#1 in series

Kushiel's Dart

Book 1 in the series

4.05 based on 50415 ratings & 2620 reviews on Goodreads.com
Tor

Publication date: 06.07.2011
ISBN: 9781447208204
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

This extraordinary novel will be loved by fans of George R. R. Martin and Sylvia Day alike - an intoxicating fantasy of intrigue, betrayal and desire.

Phèdre nó Delaunay has a turbulent path before her, one that will touch the life of queens and princes - and change the course of her land, but this all lies ahead...

After a childhood of indentured servitude, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very particular mission. He's also the first to recognize who and what she is: one touched by the god Kushiel's dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.Phèdre is trained equally in history, politics and the courtly arts - but she's also eventually taught the arts of pleasure, And above all, she learns how 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, then love and honour goad her further. Her journey will take her to the edge of despair and beyond, as false friend, loving enemy and beloved assassin can all wear the same glittering mask. Navigating a world of deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Kushiel's Dart won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2002. It also won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Fantasy.

In the media

This is definitely up on the list of my favourite books. The richness of the world and the sensuality of the characters and the writing draw you in . . . The whole world in this book is rich with tales, characters, and lore. Most of it is an adaption of our own world with a few fantastical twists.
BibliophilicBookBlog.com
Brilliant and daring . . . In the character of Phèdre nó Delaunay 'a whore's unwanted get' sold into indentured servitude in the opulent Night Court, the author has created a particularly strong and memorable female lead . . . An engrossing plot focuses first on court intrigue and treachery, then, in a surprising shift, on high adventure, travel in barbarian lands including Alba (England) and war. . . This is an assured and magnificent book that will appeal to both male and female readers.
Publishers Weekly
A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read.
Robert Jordan