All right then! As I laze about with a belly full of pancakes on this bank holiday Monday, let’s talk about one of my new favourite things. Yup. New favourite thing, for several reasons. Follow me and I will elaborate – but please do mind the spoilers!
Week 3 is upon us, and this week sees me hosting the Read Along! We’re covering chapters 19 through 26, and good lord there’s a lot of drama going on this week! As always, please note there will be spoilery content below, and also as always, feel free to check out our Goodreads group page.
Now, let’s get to the questions…
Time for a little something new around these parts! I was pondering whether to make a feature of episode reviews for this new BBC series, based on the fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke, but decided to wait until I’d tested the waters by watching the first episode before I made up my mind.
The fact that this post exists might tell you my reaction was favourable, to say the least…
(Fair warning – I am entirely new to this story; though I’m familiar with its general principle, I have thus far remained entirely unspoiled. As a result, any reviews I post will be based entirely upon the TV adaptation, and my impressions will be refreshingly unsullied by prior knowledge of the goings-on. As always I welcome your comments, but please refrain from posting anything that could be considered spoilery. Thanks!)
Hello and welcome back to our Kushiel’s Dart Read Along! This week’s host is Allie of Tethyan Books and we’ll be covering chapters 9-18, where things start to get a bit on the steamy side. There is, however, still plenty of intrigue to go around!
If you’re only just joining us for this read along, do make sure you’ve caught up with the previous week’s discussions – check out the group’s posts over at Dab of Darkness! It wouldn’t do to spoil anything for new readers. (Also, if you’re interested in that sort of thing we’ve got a Goodreads group for updates and news on current/future readalongs.)
Okay! If everyone’s up to speed, then let’s get cracking on…
Well, stop my massively fangirly press! Today has brought along some truly lovely news about one of my favourite fantasy series, and given how far above and beyond excellent it goes, I’m taking a time-out from my day to squee about it here…
When Love cast me out, it was Cruelty who took pity on me.
The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good…and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.
Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission…and 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.
Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability 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; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair…and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.
Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart – a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.
It has begun (even though I had some calendar confusion)!
Yes, the biggest group read so far kicks off today, with Part 1 of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart. If you missed the announcement at any point earlier, details of this Read Along are here. Susan at Dab of Darkness is also our host this week, so be sure to check out her first-week post as well. For keeping up to date with participants’ posts, you can also check out our Goodreads group!
Right then! All that remains is to remind you that HERE BE SPOILERS, and get on with my own Q&A-ness!
Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: Fireside Fiction Company
Publication date: May 5th 2015
This edition: eARC
Formats: Print, ebook
Notes: This copy was received from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right?
Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted.
Well, darnit, there goes another lunar cycle!
Looking back on what I got done in April, it occurs to me that I haven’t posted any reviews this month! On the other hand, April has been the month of Max Gladstone around here, as I’ve gotten most of the way through another Craft Sequence readalong. I’ve also got some other goodies to keep things ticking along, so let’s recap!