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Publication Order of Kushiel's Legacy: Phedre Trilogy Books

Kushiel's Dart (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kushiel's Chosen (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kushiel's Avatar (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cassiel's Servant (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kushiel's Legacy: Imriel Trilogy Books

Kushiel's Scion (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kushiel's Justice (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kushiel's Mercy (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kushiel's Legacy: Moirin Trilogy Books

Naamah's Kiss (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naamah's Curse (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naamah's Blessing (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Sundering Books

Publication Order of Santa Olivia Books

Publication Order of Agent of Hel Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

In the Matter of Fallen Angels (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Hundred Ablutions (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend and Art (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Songs of Love and Death(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Songs of Love Lost and Found(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unfettered(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fantasy Medley 3(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

In the year 1964, Jacqueline Carey was born in Highland park, Illinois. She later attended Lake Forest College where she received a B.A degrees in psychology and English literature in the year 1986. During her college life, she had to spent half a year working in a samll bookstore in London; it is during this time that she made the decision of becoming a professional author and novelist. Her writing career officially started as she was working at a local college after she had returned to the US from London. The money she earned provided her a steady income and enabled her to travel wide; her traveling landed her in Finland and as far as Egypt. Her current homestead is in western Michigan, here she is a member of the most aged Mardi Gras Krewe in their sate.

Her rise to fame and success came in the year 2001 owing to the publication and release of her first novel: Kushiel’s Dart. This book enabled her to bag the Locus magazine Award under the category of Best First Novel in the year 2002. Before this major milestone in her writing career, Carey had done and published various essays, short stories and even a non-fiction book. Also on the list of her previous publication is the Kushiel trilogy which was also widely acclaimed.

Let’s look at Carey’s first novel, Kushiels’s Dart. The setting of this book is in a place by the name Terre d’Ange; a setting that can be likened to a medieval France. This nation, Terre d’Ange is settled by the angels who instead of following the one God, they choose follow Elua. Elua is the son of Mary Magdalene and jesus, he wonderers in the land with angels referred to as companions of Elua. They are guided by Elua’s one and only commandment: love-as-thou-wilt. This results in a society that has a consideration of sex in all manner of forms and is regarded as a calling that is holy to serve angel Naamah. The inhabitants of the 13 houses of the night-court are motivated to work as courtesans and from the work their marque is filled. The marque is represented by a large tattoo that covers the area between the bottom of the neck all the way to the tailbone. Ink is drawn gradually to fill the area with the rate at which the courtesans earn money; filling the entire area with ink marks their freedom.

Due to financial struggles and pregnancy that will bring another child, Phedre’s parents decide to sell her to the house of the Night-court. She has a red fleck in her eye-she can never be a court-esan herself. It is later discovered the defect is a marking of Kushiel’s Dart. Kushiel is one of Elua’s companions and he is the angel of punishment. The defect in Phedre’s eye will make her experience pain in the form of pleasure. At her tender age, she is bought by Anafiel-Delaunay. As her foster father, he trains her to become a courtesan, a spy and observer. She later learns many secrets and skills which become helpful in discovering the conspiracy against the queen of the land.

The seductive Melisande Shahrizai is behind this plot. Hardly had she developed substantial plans to stop this treachery, she is unfortunately sold into slavery alongside her bodyguard to the tribes of Skaldia. Joscelin later becomes Phedre’s love. In the different land, Phedre and her lover faces the ups and downs of their passion, she comes face to face with supernatural moments, extreme political intrigue and swashbuckling fights become part and parcel of their daily lives.

The author casts a wide variety of characters in this book but does not compromise on giving them a great development. Phedre for instance, her progressive development from her childhood is well covered. This pieces of puzzle are correctly fitted to culminate to a perfect conclusion. The minor characters are also given a good crowning, particularly, how the author brings out the role of Joscelin who guarded Phedre is intriguing.

In general, kushiels Dart is a fictional fantasy book that greatly majors on mythological elements, gods and legends. Supernatural abilities are not overly done and the small pieces of the great character driven story are perfectly sewn together to give a perfect combination of love, adventure and political intrigue.

Kushiel’s Dart is not only Carey’s first major work but also the 1st book in the well-received Kushiel’s Legacy series. Following Kushiel’s Dart is kushiel’s chosen.

This a second journey, in which Carey does not relent in covering Phedre’s discovery and self-indulgence. In this part of the story, Phedre is pushed to using all her training and tactics endowed to her by Kushiel as his chosen instrument. She has to completely banish her fears and summon all her courage with the target of defeating all the plans fashioned at destroying her homely which she loves with dangerous passion.

Although the D’angeline queen has power and great beauty to match she is on the verge of destruction. And the menace of those who believe they deserve the powers is fast approaching. Melisande cannot be left to go on with her undertaking.

She too has a rare beauty, she is fierce as she has sworn to overthrow the queen and amass the power that comes with ruling this land. Melisande is willing to go at any length and wants to take the leadership at any costs. The only people who stand between her and this coveted prize are Phedre and her companion.

Joscelin is by Phedre’s side and they have to do everything imaginable within the scope of their powers to uncover Melisande’s treacherous plan of overthrowing the ruling queen of Terre d’Ange. On top of this, Phedre is burdened by the task of keeping her emotions in check and the desires lurking behind the red-fleck in her eye. Her weakness in pleasure and pain pull her back, but the choice of surrendering her home to Melisande cannot be made.

Kushiel’s avatar follows this equally great book. Funs of this great books will surely be delighted by Elegy for Darkness; a stand-alone novel Carey has been working on.

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