Kushiel's Avatar

Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Avatar

Kushiel's Avatar

  • Title: Kushiel's Avatar
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: 9780765347534
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

The land of Terre d Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace It is said that angels found the land and saw it was goodd the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule Love as thou wilt Phedre no Delaunay is a woman born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child Her bond was purchaseThe land of Terre d Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace It is said that angels found the land and saw it was goodd the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule Love as thou wilt Phedre no Delaunay is a woman born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, and he was the first one to recognize who and what she is one pricked by Kushiel s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one Phedre s path has taken a strange and sometimes dangerous course She has lain with princes and pirate kings, battled a wicked temptress and saved two nations with her courageous actions and sacrifices Through it all she has had the devoted swordsman Joscelin at her side He is sworn to her and by accepting who she is, Joscelin has never violated the central precept of the angel Cassiel to protect and serve But Phedre s plans will put his pledge to the test Phedre and Joscelin travel a dangerous path that will carry them across the world, to fabled courts and splendid vistas, to distant lands where madness reigns and souls are currency, and down a fabled river to a land forgotten by most of the world And to a power so mighty that none dare speak its name.Kushiel s Avatar is the concluding volume in Jacqueline Carey s evocative novels about the enigmatic Phedre no Delaunay the third in a triptych of beautifully constructed historical fantasies that combine passion and danger, great battles of the sword and soul, deep eroticism, and mystical enigmas.

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I stayed up until 8 o'clock in the morning to finish this book. I literally could not put it down, it didn't even occur to me. This book was fan-freakin-tastic and I definitely consider it among my few favorites.I already loved (and hated, in some cases) these characters. They already felt real to me. I know some people will read this series and say that some of the characters are without flaws, but I don't care. I followed Phedre and Joscelin into the most realized interpretation of Hell I have [...]

Carey writes very well. Her turns of phrase and choice of imagery are excellent. Her command of language is exquisite. She tells a deep and detailed story through well-imagined characters. I have found this true of all her books, and I can readily recommend them to anyone who can enjoy fantastical fiction.I don't want to spend too long on the whole series, but I haven't written an in-depth review of these books yet, so I'll quickly cover the highlights. Carey's world is detailed and vibrant, wit [...]

Although I did enjoy the first two books in this series, it was with a bucket of reservations: repetition, overblown language, and inadequate characterization of the supporting characters, which made the impressively plotted political machinations so much less involving.The third book, however, overturned most of these. There is still repetition (I will own, if I ever hear that phrase again I will go mad), but the high-flown language comes into its own describing the lengthy journey undertaken b [...]

Not quite a 5-star read but my favorite of the trilogy. The writing is nearly superb for most of the book, with so much meaning and depth packed into each sentence, and with every arc that began in the first book coming to a head, there's never a dull moment. It's pretty much edge-of-your-seat action for the last 500 pages. However, as much as I love this book, there's a good chunk--about 300 pages--I will never ever read again. Ever. (view spoiler)[Drujan. Darsanga. That zenana. *shudders* (hid [...]

As I finish this trilogy for the second time, I am - no kidding - hugging the book to my chest and willing for Phèdre's story to continue. That is how much I love Kushiel's Legacy. How do I describe my love for these books? Is it Phèdre's courage, to falter at no boundaries in order to achieve what she believes in? Or Joscelin's faith, to - putting it simply - protect and serve? Maybe it is that without a doubt, I would drop everything in a heartbeat to take up residence in Terre d'Ange and fo [...]

Further adventures of fantasy!France’s most beautiful traveling courtesan who is marked by the gods to have a lot of kinky sex.I have a lot of thoughts about this series suddenly. Funny, since in the past it was my go to law school exams reading choice.Thing 1: I really like how this series talks about women’s power – political, sexual, subversive. And how the thrust of the whole thing revolves around the love/hate of two extraordinary and powerful women. How often do you see that?Thing 2: [...]

I never say much about 6 star books. Just know you'll be investing heavily with your emotion on this one. My heart broke so many times I felt it physically and I was up until the wee hours to get my answers but I was not disappointed. This was an experience I'll NEVER forget. thank you Jacqueline Carey. You have raised my standards.

3.5 (or 3.75?)Not sure if I'll rate it a four yet. Probably. Mixed feelings everywhere! Dart is still my favourite of the trilogy.Carey can write, that much is obvious, and her world is complex and extremely fascinating, butPhèdre's voice bothers me. I didn't dislike it at first, even though I liked all the secondary characters more than her, but after three books I've grown tired of her. She's just too perfect. And she reminds you of that in Every. Single. Page. That is my problem. I know that [...]

How can a series with prose this purple and a premise this absurd be so gripping? All three of these books have kept me up reading late into the night. Purple or no, Carey’s writing is engaging; and somehow I completely buy into the idea that a prostitute with a heart of gold can use her astonishing beauty and hardcore masochism to save the world.In this conclusion to the trilogy, Phèdre seeks nothing less than the Name of God, which she needs to free her friend who was trapped on an island b [...]

Στο τρίτο μέρος της σειράς, τελευταίο της τριλογίας της Φαίδρας, τα πράγματα ξεκινάνε κάπως υποτονικά - αλλά ιδιαίτερα γλυκά - καθώς η ηρωίδα μας φαίνεται να έχει υπό μερικό έλεγχο τις άγριες επιθυμίες της και έτσι να έχει βρει την απαραίτητη ισορροπία. Ο τιμωρός θεός Kushiel, ό [...]

Since I read the first two books from the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, I am a huge fan of hers. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, prepared me for this book! “Kushiel’s Avatar” is by far the best book I have ever read! For the first time in my life, I thought I was living in a book. A couple of times, I found myself not to continue reading because I was afraid of what will happen to the characters! I fell in love with them, fought beside them, cried for them, I lost hope as they did a [...]

Ten years have passed in Terre d'Ange, peace and prosperity for the country, and for Phedre and Joscelin. Phedre has never forgotten Hyacinche, still trapped by the curse of the angel Rahab, and has long searched for (and never found) the one thing which could free him - the name of god. Then comes a request for help from Melisand Sharizhai, her son Imriel, hidden away in secret these ten years is now missing, presumed abducted. And if Phedre will search for him, Melisande promises a lead on the [...]

I felt spent after reading book 2 in this trilogy but that was nothing compared to the terrible beauty of Kushiel's Avatar. Carey delves deep into the darkness of the human psyche, and deep into our hearts with the seemingly impossible task laid at Phèdre's feet. We might wish for gifts from the gods, here in our cubicles or sitting in rush-hour traffic, but this book outlines the price of being the Avatar of a god such as Kushiel, and the courage required to meet his demands. Unlike the others [...]

As much as I loved this series and as much as I loved the ending of this book I had to give it only 2 stars and prob only deserved 1. 2 reasonsFirst, the middle part of this book was awful. It was horrid. It was so over the line I almost put it down several times but was too invested in the characters. I ended up briefly skimming the middle third and it still took me twice as long to read. Second, the whole weird hycinthe "love" was weird and pissed me off. Joscelin loved her and the fact that s [...]

Beneath it all, I was still a whore’s unwanted get, struggling to make sense of the world and do what was right.Ah Phèdre, how far we've come from that first meeting in Kushiel's Dart and how much we've ended up learning: about Terre D'Ange and the children of Elua, yes, but also about the wider world, now spanning into Carey's reimagining of Egypt, Carthage, the Middle East and Africa. A voyage of discovery, of cultural exploration and above all, about love (and this book goes beyond just ro [...]

Kushiel's Avatar picks up ten years after the events of the last book. It's been ten years of peace for Phedre and my favorite warrior priest, Joscelin Verreuil, but that respite comes to an end as the two heroes of the realm are called upon to help someone neither ever thought to willingly aid while simultaneously delivering on a long-held promise to an old friend. Their efforts will take them through what we would consider the Middle East and Africa and will keep them far from their home fires [...]

Ultra-spoileryI have to echo the sentiments of another reviewer here: Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen pulled me into a world of political intrigue and colliding loyalties, but it was Kushiel's Avatar that made me care about the characters. The romance between Phèdre and Joscelin is deeper, more intense, and there is heart-wrenching angst between them after Phèdre's nightmarish time in Daršanga. It is there that the Mahrkagir teaches her not only the depths to which an anguisette can plumm [...]

The conclusion to Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel trilogy featuring Phedre no Delaunay leads us to Phedre’s darkest hour. Torn between two loyalties, Phedre starts a new journey to save the missing child, Imriel de la Courcel. Imriel is no ordinary child; born of Phedre’s betrayer, Melisandre Shahrizai, he is of two lines. From his father’s side, he is in the direct line to Terre d’Ange’s throne. From his mother’s blood, he is bequeathed the darker aspects of Kushiel’s legacy.In Phedr [...]

This series took me by surprise and became a favorite. The last book is as constantly good as the other two and Carey's writing is, so far, at it's best. I recommend trying these books. Fans of fantasy along the lines of Guy Gavriel Kay, Robin Hobb, Jennifer Fallon, and N.K. Jemisin. And also romance fans of Diana Gabaldon and Beatrice Small.Now for the reason this almost didn't get a five star rating. I liked Phedre throughout the series but I felt that here in the last instead of growing older [...]

I wrote the following review for my Kindle copy of this book. This copy is the Audible audio narrated by Anne Flosnik. Her voice enhanced my experience in Jacqueline Carey's well built world. Here is my review of the book. But keep in mind how much I admire Anne Flosnik's incredible interpretation of the written words.I finally understand why my husband was so in love in Jacqueline Carey. He was so much in awe that he went to a book signing and got his copy of this book signed by this great auth [...]

Fantastic series. So different and yet so compelling. For everybody who has read a lot and wants an insider tip.A must have for every Home Fantasy Library

I suppose it goes without saying that I loved the final book of this trilogy. The trilogy has its flaws, I'll admit. For one thing, pages on pages could have been cut in the interests of getting to the point faster and dazzling prose. Still, for me, I quite enjoyed the leisurely pace in some parts of it, and the careful and detailed world building that ensued. Yes, it's kind of ridiculous the way what is essentially France is idolised, and the idea of a land where everyone is beautiful seems lik [...]

This is and always will be my favourite out of the entire Kushiel's Legacy series - I haven't even read all of the books yet and I can already say without a doubt that this one is my favourite - that should tell you a lot about how much I love it, especially if you've heard me rave about previous books in the series.Jacqueline Carey truly outdid herself here. The story of this particular novel is compelling beyond compelling, amazing almost to a fault, and frankly, addictive. Being in the proces [...]

When I started reading this series, I could never have imagined how much I would end up loving it. I'm a bit sad it's over. I'm going to miss Phèdre and Joscelin. They are just such great characters. I guess having a psychology degree does pay when you're an author. Yes, Phèdre is of course extra super special, touched by gods, and beloved of the most perfect man ever, but her narration never makes her come across like a Mary Sue, because she is such a real, complex character. I would really h [...]

Five well earned stars. A beautiful end to a fantastic trilogy."I prayed it would end in love. I prayed we could come home, all of us."I love Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève. Wholeheartedly, her story and her character have captivated me. She is loving, brave, and compassionate, devoted completely to the people she loves, with a deep code of honor. A vow from her is worth more than gold. Knowledge is precious to her, and she learns all she can. She is also vain, suspicious, and stubborn. Phèd [...]

Kushiel's Avator is definitely darker, contains more gripping adventures, a deeper exploration of the world with all the characters being challenged and stretched to the limit; and as always, it is done through ingenious storytelling. When I thought Kushiel's Chosen took the series to a whole new level, this book broke all the rules by going way darker, more magical, closer focus on world building, history as well as many more achingly endearing moments between unforgettable characters. Phédre [...]

I finally understand why my husband was so in love in Jacqueline Carey. He was so much in awe that he went to a book signing and got his copy of this book signed by this great author. For me, there hasn't been a better diet that reading her books. I have gone full days not wanting to put the book down to go and get a meal or snack. I even go thirsty forgetting that I need to drink water. And getting to sleep while in the middle of one of her stories takes more discipline than I have. Even after [...]

See also my review for Kushiel's Dart, which covers this entire series.This is the spiritually deepest and most terrifying of all three books. Phedre's pain-bearing gift takes her into a kind of hell-on-earth, something only she could psychologically and physically survive in order to overcome and ultimately destroy it. Her quest to save her good friend Hyacinthe from a lifetime of solitary confinement eventually unearths the lost Hebrew tribe of Dan in Africa and her meeting with the old priest [...]

Confession time: the first time I read Kushiel's Avatar the book left me slightly disappointed. Truly, I don't even know why. I must have been in a reading slump. Anyway, I wanted to re-read this, because I'd like to start the Imriel trilogy sometime this year, and he, as a side character, plays a rather large role in Kushiel's Avatar. After finishing the book for the second time, I can say I am more than satisfied with the last installment of the epic journey Phedre's trilogy took us on. It is [...]

This is my second time reading through the Kushiel's Legacy series and I remember why I loved the books the first time I read them. Carey is a brilliant story teller and I came to love her characters but not just Phedre and Joscelin, but Hyacinthe, Queen Ysandre, and others as well. I would read and read and before I knew it, I'd read through half the book and it was the wee hours of the morning. I did this on the second read through also. The books for me, are timeless and the story is intricat [...]

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