Kushiel’s Dart

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Published Date: June 23, 2001
Publisher: Tor Books
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Pages: 701
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

You can read the summary for Kushiel’s Dart here..

Every now and then, a book with hideous cover art surprises you. It grips you from the first word to the ending phrase. It holds on tight and takes you on the ride of your life. Other times, a book with hideous cover art takes FOREVER to get into because the author decided to make her writing harder than it needs to be. I’ll let you be the judge of which category this book falls under.

Kushiel’s Dart was part of a trade off between myself and my friend, Marianna. I had given her The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and she’d given me this book. She told me, “Annette, I know it looks hokey but just read it. There’s a huge following. People love this book.” I said, “Sure! No problem! I got this!” I didn’t get it. I opened the tome, struggled through the first paragraph and proceeded to let the book collect dust for A MONTH!!!! I just couldn’t. But one day, I decided I could and I did. I read the entire thing over one weekend. And guess what? I really, really liked it. Who knew that a book about a killer prostitute {because let’s face it! She’s a paid sex ninja who loves S&M} could be so good!?!

If one could get past the fact that Jacqueline Carey got in her own way, writing wise, then one might enjoy this story. I can’t help but feel as though Carey set out to write her first novel thinking, “Okay, let me use EVERY single comma available in the history of ever!! Then I’ll use every simile & metaphor. And THEENNNNNN, I’ll thesaurusize the SHIT out of this book and everyone will love it!!” *insert evil laugh here* Her evil plan did work, actually. There are DROVES of humans who have the main character’s tattoo/Marque on their backs. {the tattoo plays a big part of this story}. I was blown away by the fan base.

Anyway, point of this ramble is: the story – when the fluff is removed- is actually pretty decent. I must see what happens next, so I’ll be reading the remaining books in this trilogy. If you can stomach the writing, then you’ll enjoy this book.

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