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This review is from: Kushiel's Chosen: Kushiel's Legacy: Book Two (Paperback)
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.