neoshibby (neoshibby) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #3 - Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

 Title: Kushiel's Avatar
Series: Kushiel's Legacy
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 750

Rating: 8/10

Books read: 3/50

Synopsis: (from back of book)

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 good ... and 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 pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Her path has been strange and dangerous, and through it all the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side. Her very nature is a torturous thing for them both, but he is sworn to her and he has never violated his vow: to protect and serve.
But Phedre's plans put Joscelin's pledge to the test, for she has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe. She has spent ten long years searching for the key to free him from his eternal indenture, a bargain he struck with the gods-- to take Phedre's place as a sacrifice and save a nation. Phedre cannot forgive-- herself or the gods. She is determined to seize one last hope to redeem her friend, even of it means her death.
The search will bring Phedre and Joscelin across the world, to distant courts 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.


I thoroughly enjoyed a lot about this book, but it was so complicated! I forget how many different nations they visited, but it actually got a little much. Mostly because each nation had to have their clothing, religion, and some history explained. I honestly lost track of a lot of that part of things.

Other than that it was an excellent finale to the trilogy. Some parts got very dark, and that went on for a little while. I was worried the rest of the book would be like that also, but things cleared up significantly which was good. There weren't as many extra secondary characters introduced in this book I think, and there wasn't as much political stuff either, which was good, but there was a whole lot of religion. Mostly in the sense that you have to take into consideration, as you are reading, the religions of the nations that they pass through in order to make sense of some parts.

I thoroughly recommend this trilogy to anyone, although there are some themes that may disturb some people, for example there are some very dark sexual elements, and experiencing "pain and pleasure as one" effectively means that Phedre's a BDSM submissive.

Love as thou wilt.
Tags: fantasy, politics, religion, sexual violence

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