Kushiel's Dart

by Jacqueline Carey

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"When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity on me."

In a kingdom born of angels, Phedre is an anguisette, cursed or blessed to find pleasure in pain. Sold to the Court of Night Blooming Flowers, her fate as a beautiful but anonymous courtesan was sealed. Her bond was purchased by the nobleman Anafiel Delauney, who recognized the scarlet mote in Phedre's eye as the rare mark of one touched by a powerful deity. Under Delauney's patronage she is trained in history, politics, language, and the use of body and mind as the ultimate weapon of subterfuge in a dangerous game of courtly intrigue.

Guided into the bed chambers of Terre D'Ange's most influential nobles, Phedre uncovers a conspiracy against the throne so vast that even her teacher cannot see the whole of it. As her nation is besieged by invading hordes from the north, the most unthinkable threat to her beloved home comes from traitors within. Betrayed and blindsided by her own longings, only Phedre and her trusted bodyguard Josselin are left to cross borders and warring armies in a race to stop the final blow from falling.

Enter a lush world of pleasure houses, ambitious warlords, scheming courtiers, and the harsh justice of blessed deities through the eyes of a heroine like no other. Sprawling and darkly sensual, Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart is the start of a truly original fantasy series.

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6 comments
Anonymous | 2013-01-06 04:51:18
LOVED this series!! It was so complex. This fits into more than just romance though- it has battle scenes, political intrigue, Gods..etc. I'm glad to see it ranked so high on the lists - but I think it could be a contender for the top 25
Dhana Latchmi Mahesh | 2015-03-08 02:53:27
Very well written book, great plot, unforgettable characters... The author takes on the Bible tale and changes it. I :) actually prefer Kushiel's Dart to the actual tale of Jesus and his disciples. I have read entire series by the way!
Anonymous | 2015-04-09 07:42:00
This series, which is larger than the 3 novels, is very well written, the heroin and hero's of the story are well developed characters with rich layering, and careful development. The reader gets drawn into each and learns to love them. They are not two dimensional, good vs evil, the reader is challenged to appreciate the characters and their faults. The plot is well developed and carefully written, and as a man, I found the story compelling. I would highly recommend the series.
Anonymous | 2015-10-13 01:29:14
Elua's motto was "Love as thou wilt". And i love this book i did.
Nafi | 2016-04-15 05:41:47
I didn't like it at all. Couldn't get over Book 2. Boring as hell, so I didn't get to the romance Part obviously. I would recommend Grace Draven, C.L. Wilson,Juliet Marillier, Samantha Young, Deborah Harkness, Patricia Briggs. Even Terry Goodman.
Anonymous | 2018-03-22 03:01:33
This is hands down my favorite book of all time so far. While some of the sex descriptions are truly far and beyond my tastes, I love this book. I read it once a year, and I buy it every chance I get, just to give it to other people to read.
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