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
I thought the first book wa…moreI just finished listening to this audiobook yesterday. First of all Joscelin is in it plenty, it's Hyacynth who's missing.
I thought the first book was quite a bit more charming, the characters forgot their lessons from the first book. The prose was just as good as book one, maybe better in places if you can overlook the fact that there is so much less lore in this book than the first (I like reading worldbuilding/lore quite a bit). Plot wise, it was almost as if the author re-used a small parts of the first book's plot. I liked book 1 better due to the lore and how Phedre's perspective changed from pawn to player, whereas in this book I didn't get a sense that Phedre became a substantially better player.
our intrepid heroine Phèdre - courtesan supreme with a very special talent for transmuting pain into pleasure - makes her debut redux as a titled Lady and so re-enters various schemes and plots at a very different level. and with that elimination of class issues (as well as the death of her charming
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This second book in the Phedre Trilogy was, in my opinion, better than the first. The pacing was much better and it kept you on your toes throughout. It had some lull moments, but they were well spaced and gave the main heroine time for some angst and going through all the facts and things she had done wrong and has to plan to do still... The more dynamic format might have positively been assisted by the smaller page count, although at 678 pages it is ...more
This was such a wonderfully immersive fantasy novel. I liked the first novel, but I really fell in love with the characters and the story in this second book. The worldbuilding is incredibly rich and the character work is equally as deep. I really appreciated the nuanced conversation surrounding culture, societal roles and sexuality. Once again I really enjoyed the steamy bit, which played with themes of consent and stigma.
The plot in this second book was absolutely engaging from start ...more
Kushiel's Chosen, the second book of the Kushiel's Legacy seri ...more
Kushiel's Chosen picks up where Kushiel's Dart left off. But whereas Phedre is initially drawn into intrigue for the sake of her murdered mentor & foster-brother, the tragedies & travails in this second installment are a product of Phedre's own impetus. She doesn't have to become involved, but she makes that choice -- the same way she submits to a patron's whims, but on a larger political scale. Likewise, the intrigue in this book has a more personal note ...more
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
I love this book as much in 2021 as I did in 2015. Perfection.
[Mild non-specific spoilers for Kushiel's Dart below]
Top 5 Reasons I Loved Kushiel's Chosen
1) The first thing I see when I open the book is a map and a cast of characters sorted by location. I aske ...more
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
I enjoyed this as much as the first book, but not as evenly. The first half was on the slow side and easy to put down, but things really pick ...more
This is the 2nd book in the series and while good and true to the story line, it just seemed to drag on.
It's a chunkster and I probably wasn't in the right head frame to be reading something that required me to remember a lot of names, places and previous story lines.
Jacqueline Carey is an excellent writer. It is her beautiful writing style that kept me going with this one.
This is part of an epic long series (7 books in all, I believe?) and each of them is well over 500 pages+. ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read t ...more
In many ways this is the "hardest" for me to re-read because I find the first half just a bit tedious with all the stregazza politics, but the 2nd half more than makes up for it!
I read this in a day. And it leaves me wondering how in the world I thought her first book was average. I am already a few hundred pages into #3, and am very glad that she writes very long books, and that there are 4 awaiting me. ...more
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
I found Kushiel’s Chosen a lot easier to get into than the first book - because I knew the world and characters, it was easy to be swept away by the story immediately. Sure, the intricate politics still go over my head a bit, but I was captivated nonetheless!
Phèdre remains a compelling heroine and I still love her, despite her numerous flaws (e.g. how sh ...more
-Phèdre's pms was terrible
- Joscelin is still a cutie patootie
- Melisande is the best villain ever
I liked it less than Kushiel's Dart. That's the only certain thing I can tell you to be honest.
The problem for me was Phèdre. Even in the first book I had liked her less than the so-called secondary characters and she certainly didn't do anything to "redeem" herself in my eyes this time around. It's not a matter of her beliefs or her personality, but simply of taste: I do not feel like I can care f ...more
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
It also made me enjoy Melisande a lot more as a villain, and I adore her complicated relationship with Phèdre.
And now I’m an even bigger trash for Phèdre/Joscelin lol.
I am not rating either of the second two books in this trilogy, and here is a review length treatise on why that is not at all actually a review:
Sometimes you make a mistake and then instead of admitting it, you just double down. Or, you know it's a mistake and you double- and triple down anyway. This is both of those in one instance.
I read the first book in this (well-written! imaginative! sexy!) series back in 2015 after my lovely internet ...more
Despite the 150 pages Odyssey in the middle of the book, I'm too in love with Joscelin and Phèdre to give this less than 4.5*.
I can't remember the last time I rooted this strongly for a m/f romance.
I can't remember I tolerated this much drama in a fictional relationship.
But they did it.
They are perfection.
Aside from these rather gushy thoughts, I do believe this book is extremly good on many fronts.
Jaqueline Carey's writing is outstanding as always. There is so much compassion and tendernes ...more
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
Then there is Kushiel, herself. Never have I met a follower of ...more
Unsatisfied with her triumph of the previous novel, our heroine travels to a foreign land seeking a traitor who escaped justice. It’s interesting to have a strong female character who isn’t a warrior, although making her a sexually submissive masochist is going rather far in the other direction.
I’m not quite convinced by Melisande’s supernatural power over Phèdre, and the ...more
A great political intrigue book without all the hype of Game of Thrones and actually I prefer this series. ...more
Loved this one though after a great beginning it sagged a bit in the middle but the rousing finale more than made up for that. I plan to read books 3-6 faster since I want to have them done by the time book 7 is released later this year.
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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