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Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1)
Kushiel's Dart - Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1
Author: Jacqueline Carey
The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that 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. Sold into indenture...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780765342980
ISBN-10: 0765342987
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 912
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  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 502 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 15
A fascinating tale of love, lust, betrayal and power, finely plotted and set in a lavishly imagined alternate renaissance Europe. Long, but fully realized and well worth the time spent on both this debut and the sequels.

The story includes some very adult (erotic) situations but the descriptions are not as graphic as can be found in other books.
reviewed Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
This book has made it's way on to my favorites list. I've started the 2nd book in this series and the 3rd book is already waiting on my shelf at home.

Do not give up early on this book! It does take about a 1/3 of the way through before it hits that "can't put it down" mode. But the history and background in the beginning are necessary.

I promise if you stick with it you will fall in love with the characters and this story. I laughed, cried and was in the "edge of my seat" during dramatic moments in the story.
reviewed Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
#1 Kushiel's Legacy fantasy series, and first novel for Carey. Quite an ambitious first book at over 900 pages, but it captivates you right from the beginning and seems to read much quicker. WOW! This fantasy series is loosely based on our world, probably in medieval times, with fairly easily identifiable parallel countries/cultures, and a similar religion to Christianityâyet totally different. LOL I know that makes no sense but it's hard to describe. The story is told by Phêdre, a Servant of Naamah (basically a well-trained whore whose service is seen as a religious offering) whose marque (an intricate tattoo done on the backs of these Servants) is bought by a powerful, mysterious man involved in many political intrigues. Phêdre is trained not only to please her patrons sexually, but as a keen observer who reports back to the head of her household. Intricately woven, well-written and totally amazing first novel.
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Helpful Score: 6
Although this book took a bit to get going and to read (900 pages), the story was excellent. Contrary to popular belief, the sensuality of the book was less than I had expected. Very good adventure, spy story, war story with a satisfying conclusion. A very good read
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Helpful Score: 5
Intense, fabulous, wonderfully detailed, erotic, one of the best fantasy novels I've read. Be warned there is some S/M and bondage though not overly graphic or very uncomfortable for the reader. However, this isn't for people who are put off by reading things like that. If you get embarassed easily by fictional love scenes, skip this book. The mild S/M and bondage are essential to the storyline for the heroine has the rare birthmark of Kushiel's Dart meaning she experiences both pain and pleasure in the same way without any distinction between the two.
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reviewed Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 1) on + 1126 more book reviews
This is a hard review to write, because this book is so complex. Overall I enjoyed reading it. It has a lovely, literate, richly descriptive prose style that suits Carey's carefully constructed fantasy/adventure world. There are great characters, and a terrific plot that kept me coming back for more even when I didn't have time to read.

But good as it is, the book is too long, with too much repetition. It would have benefited enormously from ruthless editing. There was too much detail, so many names and relationships that I could only get through and follow the basics of the tale by letting most of the detail go. It all but overwhelmed the story. Things did begin to make sense, oh so slowly, but it was often a struggle, and I still skipped the more tedious and repetitive chunks.

Also, while I liked Phedre, the main character, she was sometimes a tad too lucky, too clever, too perfect to be believable. There was also the matter of her sex scenes. The religious faith of this narrative is essentially a deeply ingrained system of prostitution, and Phedre is of a certain, very dark, persuasion--I get that, and it's certainly interesting from any number of cultural viewpoints. But the sex made me uneasy; it was too often gratuitous, with pain, torture, and abuse that did not need to be detailed either to understand the main character and her society or to move the plot forward.

At the end I was satisfied but exhausted. I liked the book, its world and characters, but am not sure I have the will or the stamina to continue with this series, no matter how well written. I would recommend Kushiel's Dart, though, to broad-minded readers who enjoy a nicely crafted fantasy tale.

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