February 24, 2018

#BookReview: Kushiel's Dart by @JCareyAuthor with @adivineeternity

About the Book: When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity on me.

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.

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Recommended Age: Adults
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
How I Acquired this book: Bought it
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Author: Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction. 

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a work exchange program. While there, she decided to write professionally. After returning she started her writing career while working at the art center of a local college. After ten years, she discovered success with the publication of her first book in 2001.

Currently, Carey lives in western Michigan and is a member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Some of the scenes are HOT. Beware!

Check out author's other books? Without hesitation
Recommend this book? YES

Notes and Opinions: It's been a bit since I read Kushiel's Dart, but I plan on reviewing the rest of the series so I figured I may as well slip this one in, as well. So if my review seems short and disjointed, that's why.

I loved this book. It is beautifully written and very sex-positive in all sorts of sexual situations, especially given the theme of "Love as thou wilt" throughout the book. It's a world full of trained courtesans, including those who specialize in BDSM-like techniques, politics, intrigue, and betrayal. There's love and hatred, pain, death, beauty, and goodness throughout.

I really don't know what else to say about it other than to beg those open to the sexual themes to PLEASE go read it.

Go Into This One Knowing: There are VERY strong themes of sex, LGBTQ+, BDSM, etc. throughout this book and the entire series

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