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by Juliet Marillier
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantment revisited, 25 April 2003
This review is from: Wolfskin (Hardcover)
After reading the Sevenwaters trilogy I was more than ready to welcome something new from Juliet Marillier. The hardcover volume is an investment, both for cost and time but well worth it.
This book is more energetic, perhaps because the viewpoint character, Eyvind is male. The story is captivating, well-written and very engaging. I read the first half in one sitting. Lovers of myth, adventure and romance will not be disappointed.

Kushiel's Dart
Kushiel's Dart
by Jacqueline Carey
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and lush novel, 11 Nov 2002
This review is from: Kushiel's Dart (Paperback)
I was attracted to this novel by the heroine Phedre's physical marker - which I share and which sets her apart and determines the path of her life from infancy - a scarlet mote in her left eye.
The book may be daunting in size but it has an ambitious range and the author writes superbly and sensually. Here is finally a book which deals on a cerebral and physical level dealing often with the extremes of intimate relations (especially due to Phedre's unusual propensities as an anguissette derived from the spot in her eye, Kushiel's dart).
Without elaborating too much, the setting of Phedre's world appears to be a Europe after the Crucifixion which did not occur exactly as it does in the bible. Instead a new deity was born from the blood of Christ and the tears of Mary Magdalene leading to a number of other events which are detailed in the book. The upshot is that Phedre is born into a pleasure house (of which there are many) where everyone is extremely good-looking (a premise explained quite convincingly) consecrated to the worship of Naamah.
The most difficult part of the book is the political intrigues involving a cast of hundreds people which is not always easy to follow. However this aspect of the novel is balanced by the development of Phedre's character with very likeable central characters and a good pace. Buy this one and you won't be disappointed.

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