Readalong: Kushiel’s Chosen: Week 04/06

It came as a shock that I was still alive.

Phèdre goes from one type of captivity to another… again.

Follow along the discussions at the Goodreads group.


Week One | Beginning through end Chapter Seventeen

Week Two | Chapter Eighteen – Thirty

Week Three| Chapter Thirty-one – Forty-four

Week Four | Chapter Forty-five – Fifty-five

Week Five | Chapter Fifty-six – Seventy

Week Six | Chapter Seventy-one through the end

In the end, I was what I had been all too often for the duration of my short life: valuable goods.

In the end, I was what I had been all too often for the duration of my short life: valuable goods.What are your thoughts/feelings on Phèdre’s escape from La Dolorosa? Specifically, how do you feel about her rejection of Melisande’s offer, Tito and Joscelin’s roles in her escape, and the vow she made to Asherat?

Tito! I knew it, I fucking knew it! Right from the moment he brought Phèdre food. Carey just loves to emotionally cripple me. How is it a character with about two lines does this to me?

Joscelin’s redeemed himself after the mess he made last week. It’s interesting to me that he consistently does very well with glorious last stands, but fails at the sort of everyday basics that they need to actually hold together those moments.

And would you rather Phèdre had accepted Melisande’s offer of a more *ahem* personal imprisonment?

I’m glad she didn’t. A lot of Phèdre’s charm is her indominable spirit and her unwillingness to bend (in contract to her sex life), since Melisande is the only person who’s broken her in the past, I sort of think agreeing to go with her (making it as a choice, however it ends up) would break her somewhat.

Pirates! A dragon! A secret island! Woo! What do you make of pirate captain Kazan Atrabiades? And how do you feel about his ‘relationship’ with Phèdre? Yet more of the map has been filled in this week. Do you have any thoughts to share about what Phèdre and we have learnt of Illyria and its relationship with Terre d’Ange and La Serenissima?

To be honest, the relationship with Kazan felt a little like something we’ve seen before (in book one) and not drawn to enough to make a real impact? I’d have rather the time was summarised more, or expanded on. It might have been nice to see more of Illyria, to see more of how that culture differs from the other countries we’ve visited.

May the kríavbhog swallow my soul if I lie.

Kushiel’s Chosen (Phèdre’s Trilogy #2) by Jacqueline Carey

The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber—and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze.

When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren’t far off the mark.

The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre’s brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown… and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

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