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This extraordinary novel will be loved by fans of George R. R. Martin and Sylvia Day alike – an intoxicating fantasy of intrigue, betrayal and desire.

Phèdre nó Delaunay has a turbulent path before her, one that will touch the life of queens and princes – and change the course of her land, but this all lies ahead…

After a childhood of indentured servitude, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very particular mission. He's also the first to recognize who and what she is: one touched by the god Kushiel's dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.Phèdre is trained equally in history, politics and the courtly arts – but she's also eventually taught the arts of pleasure, And above all, she learns how to observe, remember and analyze.

Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path, then love and honour goad her further. Her journey will take her to the edge of despair and beyond, as false friend, loving enemy and beloved assassin can all wear the same glittering mask. Navigating a world of deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Kushiel's Dart won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2002. It also won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Fantasy.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2147 KB
  • Print Length: 934 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (6 July 2011)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AV953W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Complex and breathtaking

 on 31 August 2016
By KC
It’s so complex, the politics woven into the story; every detail matters, and there’s so many twists of betrayal and treachery and loyalty. Every character has their own agenda, and they change over time, moving in response to everyone else. I have no idea how she planned it out, but it’s breathtaking! And yet, despite that, the story is clear. We follow Phedre, and her decisions and choices are always understandable. We know what she knows, understand what she understands. We hate and love as she does.

Good Book, Great Series

 on 12 January 2017
By Andy
I really enjoyed this book and indeed the whole series. It is a fascinating mixture of fantasy, alternative reality historical fiction, and the spicy elements of mild erotica and the tiniest hints of magic. Although I am not normally a reader of traditional historical fiction, this story is worlds apart from the norms of that genre. Well worth reading for any fantasy fan who enjoys complex characters, compelling drama, and a well-described world. I’m going to say pretty much the same for the rest of the books in this series, and the spinoffs. In fact, I love long and powerful series’ of books and this is one of them.

Twisted, clever and deeply compelling.

 on 8 May 2014
By Anthemusa Reviews
I downloaded this on the recommendation of a friend and have spent the last 4 days utterly absorbed in the world of Phedre no Delauney. When I wasn’t reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Brilliant

 on 1 September 2015
By cloud dreamer
Do not be deterred by the somewhat mannered opening to this novel. This quickly develops into one of the most vividly realised fantasy tales it has been my pleasure to read. Set in an alternate Renaissance Europe where religion has taken a different path with its hint of magic, the story is one of intrigue, betrayal, indomitable gallantry and above all love. The courage of its courtesan heroine with her unlikely, priestly companion captures the imagination as she struggles to save her country in the face of treachery. The writing is rich and sensual, the narrative complex and exciting. Phèdre herself is an exquisitely drawn and compelling character. Joscelin, her perfect companion, grows in stature as the story develops. With a cast of equally well realised minor characters, both friend and villain, the author weaves a very particular magic.

Fantasy with an erotic backdrop

 on 6 November 2013
By Clive Butterfield
I was looking for a story based around a strong heroine; Abookabout.co.uk has a tagging system which led me to this Novel. Its not far shy of 1000 pages. The first 33% of the book is first person perspective of the history of this world and our Heroines place in it. It’s an epic tour de force of world building. The author uses Phedre’s (Our Heroine) fetish as a sexual masochist to give the plot an unusual series of intervals which are more personal than the cataloguing of who’s important and how they interact. Additionally there are the beginnings of a sub plot which eventually developes into the remainder of the book.

A truly outstanding book!!!

 on 7 September 2014
By Mark Kaye
There are few books that I didn’t want to finish. This has to be one of them. Thankfully two more follow and I will in time read them. This book has to be the one of the best I have ever read. I don’t often read books written in the ‘first person’, and have never read a book in such a classical and beautiful style. So from a preference Point of View it had two strikes against it, and still it has surpassed all my expectations.

Would make a wonderful film.

 on 18 November 2016
By Fieldcene
I could not fault this book. The poetic writing carried me along until tears blurred my sight. Just as the epic nature of Lord of the Rings gripped me in the seventies, this book held me in suspense. And similarly, the story would make a wonderful film.

Captivating erotic epic

 on 30 August 2015
By J. Humphries
This is the best fantasy epic I have ever read. The quality of the writing is incredible, every key character three dimensional, and every plot progression impossibly clever. I came for the smut but by a quarter of the way through the book all I cared about was the story.
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