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Kushiel's Avatar

Author: Carey, Jacqueline Set In . . .
 Europe, France, Paris, North America, Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, Africa, Egypt, USA, New York, New York City, England, London
Genre: Fantasy
Time Frame: B.C.
Published: 2003
Description: A decade of peace has passed in Terre D Ange the country founded by the god Elua Since the world s most famous courtesan saved her queen from assassination Phedre n Delauny has been enjoying a quiet life until a prophetic dream calls upon her to serve her gods one last time But what they ask may be too painful for even an anguissettte to bear When the young son of the traitor Melisande Shahrizai Imriel de la Courcel who stands third in line for the crown is kidnapped Phedre enters an uneasy bargain to find the boy in exchange for the information that will free her beloved childhood friend Hyacinthe from his eternal imprisonment as the new Master of the Straits When it becomes clear that Imriel s disappearance is part of a larger far darker scheme Phedre knows it is her sacred duty to end it At her side is her loving consort Josselin who will also risk losing himself in Phedre s gamble to rescue Imriel and save her country from a spreading darkness And beyond her doubt her fear dangles the promise of a holy mystery so great that it could transform Phedre into justice incarnate or consume her in the flames of her own passion All of Phedre s journeys have led here to the grandest of conclusions in an epic tale of fantasy adventure and above all love Kushiel s Avatar is the stunning conclusion to Jacqueline Carey s epic trilogy Phdre n Delaunay is a woman pricked by Kushiel s Dart chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one Her path has been strange and dangerous and through it all the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side Her very nature is a torturous thing for them both but he is sworn to her and he has never violated his vow To protect and serve But Phdre s plans put Joscelin s pledge to the test for she has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe She has spent ten long years searching for the key to free him from his eternal indenture a bargain he struck with the gods to take Phdre s place as a sacr
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