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February's Fantasy (Morning Session) - Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Please join us as we discuss Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best First Novel. The book is the first in Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series, but it stands alone rather well. The book is an intriguing blend of historical fantasy, mythic fantasy, and heroic fantasy. With a courtesan as protagonist, it does have some strongly (plot-relevant) erotic elements, so if you're squeamish or put off by such things, this may not be the book for you. This is a rather long novel at 929 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our morning session (our afternoon session can be found here).

From Goodreads:

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart -- a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    I'm always impressed with the diversity of our discussions. This was a very complex book - and it was personally enlightening to gain new perspectives and interpretations.

    3 · February 10, 2014

  • Bill K.

    This week’s discussion was as enjoyable as ever. I was surprised at so many comments from both ends of the like/hate spectrum (just like the pleasure/pain aspects of the book). Many appropriate comments too, such as one guy saying “I’m probably the only person who hated this book to finish it” then a quick response from across the table, “So you’re a masochist.” Another part done well, is the discussion on other books when topics come up. I am always able to expand my list of ‘books to read’ after one of our sessions.

    3 · February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late change- I am sick and won't be able to make it.

    February 9, 2014

  • Alyssa

    Would anyone in the morning session like to switch to the afternoon? I am in the afternoon meetup but would like to switch.

    February 8, 2014

  • Vijay

    Just a reminder to please update your RSVP asap if you can no longer attend, both to avoid a no-show and to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

    Waitlisters, hang in there! We're going to do what we can to get you into a session.

    February 6, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying the novel. Now that we're less than a week out, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show and give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    February 3, 2014

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