Locus Award Best First Novel
'Rich, intricate worldbuilding meets swoonworthy romance. . . Phédre and Joscelin’s story is the beating heart of every romantasy to follow' - Olivie Blake
Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel, Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey is an intoxicating fantasy of intrigue, betrayal and desire – perfect for fans of Sarah J. Mass 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 cult classic deserving of its devotees. Rich, intricate worldbuilding meets swoonworthy romance. A tangled web of politics and desire, the Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy is a modern classic. Phédre and Joscelin’s story is the beating heart of every romantasy to follow.
Olivie Blake, bestselling author of The Atlas Six
A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating read
Robert Jordan, author of The Wheel of Time series
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