11 September 2007

Book Banter -- Kushiel's Chosen

Title: Kushiel's Chosen
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 678 pages
Plot Basics: Phedre no Delaunay finds herself once again in the service of the Queen of Terre d'Ange. This time, Phedre goes south to seek out where traitor Melisande may have fled. But even from a distance, Melisande continues to play her game of thrones and Phedre's trip sets part of Melisande's terrible plot in motion. And Phedre must use all her wits, wiles and wherewithal to stop her and save her beloved Terre D'Ange.
Banter Points: Again, Carey's world building is amazing. This alternate Europe she's created is as rich in detail as the real thing and fraught with the same kind of king-making history as the true one as well.
Additionally, she does a good job of writing both a book with exquisite character development and introspection and rousing action sequences.
Bummer Points: The end of the book seemed to drag on, though with a book this long, it's somewhat understandable that the denouement will take longer.
Word Nerd Recommendation: Fans of Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin take note. This is a very manageable series but with the magical and fant-historical elements these other authors do well.

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