Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
Terre D'Ange is once again at peril for the traitor Melisande has escaped. In defense of the Ysandre, Phedre sets out to find Melisande, and her journey brings her to La Serenissima and the Little Court there. From there she journeys yet again to the bounds of the known world.
Yes, Jacqueline is just as wordy in this one as the first one. If you didn't like Kushiel's Dart you won't like this one. If you did though, this one is a delightful continuance of Phedre's Tale.
Sadly, Phedre doesn't spend much time in Terre D'Ange and La Serenissima is nowhere near as pretty. Some of the other landscapes that Phedre travels through have enough mystic and wonder to them to ease some of the Terre D'Ange longing.
Joscelin is still delicious, and his character development is definitely something I love about this series. He gives a very human aspect to the Cassiline Brotherhood as he struggles to reconcile his faith, duty, and love.
Melisande doesn't get a lot of facetime in this book (and in fact won't ever get much more), but her threads of intrigue are definitely felt throughout the book. She has a sort of looming spectre presence that drives this book forward.
A minor note, you don't really need to read the second book to read the third one. The stories are separate enough that reading the third is not particularly jolting although the conclusion of the second book is given in the third.
Star Rating: 4.5/5.0
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