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Jacqueline Carey
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17 Sep 2004
Phedre no Delaunay is a woman born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child. Pricked by Kushiel's Dart means that she is chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Her path has taken a strange and sometimes dangerous course. She has lain with princes and pirate kings and battled a wicked temptress who is still determined to win the crown at any cost. All this time she has had the devoted swordsman Joscelin at her side, who has never violated the central precept of the angel Cassiel: to protect and serve. Now Phedre's plans will put his pledge to the ultimate test, for she has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe. She has spent ten long years searching for the key to free him from his eternal indenture to the Master of Straits, a bargain with the gods that he struck so a nation could be saved. Phedre is determined to seize one last hope to redeem Hyacinthe, even if it means her death. Their search will take Phedre and Joscelin on a dangerous journey that will carry them to distant countries where madness reigns and souls are currency, and down a fabled river to a land forgotten by most of the world...And to a power so mi


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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (17 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405034149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405034142
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Carey dismantles standard notions of both magic and mortality to produce a long, complex saga worthy of the field's best writer on such a scale, George R.R. Martin' Locus"

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Jacqueline Carey was born in 1964. After receiving BA degrees in Psychology and English Literature, she embarked on a writing career and published various short stories. Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen are the first two volumes in her Kushiel's Legacy trilogy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing story-telling 23 May 2003
By Allie
Format:Hardcover
This is the final book in the trilogy begun by Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's chosen, set in a Europe which is recognisably that of the middle ages but which is based on divergent history, religion and politics. It reintroduces familiar characters and brings in new ones, developes religious themes more than the largely political ones of the previous books, and revolves around further perilous travels (to the Middle East and Africa) for the central couple of Phedre and Joscelin.
Kushiel's Avatar is well written and absorbing story telling: a fitting end to a sweeping saga. It doesn't quite transcend the boundaries of its genre, but I'm certainly going to be on the look out for future works by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect finale 16 April 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very, very few authors manage to finish a jaw-dropping trilogy well - but Carey is one of the few who can. Every single possible question posed by the previous books is answered in Carey's charateristic exquisite prose, that take everyone's favourite heroine Phedre on a historic new journey from her world's brightest light to the shadowed dark.

Ten years ago, Melisande's attempt on the Queen's life failed, imrisoning her in the temple of Asherat-on-the-sea and hiding her son, Imriel, from the world. In that time, Phedre has been searching for the Name of God to free her friend, Hyacinthe, who yet stands as the Master of the Straits - without finding it.

Now, though, Melisande sends for Phedre; her son is missing from where he has lived this past decade. And she offers Phedre a choice - her son for the Name of God she so desires.

We all know what happens next, of course - in this trilogy we've all learned our favourite character. She accepts - throwing her into her darkest journey yet, where she will have to face both her own gods and herself.

There is no way this could have been better, in any respect. I loved the first two, Kushiel's Dart and Chosen, and I love Avatar as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This author was new to me, and I was gripped from the very beginning. The content was more sexual than I expected, but I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kushiel's Chosen and her Cassiline triumph again 28 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Jacqueline Carey brings the story of Phedre, Joscelin and Hyacinthe to a stunning and exciting close in this wonderful tale of adventure spanning the area reaching from Alba (you might say, the UK, looking at the map) to Saba, where the Lost Tribe of Dan dwell.

Along the way, they seek Melisande Shahrizai's lost son, Imriel, the subject of the next trilogy, Treason's Heir.

It's hard not to give too much away and spoil your enjoyment, but in truth there are so many twists and turns to this tale, in true Carey style, that even though it's obvious that everything will end well, knowing that they will takes nothing from the "can't put it down" quality of this book.

Recommended - but read the first 2 books first (Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen) for the best experience.

Like all good writers, it leaves you wanting more. Which is fine, because it's out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great end to a fantastic trilogy 24 July 2003
Format:Hardcover
This was such an origional trilogy. and before I rant on about the end of it, let me tell you about these books from the start.
Kushiels Dart, is the first. and although we have a sum what slow and confusing first chapter. It soon picks up. It explores a courtasan/medieval like World where Political thinking and intrique are at the heart. The sexual references are integral to the book. Where most Authors put it in because they want to make it 'Adult' I feel this book writes about Love in a way most teenagers above sixteen could understand.
What drew me to these books was the political and very often fantatsicly intricate plot lines. You never know whats coming and the fantasy asspect of this novel will appeal to many readers. Yet non fanatsy readesr will also enjoy this trilogy, as it is a coming of age story as well. It describes the life of Phedre (the mian charcter) intimatly. The first person narrative is beautifully written.
The end is just that. An end. Most trilogys end badly or on cliff hangers. I was pelased with this. As it eneded without kiling off all the loose plot lines,left scope for more and yet could still be called a definative ending to this very well written trology.
But I must admit, my favourite of the three was the middle Kushiels Chosen.
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