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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
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.

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.

Beloved book

 on 9 October 2017
By Ms E. Exintaris
My favourite fantasy book, bar none. I’ve fallen in love with the main character… have read all three trilogies based in Terre d’Ange, and am re-reading Kushiel’s dart for the fourth time this year.

Wonderful, entertaining, and epic story

 on 13 May 2017
By S McIntyre
Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is a grand tale of love, war, betrayal and kindness. The characters are irrepressible and endearing with all of their faults.

Love as thou wilt

4 people found this helpful.
 on 6 January 2005
By Spy Groove
After reading the summary at the back cover, I decided to buy it. From the first page I was hooked. Not a boring moment despite the political intrigues and the building up of the alternate world, Terre D’Ange (situated about France nowadays). The culture society is described well, given little by little along the way, not in a full history lesson, except for explaining the religion foundation of The Blessed Elua and His Companions. The story about who was Elua itself is a new thing for me and close related with crucifixion tale.

You will not regret reading this book.

 on 7 April 2017
By Amazon Customer
This book will forever be the standard to which I hold all other fantasy books. I have never been able to find another book like it – it is unique in both its storyline and its quality of writing, and I cannot encourage you enough to read it. I’m not going to give a synopsis here since you can read that in many other places, but suffice it to say that Phedre is my hero, and I will forever adore Jaqueline Carey for creating a protagonist with such a depth of emotion and genius.

love as thou wilt

36 people found this helpful.
 on 5 May 2004
By busylizzie
A beautifully crafted piece of writing, containing some very clever ideas. The story is set in an alternate middle ages with a completely new religious mythology. Although it’s tempting to gloss over the religion at first, (especially if you’re a speed reader as I am)do try not to, as the religion is the basis of the story, the belief system motivating both main characters. This is a tale of treachery, love and betrayal, but most particularly love in all it’s forms. There’s the love for one’s friends and fellow man, love for one’s country, love for one’s Gods (even when they drive you hard)and erotic love. There is a lovely erotic undercurrent throughout the book as our heroine comes to terms with the fact that she feels pain as pleasure and what this means for her when she is enslaved.

Difficult beginning but stick with it.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 14 May 2007
By Lesley70
Phedre no Delaunay is sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond purchased by Anafiel Delauney (aka The Whoremaster of Spies), who recognises that the spot of blood in her eye marks her as one who is pricked by Kushiel’s Dart (she experiences pain and pleasure as one – a masochist). She’s trained as a courtesan, but is also taught how to observe and analyse what she sees – the tools of a spy. As Phedre’s homeland of Terre d’Ange is drawn ever closer to conflict through treachery and betrayal, it will be up to Phedre to use all of the talents at her disposal to save what she holds dear.
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