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Jacqueline Carey , Anne Flosnik
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23 Feb 2009 Kushiel's Legacy (Book 2)
A glittering and riveting historical fantasy -- the sequel to KUSHIEL'S DART 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 union of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phedre no Delaunay is a young woman specially trained in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber. Once before, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save her homeland, but the gods 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 some who believe that other heads should wear the crown. And those who previously escaped retribution are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge. To protect and serve, Phedre must once again leave her beloved homeland. Moving from the sun-drenched hills of La Serenissima to the wilds of old Hellas, from a prison designed to drive even the 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. And that is masterminded by the one person she cannot turn away from.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (23 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400139503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400139507
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,196,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kushiel's Chosen is elegant, intricate, sensual, and captivating. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down (Robert Jordan)

Jacqueline Carey has a flair for creating Machiavellian plots . . . From the first page I shivered with anticipation, with delight, with awe that a new author could best her breathtaking debut novel. Ms. Carey's alternate Renaissance period is perfection. (Romantic Times)

Set in a richly detailed Renaissance-like world, this sequel to Kushiel's Dart boasts a wealth of stunning visual images and vivid, complex characters. Carey's sensual, often erotically charged prose, reminiscent of the best efforts of Tanith Lee and Anne Rice, adds an unmistakably sexual tension to an already tautly plotted tale of conspiracy, intrigue, passion, and, ultimately, love. (Library Journal)

Carey's second extravagantly sensuous novel fulfils every promise made by Kushiel's Dart . . . There is seemingly something for everyone here: a great love story, intense spirituality, high eroticism, and lots of adventure, intrigue, and swordplay. (Booklist (starred review)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 was her first novel, and the final book in this trilogy will be Kushiel's Avatar. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel. 13 April 2002
The first book in the "Kushiel Trilogy", _Kushiel's Dart_, was one of the best -- if not the best -- fantasy book of last year, and its sequel, _Kushiel's Chosen_, did not disappoint me in the least. It is a certainly a different book, at least compared to the first half of _Kushiel's Dart_ which centred around Phèdre's coming of age, as _Kushiel's Chosen_ combines the headache-inducing intrigues of the first half of _Kushiel's Dart_ with the fast-paced action of its latter half. To keep the kingdom of Terre d'Ange and its queen Ysandre safe, Phèdre must learn not only who it was who betrayed them and released Melisande, but also where Melisande hides and what she plans to do. To do this, Phèdre must use all the skills taught to her by her dead mentor, as well as her unique skills as an anguisette. The price for her choice, however, may be higher than she would like, and the pain of the body is nothing compared to the pain of the soul.
Like the previous book, _Kushiel's Chosen_ is well-written and a pleasure to read. But it is also not, as was the case with the first one, a book for those who dislike a fair amount of adult content, a first-person narrative and plenty of both brilliant and beautiful characters.
Obviously, I quite like those things myself, and I've already started the count-down until the final part, _Kushiel's Avatar_, is out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystique 6 Nov 2009
While Kushiel's Dart caught us with its unbelievable eroticism Kushiel's Chosen has led us on into Ms Carrey's chosen forte, the court intrigue. Phedre's games cease to be of the bedroom and move onto the world's stage at Venice (La Serrenissima). And at this point we are willing to let go. Indeed Phedre's initial calling is crass compared with the purity of Joscelyn's love. So Jacqueline Carey has brought us to the brink of a full romance. But all these sideshows are just the prelude for Ms Carey's greatest skill which is the intrigue of a political mystery. And as with all great loved epics she cannot move out of the original creation without destroying it. It is to her great, remarkable skill as an authoress that we can go so far with her; and her every moment must be one of "how do I not destroy this?"

Indeed she lapsed toward the end of Kushiel's Dart into melodrama, but her crafted characters have so much more to say than running endlessly across barbarian Europe. Ysandre, for instance, could have an entire book about her thought processes as young queen, as could Joscelyn, or even Phedre's Boys.

This an excellent story which is not fantasy, despite its classification, but Romance. How lucky we are that it has been so classified for it opens an entire readership to her skill who otherwise would not read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kushiels Chosen 15 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The follow up to the fabulous Kushiels Dart...
Phèdre nó Delaunay fights to save her queen and country in a battle whose greatest weapon proves to be Phèdre herself.Again we see Phedre plying her skills as an anguisette and a spy. Whilst this novel is not as good as Kushiels Dart it certainly comes very very close.
Phedre has come a very long way in this novel since she was sold by her parents in the first, she has been kissed by the god Kushiel and has a small red mote in her left eye this is what is referred to as Kushiels Dart thus making her an anguisette, which is Kushiels Chosen. An anguisette being someone who finds pleasure out of pain.
Phedre managed to end the war which threatened to destroy her country, among Phedres enemies is Melisande the battles between Phedre and Melisande continue throughout.
Again we see the erocticism that we saw in Kushiels Dart, written in the fabulous way as the first. Another stunning novel from Jacqueline Carey, Kushiels Avatar the next novel brings this trilogy to a close, until the story of Imriel of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine novel 29 Jun 2014
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A worthy follow up to Kushiels Dart. The plot, no less intriguing, the detail involved, spellbinding. No review can do justice to this book. I respectfully suggest that you read both Kushiels Dart and Kushiels Chosen without delay. I cannot wait to read Kushiels Avatar. Jacqueline, you really are a masterful writer, respect
With great affection,
Les Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant. 10 May 2014
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This is part of a trilogy, which is one of the best I've read. It is just great. Good story, good bit of sauce, well written. Couldn't recommend highly enough. Will be reading more…
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5.0 out of 5 stars The long road 10 Mar 2014
By Jessica
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Loved all the books in this series! A fantastic book with deep characters and twisting plot! Full of adventure, and passion!
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