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Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) - Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
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A nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger... a woman born to servitude, unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm...Born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Phédre nó Delaunay is sold into indentured servitude as a child. When her bond is purchased by an... show more
A nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger... a woman born to servitude, unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm...Born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Phédre nó Delaunay is sold into indentured servitude as a child. When her bond is purchased by an enigmatic nobleman, she is trained in history, theology, politics, foreign languages, the arts of pleasure. And above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Exquisite courtesan, talented spy... and unlikely heroine. But when Phédre stumbles upon a plot that threatens her homeland, Terre d'Ange, she has no choice.Betrayed into captivity in the barbarous northland of Skaldia and accompanied only by a disdainful young warrior-priest, Phédre makes a harrowing escape and an even more harrowing journey to return to her people and deliver a warning of the impending invasion. And that proves only the first step in a quest that will take her to the edge of despair and beyond.Phédre nó Delaunay is the woman who holds the keys to her realm's deadly secrets, and whose courage will decide the very future of her world. 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. It is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. A world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, deposed rulers and a besieged Queen, a warrior-priest, the Prince of Travelers, barbarian warlords, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess... all seen through the unflinching eyes of an unforgettable heroine.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312872380 (0312872380)
ASIN: 312872380
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 701
Edition language: English
Series: Kushiel's Legacy (#1)
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Tannat
Tannat rated it
4.0 Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (reread)
This was a reread for me and I still enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, I decided to increase my rating because the characters have stayed with me even if I didn't remember all of the details. The writing starts off in a deliberately formal tone that I can see not working for some people, but for me i...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0
Everything you hear about Carey's writing style is true. There is preponderance of words, there is a breathless tone to, and Phedre is, quite frankly, at times a bit annoying and a bit princess perfect.Yet, this is a damn good book. I've read it more than twice. Just recently re-read it, and despite...
CAB
CAB rated it
4.0 Kushiel's Dart
I'm not sure if I could have formally sat down to read this book, simply because it is so very long. When the audible became available I jumped at it. The audible is 96 chapters and 31 +- hours long but the narrator was very good.The story itself, for me, initially dragged in the first chapter or ...
susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it
5.0 Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Set in an alternate fantasy world which looks much like perhaps 17th century Europe, Phedre no Delaunay is an indentured servant trained in the arts of the bedchamber as well as espionage. These dual talents, along with her abundant curiosity, will lead her into the depths of a traitorous plot that ...
Nannah's Bookbox
Nannah's Bookbox rated it
0.0 Kushiel's Dart
DNF at like way too little percent to put up here.Uhh, I wish I'd read the reviews here or looked at the goodreads shelves for this book before I picked this up. I'd remembered that a friend years ago told me to read this trilogy, so I checked it out. . . . and as a sex-repulsed asexual, I was more ...
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