Kushiel's Dart

Jacqueline Carey
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Kushiel's Dart


Kushiel's Dart is an engaging epic fantasy adventure featuring an unusual heroine--a low-born, masochistic courtesan and spy, Phèdre. I enjoyed the creativity that was lavished on the fantasy version of Europe that made up the world's setting, and I especially enjoyed the dramatic differences between the culture of Terre d'Ange and those that are more commonly found in fantasy. For instance, Phèdre's society is very permissive about sex, and her role as a courtesan is both respected and considered a sacred calling. The story takes some unexpected twists, and it seemed to me like Phèdre's situation changed dramatically after every few chapters. The cast was huge, the court intrigue was complex, and there were plenty of hardships, betrayals, and surprises on Phèdre's long path to protect her homeland. I've already started reading the next novel, Kushiel's Chosen and I am excited to see what's next for Phèdre.

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