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Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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Kushiel's Dart

by Jacqueline Carey

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Series: Phèdre Trilogy (1), Kushiel's Legacy (1)

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Listened to audio narrated wonderfully by Anne Flosnik. Epic Saga of Phédre from her childhood as she's sold into indentured servitude, to her bond being purchased by a nobleman who educates and trains her not only physically but mentally to be his spy while with her patrons as a courtesan. The intrigue's the nobles and royalty take her all over their world as she is betrayed and sold into slavery, uncovers plots and finds a way to save her people from invaders. Love this story read and listened to repeatedly.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
Come al solito anobii è molto limitato nelle votazioni... non posso dare 4 stellette perché sarebbero troppe e 3 sembran poche..
direi che come votazione sarebbe un 7,5.
Nonostante la saga sia super-acclamata ho trovato questo libro all'inizio un po' lento negli eventi e a volte mi sembrava di leggere un porno manga. Per fortuna da metà in poi il ritmo è diventato incalzante e il personaggio si cala nell'avventura.
Purtroppo i nomi e personaggi abbondano parecchio e se la storia viene letta a distanza di tempo si può perdere il filo...
...ammetto di aver letto libri con "intrighi di corte" migliori...
Comunque la storia è abbastanza carina, il personaggio di Phedre ben riuscito, non è una super-eroina ma nemmeno una lagnosa bambinetta. La via di mezzo :-)
Consigliato come un buon libro, ma non come super-mega-capolavoro....
...Mi aspettavo di più.

rettifica: ora che le stellette sono 5 e non più 4, modifico la mia votazione in così così ( )
  elerwen | May 29, 2019 |
In the dozen or so years I've owned this book, I must have read it about six or seven times.

It never, ever gets old.

It's hard to say why I love it so. I certainly don't read it for the erotic content (which actually is mostly glossed over. There's surprisingly little real detail present), as I don't exactly share Phedre's proclivities.
But apart from that, the intricately woven story, the incredible attention to detail (in a good way, not in a Stephen Donaldson "7 pages to describe a tree" way), and the beautiful, beautiful writing get me every time. And I love the politics. In this and the subsequent books. Also, I may be just a teensy, tiny little bit in love with Joscelin...

Is it perfect? No, not even for me. I hate to admit I'm not hugely fond of Hyacinthe, and after the first three or four reads I have to own to skimming the part taking place in Skaldia, but even so, I know I will read this again and again.

And again. ( )
  Sammystarbuck | Jan 8, 2019 |
This isn't going to be so much a review as a collection of impressions and random thoughts. (It's a popular book: plenty of other reviews out there to read!) I'd known about this book for years—I dimly remember it coming out—but although the book description is accurate, it never enticed me. I even read other books by Carey and enjoyed them without ever feeling an urge to read this one. I finally dove in because I'm doing an A-Z book challenge and needed a book with a title that starts with K(!). And then I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed reading it, although not enough to keep my copy.

The book is long, and I didn't like all parts equally. The first bit (Phèdre's childhood) dragged, but I got more interested as she reached adulthood. But as the plot turned to political machinations, while I was still enjoying it overall, the sheer number of characters and how they were related to each other overwhelmed me. (Yes, there are over five pages of "dramatis personae" at the beginning of the book, and I much appreciated that, but I still lost track of who was who. Maybe I needed an infographic.) Perhaps a few hundred fewer pages of everything might've improved things. For instance, I'd like to have gotten a more well-rounded view of the villain beyond "beautiful" and "Machiavellian," but she almost got lost in the flood of characters.

Yeah, there's sex. Quite a lot compared to many books, and the BDSM flavor of most of it won't be to many readers' tastes. Luckily, there wasn't enough to totally drag the plot to a halt for me. 901 pages, and no mention of contraception or unwanted pregnancies: clearly this is a fantasy novel.

There are two more books in this trilogy, and I'm willing to try the next one. If nothing else, the world-building has sucked me in! ( )
  Silvernfire | Dec 16, 2018 |
If only it had ended as well as it began, this book would have gotten 4 stars from me. Unfortunately, I found the later part lacked the pace and excitement of the beginning. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Nov 17, 2018 |
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Carey, Jacquelineprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flosnik, AnneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nguyen, TranIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Thank you to my parents, Marty and Rob, for a lifetime of love and encouragement, and to Julie, whose belief never wavered. To my great aunt Harriett, a very special mahalo for all her stalwart support.
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Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo's child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me.
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Love as thou wilt.
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First of three parts of the first German translation of "Kushiel's Dart".
Second part is called "In den Händen der Feinde".
The third part has never been published.

The new translation of "Kushiel's Dart" is called "Das Zeichen". It contains the whole book.
Second of three parts of the first German translation of "Kushiel's Dart".
First part is called "Die Geheimniss des Nachtpalais".
The third part has never been published.

The new translation of "Kushiel's Dart" is called "Das Zeichen". It contains the whole book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765342987, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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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. Phedre no 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 a very 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. Phedre 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, Phedre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundation 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 Phedre will get but one chance to save all that she hold dear. Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, lusuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies.… (more)

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