Kushiel's Avatar

by Jacqueline Carey | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0765347539 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingadrienne10wing of Seattle, Washington USA on 6/1/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
I am really looking forward to reading this book. I know readers of this trilogy will be happy to see I'm starting it, since it takes 2-3 weeks for me to read a single book in this particular trilogy.

Journal Entry 2 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
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adrienne10 [Nebraska, USA]
Hexa [UK]
WistfulDragon [UK]
ffyrestarr [UK]
tehuti [UK]
bookrabbit [Massachusetts, USA]
az628 [Pennsylvania, USA]

BountifulPots [Kansas, USA]
Eucalia [California, USA]
snowmyst [West Virgina, USA]


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Journal Entry 3 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, June 13, 2004
I finished this book last night. Actually, I spent most of the past two days reading it.

Ms. Carey's writing is exquisite! This author is fairly popular, which is well deserved. I look forward to her next novel, which is about Imriel, according to her website.

Readers of Dart and Chosen will love Avatar. Joscelin and Phedre have matured greatly. I complained that there were no love scenes in Chosen between them. Avatar makes up for that. Near the beginning, Phedre no longer wishes to be chosen by Kushiel. But, when faced with the withdrawal of him, and all her gods, from her life, she chooses to keep them, in exchange for putting herself and Joscelin through hell.

Joscelin is also amazing in this book. Phedre finally knows what she has. Thankfully, the death toll is less in this book than the previous two. Carey did not introduce two characters for one to care for, then kill them, as she did in her previous two books.

I don't want to give away too much, but I felt Carey outdid herself with the story line. Darsanga was incredible. The depths to which Phedre sank are immeasurable, and instead of crying that she no longer wishes to be Kushiel's Chosen, she accepts herself.

Again, Carey's alternate history universe could be considered highly sacrilegious. However, I rather like what she has done with the world, when she changed the events that occured at a specific point in time.

I will pass this book on when I know Kushiel's Chosen has moved on.

For those who want to know more about the author, visit her website: http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/index.html for updates and to see new items from her.

Journal Entry 4 by wingadrienne10wing at on Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Released on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at mail in uk, England Controlled Releases.

Sending onto Hexa. I know you'll love the ending to this trilogy!

Journal Entry 5 by Hexa on Thursday, July 08, 2004
Thanks adrienne10 - I can't wait to read this one!

Journal Entry 6 by Hexa on Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Another fabulous book - exquisite and intricate and a fitting end to the trilogy. The main characters have all matured and become more self aware, and Phedre and Joscelin face their greatest challenges yet. I loved the spirituality of this book, which was more explicit then the previous two, and the way all the threads pulled together.

Thanks again, Adrienne, for the chance to read these wonderful books. I'll be sending this one on to WistfulDragon tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, July 15, 2004
Now I know what I want to read on my way to the unconvention! One slight problem - We3Dragonets. Oh well, I might be able to snatch the odd ten minutes.

Journal Entry 8 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, July 22, 2004
I cried buckets. Thank you so much.
(Too emotional to add more - anyway, the others have said it all already.)
Sending to ffyrestarr.

Journal Entry 9 by ffyrestarr from Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
i actaully recieved this on monday, but have only just got around to journalling it, sorry for breaking the chain a bit, but to make up for it, since then i have already read it!!

i did really like this book, as it has the same amazing writing style as the first two, and the same type of amazing imagery and you can clearly see the myths and legends of our own world in this 'alternative reality' in which phedre lives in. thought the whole 'phropecy' thing was an interesting twist and what happened with imriel (that is his name?).

my only problem with this, otherwise amazing book, was the whole storyline with hyacinthe - there just didn't seem to be much to it in this novel, even though it was made a big thing of at the beginning. it seems to have been a bit 'side-lined' by the other part of the plot and then a bit rushed at the end! and am i the only one who wanted to see a menage a trois between joscelin, phedre and hyacinthe? (probably...)

apart from that excellent. this is an author to look out for in future!

sending on to tehuti - when i get her addy.

Journal Entry 10 by tehuti from Swansea, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 26, 2004
Really pleased to have one more book to look forward to in this series. I only have just over 150 pages of Chosen to finish and a bank holiday weekend away from computer and work :) so hope even to make a start on this volume. I'm afraid I've rather neglected some other rings as the first two books have been unputdownable.

Journal Entry 11 by tehuti from Swansea, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, November 22, 2004
Sigh... I didn't want this to end. The story might be set in a mediaeval world of alternative history and involve extreme situations, but the characters are so real - I found many points of identity.

Despite my first sentence, I'm glad the author had the courage (or maybe the absence of greed) to leave this as a trilogy and not spoil it by spinning out endless sequels.

I'm sending the book to bookrabbit today, with apologies once again for holding up the ring.

Journal Entry 12 by bookrabbit from Wilmington, Massachusetts USA on Monday, December 06, 2004
OK I have to be honest . . . these books are HUGE and I have such a pile of books to be read that there is no way for me to read them in an respectable time. I will be sending them on to the next person as soon as I get their address. I am sure I would have enjoyed it if I had MORE time!

Released on Monday, December 20, 2004 at about 11:00:00 AM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at By Mail in Sent to a fellow BookCrosser, Bookring Controlled Releases.

RELEASE NOTES:

I mailed this out about 2 weeks ago - I forgot to make release notes - ugh! Sorry . . .

Journal Entry 14 by az628 from Irwin, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Received in January and also forgot to journal. I am almost done and will mail out very shortly. Sorry for the delay. I seems within the last few months I have received many (multiple book) bookrings and got behind.

Journal Entry 15 by az628 from Irwin, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, April 10, 2005
I am sorry for having this so long. I have been unable to read and don't want to hold up any longer. When my company settles down, I will definately have to look up this story again. Will mail out when I hear from the next person in line. Thanks so much for sharing.

Journal Entry 16 by wingadrienne10wing from Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, July 11, 2005
Received home in today's mail!

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