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Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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Feb 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ebook, fantasy, romance, bdsm, war, epic, at-sea, slave, survival, fiction, should-be-movie, medieval, suspense, otherworld, adventure, poetry, royalty, rebellion, politics, magic, love, travel, author-jacqueline-carey
Recommended to ♥Xeni♥ by: qylie
Read from August 08 to 15, 2012 , read count: 2

Just finished reading this book for a second time. While it was still a great tale, it didn't feel quite as amazing as the first time around. Perhaps because I knew the story already? Anyway, back to school books I go, then.

--Older Review: 2011 Feb 21 - 2011 Feb 24--
Okay, so, when someone reads a book that is over 1000 pages in under 3 days, that must mean something good, right?

I certainly thought so! I literally raced through this book! (And that while studying for my midterms!)

I was captured from the very start, although, now after a bit of reflection I can see why some other reviewers had some issues with the writing. Yeah, the beginning is slow, but only if you compare it with the rest of the book! I loved learning all about the culture, society, politics, etc. It gave me goosebumps and made me cringe and wonder how freaky of a society this really is, but all in all, it gripped me emotionally.

I have to say, the books really is divided strongly into parts. I can almost say that I love Phedre's life before all her big adventures start a lot more than the latter. And that because she is such an interesting and fascinating character that makes me question my own self.

I don't want to go into too great details in this review. Just say that I loved the book. The characters were incredible. The plot was moving and fast and wonderful. I loved how the author mixed bits of our own geography into her world. And the writing style didn't even bother me (and I tend to LOATHE foreshadowing).
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“That which yields is not always weak.”
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“There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire”
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“Only insofar as you enjoy being sorry, my dear, which, while it is a considerable amount, occurs only after the fact, thus making it a singularly ineffective deterrent, yes?”
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“All knowledge is worth having.”
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Reading Progress

7.0% "Wow... I have read so much and yet only 7% through.I didn't realize how long this book was before I started... ah well, so much more to enjoy. And this story is shaping up to be powerful and amazing. I don't want to sleep, I want to read. I love the craziness of the world... it is so wrong and yet it's incredible. I am enjoying Phedre as well, but I can't wait to see her grow as a character. The writing is great too"
32.0% "In the light of day, there is something very very disturbing about this book. Not so much the story but rather the world set up. And yet, I can't stop reading. I love this book so much even though it's full of political intrigues which I could care less about and the characters are only okay. Something in it captivates me!"
39.0% "No! They can't be dead! And betrayed! Oh no. No. No. No. I don't want to believe it! I can't read anymore... Whatever happens to Phedre now will just be horrible."
61.0% "And I have grown to love the plot. I want to just devour this book. Faster and faster. Give me more!"
63.0% "What is he doing in Kusheth?!? Honestly, there better be q damned good reason for it, else I will quite fed up with the perfect coincidences."
81.0% "Wow... So many different levels and elements woven together into one plot. I understand now why some people say that the beginigos slow; only in comparison with the rest of this novel can you lay that claim. This is incredible literature."
89.0% "And who is ready for the climax? Not I. I wish to savor the end, although I raced trough most of this novel. Here's to a HEA ending!"
94.0% "Wow... that was an epic battle worthy of Tolkien. Really."
96.0% "Oh my gosh... oh my gosh! Melisande... and Phedre... and *jaw drop* This is a real ending to a story... (although, having read the summary for book 2, I know that Melisande manages to escape, the whore!)"
100.0% "Wow... what an ending. I love how it's open to the next book, but not cliff-hanger esque. I hope that the next book will be written without as much foreshadowing, too!"

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