Kushiel's Dart Read Along – Who's Interested?

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Heldig and a very good book
Heldig and a very good book

It’s time. This has been kicking around in the back of my head for some time. I love doing read alongs and discussing the minutiae of a good book. The Terre D’Ange Cycle by Jacqueline Carey (of which Kushiel’s Dart is Book 1) is one of my all time favorite series. In particular, I am forever enamored of Kushiel’s Dart. My man and I have read this book so many times, the covers have fallen off more than one copy.

UPDATE: You can find the schedule over HERE. 1st post goes up May 10th. Folks are welcome to jump in any time.

So why haven’t I done a read along of this book before? Well, in short, it is near and dear to my heart. As such, it is with great pleasure and with a little trepidation, I put it out there for a group read (aka group dissection).

This series is full of political intrigue, spies, betrayal, sword fights, escapes, captures, and no small amount of romance. The characters aren’t static, grabbing the readers hearts as they grow throughout the series. The world is rich in deities, queens & kings, many cultures, and excellent food.

And then there is the sex. It’s one of the reasons I love it. The main character of Kushiel’s Dart, Phedre, is a prostitute, though this term doesn’t fully cover her position in society. In an alternate history, Terre D’Ange (France) is a place of multiple deities and many of those deities have houses of worship that recognize sex as a beautiful and sometimes transcendent activity. If you have ever read Gilgamesh, then you might recognize the concept of temple prostitutes.

But it goes a bit further than that. I first picked up a copy of Kushiel’s Dart when I was 23. I definitely didn’t think I was a prude at the time and yet when I read the spicy scenes I found that I was not as well versed in bedroom antics as I thought I was. Throughout the series, I expect there are intimate scenes that will push nearly every reader’s boundaries. There’s BDSM, and not the non-consensual kind that has made the big screen lately. There are bisexual and homosexual relationships, which I would like to think wouldn’t even raise the eyebrows of my readers. There are some non-consensual scenes in the series, but the author does a great job of showing what a transgression such actions are. These scenes are described in as great a detail as the rest of the book – which means great detail.

So who’s with me? I would like to start with Kushiel’s Dart and if enough folks want to continue with the next book, I am more than happy to do so. In total, there are 9 books in the Terre D’Ange Cycle, comprising 3 trilogies that are related to each other. My little heart would do a happy dance if folks wanted to do a group read of all 9 books.

So what does this read along entail? This read along is for the new-to-the-series read as well as though familiar with Jacqueline Carey’s works. Once we have a group of folks, we set a 1st post date and start reading. At ~100 pages per week (paperback version), Kushiel’s Dart will take 10 weeks. Weekly discussion questions are emailed out to the participators a few days before the post date. Folks can post on a blog, live journal, book likes, or even just comment on the host blog’s site with their discussion answers. Whatever works for you. Some folks like to simply be silent stalkers, which is fine too.

Of course I’ll host, but if anyone else would like to host as well, just let me know. Hosting consists of providing that week’s discussion questions and then folks flock to your blog (or wherever) to comment and leave a link to their post.

If you’re interested in participating in any fashion, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email: nrlymrtl@gmail.com

Once I have enough people interested, I will send out a group email to organize the schedule. Once we have a schedule, I will post here.

32 thoughts on “Kushiel's Dart Read Along – Who's Interested?”

  1. Ooh, this has been on my tbr pile for a long time! My life is a bit of a mess at the moment so I don’t want to commit to hosting, but a ten-week schedule is nice and relaxed so pencil me in as a participant 🙂

  2. I would be interested in this – depends on the timing though just to make sure I’ve not bitten off too much and then can’t keep up – I did that with the Jemisin readalong and was sorry to miss out! Do you have any dates in mind?
    Lynn 😀

    1. I haven’t set any dates yet. I first wanted to see if there was interest from a group of folks and go from there. I am very flexible myself. Will put you on the email list.

  3. I’ll echo Lynn’s query about a starting date, but I’ve been circling this book for a while now, so this might be just the kick in the rear I need to make up my mind about reading it! 😉 Count me in…

  4. Caroline just told me of this read-along (hello, nice to meet you!) and although I’m hosting one of my own for March, I’m going to try to add yours. I can’t promise how much I’ll get read, but I did just purchase it for my kindle, and I will give a good effort.
    🙂

  5. This is my absolute favorite book series and author of the fantasy genre. I would very much like to be a part of the discussions and read along. I have never been to this page before and actually was pointed to it because Jacqueline Carey shared it from her Facebook page..I am looking forward to this and future reads.

    1. Awesome! I will add you to the email list for the weekly discussions. Do you have a blog or livejournal or social media you’d like us to pay attention to during the read along?

  6. I cannot wait to read this again. I’ve only read it once (when I was in high school, ~16 years of age) and it’s been nagging me to read it again. It is by far my most favorite series (I even have some of them signed!).

    1. I’ve read the first book multiple times, and then the rest of the series, except for the last book of the last trilogy. I have saved that for something special, as I don’t want to say goodbye to the Terre D’Ange world.

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