Kushiel's Dart

Kushiel s Dart 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 realmBorn with a scarlet mote in her left eye Ph dre n D

  • Title: Kushiel's Dart
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 realmBorn with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Ph dre n 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 languaA nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger a woman born to servitude, unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realmBorn with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Ph dre n 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 Ph dre 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, Ph dre makes a harrowing escape and an even 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.Ph dre n 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.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    1. Did you cop a big eyeful of that? That's right. Those Tortoises are totally boning. Now, I'm sure there's many a tortoise out there who would find that image very appealing. Unfortunately, I don't.And this is my BIG PROBLEM with Kushiel's Dart.Not that it's full of tortoise sex, mind you. There's almost no tortoise sex at all! It's that the sex in this book just does nothing for me. In fact, I'd probably enjoy tortoise sex more.I'm hardly going to elaborate on my proclivities in the bedroom. It' [...]

    2. Just a disclaimer here: This will be a very difficult review to write. In order to truly review this book, I have to talk about my own views on things and how books affect me personally. I am opening myself up here, which always makes me squirm. If you are reading this review and you don't agree with my beliefs on things, that's totally fine. But, I am not going to deny how I feel, because that is very important to me when I review a book, since I read books emotionally and not from a detached s [...]

    3. I enjoyed this a lot at first, in a stupid trashy way, but got bored after a while, which is why I took so long to finish it. I think it reaches its height of trashy fun in Terre d'Ange; all the bits with Phedre living with the Skaldic tribes, getting away from them in the wintry tundra etc. etc. drag a lot for me. Maybe it's just 'cos "swept away by a barbarian!" isn't my kink.Carey has a habit of saying really obvious things in a hilariously portentous way, e.g.I asked him to pass the butter, [...]

    4. There is this new guy at my office. The moment I learned he used to work at B&N, I wanted to run to his desk and start hounding him about books. Don’t scare him off, Cassy. Pace yourself. I started stealthy checking the cover of the books he’d read during lunch. I tested the waters before team meetings – dropping the names of authors from different genres. Turns out he reads a lot of fantasy, which is great. I have always enjoyed the genre and seem to lean heavily toward it this year. [...]

    5. The first thing everyone usually talks about regarding the Kushiel books is the sex, so I'll get it out of the way first: S&M, not for the faint of heart, absolutely integral to the plot. It's easy to summarize the book very briefly or very in-depth; it's almost impossible to do anything in between, so I'll keep it brief; Phedre is an elite courtesan in Terre D'Ange, a land whose residents boast traces of angelic blood in their veins. She is trained as a spy by a mysterious courtier, and mus [...]

    6. I don't care how long a book is, if it's failed to wow me by page 361 then I think it's time to give up, right?I understand a few things about this book. Firstly, that Jacqueline Carey is actually not a bad writer, that the world created and the politics of it are well thought out but I still don't understand why this book hasn't got more mixed reviews. Are there that many people into hardcore bdsm? Let's face it, that's what this book is really about.Yeah, so sex. I am open-minded about it and [...]

    7. This is going to be a very unpopular review. So, to all of you who may hate me after reading this, I apologize in advance. From the rave reviews, and based on the vast number of people who seemingly loved this book enough to tattoo a representation of it on their body, I expected it to blow me away. I love fantasy, I love stories with a kick-ass female lead, and despite the fact that this might tell you a bit more about me than you bargained for, I was really looking forward to enjoying a bit of [...]

    8. once upon a time, in response to the question What Would You Like To See In Fantasy, i responded:1. i would like to see an old woman as a protagonist. 2. or an interesting demon - but not a 'sexy' PNR demon. 3. or more epic fantasies set in steamy, wet jungles rather than european-style forests or meadowlands. 4. or a hero who is also a slut (male or female).5. or a YA fantasy series in which the hero grows progressively more villainous. ________i felt confident that Kushiel's Dart would allow m [...]

    9. This book is so overwrought, so full of tangled, convoluted prose, that I found it hard to take seriously. The world, instead of being built up as an original creation, seems to be taken fairly whole cloth from the French Court of Louis XIV. I know everybody steals, but the best writers steal the most, and I could have used some more depth of inspiration.Then, of course, there is the sex. The constant rampant, submissive, fetishy, 'pain=pleasure' sex. Sex is fine, even porn is fine, but the shee [...]

    10. *** 4 ***A buddy read with my friend Iain and the Kushiel fans:) "“That which yields is not always weak.”"Well this was unexpected Maybe I should make it a point to read the blurbs of the books before I start reading them, but I like to be surprised by the content of the story I get into. As it is, all I do is check out the ratings some of my GR friends give and then decide yay or nay accordingly. I tried to erase all expectations for the Kushiel's Dartbefore opening the book, because my fr [...]

    11. This book was soooooo not what I was expecting it to be.For some reason, I had it in my head that this was some sort of paranormal romance? And that it was sort of trashy? I have no idea where I got those ideas from, because they couldn't be further from the truth. This book is epic fantasy, well-written, has intricate plotting, seriously intense worldbuilding . . . and it's not your mom and pop's epic fantasy, either. It's sexy. Like, SEXY sexy. Sex is a vital part of the world in Kushiel's Dar [...]

    12. I usually don't like to review books until I finish them, but I don't think my complaints with this book are ones that will be rectified in the rest of the tome.-Very few authors do political intrigue well. Carey is not one of them, since I have no idea what's going on half the time.-Part of the reason for this is that characters are poorly introduced, often with little context to remember them by or in groups of several people such that you have no idea which characters to remember and which on [...]

    13. Tight, intricate plotting, side characters with a mythological flavor (I swear The Master of the Straights came right out of The Odyssey), And Phedre- the heroine of the story.Never would I have guessed I would like a character with masochistic tendencies who sleeps with "whoever she wilt". But I did.I also liked the way the author weaves politics, war, betrayal, treachery and love into this story, and rather adeptly in my opinion.Such intricate plotting can often get tangled and leave open ends [...]

    14. On sale for $2.99 at US : January 7, 2017. OMG why is this book so long? No wonder it's been on my TBR shelf for over two years. I'm getting heavy R. Lee Smith vibes I have developed an allergy to long books like this.

    15. Noticed this has been shelved several times as 'Romance' and even as 'erotica', but I think its important to note that there is a difference between books which are actually Romance, but contain fantasy elements; and books which are Fantasy but contain some romance. I'd say this book definately falls into the latter category. Certainly some parts are somewhat graphic on the bdsm parts, but thats where it's important for plot and character, a lot of 'encounters' were suprisingly of the tasteful f [...]

    16. Kushiel’s Dart is an epic book, which I enjoyed. In fact, I long to read another book of this epic scale. The world Jacqueline Carey presents is rich and beautiful, with its own mythology and its own customs. Little details like the exotic wines, elaborate tattoos, and breathtaking fabrics, make my mind swim with ideas. Truly the book is a feast for the imagination. I was intrigued with all the characters too. Everyone, Delaunay, Alcunun, Hyacinthe, Joscelin and of course, Phedre herself, all [...]

    17. TW for this review: long discussion of rape and consent.Edit: No, one more thing. WHERE ARE THE CONTRACEPTIVES. WHERE.Edit x2: Is it bothering anyone else that Phedre's name is apparently pronounced close to 'FAY-dra', but the accent on the first e is an accent grave? as opposed to an accent aigu, which would actually produce that hard 'a' sound in French? Because it's bothering me. If you're gonna do expy!France, don't fuck up the language. What's written there is closer to 'Fedruh'.Edit x3: I [...]

    18. Feels like I just finished a whole series in a matter of days. Not quite fantasy but epic in scope and depth. There's a lot of world building that can seem like tedious writing at first, but all the disordered pieces of the puzzle do come together at the end and there's a huge pay off--the battle at the end had me on the edge of my seat for days.Star rating to be determined at a later date because I just don't know at the moment. There's a lot to unpack, still, but I'll definitely finish this se [...]

    19. No. Didn't really like it. Still haven't gotten halfway into it. Sadly, I also bought the next two volumes. Just too slow and convoluted and uninteresting. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime, butOkay so three years later, I gave this novel a second chance, and my opinion of it could not have changed more drastically! Whereas the book began very, very slowly and introduced so many characters that they were difficult to keep track of, after I picked it up again and kept reading, I found a sto [...]

    20. I don't normally do a very long or thorough review for books that are part of a trilogy: I tend to wait for the end of the trilogy. But Kushiel's Dart is an exception, mainly because there's enough action and intrigue for a whole trilogy in the first book alone. A lot of people start their reviews by saying that this book is not for everyone. Well, bah to that. No book is for everyone. Kushiel's Dart does deal with a lot of sex. Kinky sex. I thought, on the whole, that part was well done -- and [...]

    21. Fantasy Review BarnIt has been a little while since I read a book that gave me a ‘oh hell yes,’ stand up and cheer type of scene. And if the one in the waning pages of Kushiel’s Dart consists of the type of thing that can only happen in movies or books, so be it. Because it was the accumulation of events set in motion many chapters before, with everything finally lain before the reader, and it was a rare climax that matches the buildup. The strangest thing about it? It is pure action in th [...]

    22. 4.5 stars. A little too long generally, the beginning is too dense especially with regard to the world building in the beginning. But after the beginning and aside from the length, I loved this book. It is beautifully written, the main character is inspiring, the side characters are fun to read about, the romance is very sweet, the world created is enormous and creative. I love how the author pushes beyond what is comfortable for many people in terms of relationships and sexuality. Unlike other [...]

    23. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.I read and enjoyed Kushiel’s Dart years ago after it won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and I’ve recently re-read it so that I can finish the series (I’ve read only the first trilogy) and move on to Ms. Carey’s newer books. This time I listened to Tantor Audio’s version, which was read by the incredibly talented Anne Flosnik.The Kushiel series is set in an alternate Europe which is easily recognized by its geography, language, culture, reli [...]

    24. This is Tor's Book of the month for July 2017, and available for free download (you need to provide an email address). So if you've somehow managed to not read thisw is the time!***Added 12/28/11*** Just finished this for the 3rd time, in as many years. The world that Carey created has become like an old familiar friend to me. Her books, like comfort food. Which means of course, that I can no longer reliably give this an impartial or unbiased review. Yes it has flaws. (A bit too much foreshadowi [...]

    25. This novel is one of those which could come carrying a warning label: "flammatory material", or a back cover blurb including: "no liability accepted for wanton acts of a prurient nature."Kushiel's Dart is fantasy without the Elves, Dwarves etc, a pseudo mediaeval and feudal Europe in which each character claims allegiance to one of the ruling gods. It also constitutes soft/hard-core pornography of various persuasions, and is laced with scenes of brutal savagery - the heroine is delightfully reli [...]

    26. This is one of my favourite books for these two reasons, "Love as thou wilt" and "That which yields is not always weak." This book (and the books that follow) is an incredibly detailed, involved, beautiful story and I can't really do it any justice. The plot is intricate, the characters are vivid and Carey rarely leaves you a moment where you're not anticipating something. That said, it is graphic (to an extent. It's not quite romance novel graphic, but it's close) and it depicts violent acts of [...]

    27. Re-Read May 3, 2011Just thinking that I would have missed or not enjoyed this lush, well-crafted first novel because it did not fit many of the standard romance tropes makes me so thankful that I am a fantasy reader FIRST and a romance reader afterwards. I realize that may sound a tad elitist, but I've found that romance and its readership tend to be pretty hidebound when it comes to tropes. That means for a novel like this one where the heroine is a courtesan (and her assignations are not hinte [...]

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