Kushiel's Dart

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Kushiel's Dart
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Sold into indentured servitude at the exotic Night Court as a child, Pháedre nâo Delaunay faces a difficult choice between honor and duty as she deals with a world of conspiracy and betrayal.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Blackwell North Amer
Born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Phedre no 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 Phedre 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, Phedre 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.
Phedre no Delaunay is the woman who holds the keys to her realms's deadly secrets, and whose courage will decide the very future of her world.

Baker
& Taylor

Sold into indentured servitude at the exotic Night Court as a child, PhFdre n= Delaunay, faces a difficult choice between honor and duty as she deals with a world of glittering luxury, conspiracy, sacrifice, and betrayal and plays a key role in protecting her land from a dangerously clever and evil villainess. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312872380
Characteristics: 701 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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Feb 12, 2015
  • sorenkrane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic and complex world building. This makes for a difficult world to dive into, the mythos and belief system of not just one but many cultures. The story is delicately threaded through the first half, then fast and action packed in the second half. Joselin is my favourite character in the book.
Loved it!

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.

Aug 24, 2012
  • wzrd125 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A dark, edgy fantasy not for the faint of heart.
The story starts slow; establishing the rich and immersive world of Terre d'Ange, where history and mythology are one. Some may find the read a little tedious, but it is well worth it; setting the stage for a world as vast as Tolkien's. Just when you've gotten comfortable and familiar with Its character's and way of life, Carey throws a curve-ball and circumstances change entirely.
The cast of characters is are both dynamic and diverse; from a daughter of the night-court to the monk, who must challenge his every vow to defend the one he is sworn to protect.
Though often taking a serious tone, the story is not without humor. It is both tasteful and entertaining, it is by no means predictable. what sets it apart, however, is the proper and elegant vernacular used by Phèdre, as the story unfolds through her eyes.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a unique and engaging read.

#imagineteencontest

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.

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.

May 05, 2011

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

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

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