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.
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"A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating audiobook." (Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series)
Von Anna Ravenclaw Am hilfreichsten 17.02.2014
Great fantasy or terrible violence?
The story is just fascinating and great. I was always wondering what Pheidre would do next and what would happen to her and her friends next..
The story is well tailored and fits together as it should, I was unable to stop listening and would have liked to skip sleep to finish this great book in two days.
It is not typical fantasy in that way, that the world is neither very different from ours (at medieval times) nor is the story very romantic. But it is not just an alternate reality either, supernatural things exist and can be experienced by everyone.
The main character is somewhat lonely and I was often not able to really understand her feelings and actions, even though they are well explained most of the time. The details of the environment and the different cultures and languages are well explained as well, I could nearly see them in my dreams.
There is violence in this book, no problem in general to me, but:
Some of the violent scenes are way too detailed for me, I would really have liked to skip them. Except for the high level of details (some times) it is OK, hence it fits the story too well to be left out completely. I've read worse (not happy about it) and think everyone has to decide for his or her own if this is too much or can be accepted.
Except for the violence there were only two other things that annoyed me:
1) The language is so greatly fitting that I had trouble to follow the details more than once. But I got (mostly) used to it in the end and I LOVE what the author did there.
2) The names often sound far to similar. I mixed up Josselin and Drustin about half the time. I don't know if I should blame the narrator for it?
Anyway, I would recommend the book.