I remember when I first read Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, years ago now. It was a rare treat, an immersive, compulsive treat of a book of the sort that comes along oh so rarely. It’s a lyrically written (and at times rather racy!) epic of intrigue and power-politics, set in a fantasy world with the feel of Renaissance Italy. I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to brief fabulous new ebook covers for the trilogy, which you can see below.
Bearing in mind the beautifully written eroticism that permeates the book, I guess it’s pretty reductive to say that it conjurers up Game of Thrones with a hint of Fifty Shades of Grey!! But whatever the comparisons, it’s a damn fine, beautifully imagined read.
Our main character, Phèdre nó Delaunay, is a courtesan and spy who enjoys pain (which has a spiritual aspect to it, as it’s a sign of her being chosen by a particular god). Her mentor trains her in all manner of skills to allow her to understand politics, languages etc. to help her become a top-flight spy, and she uses her position and wiles as a courtesan to get information and power. Huge drama, high-stakes political maneuvering, emotional highs and X-rated scenes are the result. And this is not a salacious read, it’s elegant and powerfully written stuff and we end up adoring the main character as she lives through hardship, pain and love.
The wonderful Game of Thrones series is keeping A Song of Ice and Fire at the top of the charts. And authors such as E. L. James, Sylvia Day and Lora Leigh are topping charts in romance and erotica. So by that measure there should be no stopping Carey’s Kushiel Legacy! See the wonderful new covers we’ve designed for the three ebooks, below, which are out now . . . Read the rest of this entry »