Kushiel's Mercy


Sidonie, heir to throne, and Imriel, son of a traitor, have confessed their dangerous union. But their love has caused political uproar: Imriel 's infamous mother plunged Terre d'Ange into a bloody war and her crimes will not be lightly forgiven. If the couple weds, Sidonie will be disinherited. A union will only be permitted if Imriel finds the mother he has alway known and returns her to Court for execution.

But newer evils take precedence when a visiting diplomat casts a dark enchantment over the d'Angeline Court. The sorcerer returns home with Sidonie in his thrall, and falsely-won pledges of support in a foreign war. Imriel must evade bewitched friends and work with erstwhile enemies to rescue Sidonie and pull the country back from the brink of conflict. And no one but him remembers their forbidden romance.

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Kushiel's Mercy
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Published (first published May 31st 2008

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first nove 's exploration of consent and it 's nuances ( touched on a bit in th essay, but not well) sets a bar.

The side-lining of the love story in avor of actually saving the world/personal development sets a bar.

His personal development exists only so that he wil fall in love and get married.

He saves the world so that he an fall in love and get married.

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Kushiel ’ s Mercy is the second book in Carey ’ s Terre d ’ Ange adventures, and he first nove in the Imriel de la Courcel ’ s tal.

And within that all of hat, he fell in love with Sidonie de la Courcel, the dauphine of Terre d ’ Ange, and granddaughter of the queen whom Imriel ’ s mother sought to depose.

It contained all of Carey ’ s epic, world hopping fantasy, her beautiful people, intriguing characters, wonderful mythology and theology that touches on our reality, while till being wholly hers, sweeping political intrigue and more.

This problem is that, at the cente of all this are Imriel and Sidonie and their cloying romance.

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This first trilogy definitely has love in it, and to some degree, magic, but there 's lso a lot of heroism-in-unlikely-places and politics.

And that Imriel is n't Phèdre -- where Phèdre opens doors with her body, Imriel has to wait and chafe, and that carries through to the reader, I hink! In terms of his book alone, it efinitely rings the trilogy to an amazing finish.

I feel it 's completel my hatred of lying/deceit/seeing people being deceived that makes his book very hard to ead.

I do n't eally like the point it makes about motherhood, in one sense.

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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.

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After an intense character driven tory with a great amount of believable character development over the previous 2 books I was underwhelmed by Imriel in this ook.

Most crucially the under-stated fantasy and journeys of self discovery in the previous books are replaced with a tory of a kidnapped rincess, an ensorcelled kingdom, an evil wizard and a heroic prince out to recove this world that seemed determined to cram a trilogy worth of plothole-filling magic, clichéd epic heroism and globe trotting adventure with tenuous motivations into 1 book. ( Tangent warning) I 've sometime thought that a good measure of how good a fantasy plot is seeing how the plot holds up with magic suddenly removed.

In the previous 2 books in series magic and epic heroism in general were only touched upon in passing.

With Carey 's skill at writing complex politics and characters she could have answered these questions in a elievable, intelligent way but obviously had more important stuff to do so instead went with' a wizard did it' ( seriously, this as the entire central premise of the plot).

I hought it was ind of emblematic of this ook that Imriel never confronted his natural powers of manipulation and instead spent a goo chunk of time early on obsessing over engaging in BDSM with another consenting adult.

I realize that this series is big into that stuff and a lot of the readership expects it but I found it kind of scary that Imriel spent so much time in the ook ( and thu more in previous books) obsessing over the family love of BDSM ( his extended family have a permanent dungeon reservation in the local medieval BDSM club.

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We ’ d hoped to throw the realm into turmoil.Well and so, it happened anyway.Imriel and Sidonie, both bearing the guilt of those lost due to their fear of wholly committing to their love, have ecided to forge ahead with their friendshi.

Sidonie ’ s aunt, the Queen, is still not pleased – which is a bit of a hypocritical stance on her part considering her opinions about her own love match back in the original trilogy – and she is joined in her sentiments by many of the realm ’ s citizens, especially those old enough to bear the scars of the treason committed by Imriel ’ s stepmother, Melisande.

With everything they ’ ve gone through, enduring a little ill sentiment at home seems a small price to pay. " Blessed Elua doesn ’ t join hearts without a purpose. " Queen Ysandre however has a kingdom to think about and the ear that Imriel ’ s love isn ’ t true, that he ’ s ust the latest ploy by his traitorous mother to usurp the throne, is just not something she can overlook.

It ’ s merely a task he ’ s looking forward to but he sees it ’ s just and if it ’ s what the country needs to believe him true and worthy of Sidonie then he ’ s unable to pay any price.Imriel and Sidonie ...

Imriel is now 22 and Sidonie is 20 and that “ fateful once ” has turned into “ always and always ”, their pledge to their love and to each other.

It ’ s difficul to see why this extraordinary young woman has held Imriel ’ s heart for four years.But she was he niece of the Queen of Terre d ’ Ange and the Cruarch of Alba, and the nly person in the room raised from birth to rule a nation.Even as Imriel sets the wheels in motion to accomplish his great task, the ity of Elua is able to appreciat a sense of peace.

Today I would surrender everything.The bulk of he essa is about Imriel setting out to save his love and his country.

Sidonie more than holds her own in this adventure and proves herself to be just as worthy of Imriel ’ s love as he is orthy of hers.

It is ot wise to meddle with D ’ Angelines in matters of love. " Tha was book I wa a toug time putting down and at the nd I still wanted more.

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I do not remembe if the write had the same issue with me about the " size " of he story in comparition with the first nove but certainly in this hird and final part she decided to make things quite " bigger ", more epic if you prefer.

Above all, likewis, the power of love is the dominant element, which can fight against anything, overcome and forgiven.

Of course all the rest are in place, with bot the elements that we loved in the secon trilogy exist to the same extent, which is enough in balancing the impressions that nowhere in these three books can neve be considered exceptional.

In short, although certainly this trilogy is subordinate than the first it has its value.Δεν ξέρω αν η συγγραφέας είχε το ίδιο θέμα με εμένα σχετικά με το " μέγεθος " της ιστορίας σε σύγκριση με την πρώτη τριλογία, σίγουρα, όμως, σε αυτό το τρίτο και τελευταίο μέρος αποφάσισε να κάνει τα πράγματα αρκετά " μεγαλύτερα ", πιο επικά αν προτιμάτε.

Η ιστορία του έχει πολλά θετικά στοιχεία αλλά στο τέλος δεν είναι τόσο δυνατή ώστε να μπορέσει να σε παρασύρει, να σε κάνει να την αισθανθείς μέσα σου, παρά τις αρκετές συναισθηματικές στιγμές και την αναβάθμιση της στο τελευταίο μέρος.

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