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Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
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Apr 08, 14

bookshelves: fantasy, own, 2008, series, romance, reread, 2014, audio-books
Read from March 15 to April 04, 2014, read count: 1

Kushiel's Avatar takes place ten years after Phedre's last adventure, after she receives word from the traitorous Melisande Shahrizai that her son Imriel (third in line for the D'Angeline throne) has gone missing. Well, he's always been missing to Phedre and Queen Ysandre, who would have liked to raise him in his proper place as a prince of the realm. But now he's really missing. Phedre's journey to find the missing prince--aided as always by her steady "warrior priest" Joscelin Verreuil--takes her further into darkness than she's ever been before. To the kingdom of Drujan, which worships the god of death, ruled by a mad king, where the esprit de corp is formed through the common partaking of ill words, ill thoughts, and ill deeds against the innocent and the helpless.

Phedre also continues to seek a way to free her friend Hyacinthe from his doomed existence as the Master of the Straits, living forever and yet continuing to forever age.

There is much more to this book than just Drujan, but that is definitely the highlight of the book for me. Carey does such an excellent job of creating this horrible place, with horrible atrocities happening every day. And yet it's not horribly depressing or unreadable but rather highly engaging. Particularly the powers of the gods that are at play here. I like the idea that Phedre's path is prompted by something greater than just happenstance and seeing how the gods of Terre D'Ange use her gifts to enact change in the world.
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