21 October, 2021

LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Characters Who Never Gave Up

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Kushiel’s Legacy series
Jacqueline Carey

Phèdre is the centerpoint of a trilogy of amazing novels, and is a major player in a second trilogy (collectively known as the Kushiel’s Legacy series) – and she’s inspiring in all of them.  A citizen of the land of Terre d’Ange, Phèdre is raised in the Court of the Night Blooming Flowers until her reputation as an anguissette (a true devotee of the god Kushiel, one who takes pleasure in pain) captures the attention of the politically astute, renowned poet Anafiel Delaunay.  Under his mentorship, her knowledge of the larger world grows, as does her importance in it.

Phèdre faces many obstacles and challenges – some of them horrendous – in order to protect herself, those she loves and the life she honors.  Time and time again she has to use her wit, courage, and yes, her sexuality to persevere in the face of numerous dangers.  Make no mistake – this is erotic writing at its finest, full of complex characters in vividly realized surroundings (the world-building in Carey’s works is exemplary) with a compelling over-arching story that encompasses tragedy and intrigue, but where the human spirit – especially Phèdre’s – strives ever to not only exist, but to “love as thou wilt.”

-Sharon Browning

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