Out on 08 June 2023

Kushiel's Dart

Jacqueline Carey

2002 Winner

Locus Award Best First Novel

08 June 2023
864 pages


Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

Kushiel’s Dart is an intoxicating fantasy of intrigue, betrayal and desire – perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Servant. Seductress. Spy.

All Phèdre nó Delaunay has known is a life of servitude – until now. When her bond is purchased by a nobleman, Anafiel Delaunay, he transforms her into a charming courtesan and skillful spy. He’s also the first to recognize what she is: one touched by the god Kushiel’s dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

But when Phèdre uncovers a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland, she’s thrown into a world of deadly courtiers, heroic traitors and one truly Machiavellian villainess. Her journey will take her to the edge of despair and beyond. For false friends, loving enemies and beloved assassins all wear the same glittering masks – and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

‘Sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read’ Robert Jordan

‘Superbly detailed . . . sometimes unbearably intense’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Brilliant and daring . . . an assured and magnificent book’ Publishers Weekly

Continue the journey with Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey.

A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read
With her provocative debut novel, Jacqueline Carey introduces herself as an extraordinarily talented writer . . . Ms Carey weaves an exquisite tapestry of politics, intrigue, history, magic, desire and fate into a breathtaking epic that will captivate readers
Superbly detailed, fascinatingly textured, and sometimes unbearably intense: a resonant, deeply satisfying and altogether remarkable debut