Kushiel's Dart

Jacqueline Carey
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What in the FF did I just read?!?!? Let's see, the unwanted daughter of a pedigreed prostitute sold as a toddler into indentured well educated spy prostitute service, who also turns out is a god gifted masochist. If you can get past the protagonists 'gifts' there is vey good story telling to be had.

I picked this book as I'm working my way through NPR's top 100 and didn't realize what I was getting myself into. To be honest it is the type of book that if some one asked me what I was reading I might say something else, just to dodge questions about why I'm reading a tale of child prostitution, sex slavery, and royal espionage...There is little opportunity the protaginist misses to ply her trade and 'please Naamah'. but the story is good. It's a weird book though, I'm sure it's called fantasy, but it is more like medieval fiction as there is seemingly little magic or typical fantasy tropes involved. I mean every one talks about the gods having existed in the recent past, but I'm sure they did the same thing a thousand years ago in our reality. Theres one part that just doesn't fit at all, when out of nowhere a seeming actual god 'cursed monster' pops up...like what?!?!? How can such a bizarre figure pop into an otherwise non magic tale?!?

Will I read the other books in the series? Probably, I can only imagine how the author would step up the debauchery though.