KUSHIEL’S DART had been on my for ages but, at over 900 pages, I found it really intimidating. When the GoodreadsWyrd & WonderSF/F Read Alongs group announced their six-week readalong in September 2020, I took the plunge. I adored the book and loved the experience.
Now, we’re back for another six week and the second book, KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN.
Considering how many pages KUSHIEL’S DART clocks in at, I can’t believe how quickly I flew through it. It certainly didn’t feel like a thousand-plus page book. While I admit struggling with the audiobook initially (and with how sexualised young Phèdre is), this was a 100% five-star read at the end of the day. I’ve bought had copies of the entire trilogy and I’m excited to continue it. I hope I’ll get to at least KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN by the end of the year.
This section, with the Briton-like tribes and characters, reminded me a lot more of ‘traditional’ historical and historical fantasies I’ve read in the past.
Like with the Skaldi, it’s nice to see some of the events and cultures outside of Terre d’Ange. It makes the world feel more complex and deeper, and sort of grounds the more fnatasical elements of the things going on in Terre d’Ange with the more everyday/real-feeling psuedo-historial elements.
So, this is roughly the middle third of KUSHIEL’S DART. There’s a lot happening.
I struggled with the first 100 or so pages of this book, but I have to say that it’s really hit its stride. The politics are still convoluted and maybe flying over my head a bit but it feels like a lot of puzzle pieces are clicking into place.
This section brings in the Skaldi, and I thought it was really interesting that, once we moved away from it, I realized how enamored and interested I was in Terre d’Ange and it’s people.
Somewhere in the Week 3 section, I realized I was loving this book and had completely fallen for Phèdre as a protagonist. Unless something dramatic happens, I’m definitely reading not only the next book but (eventually) the whole series.