People keep saying if story of Russia’s meddling and Trump’s collusion with the 2016 election were the plot of a novel, it would be rejected by publishers for being too unbelievable. Well, maybe, but if we’re already suspending our disbelief for fantasy and magic, you basically have the plot of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (which is one of my favorite books and you should totally read the whole series. They are like Game of Thrones without the misogyny). So I’m going to totally spoil the book for you, and I guess the Trump Russia scandal if you haven’t been following it.
In a nutshell, in this book Ysandre de la Courcel is heir to the throne. A lot of people in Terre d’Ange don’t like her because they think she is personality-less
and used a private email server. Isidore d’Aiglemort, best known for his ridiculous hair and multiple bankruptcies, pays a hostile foreign nation to create skirmishes on the border. He fights them off and looks like a hero. He hopes people will support him rather than Ysandre so he can overthrow her. But the foreign country gets a leader envious of Terre d’Ange’s wealth and is an ex-KGB agent and prepares to launch a full-scale invasion. A prostitute (actually the hero of the story) and a priest (because come on. Ironic, right?) warn Ysandre of the invasion and Isidore’s betrayal. Eventually Isidore realizes he himself was betrayed and fights the invading warlord in a holmgang to the death. He was stabbed 17 times but died a hero, so yay for him.
So for those of you who’ve read the books, do you really think Isidore didn’t pay a servant of Naamah to pee on a bed that Ysandre or Ganelon slept in? That’s totally something he would do, right?