History Literature / KushielsLegacy

23rd Sep '17 4:21:38 PM Eievie
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Jacqueline Carey's ''Kushiel's Legacy'' series encompasses three trilogies, told from first-person perspective by one character in each. It lies somewhere between AlternateHistory and fantasy, using recognizable names for real-world places, events, and occasionally people.

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Jacqueline Carey's Creator/JacquelineCarey's ''Kushiel's Legacy'' series encompasses three trilogies, told from first-person perspective by one character in each. It lies somewhere between AlternateHistory and fantasy, using recognizable names for real-world places, events, and occasionally people.
20th Sep '17 5:27:23 AM Radhil
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* BoringReturnJourney: Subverted in this series: it still takes a pretty long time to get home from every journey, and things still happen.

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* BoringReturnJourney: Subverted often in this series: it still takes a pretty long time to get home from every journey, and things still happen.happen.
** Both of Phèdre's journeys home are perilous in ''Dart'', the first because they are still evading the Skaldi and D'Angelines they escaped from, the second they are bringing the Alban army, and still have unexpected encounters.
** Phèdre and Joscelin get ambushed by bandits on a routine return to La Serenissima, in ''Avatar''. Phèdre notes that she's getting a little too wrapped up in the larger plots for something like an unsafe road to surprise her. The return journey from Saba also counts; having crossed deserts, rivers, and jungles to get there makes it just as arduous to get home.
** In ''Justice'', Imriel's very long journey into the wilderness of Vralia to avenge his wife takes just as long to return from, as he's forced to stop and deal with every local leader and city guard he bargained with, escaped, or lied to on the way in order to keep going.
17th Sep '17 5:18:33 PM nombretomado
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* ArsGoetia: The spirits summoned in Naamah's Kiss all come from here.



* EarthDrift: ''Dart'' has little more than divine lineage to elevate itself above historical fiction. ''Naamah's'' Trilogy, in contrast, begins with a character who can turn herself invisible, and takes a pit stop at summoning demons from the ArsGoetia before running off to Chinese dragons. {{Justified}} by the end of ''Kushiel's Mercy'', which states that, with protagonists close to the royal family having been victimized so often by acts of high magic, Imriel and Sidonie are going to establish an academy to research and teach magic for defense of the realm.

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* EarthDrift: ''Dart'' has little more than divine lineage to elevate itself above historical fiction. ''Naamah's'' Trilogy, in contrast, begins with a character who can turn herself invisible, and takes a pit stop at summoning demons from the ArsGoetia Literature/ArsGoetia before running off to Chinese dragons. {{Justified}} by the end of ''Kushiel's Mercy'', which states that, with protagonists close to the royal family having been victimized so often by acts of high magic, Imriel and Sidonie are going to establish an academy to research and teach magic for defense of the realm.
15th Sep '17 2:07:35 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* AltarDiplomacy: Many marriages in the series, as the major characters are nobility. Played with in that marriages cannot be carried out without the consent of the betrothed, as this is against the teachings of Elua. Still, politics plays a part. Children of House Courcel in particular can expect to be married for political reasons (which makes sense given they're the royal family): Ysandre was betrothed to the Cruarch of Alba as a teenager, though they fell in love after meeting for the first time.

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* AltarDiplomacy: Many marriages in the series, as the major characters are nobility. Played with in that marriages cannot be carried out without the consent of the betrothed, as this is against the teachings of Elua. Still, politics plays a part. Children of House Courcel in particular can expect to be married for political reasons (which makes sense given they're the royal family): Ysandre was betrothed to the Cruarch of Alba as a teenager, though they fell in love after meeting for the first time. Ysandre chooses to stay a virgin until marriage, and describes this as an act of love for her country.
10th Sep '17 1:09:55 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: In Terre d'Ange women can only become pregnant if they [[FantasyContraception pray to Eisheth, a fertility goddess to open their wombs]], and then the Goddess may or may not grant this wish. So essentially no one has a menstrual cycle until then, and no one has to worry about unwanted pregnancy unless they change their mind. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: In Terre d'Ange women can only become pregnant if they [[FantasyContraception pray to Eisheth, a fertility goddess to open their wombs]], and then the Goddess may or may not grant this wish. So essentially no one has a menstrual cycle until then, and no one has to worry about unwanted pregnancy unless they change their mind. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. (This was not fully established until after the first book of the series, in which Phedre is called "a whore's unwanted get". Carey may have quietly RetConned things.)
1st Sep '17 4:03:56 PM nombretomado
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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 [[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.

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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 [[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 [[UsefulNotes/AllTheLittleGermanies Skaldi]] the [[AncientRome Tiberien Empire]] is not obliterated when it collapses, leaving almost all of its works intact.
7th Aug '17 8:51:48 PM Angeldeb82
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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''
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[[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)
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[[folder:Short stories]]




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