Kushiel's Dart

Kushiel's Dart

Streaming Audiobook - 2009
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The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400129492
1400129494
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (32hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Flosnik, Anne
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cmlibrary_ecrites Dec 18, 2015

The world of this book is rich and expansive. Carey's vivid and well thought out descriptions leave you with the feeling that you have been dropped into a vibrant, living world that existed before you knew about it and will continue to live on after you leave it. You can't ask more when it comes to world building. The characters are intriguing, diverse and fully formed. The main character, Phedre, is someone you root for. She is clever and strong and fights for what she wants and that is refreshing.
The story is unique and dark, not for the feint of heart!
The book is quite long and can at times be at bit slow but you are rewarded for your perseverance with a beautiful love story, a plot driven by expansive political intrigue and a very unique alt-history/fantasy setting that blends history and mythology.
It is the first of a series so if you find you don't want to leave Terre d'Ange behind when you are done with Kushiel's Dart, you don't have to just yet!

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Lorelai27
Dec 29, 2010

This novel is expertly crafted, and perhaps best of all, founded on a unique premis. Carey creates interesting characters in a world that readers will quickly immerse themselves in. I highly recommend listening to this series on audio cd - Anne Flosnik is clearly an expert reader and her voice is almost hypnotic, which only adds to the story. Also, there are a lot of names that I probably would have mispronounced had I read the novel as opposed to listening to it. =)

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