Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy Series #1)
by Jacqueline Carey
Read this for Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club
The beginning was a bit of a chore to get through with all the world-building and the information dump. Though I was still very much intrigued by the world Carey created and knew the tedious beginning was needed to understand where and how Phèdre grew up.
After chapter 37 is when the story really began, in my opinion, and when I really started to enjoy the story and cared what happened to the characters.
The last half of the book had all of my favorite things: adventure, fantasy, a bit of romance, action, suspense, etc.
I actually started reading Kushiel's Dart thinking it was a romance, and even though there is some slight romance I wouldn't classify it as romance. The fact that Phèdre was trained from a very young age to service people in the bedchamber and that she gets pleasure from pain, I thought the sex scenes (which were not that many surprisingly) were written tastefully.
Also, Joscelin! He is by far my favorite male character ever! ♥♥♥
I will definitely read the rest of the series.