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Femslash February Challenge: Day 17

Day 17 of female-centered stories with canon wlws!

Kushiel's legacy by Jacqueline Carey


Length: Three big books for the first trilogy. And also the second, who doesn't qualify, because it has a male hero, even if it also gives us news of what happened to the female character of the first trilogy. And a third trilogy with a female main character again.
I will talk mostly about the first trilogy, though.

Happy ending or not? Positive endings for all trilogies, but some people could be frustrated that every bi characters ends up in a m/f relationship.

Who is the wlw? Phèdre, the main character of the first trilogy, a few of her customers, a few of the people she meets in her travels, and her archenemy :-D
In the third trilogy, the main character, Moirin, and a lot of her lovers, most of them are royalty.

Is there other representation? Hyacinthe, Phèdre's male best friend, is the fantasy equivalent of Romani.
In the third trilogy, all of Moirin's travels are far away, so most characters are not white.

Warnings? Lots of sex, especially, in the first trilogy, lots of sex work, and in the first two trilogies, lots of bdsm sex. Some rape too. Also, war and murder.

What about the plot? Alternate fantasy Europe. In this verse, Jesus had a son with Marie-Madeleine, and their son and his angel friends are the main objects of cult in "Terre d'Ange", fantasy France. Which has a culture that worships beauty and pleasure, very sex positive, globally pleasant though sometimes superficial.
The main character, Phèdre, is the chosen of Kushiel, the angel of Penitence. It allows her to feel pain as pleasure, which will be a great her in her double career of sex worker specialized in bdsm, and international spy.

How good it is? I love it very much. It has it's weaknesses. It's often slow, but I don't mind because the author describes happiness very well, and also makes deep research about all the cultures she fictionalizes, but sometimes it gives the impression the characters are on a tour, waiting for the four times something big will happen in the book. ^^
I love the relationships between the characters, be it the friendships or the romances. And I adore shipping Phèdre with her archenemy. The attraction is canon, and you feel, so many times, that there could have been something more. Cette entrée a été crosspostée au https://flo-nelja.dreamwidth.org/689278.html. Commentez où vous voulez.
Tags: défi:femslash february, fandom:kushiel saga

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