Kushiel's Chosen

Kushiel's Chosen

Book - 2002
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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.
Phedre no 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.
Phedre 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 Phedre'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, Phedre 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. Phedre 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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312872397
0312872399
Characteristics: 700 p. : map ; 25 cm

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ContraireZoe
Dec 10, 2017

The book slows down a lot at parts and also loses the thread it feels sometimes. Certain plot lines have a lot of importance and then are squashed with a sentence, which I understand, but often times they were unsatisfactory plotlines to begin with. I'd pay good money to read a book where Melisandre ruins Phedre though.

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nidofito
Apr 29, 2015

The story started to drag towards the middle though the ending was satisfying. It's starting to become a bit unbelievable and predictable how every man is either in love with Phédre or in denial. Joscelin's sudden turn of character was unsatisfactory as the entire religious/spiritual conflict in the first half of the book is dropped with a few sentences in the end.

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oboechica88
Dec 06, 2013

I thought it was a fantastic book, and I would really recommend you get into the series. I loved guessing who the traitors were and where Melisande was hiding, and the action is perfectly paced. It might feel slow here and there, but the second you think it, you understand why Carey took the time to write the other information as it is almost always vital to the plot. In particular this series has some of the best world building I've ever read. Perfectly paced and complex it avoids the trap of being overly detailed or of being sacrificed for plot and characters, as her world building is essential to understanding Phédre and her community. For the full review head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

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Kyanite
Aug 05, 2012

I absolutely could not put this book down. It started off a little slow, but from the last scene at La Dolorosa on, I just *had* to know what happened. I'm a sucker for angst, and this book delivered. I'm trying to decide if I'll read it again before I return it. I've already redhead the super angsty bits several times ^_^

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calibarial
Aug 19, 2011

My favorite of the nine novels in the three series.

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cllevett
Feb 09, 2010

This was not my favorite of the series. The story takes a left turn and Phedre ends up leaving home. I believe the author was looking for a chance to explore other areas of Europa but for most part I felt the story in this book was a bit of a drag. Of all the Kushiel series this is my least favorite.

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ladytigressa
Jun 11, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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ladytigressa
Jun 11, 2008

It was the sangoire cloak that decided me; Melisande's challenge and the badge of my calling that marked me as an anguissette, Kushiel's Chosen, as clearly as the mote of scarlet emblazoned since birth in the iris of my left eye.

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