists and turns, tonnes of heartbreak and crying (for me at least) but many joyous moments too.

Jun 21, 2012
  • Kathea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. The beginning of the book was a little slow which often happens when a novel seeks to create a land and culture foreign to the reader. But it became quite an enjoyable read and I found the world interesting. The story was complex with lots of twists and turns and the characters were memorable.

Jun 17, 2012
  • adelaideblair rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book could have benefitted from some serious editing, especially in the first half. (It takes several hundred pages before the story even really starts.) All in all though, it was an enjoyable read. The world is interesting, the politics complex, and the love sincere.

Jun 30, 2011
  • Helen_Joan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Finding that this book topped the 100 list of the Decade's SF/F at Tor.com, I decided to read it. After reading half the book, I could not understand why it was at the top of the chart! Was the stereotype true - that most SF/F readers were geeky teenage boy wannabes? The only reason that it hit the top of the list was because of the lurid sex scenes? I debated about putting it down.
I didn't have another book, so I kept reading. Finally, after getting enslaved by the Skaldi, it started getting interesting. The plot started moving. There were adventures, dangerous situations, conflict and battles. Now I understood what had to happen in the first half of the book - too bad it took so long to get there.

May 06, 2011
  • theana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent book. The rest of the series is awesome too. I've reccomended it to several people in the past, and they've all become addicted to it as well.
Part of the allure is the strong female characters, the vivid storytelling and the complex plots. Carey paints a beautiful and captivating world that draws you in.

Well written but just not enough fire.

Mar 15, 2011
  • Xandira rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story takes WAY too long to really get going, but once it does it is hard to put down. After page 450 or so.... Which is about how long it takes to get used to the flowery language.

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Jun 21, 2012
  • Kathea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 30, 2011
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Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Lots of sexual passages and many varieties of sexuality.

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Our protagonist experiences pleasure with pain, so lots of rough sex, although the author does differentiate between consensual S&M sex and rape/torture.

Jun 11, 2008
  • ladytigressa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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May 19, 2014
  • KeitaWolf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Because I could." - Melisande

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"... the keeping of secrets from adults is oft the only power a child may hope to possess." -Phedre

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"That which yields, is not always weak." -Hyacinthe

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It is human nature, to give in hope of getting." -Anafiel Delaunay

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"To have a traitor for an ally is to have an enemy-in-waiting." -Phedre

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It is a fine line, in all of us, between civilization and savagery. To any who think they would never cross it, I can only say, if you have never known what it is to be utterly betrayed and abandoned, you cannot know how close it is.” -Phedre

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.” -Phedre

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity upon me” -Phedre

Feb 03, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Love as thou wilt." -Elua

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