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.
©2008 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor
"This brilliant and daring debut catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating audiobook." (Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series)
I began this audio book with fervent anticipation based on the description and previous reviews. Fantasy with an erotic edge, great! Alas, I was seriously disappointed and I ceased listening after three hours. I've listened to several hundred audio books (very long commute) and this was only the third one that I put aside unfinished. The writing was all fluff, a morass of adjectives with a paucity of verbs and not a glimmer of suspense. The author did nothing to make me care about the characters or even curious about what was going to transpire. I switched instead to listening to "The Help" and was hooked from the first sentence. (I experienced the same sense of intense fascination listening to Shantaram and The Gathering Storm). I can readily appreciated a slow paced book if written well. This one failed to deliver.
I was disappointed with this book. I wasted my credit. I love sci-fi and fantasy. I was expecting that but I got a lot of sex,and an uninteresting story. It may get interesting later, but the first part was so boring I couldn't bear to get through it. If you are looking for something new to read, try the Lost-fleet series by Jack Campbell, Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, the Final Empire saga by Brandon Sanderson (or just his stand alone Elantris book - excellent book), that is, assuming you have already listened to the Wheel Of time series by Robert Jordan. If you haven't, then read that first.
Completely failed to engage me. The pain aspect combined with details and names which I felt no attachments to, made me put this book down.
Tell us about yourself!
The part where she has the sex,and then the other parts wheres she has more sex.Theres some blabbing in between,but you kinda learn to block it out.
A beautiful new york style transvestite voice over for all the men characters.Amazing!!
This was my first audio slave/bondage/pervert book.It made me slam my junk in the door when not driving.
Beautifully written!!It was like I was there watching freda single handedly destroy each and every
male organ in 13 villages.
Even after several offers from her master to stop her quest,she refuses!!
She humps/blows/destroys everything walking.No stone left unturned,and she undoubtably has
some medevil gonnoreishsiffuluscrabittus disease that spurs her forward.
Yes, the first half of the book. There was just to much going on and too many characters to keep up with. I would rewind and relisten but, names were hard to pronounce and it honestly, didn't seem to move into action or any type of stroyline that had me hooked.
No, I was so surprised because there are so many who loved this book. During the first half I just kept telling myself to hang in there because many said It does start off slowly. Well, even though it did pick up around the middle with some intrigue it was just like pulling a boulder around trying to stay interested.
Yes, the narration was ok.....
I would not read a sequel.
I LOVE anything audio - books, podcasts, lectures. I listen mostly when moving -driving, dog walking, or before bed to clear the mind.
I tried really hard on this book since it had gotten good reviews. I listened to about half of it. It is simply boring. No action to speak of, zero character development. It is 90% narration of some make believe world and the politics that rule it - I couldn't follow the endless made up names and was given no reason to care. And as if the author knew she had to do something to make it interesting, she put in S&M from time to time. Alas, also not interesting, sexy or particularly moves anything forward. Cheap thrill, but expensive on a wasted book purchase.
Wow...I have to say this is the most disappointing purchase I have made in my 8 years at Audible....WORST EVER! The first 8 hours is just about how to build sado-masochistic, bi-sexual, whore-spys....Geez, REALLY could have done without it. It's a real shame too because I think the universe was well conceived and the political intrigues were well thought out but I just can't get past the graphic S&M sex scenes. Like having a nice Kobe steak with a dead squirrel on the plate. And, yes I listened to it all.
The story was well written and the plot was intricate, almost too much so. One could tell that the author had developed her world well and placed her characters into a rich and vivid enviroment that intertwined with each other in impossible ways, but I could never buy into it. It was interesting, but I guess I could never get behind the heroine. Yes, she was intelligent and edgy and I am a woman that is totally fine with sex, but she never "did it" for me. I could never "fret" for the characters or what might happen to them.....so I probably won't follow the series.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
I don't believe pain and pleasure should be bedmates. This book made me sick
By the end of the first section I was too bored to go on. I feel I am being generous by giving it one star. I am a science and fantasy fiction addict and this has to be one of the worst I've experienced, though the narrator did her best.
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