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Kushiel's Chosen | [Jacqueline Carey]

Kushiel's Chosen

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.
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Publisher's Summary

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber---and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze.

When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark. The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown...and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

©2008 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"There is seemingly something for everyone here: a great love story, intense spirituality, high eroticism, and lots of adventure, intrigue, and swordplay." (Booklist Starred Review)
"Reminiscent of the best efforts of Tanith Lee and Anne Rice.... Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 08-23-09
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 08-23-09
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    "Great second book in the series"

    This is a very long book, too long. However, if you liked Kushiel's dart, this book will satisfy. The story has great twists and turns and the narrator is very good.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Olympia, WA, USA 01-06-10
    Dawn Olympia, WA, USA 01-06-10
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    "Not your average love story!"

    This is an awesome read! I will tell you that this is not for the average reader and please do not read these books if you do not have an open mind!
    If you do... This is the series for you! Carey uses reality to weave a wonderfully woven story intermixed with things and ideals of our world into the world of Elua and his chosen. You will love the beauty of Ann Flosnik's voice as she gives life to the characters in this book and series.
    This is book two of 6 in the Kushiel's series and then there is now a Naamah's series and should prove to be as additive to those that loved Kushiel's books.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Angie-D Colorado 04-29-12
    Angie-D Colorado 04-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Jacqueline Carey is such a talented writer!"
    What about Anne Flosnik???s performance did you like?

    I love how Anne Flosnik pronounces all of the names and places. Her accent is beautiful and so smooth.


    Any additional comments?

    Jacqueline Carey + Anne Flosnik = Happy Listener :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 03-09-10
    Selin Greenwood, MO, United States 03-09-10
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    "Does not disappoint!"

    I am now half way through the book. Carey and Flosnik do not disappoint at the very least in the politicking and intrigue of the inner workings of Terre D'ange and its nobles.
    Carey describes Phedre's pain, despair, and might so vividly. She's also very creative.
    I am going to #3 just as soon as I am done here. :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shaddi Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 06-15-11
    Shaddi Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Needs to be Abridged!"

    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!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-25-14
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "By far, my favourite book series ever!"

    Start at the beginning of this series! This book is brilliant all by itself, but I really encourage readers to start with Kushiel's Dart. Jacqueline Carey has a brilliance that to me, is unparalleled in modern times. She crafts each sentence with an evocative mastery that is breathtaking. And out of her mind comes a parallel world that draws together elements of common cultures in a fantasy that is truly uncommon. Set aside prejudices and perceptions, and this book will pull you into a tale of political intrigue, impossible love, sacrifice, and the best villainess ever conceived (IMHO!).

    And Anne Flosknik nails it. I wasn't sure about her as a narrator for my favourite book series, but her performance was exceptional!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Orlando, FL, US 12-05-12
    Lynne Orlando, FL, US 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Getting #3 next!"
    What did you love best about Kushiel's Chosen?

    Plot twists


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of the characters


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice is pleasant


    Any additional comments?

    My daughter in law recommended the series....thank you Melissa!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Pozer 01-18-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Painful"

    Gave up... story hard to follow... fulll of lengthy snobish titles of characters. Got up to chapter 9 and I'd had enough. Waste of money.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-28-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Anne Flosnik is amazing."

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    denise indianapolis, IN, United States 12-14-10
    denise indianapolis, IN, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Urgh......"

    I bought this book b/c it had just good reviews....but found it pain to even get into the story b/c of the narrator!...I found myself trying to understand her more than being able to get into this book...... DISAPPOINTED!

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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