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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Unabridged edition (5 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330493744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330493741
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read. (Robert Jordan)

With her provocative debut novel, Jacqueline Carey introduces herself as an extraordinarily talented writer....Ms. Carey weaves an exquisite tapestry of politics, intrigue, history, magic, desire and fate into a breathtaking epic that will captivate readers. (Romantic Times)

Superbly detailed, fascinatingly textured, and sometimes unbearably intense: a resonant, deeply satisfying, and altogether remarkable debut. (Kirkus Reviews)

Brilliant and daring . . . In the character of Phèdre nó Delaunay 'a whore's unwanted get' sold into indentured servitude in the opulent Night Court, the author has created a particularly strong and memorable female lead . . . An engrossing plot focuses first on court intrigue and treachery, then, in a surprising shift, on high adventure, travel in barbarian lands including Alba (England) and war. . . This is an assured and magnificent book that will appeal to both male and female readers. (Publishers Weekly)

Making a marvellous debut, Carey spins a breathtaking epic starring an unflinching yet poignantly vulnerable heroine. (Booklist)

This is definitely up on the list of my favourite books. The richness of the world and the sensuality of the characters and the writing draw you in . . . The whole world in this book is rich with tales, characters, and lore. Most of it is an adaption of our own world with a few fantastical twists. (BibliophilicBookBlog.com)

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Jacqueline Carey was born in 1964. After receiving BA degrees in Psychology and English Literature from Lake Forest College, she embarked on a writing career. Her previous publications include various short stories and a non-fiction book. Kushiel's Dart is her first novel, and she currently resides in west Michigan.

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Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo's child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me. Read the first page
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By busylizzie on 5 May 2004
Format: Paperback
A beautifully crafted piece of writing, containing some very clever ideas. The story is set in an alternate middle ages with a completely new religious mythology. Although it's tempting to gloss over the religion at first, (especially if you're a speed reader as I am)do try not to, as the religion is the basis of the story, the belief system motivating both main characters. This is a tale of treachery, love and betrayal, but most particularly love in all it's forms. There's the love for one's friends and fellow man, love for one's country, love for one's Gods (even when they drive you hard)and erotic love. There is a lovely erotic undercurrent throughout the book as our heroine comes to terms with the fact that she feels pain as pleasure and what this means for her when she is enslaved.
There's plenty of political shenanigans, spying and battles. I couldn't resist looking at the maps every now and again and trying to work out where the characters were in modern terms.
And how many of us could resist the Cassiline? What a knight in shining armour! I love the way he starts out a pompous idiot and his character develops through adversity. The Perfect Companion indeed.
Not so much magical as mystical, I highly recommend Kushiel's Dart and the following two novels in the trilogy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Clare VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Phedre No'Delauney, and starts when she is a very small child and her story as an anguisette, chosen to experience pain and pleasure as one.
This book can be quite erotic at times, but this book should not be dismissed as erotic fiction it is much more than that, an extremely well told book based in the middle ages in Europe, the use of the old country names such as Alba emphasises this.
Phedre bears the mark of Kushiel's Dart, a scarlet mote in her eye. The main part of this story revolves a\round Terre D'Ange (Land of Angels), the inhabitants of Terre D'Ange are descended from divine beings.
The story is based on politics, love & betrayal, aside from Phedre the cast of characters is impressive with extremely well-developed characters, and JC has detailed these very well within the story. The beginning of the story can get quite cumbersome and this is quite a long book but, it is well worth sticking to it after the first 150 pages or so the plot gets much more interesting. I did get the feeling that Phedre was narrating from sometime long ago in the past and seems as though she was looking back and re-living her experiences.
This is a fantastic novel, it has been criticised but, I personally feel this is a brilliant book and remains one of my all-time favourites, it is a very long book as indeed are the others in this trilogy, though this one is the longest but, it is never drawn out and is simply a stunning book to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Clarke on 18 May 2004
Format: Paperback
_Kushiel's Dart_ is a truly striking work of fantasy - and not just for its notorious central conceit, although in many ways that alone would have been enough.
Carey's heroine, Phedre no Delauney, is a courtesan whose god-touched destiny it is to derive her greatest pleasure from the sharpest pain. Her story plays out in a skewed, brilliantly-conceived version of Europe, where Germanic and Celtic peoples still organised as tribal societies border a sparkling post-Renaissance France-by-another-name. It is at the heart of the latter that Phedre lives, a star ascendant in a society where prostitution is a sacred act, and where politics always lurk beneath the surface. Entering the service of nobleman Delauney, she soon becomes entangled in conspiracies galore.
The world is one of the richest and most detailed fantasy creations I've encountered in some time, beautifully-drawn with an eye for sensual detail and believeably varied mindsets. The touchstones which make it different from our own - such as the god who emerged from Christ's blood and the Magdalene's tears - are elegantly drawn out as both theme and background. The story emerges naturally from the political and social dynamics of the world, and occasionally from its more overtly fantastical elements. While the politicking is occasionally a little unsophisticated, the story is sufficiently twisty to satisfy most.
Phedre herself is a stunning creation, a very human figure for all her extraordinary qualities. She makes an engaging and memorable point-of-view for the reader, and Carey makes a brave choice in presenting such a resourceful and intelligent heroine who constantly carries within her the seeds of her greatest weakness: the fact that she gets such gratification from being out of control.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was sent proof copies of this book for a cover quote, and feel strongly enough about it to put a review here. There is a lot of derivative, run of the mill fantasy about, but this book is fresh, complex, somewhat daring, and very well written. Perhaps not for the totally faint-hearted, as its themes are often of an adult nature, but Carey has to be applauded for this addition to the genre. It won't be given the same massive push as one of the new block-busters of fantasy, so I'm here doing my bit as a fellow author. Support new talent. Buy this book.
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