Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

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Following 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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About Jacqueline Carey

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Jacqueline Carey received B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College. She enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China to date. She currently lives in west Michigan. Author website: jacquelinecarey.com; facebook.com/jacquelinecarey.author
 
Published May 1, 2003 by Tor Books. 704 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Erotica, Romance. Fiction

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The only way into Drujan, Phèdre reasons (for she has lost none of her sexual skills) is for Joscelin to sell her into the Conqueror of Death's seraglio!

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Not everyone will go for Phèdre's graphic if elegantly described sexual encounters, which usually involve the infliction of pain, whether from lashing, branding or even cutting.

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In the 10 years since the action of the second, relatively uneventful volume, Kushiel's Chosen (2002), the winsome and gritty anguisette Phèdre, bidden to seek pain in love by her demi-gods, the cruel Kushiel and the loving Naamah, has matured gracefully.

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The cover for Kushiel's Dart immediately caught my attention when I first saw this book while waiting in line at the local Barnes and Noble.

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SF Site

Phèdre has become far too pleased with herself to retain our entire sympathy, an estimation and portrayal not always borne out by events in the book, such as her failure to recognize Severio's identification of the guardsman on page 130, an instance where Phèdre falls victim to her own increasing...

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Jacqueline Carey's Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Kushiel's Chosen SF Site Review: Kushiel's Dart A review by Regina Lynn Preciado Advertisement This sequel to Kushiel's Dart continues the adventures of Phèdre nó Delauney, Comtesse de Montreve and natural-b...

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If Phèdre rescues Imriel, Melisande will provide the location of the lost tribe of Dan, whose elders reportedly know the hidden Name.

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Strange Horizons

Melisande can make Phèdre's knees turn to water just by looking at her, and Phèdre's awareness of this fatal weakness does nothing to reduce Melisande's effect on her.

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Because Phedre in the first book is working for Delaunay, a mentor who keeps her in the dark about his ultimate goals, Phedre doesn’t understand ultimately what she’s working towards in the first half of the book, and it makes the initial intrigue feel less intense and more vague.

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And I know you are an anguissette trained by Anafiel Delaunay, who, outside the boundaries of Montreve, some call the Whoremaster of Spies."

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