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Kushiel's Chosen (Phèdre's Trilogy #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  22,382 ratings  ·  593 reviews
Following hard on the heels of Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey's spectacular debut novel, comes Kushiel's Chosen, a glittering and riveting historical fantasy.

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that the 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 r...more
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Published March 14th 2003 by Tor Books (first published April 6th 2002)
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With the expectations Kushiel's Dart gave me, I might have been worried that Kushiel's Chosen wouldn't match up. I wasn't, but I wouldn't have needed to be anyway. I loved this book just as much as the first one. Everything I've said about how it's not for everyone still stands (see my first review), although there was less sex, I think, and perhaps more of the politics. Somehow, this book didn't feel as dense as that one, but there's still a lot of content considering it's the second book of a...more
The second in the Kushiel's legacy series, continues on exactly where the first novel left off.

Phedre no Delaunay, now the comtesse de Montreve, comfortably living in her country home with Joscelin and her three chevaliers, and spending most of her time learning Habiru, in the hopes of discovering the key to freeing Hyacinth from the yeshuite curse. But then a parcel comes from Melisande Sharizhai - Phedre's sangoire cloak - and there is only one way to interpret it; Melisande's games of politic...more
Perhaps some day I will read one of these BDSM courtesan-spy epic fantasy doorstops and actually be able to talk about it afterwards, but today is not that day. Because right now, I am just so fucking grateful to this book, it has eclipsed the book itself – unintentionally hilarious, strangely unproblematic – almost entirely. This is what I read during the final two weeks of my last semester in law school. It’s what I read on the eight minute dog walking breaks, what I read when I snapped awake...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I was almost scared to read this, because I was just sure it wouldn't be able to measure up to Kushiel's Dart. If I'd known how wrong I was, I wouldn't have waited two months to pick it up! I probably won't be able to wait even a week to start the third one.

So often, books in a series have different vibes, and the feelings you get while reading them are so varied that its hard to consider them connected. Not so with these, Kushiel's Chosen was very much a continuation of the first, and I can't r...more
Kushiel's Chosen was my least favorite of Jacqueline Carey's trilogy featuring the anguisette Phedre no Delaunay. In this novel, the action shifts from Terre d'Ange to Carey's version of Venice (La Serenissima) so Phedre is free to display her snobbery and chauvinism to a grating degree (no one else is as beautiful as Angelines, no other place is as lovely, cultured, fashionable or interesting, no other language is as beautiful, yadda, yadda, yadda. By the time I'd read 700 pages of this, I want...more
Second astonishing book in the trilogy (or quintology?) of Kushiel's legacy featuring the anguisette Phedre, now the close confident of the newly minted Queen.

Phedre is a courtesan's daughter, born to one of the Houses of Night-Blooming Flowers as a result of an illicit union between a merchant's son and one of the adepts (read: highly trained, highly paid indentured courtesans). Her indenture, or marque, is sold by the head of her mother's house into the household of a nobleman who is already r...more
Ben Babcock
Screw magic. Give me some political fantasy any day, and I'm a happy reader.

I liked Kushiel's Dart. I'm not sure if there's a definite quality improvement or if I'm going too easy on this one, but I loved Kushiel's Chosen.

The Kushiel's Legacy series takes place in a sort of Fantasy Counterpart Culture world where it's Europe, only not. From this starting point, Jacqueline Carey creates a world that, while somewhat similar to our own, nevertheless has unique societies and politics. As she crisscr...more
The W
W Rating : B-(C+ is more appropriate)

Well, this was not a let down sequel, per say, but was definitely a lesser novel than the first. Your sequel really should always be better due to your readers knowing the characters and what the world is about so you, the writer, can spend more time on the rest of your story.

The first 350 pages are Phedre, blindly confident in her vision/hunting. She screws over Joscelin and continues throughout. Basically, she was selfish which is pretty annoying. Carey ha...more
As with Kushiel's Dart, this book suffers from Omniscient Bad Guy syndrome in the form of Melisande. This book is more intense than Dart, partly because the whole book can be devoted to the main plot and the author doesn't have to spend pages introducing the main characters. A friend of mine described this book as a "Map book", in that the characters go to every place named on the map just inside the title page.

The book didn't do anything for me. The OBG overshadowed the whole thing, so that's w...more
Feb 27, 2008 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Kari
This is hands-down one of my favorite books! The whole first trilogy is one I've read at least 3 or 4 times! Much more than a mere fantasy novel, these books explore human nature, passion, deceit, politics, and of course, love. Set in medieval pseudo-Europe (more specifically France, aka in the book Terre D'Ange), this book is rich in detail, full of different cultures and languages, and has VERY vivid characters. I've given it to numerous people with one warning, it DOES contain some explicit s...more
This lady can write some story...and only a woman could have written it. For a moment I considered a lesser rating but I enjoyed it so much 5 Stars makes sense. So breathtaking in scope, twists and turns in plots within plots, plenty of action. My only complaint would be her battles and fights often take place out of sight or with little detail. While she is no Bernard Cornwell on the battlefield narration, she still comes up with some amazing characters. On to the third book.
The sequel to Kushiel's Dart does not disappoint. The first in the series introduced Phedre no Delauney as an anguisette, the red mote in her eye indicating that she's been chosen by Kushiel to follow a path of pain and pleasure. Trained in the skills of a courtesan of the Night Court, she is also trained to be a spy for the master of her marque, Afaniel Delauney.

In this, the court intrigue continues as traitor to the crown, Melisande Shahrizai escapes from prison. Suspecting another traitor wi...more
So, while I don't plan to give away any major plot twists, I'm reviewing the second in a series, so spoilers, of course, if you haven't read the first, and probably light spoilers here anyway.

I'll note that my copy of this arrived while I was 18 chapters into the first Game of Thrones book. NIGHT AND DAY. Carey's prose is so much richer, her characters so much more complex, her paragraphs so much more unified-in-a-single-thought (okay, that last is just uncharitable; sorry to Martin). Sincerely,...more
Kushiel’s Chosen being the second book by Carey that I’ve read, I guess
you can say that I’m slowly getting accustomed to her style and characters. For one thing, it felt relaxing going back to characters I’d grown to appreciate in the first book, namely Phèdre and Joscelin but also Ysandre and Drustan.
The question as to how Melisande had managed to escape from her cell was the main question throughout the first pages as well as to her current whereabouts.
The writing is as in the previous book ex...more
The plot of this one follows the pattern of the first book too closely for me. Phedre returns to the life of a courtesan and becomes popular and sought after. She then departs on a secret mission to expose a traitor to the throne, visits faraway lands under stressful circumstances, has adventures including several imprisonments and a sea voyage, and saves the country and her queen. Sound familiar?

I had several problems with the story. First, Phedre's return to her former occupation seems pointle...more
As good as the first one.

Although Phèdre should really have kept that girl with the crossbow closer. Would have saved a lot of trouble.

And yay for the ending! :)
Whew! Though two hundred pages less than the first of the series, Carey packed just as much (if not more) intrigue, adventure, and lots of suffering. I enjoyed it even though I felt it flagged a bit in the middle. I can't wait for the next!!

These books get better and worse. Darker and more intriguing. My head felt ready to explode with the mystery and I needed to use my own "safe word" at points but WOW - 6 stars if I could. This is one of the most outstanding books I've read.
So I spent the first half or so of the book railing against Phedre for not seeing where Melisande was so OBVIOUSLY hiding, but once that was over with, the book definitely picked up speed. I spent the last 200-odd pages genuinely worried for Phedre and Ysandre: Jacqueline Carey set up an exquisite narrative tension that was well rewarded on all fronts by the end. And despite -- or perhaps because of -- my irritation with Phedre trying to take responsibility for everyone's deaths, I did enjoy the...more
I don’t even have the right words to describe this book! “Kushiel’s Chosen” is the second book in the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey and it was amazing! The story continues from where the first one ends, and Phedre has a great road to travel!

Nothing is simple in the land of Terre d’ Ange and the conspiracies continue. Now, the throne is in danger again and Phedre has to leave behind her life and the people she loves in order to travel far away to solve the mystery and to find the ones who pl...more
Not as much action as the first but still pretty good. I figured this one out by accident so the big mystery wasn't really a mystery. Ah well...Assyrian pirates were worth it. I actually cried during this one, which is something I haven't done in a long time and especially not over a damn book.

Of course, this is no simple book. This is the middle novel in one of the most planned out, epic adventures I've ever had the pleasure of reading. You fall head over heals for all of the characters, most e...more
1.5. Maybe.

As with the first book in this series, I didn't feel the plot/interestingness of this book picked up until at least halfway through. I'm not even sure why I stuck it out that long: the story up until that point is a tedium of Phedre navel-gazing, butting heads with her romantic interest, and random other shit that only sometimes held relevant.

Once we got out of fake-Venice, I enjoyed the story more, but definitely felt the lack of Joscellin (whose name I know I've misspelled). The tr...more
In the second book of this Trilogy we continue with the political intrigue following the young queen of Terre d’Ange. The people love her but there are some who feel another should wear the crown.

Phèdre has once again stumbled onto a plot that threatens her homeland from an old enemy and she goes in search of her. There is treachery and Phèdre is betrayed and has to survive and thwart an assassination threat by her wits. This includes figuring out how the assassination is going to take place.

Feb 20, 2011 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventurers. Adult themes abound.
Recommended to Darlene by: Chris
Yes, there is erotica, and not necessarily the kind I like, but it is well within the plot and story so take no offense at this. Until you have started reading this books you will not understand their depth. Rather try to look at these books as an adventure in another Europe of such. Ladies and Lords and Queens and battles and deception, intrigue abound. The map and cast of characters are in the front of the book to keep you informed.

Then there is Kushiel, herself. Never have I met a follower of...more
Ms. Carey has outdone herself again in this epic sequel to "Kushiel's Dart" that proved to be just as epic and well-crafted as its predecessor.

*this review contains spoilers for the first novel in the series*

At the end of the first novel, nearly all the loose ends of the plot to overthrow the throne of Terre D'Ange are tied up neatly save one: the plot's mastermind (and Phedre's arch-nemesis) Melisande Shahrizai has escaped from her prison, where she lay waiting on her execution for treason. Phe...more
I really enjoy epic fantasies series and have read several over the years, but I am putting this one at the top of my list. Although, not much of a fantasy as some might consider—no unicorns, elves, golems, dragons or ogres, etc—it does have a very keenly developed world that could only survive in fantasy, and yet still be believable. I have always been a favorite of mythology as a whole, and these stories suited my fancy in that area. Well developed mythos, although somewhat barrowed (but what...more
I struggled so hard to get through this book. I decided to read the series because I had enjoyed some similar series and all of my friends seemed to love this one. The first book, Kushiel's Dart (while a bit silly and no particular masterpiece), was good enough to make me check out the sequel, but Kushiel's Chosen just didn't click with me. At all. I had to force myself to pick up the book and read more, out of some sort of hope that it would get better toward the end and sweep into some sort of...more
Until the last chapters I was going to give this four stars but the ending made up for any disappointments.
This second book continues even deeper with the political intrigue of the first. We learn more about the world, it's people, and gods. I'm intrigued by how it seems a familiar reflection of ours'.
I need to complain a little over characters. For the most part I liked all of the returning cast. But the newer ones did little to interest me.
I love Phedre and Joscelin but it was clear their rela...more
I have sailed the open seas
in search of friends,
with only enemies,
who would bargain,
a hostage,
with a smote in her eye.
Never knowing that crossing fates,
one shall surely suffer if they try.

by Nikki

This second book was drawn out and not as intense as the first read and I felt that Phedre was making the same mistakes and moves that she did in the previous book.

It took forever for Joscelin to be at peace with himself and his vows and having Phedre nearly die to do it made it not so romantic.

The dea...more
This one was easier to read than the last...maybe I'm just getting used to her. These books are wonderful and so interestng!!! I'm shocked at how detailed this author is. I love the characters so much! My only complaint is NOT ENOUGH JOSCELIN!
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Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo...more
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