'Try it Tuesday' is a weekly meme hosted here at Bookaholics where each week me and Ninfa take turns to recommend a book we think you should try and why.
This weeks pick is
Kushiel's dart by Jacqueline Carey. 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.
Why I’m choosing this book
Because it's gorgeously written, full of romance, political intrigue, a wonderful mythology and a fresh and intriguing retelling of some of the world's history that left me breathless and wanting for more...thank goodness there are several in the series!
Five reasons I love this book
1. It's an intensely emotional story on many levels, Phedre's story is not always a happy story, but her emotions and growth as a character are so involving you can't help but wanting to know where it all leads her.
2. I love Historical re-tellings and Jaqueline Carey does a wonderful job in re-visiting Reinassaince Europe and old myths, legends and stories of the past.
3. This book has everything: love, sword fights and action, political intrigue, a wonderful plot, incredibly detailed characters and settings. You can easily get lost in it!
4. Joceleyn...oh Joceleyn♥
5. I love Phedre and if you like strong, emotional heroines with a hunger for survival then this is the story for you.
Who I think will love this book
Definitely one for the adults with some strong sexual content, I think fans of Historical Fantasy books, full of intrigue and adventures in foreign lands will love this book.
It's beautifully written and the first in a series of 3, though there are another 2 series set in the same world,one of them with some familiar characters in it :)
I hope this inspires you to pick up the book, and if you do
Let me know what you think!