History Literature / KushielsLegacy

29th Jun '17 8:31:38 PM DustSnitch
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* AlternateHistory: The details are somewhat murky but, other than the definite existence of magic, the course of history in Europe seems to have been about the same up until the death of [[{{Jesus}} Yeshua]]. No resurrection occurs and Christianity is never founded. Instead the Magdelene's tears fall on Yeshua's blood and create Elua. This miracle causes Judaism to develop into the messianic faith of Yeshuism which rejects Elua as an illegitimate son of the One God. Elua [[WalkingTheEarth wanders the Earth]] for some time and eventually founds Terre d'Ange, the land of angels, with his angelic followers. With Terre d'Ange as a buffer against the [[AllTheLittleGermanies Skaldi]] the [[AncientRome Tiberien Empire]] is not obliterated when it collapses, leaving almost all of its works intact.

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* AlternateHistory: The details are somewhat murky but, other than the definite existence of magic, the course of history in Europe seems to have been about the same up until the death of [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Yeshua]]. No resurrection occurs and Christianity is never founded. Instead the Magdelene's tears fall on Yeshua's blood and create Elua. This miracle causes Judaism to develop into the messianic faith of Yeshuism which rejects Elua as an illegitimate son of the One God. Elua [[WalkingTheEarth wanders the Earth]] for some time and eventually founds Terre d'Ange, the land of angels, with his angelic followers. With Terre d'Ange as a buffer against the [[AllTheLittleGermanies Skaldi]] the [[AncientRome Tiberien Empire]] is not obliterated when it collapses, leaving almost all of its works intact.
10th Jun '17 9:27:43 PM Eievie
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#''Kushiel's Dart''
#''Kushiel's Chosen''
#''Kushiel's Avatar''

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#''Kushiel's Dart''
Dart'' (2001)
#''Kushiel's Chosen''
Chosen'' (2002)
#''Kushiel's Avatar''Avatar'' (2003)



#''Kushiel's Scion''
#''Kushiel's Justice''
#''Kushiel's Mercy''

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#''Kushiel's Scion''
Scion'' (2006)
#''Kushiel's Justice''
Justice'' (2007)
#''Kushiel's Mercy''Mercy'' (2008)
10th Jun '17 9:24:54 PM Eievie
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The first trilogy (beginning with ''Kushiel's Dart'', continuing with ''Kushiel's Chosen'', and ending with ''Kushiel's Avatar'') follows the exploits of Phèdre, a woman with a red mote in her eye which marks her as an ''anguissette'', one who experiences pain as pleasure. This talent means she draws a high price, as prostitution is a highly valued and respected profession in her home country. Added to this, she is trained in espionage, escape, and other things by her bondholder, with intent to use her as a weapon to stabilize the realm. Over the span of three books, Phèdre goes from girl to adult, and winds up deeply involved in the politics of the realm and the divine, thanks in part to her... unique talents, both as courtesan and spy. Much of the story focuses on her sexual encounters, both consensual and at times very non-consensual.

The second trilogy begins with ''Kushiel's Scion'', continues with ''Kushiel's Justice'', and ends with ''Kushiel's Mercy''. It follows Phèdre's adopted son, Imriel: who happens to be the [[LateArrivalSpoiler biological son of one of the realm's most infamous traitors]]. The books follow his coming of age, and his struggle to live up to his adoptive parents while putting aside the reputation in his blood.

The third trilogy takes place a century after the second trilogy ends, and follows the adventures of the druid Moirin from the land of Alba. A descendant of the Maghuin Dhonn from the second trilogy, Moirin must learn to deal with the consequences her ancestor's actions foisted on her people, master her magical powers, and learn about her half-D'Angeline heritage. The first book, ''Naamah's Kiss'', came out in 2009, ''Naamah's Curse'' in 2010, and ''Naamah's Blessing'' in June 2011.

All nine books are interesting stories without the sex. ''Kushiel's Legacy'' is widely lauded by reviewers for having complex societies, likable characters, and a continuous onslaught of politics and intrigue which blend seamlessly with the sex.

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The first trilogy (beginning with ''Kushiel's Dart'', continuing Legacy'' is widely lauded by reviewers for having complex societies, likable characters, and a continuous onslaught of politics and intrigue which blend seamlessly with ''Kushiel's Chosen'', and ending the sex.

The books are split up into 3 trilogies, each
with ''Kushiel's Avatar'') a different protagonist.

[[folder:Phèdre's trilogy]]
The first trilogy
follows the exploits of Phèdre, a woman with a red mote in her eye which marks her as an ''anguissette'', one who experiences pain as pleasure. This talent means she draws a high price, as prostitution is a highly valued and respected profession in her home country. Added to this, she is trained in espionage, escape, and other things by her bondholder, with intent to use her as a weapon to stabilize the realm. Over the span of three books, Phèdre goes from girl to adult, and winds up deeply involved in the politics of the realm and the divine, thanks in part to her... unique talents, both as courtesan and spy. Much of the story focuses on her sexual encounters, both consensual and at times very non-consensual.

non-consensual.
#''Kushiel's Dart''
#''Kushiel's Chosen''
#''Kushiel's Avatar''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Imriel's trilogy]]
The second trilogy begins with ''Kushiel's Scion'', continues with ''Kushiel's Justice'', and ends with ''Kushiel's Mercy''. It follows Phèdre's adopted son, Imriel: Imriel who happens to be the [[LateArrivalSpoiler biological son of one of the realm's most infamous traitors]]. The books follow his coming of age, and his struggle to live up to his adoptive parents while putting aside the reputation in his blood.

blood.
#''Kushiel's Scion''
#''Kushiel's Justice''
#''Kushiel's Mercy''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Moirin's trilogy]]
The third trilogy takes place a century after the second trilogy ends, and follows the adventures of the druid Moirin from the land of Alba. A descendant of the Maghuin Dhonn from the second trilogy, Moirin must learn to deal with the consequences her ancestor's actions foisted on her people, master her magical powers, and learn about her half-D'Angeline heritage. The first book, ''Naamah's Kiss'', came out in 2009, ''Naamah's heritage.
#''Naamah's Kiss'' (2009)
#''Naamah's
Curse'' in 2010, and ''Naamah's (2010)
#''Naamah's
Blessing'' in June 2011.

All nine books are interesting stories without the sex. ''Kushiel's Legacy'' is widely lauded by reviewers for having complex societies, likable characters, and a continuous onslaught of politics and intrigue which blend seamlessly with the sex.
(2011)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Short stories]]




Now has a [[Characters/KushielsLegacy Character Sheet]]!

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\nNow has a [[Characters/KushielsLegacy Character Sheet]]![[/folder]]
10th Jun '17 1:02:01 AM NightShade96
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* LessonsInSophistication: Phedre's childhood is filled with these. In the Night Court, she receives lessons in etiquette and comportment to prepare her for life as a HighClassCallGirl; after adopting her, Anafiel Delaunay expands the curriculum to include arts and sciences, languages, [[FemmeFataleSpy espionage]], self-defense, and the [[SchoolOfSeduction arts of love]].
5th Jun '17 7:27:06 AM ikissfrogs
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite getting burned, cut and partly flayed, Phedra's scars are mentioned just once, when realistically they should be quite severe, while they don't detract from her sex appeal (or ability to get into her amorous adventures) at all.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Despite getting burned, cut and partly flayed, Phedra's Phedre's scars are mentioned just once, when realistically they should be quite severe, while they don't detract from her sex appeal (or ability to get into her amorous adventures) at all. all.
** JustifiedTrope. Phedre's ability to heal swiftly and (in most cases) without scarring is mentioned, and implied to be part of her anguissette's gift.
13th May '17 11:02:17 PM aerojockey
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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Ysandre de la Courcel folded her hands in her lap, lifing her chin again. 'At the age of sixteen,' she said quietly, 'I was promised to the Cruarch's heir, his sister-son Drustan mab Necthana, the Prince of the Cruithne.'"]]

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* WhamLine: New queen Ysandre de la Courcel explains some recent oddities in the royal family, especially why she hasn't married: [[spoiler: "Ysandre de la Courcel folded her hands in her lap, lifing her chin again. 'At the age of sixteen,' she said quietly, 'I was promised to the Cruarch's heir, his sister-son Drustan mab Necthana, the Prince of the Cruithne.'"]]
12th May '17 9:26:25 PM Eievie
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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Explored with regard to Melisande. For her, it's really all about the scheming, manipulation, and {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry. She does it '''very''' well, and she wants someone to see and appreciate that. Delaunay was a similarly-skilled schemer, if rather more heroic. He and Phèdre are the only people Melisande believes might fully appreciate her plots. To her, the game is more important than the outcome, and playing well is more important than winning. And so for this reason, she sometimes divulges small portions of information regarding to her schemes to Delaunay, and later Phèdre.
-->'''Phèdre''': ''[to Delaunay about her recent encounter with Melisande]'' Every artist craves an audience, my lord, and she has chosen you. Whatever is to occur, it is her desire that you know she is its architect.
1st May '17 11:44:28 PM aerojockey
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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Ysandre de la Courcel folded her hands in her lap, lifing her chin again. 'At the age of sixteen,' she said quietly, 'I was promised to the Cruarch's heir, his sister-son Drustan mab Necthana, the Prince of the Cruithne.'"]]
24th Feb '17 6:12:16 AM Radhil
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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: It's a dagger, but in ''Kushiel's Chosen'', Joscelin makes a dagger throw that disrupts the aim of an enemy on the other end of a large temple filled with fighting men. Phèdre comments that she thought the throw was impossible.

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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks:
** In ''Dart'', Joscelin uses this in desperation after Selig's men catch up to them in Skaldia. Six on one and he's winning, but Phèdre kills the one taking her hostage, so the last man with a horse decides to off the easier target first. Joscelin can't catch up in time. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] even:
--> '''Joscelin''': Do you know what the odds of making that throw were? We don't even train for it. It's not done.
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It's a dagger, but in ''Kushiel's Chosen'', Joscelin makes a dagger throw that disrupts the aim of an enemy on the other end of a large temple filled with fighting men. Phèdre comments that she thought the throw was impossible.
21st Feb '17 5:42:20 PM nightwyrm_zero
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* TrojanPrisoner: Phèdre and Imriel infiltrate Darsanga this way, Imriel giving Phèdre to the Mahrkagir's harem in exchange for sanctuary. The gambit runs longer than most examples, as it takes her a long time to get enough trust and planning to find a way to end the Mahrkagir's reign.

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* TrojanPrisoner: Phèdre and Imriel Joscelin infiltrate Darsanga this way, Imriel Joscelin giving Phèdre to the Mahrkagir's harem in exchange for sanctuary. The gambit runs longer than most examples, as it takes her a long time to get enough trust and planning to find a way to end the Mahrkagir's reign.
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