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16 August 2019

Book Beginnings #75

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey cover

Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo’s child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me.
Someone, somewhere, recommended this book to me. And I can't remember who. All I know if that I am thankful they did, as it is excellent and I am loving it so far, even with the unexpected BDSM elements. I really should read blurbs and shelf tags more often.

I am reading Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey for the Magical Readathon #NEWTsReadathon2019, for my most recently acquired book prompt for Divination. It's a beast of a book in length, around 1000 pages, and goodness knows if I'll manage to finish it before the end of the challenge. Wish me luck!

I sat up straight on the couch. ‘The arts of the salon are of the utmost import, my lord!’ 
‘No.’ His grey eyes glinted. ‘They have value, Phèdre, and that is all. But what I will teach you, you will like, I think. You will learn to look, to see, and to think, and there is merit in such lessons as will last a lifetime.’
Because of the sheer length of this book, page 56 is a tiny 5% into the story. But my, a lot has happened. This is the first kind of really pivotal moment where things truly change for Phèdre and her new life starts to properly take shape.

I feel like at times this book is very dark, and it has very strong BDSM themes throughout. It is certainly not for the prudish, but a lot of respect has gone into the presentation of the BDSM elements. It's so full of political and court intrigue and power plays, and I am honestly in love with the story.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Not sure what this book is about from the blurbs but I am glad you are enjoying your book. My current book (not highlighted this week) is a terrible bore. But I have to read it for book club. Sigh. My Friday Quotes

  2. I generally don't read books with BDSM, simply because the ones I've tried have focused on the "acts" rather than the characters! However, this one sounds like the author has created memorable characters and a compelling plot. I'd give it a try.
    My post features a mystery: Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned.

  3. I have heard good things about Kishiel's Dart, and from what you've read so far, it sounds like the praise is worthy. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

    I also hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  4. I read this series some years ago and remember enjoying it. This week I am spotlighting Stolen Things by R. H. Herron from my review stack. Happy reading!

  5. I don't know about this one for me... I need more. Hope you love it though. Happy weekend!

  6. Ohh Very Interesting sounding book! Also, i need to look into that readathon! Have a good weekend.

  7. Oooo this sounds interesting!

  8. Hmmm BDSM is not for me. So happy you're enjoying it though!

  9. This is definitely not for me but it's nice to see you are enjoying it!

  10. I'm trying to finish some ARCs and then read Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

    Shirley |

  11. Ooo I've heard good things about this one and a book group I was in read it but the size really put me off, might have to try and pick it up again at some point.

  12. I'm glad you've enjoyed this even with the BDSM shock!
    - bookloverkate xo

  13. This type of book is t really my kind of thing, but hope you enjoyed it ��

  14. this is one of my friends favourite series, she loves it a lot but hasnt gotten v far in it bc outlander distracted her. ill have to remind her to return :)

  15. Doesn't sounds like my thing, but I am glad you are enjoying it!


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