absolutely love this series so far. Jacqueline Carey is a new favorite as is Anne Flosnik. Anne's performance is flawless. distinct character voices and personalities that are easily imagined as you hear her voice each one. just awesome.
I love this whole series. You can't help but feel connected to the characters.
Through all her misfortune Phédre keeps clam and perseveres. It reminds me to do the same.
Her and Joselyn's relationship touches me. If it's worth it is worth fighting for.
The evolution of the characters
Voice is pleasant
My daughter in law recommended the series....thank you Melissa!
I enjoyed the first book, Kushiel's Dart. I thought that I would like this book as well. The story itself is good; but there is too much repetition and whining by the heroine. She is just not likeable or sympathetic in this book. I had a hard time finishing the book and at times I found myself skipping through her whining (thank goodness for that feature on the IPOD!). I don't know if I'll listen to Kushiel's Avatar at this point. After this book, I need some rest from Phedre!
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Ph??dre and Joscelin, heroes of the realm, are living happily in Montr??ve until Ph??dre receives a package from the traitor Melisande. Obsessed with this clue to Melisande???s whereabouts, and pricked by Kushiel???s Dart, Ph??dre decides to return to her role as kinky courtesan and spy. As expected, this decision hurts Joscelin deeply and his reaction ??? to protect and serve, but to back off emotionally ??? sets the tone for the rest of the novel.
As Ph??dre hunts for Melisande, we get to explore more of Jacqueline Carey???s alternate Europe, including her versions of Venice and Crete. We also spend time aboard a pirate ship and in the pirates??? island hide-out. My favorite geographical feature, though, is the island prison of La Dolorosa, where the most intense and exciting scenes in Kushiel???s Chosen occur.
As for the plot, the political intrigue is pleasantly complex with a couple of unexpected twists, though it???s a stretch for me to believe that Ph??dre solves the mysteries so easily, and some of the clues she???s given are just silly (e.g., the clue from Serena Buonard). It???s also hard for me to understand Ph??dre???s continuing love for the nasty and traitorous Melisande.
The best part of Kushiel???s Chosen is the developing characterization, especially of Joscelin. His predicament ??? his love for Ph??dre despite his hate for what she does ??? is compelling. I ached for him and found myself almost hoping he???d accept the redemption he knew he could have if he abandoned her and followed Yeshua (Carey???s version of Jesus Christ). He deserves something better, but this story is Ph??dre???s and I knew that if Joscelin left her, he???d be out of the story and, since he???s the reason I read the Kushiel books, that just won???t do. Fortunately, Ph??dre realizes that she???s about to lose Joscelin and her horrified realization that his pain gives her pleasure leads to her own maturation as she begins to deal with the sin and guilt caused by the nature she can???t repress. For me, this aspect of the Kushiel series is what makes it a painful, but beautiful, story of love and forgiveness. It reminds me of the allegorical story of Hosea and Gomer in the Old Testament.
I highly recommend Tantor???s version of Kushiel???s Chosen. It???s read by the incomparable Anne Flosnik. She???s amazing.