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Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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Oct 12, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, historical, murder, romance, teens-above-12
Recommended for: multi-gender romance fantasists
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This novel is one of those which could come carrying a warning label: "flammatory material", or a back cover blurb including: "no liability accepted for wanton acts of a prurient nature."

Kushiel's Dart is fantasy without the Elves, Dwarves etc, a pseudo mediaeval and feudal Europe in which each character claims allegiance to one of the ruling gods. It also constitutes soft/hard-core pornography of various persuasions, and is laced with scenes of brutal savagery - the heroine is delightfully relieved of her skin by a tribe of hunters.

There's mystery and murder, minus the magic, politics between the monarchy and the ruling houses, espionage as well as traditional romance - even though the triangle angle has now been rendered old geometry, this book precedes the current fashion of threesomes and a heroine besieged with choice. In the case of Kushiel's Dart, at least the premise for such a construction is better founded than other works of fiction that don't require naming.

Is it tightly paced, action packed reading? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I found it difficult to see the trees for the...ah...purple forest. I finished (by skimming chunks) of the book, and have no interest in the series. Running the gauntlet of human experiment has never really turned me on.
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message 1: by M (new)

M I'm shocked, simply shocked! All this time, I thought you were reading Grace Livingston Hill.

Scribble Orca You flatter me. As always.

message 3: by Manny (new) - added it

Manny Hm... I'll think about it! Making no progress with Riddler's Gift, so maybe not the best idea to start another long fantasy novel.

Now, if only this had been written in French...

Scribble Orca Lusciously, lasciviously, lyrically. French.

(How about names of people and places? No? Doesn't have the same...scintillating effect? D**n. I thought you'd say that.)

mark monday I found it difficult to see the trees for the..ah...purple forest


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