Kushiel's Dart is the first novel in the Kushiel's Legacy saga. It is narrated in first-person perspective by Phedre no Delaunay. The book covers Phedre's life from birth to approximately age twenty-two.
Phèdre nó Delaunay's story begins as “a whore’s unwanted get”. Sold into the Night Court as a child, she is seen as flawed because of the red mote in her left eye. It is only when Anafiel Delaunay, a noble and former court poet, recognizes her as stricken by Kushiel’s Dart that Phèdre’s true nature is understood. She is an anguissette, someone marked by the god to feel pain as pleasure. Raised by Delaunay in his household, she is trained as both a courtesan and a spy, a tool in her master’s intrigues. Even all of Delaunay’s training cannot prevent the unthinkable, and when Phèdre finds herself framed for an unspeakable crime and betrayed into to the frozen, enemy lands of Skaldia it takes all of her intelligence and resilience to escape with a dire warning for her young Queen-the Skaldi plan to attack Terre D’Ange and their country is about to betrayed by one of its own. With no one else to trust, Queen Ysandre turns to Phèdre to complete one last impossible task, travel across the dangerous straits to Alba too seek assistance from the strange and unknown Cruithne and to finish the work Delaunay had begun-that of joining two nations under the banner of Blessed Elua’s precept-Love as thou wilt.