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Kushiel's Chosen is the second book in the Kushiel's legacy saga. It is narrated in first person perspective by Phèdre nó Delaunay, and continues where the first novel left off. 

SynopsisEdit

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber--and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze.

When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark.

The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown... and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.

CharactersEdit

Phèdre's Household
Anafiel Delaunay de Montrève—mentor of Phèdre (deceased)
Alcuin nó Delaunay—student of Delaunay (deceased)
Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève—Comtesse de Montrève; anguissette
Benoit, Gemma—household staff
Fortun, Remy, Ti-Philippe—chevaliers, a.k.a. Phèdre's Boys
Eugènie—kitchen-mistress
Joscelin Verreuil—Cassiline Brother (Siovale)
Purnell Friote—seneschal of Montrève
Richeline Friote—wife of Purnell

Members of the Royal Family: Terre d'Ange
Ysandre de la Courcel—Queen of Terre d'Ange; wed to Drustan mab Necthana
Ganelon de la Courcel—former King of Terre d'Ange; grandfather of Ysandre (deceased)
Isabel L'Envers de la Courcel—mother of Ysandre (deceased)
Rolande de la Courcel—father of Ysandre (deceased)
Barquiel L'Envers—brother of Isabel; Duc L'Envers (Namarre)
Baudoin de Trevalion—son of Lyonette and Marc; Prince of the Blood (deceased)
Bernadette de Trevalion—daughter of Lyonette and Marc; wife of Ghislain de Somerville
Lyonette de Trevalion—great—aunt of Ysandre; a.k.a. Lioness of Azzalle (deceased)
Marc de Trevalion—husband of Lyonette; former Duc of Trevalion (Azzalle)
Nicola L'Envers y Aragon—cousin of Ysandre

Members of the Royal Family: La Serenissima
Benedicte de la Courcel—great-uncle of Ysandre; Prince of the Blood
Maria Stregazza de la Courcel—wife of Benedicte (deceased)
Etaine de Tourais—second wife of Benedicte de la Courcel
Imriel de la Courcel—son of Benedicte and second wife
Marie-Celeste de la Courcel Stregazza—daughter of Benedicte and Maria; Princess of the Blood; wed to Marco Stregazza
Severio Stregazza—son of Marie-Celeste and Marco; Prince of the Blood
Thérèse de la Courcel Stregazza—daughter of Benedicte and Maria; Princess of the Blood; wed to Dominic Stregazza (deceased)

D'Angeline Peerage
Isidore d'Aiglemort—son of Maslin; Duc d'Aiglemort (Camlach) (deceased)
Marquise Solaine Belfours—noble; Secretary of the Privy Seal
Cecilie Laveau-Perrin—wife of chevalier Perrin (deceased); adept of Cereus House; tutor to Phèdre and Alcuin
Roxanne de Mereliot—Lady of Marsilikos (Eisande)
Quincel de Morhban—Duc de Morhban (Kusheth)
Lord Rinforte—Prefect of the Cassiline Brotherhood
Edmée de Rocaille—betrothed of Rolande (deceased)
Faragon Shahrizai—Duc de Shahrizai (Kusheth)
Melisande Shahrizai—noble (Kusheth)
(Tabor, Sacriphant, Persia, Marmion, Fanchone—members of House Shahrizai; Melisande's kin)
Ghislain de Somerville—son of Percy; wed to Bernadette de Trevalion
Percy de Somerville—Comte de Somerville (L'Agnace); Prince of the Blood; Royal Commander
Tibault de Toluard—Marquis de Toluard (Siovale)
Gaspar Trevalion—Comte de Forcay (Azzalle); cousin of Marc
Apollonaire and Diànne—joint holders of the Marquisate de Fhirze
Vivienne Neldor, Marie de Flairs—ladies waiting to Ysandre
Lord Amaury Trente—Captain of the Queen's Guard
Lady Denise Grosmaine—Secretary of the Presence

Night Court
Moirethe Lereux—Dowayne of Eglantine House
Favrielle nó Eglantine—seamstress
Raphael Murain nó Gentian—adept of Gentian House

Three Sisters
Master of the Straits—controls the seas between Alba and Terre d'Ange
Hyacinthe—apprentice to Master of the Straits; Phèdre's friend; Tsingano

Alba and Eire
Drustan mab Necthana—Cruarch of Alba, wed to Ysandre de la Courcel
Eamonn mac Conor—Lord of the Dalriada (deceased)
Grainne mac Conor—sister of Eamonn; Lady of the Dalriada
Necthana—mother of Drustan
(Breidaia, Moiread (deceased), Sibeal—daughters of Necthana)

La Serenissima
Cesare Stregazza—Doge of La Serenissima
Marco Stregazza—eldest son of the Doge
Ricciardo Stregazza—younger son of the Doge
Allegra Stregazza—wife of Ricciardo
Benito Dandi—noble, member of the Immortali
Orso Latrigan—noble, candidate for Dogal election
Lorenzo Pescaro—noble, candidate for Dogal election
Bianca—Priestess of the Elect; Oracle of Asherat
Vesperia—Priestess of Asherat; Oracle-in-training
Giulia Latrigan—noble
Magister Acco—astrologer
Serena Pidari—wife of Phanuel Buonard
Felicity d'Arbos—former lady-in-waiting to Maria Stregazza
The Warden of La Dolorosa
Constantin, Fabron, Malvio, Tito—prison guards

Illyria
Vasilii Kolcei—Ban of Illyria, a.k.a. the Zim Sokali
Zabèla Kolcei—wife of the Ban
Pjètri Kolcei—middle son of the Ban
Czibor—commander of the Ban's Guard
Kazan Atrabiades—pirate captain
(Epafras, Gavril, Lukin, Nikanor, Oltukh, Pekhlo, Spiridon, Stajeo, Tormos, Volos, Ushak—Kazan's men)
Daroslav—Kazan's brother (deceased)
Glaukos—Kazan's man, former Tiberian slave
Zilje—wife of Glaukos
Marjopí—Kazan’s housekeeper
Njësa Atrabiades—mother of Kazan
Janari Rossatos—Ambassador to La Serenissima

Kriti
Oeneus Asterius—Hierophant of the Temenos
Pasiphae Asterius—the Kore of the Temenos
Demetrios Asterius—Archon of Phaistos
Timanthes—noble, Archon's lover
Althaia—noble, sister of Timanthes

Others
Maestro Gonzago de Escabares—Aragonian historian; Delaunay's former teacher
Thelesis de Mornay—Queen's Poet
Quintilius Rousse—Royal Admiral
Emile—member of Hyacinthe's former crew
Jacques Brenin—Phèdre's factor
Nahum ben Isaac—the Rebbe
Hanna—Yeshuite woman
Micheline de Parnasse—Royal Archivist
Tarren d'Eltoine—Captain of the Unforgiven, Southfort (Camlach)
(Octave, Vernay, Svariel, Fitz, Giles—soldiers of the Unforgiven)
Phanuel Buonard—guardsman of Troyes-le-Mont
Louis Namot—Captain of the ship Darielle
Brys nó Rinforte, David nó Rinforte—Cassiline Brothers
Gregorio Livinius—Principe of Pavento
Duke and Duchess of Milazza
Gilles Lamiz—apprentice-poet
Micah ben Ximen, Sarae, Teppo—Yeshuites; Joscelin's allies
Cervianus—attendant in Temple of Asherat

ReferencesEdit

Novels of the trilogies
Kushiel's Dart
2001
Kushiel's Chosen
2002
Kushiel's Avatar
2003
Kushiel's Scion
2006
Kushiel's Justice
2007
Kushiel's Mercy
2008
Naamah's Kiss
2009
Naamah's Curse
2010
Naamah's Blessing
2011