Kushiel's Dart

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Dart kicks off Michigan native Jacqueline Carey's epic historical fantasy series which spans three trilogies and has become beloved to fantasy readers.

In the land of Terre d'Ange, a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace (and not wholy unlike France in our world), where angels had walked and beget a race guided by the principle "Love as thou wilt," Phèdre, "a whore's unwanted get," is born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Thus marked as the Chosen of the angel Kushiel, God's punisher, Phèdre has the dubious honor of experiencing pleasure in pain. Raised in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers, she is trained as a highly-skilled courtesan and spy and uses her myriad talents and skills to save her beloved, Elua-blessed land of Terre d'Ange.

I have both read this book and, several years later, listened to the audiobook--I enjoy it that much.

The wordbuilding of this novel, and its subsequent sequels, is fabulous, intricate though not confusing. Phèdre's tale takes her and her companion protector Joscelin on a journey from her home in Terre d'Ange's capital Elua City to the snow-encrusted mountains of the barbaric Skaldi (think Vikings and Germans), across the seas magically controlled by the mythic Master of the Straits to another barbaric land, that of the England-like Alba, and back to her native Terre d'Ange. This book is epic in scope and page count--but so very much worth it.

Political machinations, treason, love, danger, desire, enslavement, sacrifice, redemption--this book and series has it all, and more.

Ready to start your journey in Phèdre's world? Check out this first book as an ebook using your library card number and PIN on Overdrive to read on your computer or using the Libby app to read on your tablet or smart device.

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