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Have you completed the A Song of Ice and Fire books and no longer know what to read to scratch that courtly intrigue you win or you die itch?

Well you’re an idiot and should have staggered that shit out but Christmas has come early and I present to you a solution.

I present to you the Kushiel’s Legacy series written by Jacqueline Carey.

It’s basically A Game of Thrones only set in alternate history France with Magical Prostitutes.

The first book is Kushiel’s Dart.

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You’re welcome.

The Companions Spread

Since I’ve been talking about tarot, I thought I’d share this spread I made based on Elua and His Companions from Kushiel’s Legacy. It is based on material found in Kim Huggens’ book Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards.

So, without further ado, here is my completely unoriginal and obviously amateurish first spread. It has nine cards (one for each of the D'Angeline god-angels) and they’re meant to be laid in a circular pattern with the ninth card (Elua) in the middle.

Card 1: Naamah – What attracts others to you? How do you celebrate your sexuality?

Card 2: Eisheth – What part of you requires healing right now?

Card 3: Azza – What are you proud of?

Card 4: Shemhazai – How do you view knowledge? How can you share knowledge with others?

Card 5: Anael – What do you nurture?

Card 6: Camael – What do you fight for? How can you develop your courage and determination?

Card 7: Kushiel – What do you find terrifying in yourself? How can you redeem this quality?

Card 8: Cassiel – What holds your loyalty? What would you protect at any cost?

Card 9: Elua – Advice towards wholeness and integration. Sort of a general “Where do I go from here?” card.

I’ve found it works well for character creation and general readings.

Feel free to adjust things as you see fit. (Someone else decided to reword Kushiel’s prompt, for instance.)

Anguissette – A mix for Phedre no Delaunay {listen}

“Such a small thing on which to hinge such a fate. Nothing more than a mote, a fleck, a mere speck of color.”

–Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

i. Apocalyptica; Beautiful ii. George Fenton; The Earth’s Highest Challenge iii. Trevor Morris; Saving Josh iv. Harry Gregson-Williams; Burning the Past v. Howard Shore, Billy Boyd; The Sacrifice of Faramir/The Edge of the Night vi. Thomas Bergersen; Merchant Prince vii. Danny Elfman; The Story viii. Thomas Bergersen; Soulseeker ix. Hedningarna; Räven (Fox Woman) x. Rammstein; Amour xi. Trevor Morris; An Historic Love 

For the Price of a Song {listen}

“Eight hundred years I have ruled, chained to this rock, claimed by neither earth nor sky! Eight hundred years! And you ask me why?”

i. Alexandre Desplat; Lily’s Theme ii. Kashiwa Daisuke; The Afternoon of Rainy Day iii. Apocalyptica; Nothing Else Matters iv. Emma Thompson, Peigi Barker; Noble Maiden Fair v. Ramin Djawadi; What Is Dead May Never Die vi. Hans Zimmer; Calypso vii. Mychael Danna; God Storm viii. Cristophe Beck; The Rider ix. Thomas Bergersen; Soulseeker x. Lisa Gerrard; The Rite xi. James Newton Howard; The Secret Swim

Day 01 - Best book you read last year

After much deliberation (lying on my bed staring at the ceiling for 10 minutes) I have chosen the Phedre Trilogy from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy. Yes, I know that it’s three books but if you read them all one after the other, like I did, then they count as one. Logic.

Carey has created a world in these books that seems so real and rich in back story that you’re sure there should be history books out there about the land of Terre D'Ange. The characters that she created are equally rich in personal history and beautifully crafted in such a way that you can care for even the most hateful villian.

The trilogy follows Phedre from an unwanted orphan to the savior of her home lands that are poised on the edge of war. All along the way friendships are made and broken, relationships are kindled and put out, enemies are created and cut down.

The characters in these books quickly became some of my all time favourites, not only for their strengths but for their multitudes of weaknesses as well. (I may be 100% in love with Josceline Verreuil)

Disclaimer: These aren’t bed time stories to read to your kids. The whole axis that this epic tale revolves around is the fact that Phedre is marked by the angel Kushiel meaning that she finds pleasure in pain. Get where this is going? 50 Shades ain’t got nothing on these books. But know that Carey uses this element in her stories as a means to an end, a tool for Phedre to use to her advantage, not as the central focus.