Finally getting around to writing this review. Kushiel’s Chosen continues the story of Phèdre, the super-courtesan with the anguissette cape. It’s pretty much set right after the cliffhanger ending of the first book. Phèdre wants to find Melisande Shahrizai, her arch-enemy and greatest passion. The trail leads to La Serenissima aka Venice. I find it interesting how this pseudo-Europe isn’t very pseudo at all and just uses different names and different historical periods. La Serenissima seems all Republic of Venice, with a doge, and lots of intrigue. Even though Phèdre has returned to being a courtesan, the whole porny bits are really downplayed, in favor of the intrigues in La Serenissima. That was more than okay with me.
Kushiel’s Chosen is a lovely continuation of the story begun in the first book, and I find its focus and storytelling vastly improved. If I have one complaint, it is that I could have done without all the Joscelin-angst but it ultimately worked out, I suppose!
If you liked the first book, there’s a good chance you will like the second book even more.