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Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The story ranges even farther afield than the previous one, taking Phedre to her world's equivalents of Spain, Azerbaijan, and sub-Saharan Africa. It also takes Phedre deep into her own psyche, as she must struggle with the dual, contradictory nature of being an anguissette who can find pleasure in even the most terrible pain--a rare gift that will allow her to be the hero that no one else can be, even as it threatens to destroy her most important relationships.
Like the preceding books, "Kushiel's Avatar" is lush, complex to the point of baroqueness, richly imagined, and intensely emotional and magical. The magic/religion increases its presence in each book, so that Phedre witnesses and causes all kinds of miracles, some of which are based on actual events or places in our "real" world. It doesn't allow the magic to overshadow the true star of the show, though, which is Phedre's emotional core, as she walks the tightrope between who she is and who she needs to be in order to accomplish the things she must accomplish. The books goes to some pretty dark places, and is definitely for an adult audience, something that, against the often immature background of fantasy in general, makes it stand out all the more. You will probably want to read the first two books in the trilogy before you read this one, but having read them, you will want to read this one as soon as you can get your hands on it.
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.
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!
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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