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
"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)
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.
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.
I love how Anne Flosnik pronounces all of the names and places. Her accent is beautiful and so smooth.
Jacqueline Carey + Anne Flosnik = Happy Listener :)
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. :)
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!
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!
The evolution of the characters
Voice is pleasant
My daughter in law recommended the series....thank you Melissa!
I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!
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.
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!
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