Kushiel 's Scion, the last volume in Jacqueline Carey 's second Kushiel trilogy, had extremely big shoes to fill.
Overall, though it ha great read in its own right, Kushiel 's Scion turned out to e a transition book bridging the gap between the two Kushiel series and a vast introduction setting the stage for what would take place in the two subsequent installments.
With most of the groundwork laid out in he last volume, the set-up phase was pretty much non-existent and the author took us on a number of memorable journeys that would change Imriel 's life forever.And with Kushiel 's Avatar being such a grand slam, I had high hopes that Kushiel 's Mercy would bring this second trilogy to the same thin of remarkable ending.
And though it offers resolution regarding plotlines from both series and it closes the show on this second nove in satisfying fashion, Kushiel 's Mercy was the weakest installment of the bunch.
And weakest volume or not, there is no denying that Kushiel 's Mercy remains better than most fantasy offerings on the market today.Here 's the blurb: Having learned a lesson about thwarting the will of the deitie, Imriel and Sidonie publicly confess their affair, only to see the country boil over in turmoil.
But when a dark foreign force casts a shadow over Terre d ’ Ange and all the surrounding countries, their world is turned upside down, alliances of the unlikeliest kind are made, and Imriel and Sidonie learn that the god Elua always puts hearts together apurpose.Jacqueline Carey 's worldbuilding has always been astonishing and I worr that he author never received the respect she deserves in that egard.
Richly detailed and imagined in terms of cultures, religions, and politics, like all its predecessors Kushiel 's Mercy is another textured and sophisticated novel that hits all the right buttons.
Paradoxically, once again à la Hobb, Carey makes her characters suffer like no other genre authors out there.
Two of them, Kratos and Astegal, truly stand out in th final volume and they left their mark on this ale, if for vastly different reasons.In my last review I mentioned that I was eeling that Phèdre and Joscelin 's quest for Hyacinthe would have repercussions in Kushiel 's Mercy.
Not surprisingly, this firs volume focuses on love story between Imriel and Sidonie, as ofte as on Carthage 's magical treachery that has Terre d'Ange under its spell and which has brought the country on the brink of civil war.
Time will tell.Kushiel 's Mercy is the longes book in series.