Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 700 pages
Setting: various countries around Terra D’Ange, soon after the events of Kushiel’s Dart
Interest: It’s the second Terra D’Ange book
Summary: Phedre has discovered that Melisandre is still playing her game to gain control of Terra D’Ange. Unfortunately, Phedre can’t figure out where Melisandre has set up her base of operations. So, Phedre once again becomes a Servant of Namaah to see what secrets she can discover. She traces rumors to La Serenissima, where Melisandre is indeed living. Phedre is captured and sent to prison on La Dolorosa. She escapes when Jocelin tries to rescue her, but tumbles into the ocean. She’s picked up by an Illyrian pirate, is touched by the Gods in Minos, and continually works to get a message of Melisandre’s betrayal to Ysandre. Phedre is able to spoil most of Melisandre’s plans, but not without lots of fighting.
Final thoughts: I loved this book as much as the first one. We get to see more of Phedre’s world, heading further down the Mediterranean in this book. I enjoyed the different cultures that were portrayed. Each one was unique and interesting. I also enjoyed trying to figure out the real-world equivalent of Carey’s alternate history locations, gods, and goddesses. She’s modified the words, but not so much the originals aren’t still there if you think about it (at least for most).
Phedre has an impressive collection of skills, but she was trained to be a spy from a young age. So, when it becomes important that she can pick a lock and speak a variety of languages, and look amazing throughout, her actions are at least somewhat believable. She hasn’t given up being an anguissette, so there are several sex scenes in the beginning of the book involving BSDM. There’s also a lot of tension between Phedre and Jocelin and you just want them to be happy together, but it isn’t likely because of their natures. I did spend a lot of the book hoping Jocelin wouldn’t leave Phedre.
Title comes from: It was the name given to Phedre by the Unforgiven, a group of soldiers whose leaders betrayed Ysandre and now the soldiers are trying to make up for that sin.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 71/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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