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Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy) (edição: 2003)

de Jacqueline Carey

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Mighty Kushiel, of rod and wealLate of the brazen portalsWith blood-tipp'd dart a wound unhealedPricks the eyen of chosen mortals.The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber-and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze.When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark.The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown...and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.… (mais)
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Título:Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy)
Autores:Jacqueline Carey
Informação:Tor Fantasy (2003), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
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I love the detail in these books. What a fabulous world. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Kushiel’s Chosen is the second book in the first of three trilogies in the Kushiel’s Universe books. It picks up not long after the first book left off, and Phèdre decides to pursue one of the loose ends from that first book. As before, the story ends with a satisfying conclusion to the main issues, but with some loose ends left to carry into the next book.

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 picked up in the second half and then I raced through to the end. Part of my frustration in the first half was all the angst between Phèdre and Joscelin. That grew tiresome fast. Once that was no longer a constant part of the story, I enjoyed it more.

The writing was a little more polished, I think. I didn’t find myself confused by certain sentences the way I did at times in the first book. It also didn’t feel as overly stylized as the first book sometimes did, if that’s the correct term for it. Part of that might just be because I’ve read over 1600 pages of it now and have become accustomed to it. She does continue to use “somewhat” in abundance, though. For example, ”No, I need somewhat else.”

For those concerned, there are 80 instances of “somewhat” in this book, compared to 79 instances in the previous and longer book. So the “somewhat” quotient has increased, but the boob quotient on the other hand (for those who read my reviews of Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series) has remained low in both books, despite all the sex. ;) Speaking of sex, I thought there was quite a bit less of it in this book. Phèdre doesn’t solve quite everything with it this time, although her great beauty is still highly influential!

A character was introduced in this book whose name is the title for the second trilogy, so I can’t help but speculate about that. I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy, and I hope for a satisfying resolution to some of the ongoing plot threads, but I suspect at least one plot thread will be left dangling to lead into the next trilogy. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Nov 21, 2020 |
Great voice, character development, exciting and engaging plot. Relationships between people are satisfying. A little too politically complicated to follow, and the bouncing around continuously on the quest felt a little tiresome after a while, but overall excellent. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
Even better than the first one. I can't believe how much she has to go through. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
85 points/100 (4.5 stars/5).

Phèdre nó Delaunay once again returns to the service of her goddess and country. In looking for Melisande Shahrizai, she uncovers another plot against that which Phèdre loves.

I liked this one a lot. It may be because I'm already invested in the story, it may be because it is a better book. I don't have as many complaints this time around, again it may be because I got used to it, it may be because they aren't as present. I think if you got through [b:Kushiel's Dart|153008|Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)|Jacqueline Carey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328168291s/153008.jpg|2990010] and didn't utterly hate it, [b:Kushiel's Chosen|395962|Kushiel's Chosen (Phèdre's Trilogy, #2)|Jacqueline Carey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1395020871s/395962.jpg|848910] will be readable as well.

This book has another slow start, but it is much more tolerable this time. The action of the book doesn't really start until midway through the book. This time, though, we know what to expect out of the series. We know the people, the players, and the stakes. Also, there is no horny Phèdre stage, that is a definite plus in favour of this book.

The narration is exactly the same as in [b:Kushiel's Dart|153008|Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)|Jacqueline Carey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328168291s/153008.jpg|2990010]. I don't know whether to despair or to be glad that Carey stuck to what she meant to do. Phèdre weaves future, past and present all in the same paragraph in her narration. It is frustrating, but it is her style. Also, that seems to be the priority. If she can, she talks of the future, if she can't she'll talk about the past, and only when she runs out of those two things to talk about does she return to the present. (Sidenote: I really hope the sequel series don't do this..)

The plot is more interesting this time to me. Phèdre is on a crusade for vengeance and for justice. She wants nothing more than to see Melisande to pay for what she has done. Instead of having to pursue this totally selfish goal, she has to instead once again help her nation. Phèdre is not allowed to be selfish. The book was helped by Phèdre being an actual part to the story, instead of being told by her mentor that she shouldn't know. It was also helped by having a new crop of nobles that were actually much more interesting this time.

Phèdre ends up seeing a lot more of the world this book, and it is really fun. I actually had a side game of trying to figure out what nationality what culture is supposed to represent in this book. It also has the side benefit of making this series really feel like it is an entire world, and it isn't centered on Phèdre's magical vagina. I really like seeing the other parts of this world, even though I get a bit exacerbated at times over why it is necessary that she sees so much.

This book relies a bit more on coincidence than I would like. Now, I don't know what the proper amount of coincidence is. Perhaps it is the amount of coincidence that you don't happen. Every story relies on it to a certain extent. And indeed, [b:Kushiel's Dart|153008|Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)|Jacqueline Carey|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328168291s/153008.jpg|2990010] relied on it a bit heavily as well. It just felt more pronounced in this book. It felt like several (most) of the major plot points in the book were all solved or caused by or both by coincidence in this book. It felt like the book was cheapened a bit by this, because Phèdre works so hard to accomplish what she does, only to have everything end up being a coincidence in the end.

Phèdre is a very strong character. She isn't strong like Joscelin is strong - in fact Joscelin is a weak character in the ways Phèdre is strong. She isn't physically strong. She is strong in constitution. Once she knows the path she has to take, she does it, even if it causes physical harm to herself, or worse. She is different than the other strong females I typically come across in books, where they seem to have to prove that they are just as good as the males. No, Phèdre knows who she is, what she is, and her path in life.

There is less sex in this book, and less time is spent on wanting and thinking and doing it. Phèdre uses sex to her own advantage this book. I like this direction because as much as I don't mind it in my books, it felt like a bit overkill in the last one. This felt like more the proper amount to put up with. However, I fear it may still be way too much for those who don't care for a lot of sex in their books, or don't like this particular form of it.

The relationship in this book is interesting. It doesn't take the normal course of relationships in books. There are conflicts of interest, there is desire, there is love. There is a lot of love. However, it has to come to where it is going. Last book, I said that there is potential to be one of the best relationships. There is still potential, but it is taking the long way around to get there. I like this direction, it would lead to a more natural, long-lasting relationship in the long run. I just...want to be there already.

I really enjoyed this book. However, I did find that I just wanted to get where it is going. Middle child syndrome perhaps? Not certain. I might just be impatient. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
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Mighty Kushiel, of rod and wealLate of the brazen portalsWith blood-tipp'd dart a wound unhealedPricks the eyen of chosen mortals.The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber-and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze.When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark.The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown...and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

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