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Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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Feb 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, fantasy, fiction, romance, high-fantasy, favorites, vaginal-fantasy
Recommended for: Lisa, Jade
Read from June 04 to 18, 2012

Without the ability to give 4.5 stars, a 5 star one will just have to do! Such a sweeping monster of a novel, the story took me places I never expected - from the Houses of the Night Blooming Flowers and the grandeur of masked balls to political intrigues, double crossing and outright war. The characters are well written and so fully described I found myself getting involved with each and every one of them and i even found myself choking back tears on a couple of occasions (and no, i'm not referring to Phedre's assignations!). The prose takes a while to get used to as it is quite descriptive and maybe a little too 'wordy' at times but this is just nit picking as with out such rich text the story would lose its magic. About 75% through though I found the story started to flag a little - I kinda knew what i hoped would happen and just wanted to get on with things - but once again it took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and threw something that i totally wasn't expecting which was what sealed the deal for me on this novel.

Am looking forward to continuing the saga soon - this is the first of a series of 9 books which are basically a set of 3 trilogies so plenty more reading material to be working my way through there. Ideal!
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45.0% "Slow going but enjoyable, am enjoying the rich descriptive language and savouring the story. Appears to have taken a course in George Martin's school of storytelling..."
65.0% "The story has taken all kinds of twists and turns - love it!"
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Lisa That's a promising start then, I love that kind of storytelling.

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