As you might be aware, my love of read-alongs has been growing by leaps and bounds lately. For my next group read, I’ll be tackling a truly epic fantasy – Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart. Read on for more!
(This copy had been lurking on a shelf in Waterstones for ages. Tempting me. This was fate.)
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.
Happily I am completely new to this story, blissfully spoiler-free, so I hope it’s as good as it sounds! The read-along will begin on May 10th and run for 10 weeks – you can find the complete schedule at Dab of Darkness. If you’d like to participate, there are still a couple of potentially open hosting spots, though of course this isn’t a requirement. Feel free to join in with the Q&A part as much or as little as you like – blog it, comment on it, tweet about it, whatever! There’s even a Goodreads group for these read-alongs, if you’d like to keep track of what we’re reading/posting and when.
So! Bring on May 10th. I can’t wait to find out what awaits…