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Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
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Kushiel's Chosen (edition 2003)

by Jacqueline Carey

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Title:Kushiel's Chosen
Authors:Jacqueline Carey
Info:Tor Fantasy (2003), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
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As much as I adore the first book in the series and think its story the better one (I admit, I'm a sucker for a good origin story...) There are aspects of this book I think even better done than the first. The development of Joscelin's character, for example, as well as that of Phedre's boys. There were many secondary characters in the first book that seemed a little flat compared to Phedre, as we could not see inside their heads as we did hers. Kushiel's Chosen does an awful lot to change that.

And I still love joscelin... ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Jan 19, 2019 |
I still find Melisande irritating.

I really wish she'd died. I'd be cool with her son still being around to muck things up, but she's just so annoying. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
A fantastic follow-up to Kushiel's Dart. This book had many favorite characters return alongside many new characters that added greatly to the story. Without getting into any plot details, I continue to love how the story explored new parts of this alternate European setting and infused more importance into the multiple religions of the world. As someone who loves European history, it is really fun to think about all of these possibilities. I will certainly continue this series. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
La Prescelta e l'Erede. Iniziato e finito in tre giorni. 700 pagine di puro fantasy adult assolutamente avvincente.

La Carey ha sostanzialemente rimarcato lo stesso profilo del primo libro reinventandosi, però, complutamente in modo assolutamente magistrale. Affasciante, erotico e coivolgente.

Queato secondo libro è, se possibile, ancora meglio del primo. Credo che ciò sia dovuto principalmente alla facilità con la quale sono riuscita ad addentrarmi nella trama mentre, nel primo libro, avevo faticato un po' per ricordare tutti i nomi dei molteplici personaggi.

Avevo capito fin da metà del primo libro che tutto sarebbe ruotato intorno all'assurdo amore/odio (nel vero senso della parola) fra Phèdre e Melisande. Assolutamente geniale giocare con l'eroina e la sua dbolezza più grande. Stupendo. Sinceramente il "grande enigma" io l'ho svelato a metà libro, durante la bella passeggiata che Phèdre fra nei giardini di corte. Altrettando ovviamente ho ammirato la genialità della scrittrice quando alla fine mi ha spiegato la mia stessa intuizione. Stupendo!

In questo libro prende maggiormente piede l'elemento psicologico e la crescita di Phèdre. Nel primo abbiamo visto una ragazza diventare "adulta" e ci siamo confrontati maggiormente con il suo lato anguissette. Nel secondo, invece, vediamo come quella ragazza diventa, finalmente, donna. In questo libro è la crescita emotiva di Phèdre a fare da padrona, vediamo la nostra eroina finalmente delineare ed accorgersi realmente dei suoi errori e prendere consapevolezza di sè stessa.

Come dice a Melisande... Prima era una ragazzina, ora è una donna. Il prezzo è aumentato.

Ho apprezzato, seppur con qualche riserva il tormento interiore del Cassiliano. O meglio, posso aver compreso il suo punto di vista, sul serio, ma meno il suo modo di affrontare le cose. Snervante dire, ma perfettamente umano e plausibile. Bravissima la scrittrice che non è caduta nella trappola dei "protagonisti perfetti" (altrimenti detti Mery Sue e Gary Stue).

Un libro fatto di paradossi e di grandi lezioni di vita. Assolutamente da leggere. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
According to Tor, Carey's first book Kushiel's Dart is one of the best fantasy novels of the last decade.

Frankly speaking, I agree. I've never read anything quite like that before. Kushiel's Dart blew me away, and Kushiel's Chosen with its 700 pages was not far behind. It's extremely intricate, intense, darkly erotic and has layers upon layers of meaning. It celebrates feminine strength, because most of the main players in this series be that villains or heroes are women.

Book #2 starts a year and a half after the end of book #1 (if I'm not mistaken). Phedre had time to recuperate from her ordeal, and she receives a disturbing gift from her archenemy, Melisande, which makes her decide to leave her country estate and test the dangerous waters of capital of Terre D'Ange again as a courtesan and a spy.

While she uncovers more and more evidence that Melisande is still alive and extremely dangerous and while her beloved Josselin becomes more and more unhappy with her service as Kushiel's Chosen, the trail leads her to La Serenissima (an equivalent of Renaissance Venice) where she promptly gets trapped in such a dangerous and grandiose plot, that she would need to travel through half of the world, if she has any chance to thwart her enemy and save her queen again.

The adventures she is going through are incredible, the tension and the feeling of time running out is palpable. This was such a wild ride I again stayed awake until the early hours of the morning (which happened to book #1 too) to finish Kushiel's Chosen.

I have only one word for this series, and it's EPIC. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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DANKBETUIGING

Aan al mijn vrienden, familie of niet, ver weg en nabij, om hun begrip voor mijn worsteling, hun vergeving van mijn gebrek aan tijd, de ruimte en vrijheid die ze me gaven, de vreugde (en joie) die ze met me deelden, het vragen, het luisteren, de geschreven en toegestuurde notities, de avonden op de veranda, de gedronken champagne en uitgesproken heilwensen, voor het lezen, voor het laten uitwieken van de vleugels van het verhaal, voor het doorvertellen: bedankt. Duizendmaal bedankt!
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ollowing hard on the heels of Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey's spectacular debut novel, comes Kushiel's Chosen, a glittering and riveting historical fantasy.

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that the 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 and sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very special mission--and the first to recognize her for who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.
Phèdre has trained in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Having stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark.

The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not yet done with their charge--for while the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe that other heads should wear the crown. And those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge. To protect and serve, Phèdre will once again leave her beloved homeland.

From the sun-drenched villas of La Serenissima to the wilds of old Hellas, from a prison designed to drive the very gods mad to an island of immutable joy. Phèdre will meet old friends and new enemies and discover a plot so dreadful as to make the earth tremble, masterminded by the one person she cannot turn away from.
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When she stumbles on a plot that threatens the very foundation of her homeland, Phdre must once again leave her beloved homeland and give up almost everything she holds dear to save it.

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