Kushiel’s Justice (Kushiel’s Legacy) [Jacqueline Carey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From Jacqueline Carey, New York Times. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey. Kushiel’s Justice book cover. uk logo logo. Rating / A tale of intrigue and heart breaking. Kushiel’s Justice is the second book in the Imriel trilogy. In this book Imriel goes to Alba to wed Dorelei mab Breidaia, while having to deal with his sudden love.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey. My blood beat hard in my veins and hammered in my ears, like the sound of bronze wings clashing.

And I understand for the first time what it meant that Kushiel, the One God’s punisher, had loved his charges too well Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in beauty, art, and desire.

After a year abroad to study at university, Imriel returns from his adventures a little older and somewhat wiser.

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But perhaps not wise enough. What was once a mere spark of interest between himself and his cousin Sidonie now ignites into a white-hot blaze. But from commoner to peer, the whole kushjel would recoil from any alliance between Sidonie, heir to the throne, and Imriel, who bears the stigma of his mother’s of his mother’s misdeeds and betrayals.

Praying that their passion will peak and fade, Imriel and Sidonie embark on an intense, secret affair. Blessed Elua founded Terre d’Ange and bestowed one simple precept to guide his people: Love as thou wilt. When duty calls, Imriel justjce his role as a member of the royal family by leaving to marry a lovely, if merely sweet, Kusshiel princess. By choosing duty over love, Imriel and Sidonie may have unwittingly trespassed against Elua’s law. But when dark powers in Alba, who fear an invasion by Terre d’Ange, seek to use the lovers’ passion to bind Imriel, the gods themselves take notice.

Before the end, Kushiel’s justice will be felt in heaven and on earth. HardcoverKushieel Editionpages. Published June 14th by Roc first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kushiel’s Justiceplease sign up.

Kushiel’s Legacy

I found this one at a book sale, but I have never read any books by this author. If I read Kushiel’s Justice first, will I understand the plot, or should I start with an earlier one? Stephanie Carey does a good job of giving a brief summary of the previous stories, however I would strongly encourage you to start from the beginning with …more Carey does a good job of giving a brief summary of the previous stories, however I would strongly encourage you to start from the beginning with Kushiel’s Dart.

There are 3 trilogies in this world and it will help immensely if you start from where it all begins. If you start with this one, I am not sure that you would truly enjoy the world that Carey creates. See 1 question about Kushiel’s Justice…. Lists with This Book. Apr 21, Conor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. This instalment continues the development of Imriel from the previous book, Kushiels Scion and sets the scene nicely for the concluding part of the trilogy.

A book every bit as great as the first, this combines the analysis of human relationships with globetrotting adventure in a believable and interesting way. Imriel begins a forbidden romance with his cousin remember the standards of European royalty for this kind of thing are about the same jutice hillbillies Sidonie.

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Due to Sidonie’s status as This instalment continues the development of Imriel from the previous book, Kushiels Scion and sets the scene nicely for the concluding part hustice the trilogy.

Due to Sidonie’s status as heir to the throne and the taint of treason over Imriel’s parents they cannot openly declare their feelings. Contrary to a lot of the reviews on here I really liked Sidonie. I would have really liked to see a POV inside her head to get a better sense of her feelings about the situation and to better flesh out her character, however I appreciate that isn’t how Carey roles.

Imriel does his duty and goes to Alba to marry Dorelai. Their relationship is perhaps even better written. Dorelai is convincingly shown to be a funny, kind and intelligent woman and Imriel’s struggles to do right by her while in love with another woman are painful.

While I’m normally strongly against love triangles in any sort of fiction or irl I guess I found this one to be brilliantly written as it entwined politics, cultures and personalities. It was somewhat distasteful how Imriel, as soon as he was able to stand after the attack went back to Sidonie for sexy times.

Squick hide spoiler ] Anyway the adventure section of the book is also interesting. It is described as a brutal journey of self discovery for Imriel who spends much of it alone in punishing conditions.

The decription of journeys are some of my favourite parts of this series as Carey demonstrates an incredible knowledge of European history in their alternate reality counterparts. At times these adventures read like travel guides through medieval Europe.

As a history nerd myself I appreciate the level of detail shown, down to the names of the fantasy countries being references to their real world equivalents Alba was a kingdom that ruled modern day Scotland etc.

I also appreciated how restrained and realistic Imriel’s quest was, especially compared to Phedre’s. While epic events play out in the background Imriel focuses on his own personal journey.

Phedre would no doubt have stumbled into being a crucial part of the war. Probably by sleeping with a key personality who just happened to be really into BDSM. There are a number of great characters in this series, however I felt that the ‘villains’ as is usual with Carey’s works steal the show.

Phedre, Joscelin and Hyacinthe return from the first trilogy. Now my opinion may be clouded by the fact that I began this series with Kushiels Scion and only read dart after completing Imriels trilogy. I started Dart but didn’t really like it and skimmed the later half and have not read any more of the previous trilogy. Anyway while I may be missing some vital nuance of their characters I found Phedre and Joscelin especially to be incredibly dull, retired ‘legends’.

While I appreciate they went through a lot in the first trilogy here they seem to be serenely happy heroes living out their storybook happily ever after. This is both completely unrealistic and makes them really dull when given extended screen time. Whatever about brief cameos but as main characters they were less real people and more romanticised ideals of happiness and perfection.

The villains on the other hand were awesome. L’Envers continues to be a witty, dangerous wanker whose confrontation with Imriel are always tense and intriguing. Berlik especially was a sympathetic and brilliantly written villain. His horrific actions that so devastate the main character were shown to be the result of a desperate, noble desire to protect his people.

Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey book review

He then accepts the burden of responsibility and spends the remainder of the novel seeking redemption. His final confrontation with Imriel is a highlight of the book. This leads to my disappointment with Maslin. Throughout the last book and two-thirds of this book Maslin is set up as a rival to Imriel. I thought Maslin was a brilliant foil for Imriel, his background stigma of treasonous parent and character pride, Maslin resents Imriel’s well meaning charity, Imriel resents Ysandre’s echoed Imriel’s own and despite his hostility to the protagonist setting up to be unlikeable I liked him more than most of Imriel’s shallow court ‘friends’.


The fact that both were in love with Sidonie brilliantly set Maslin up to be an understandable yet implacable archnemesis to Imriel. And then suddenly they became best friends. Maslin was perfectly poised to make the transition into all-out villain, in which case he could have been one of the most fleshed out and engaging in all of fantasy. Instead he was hurriedly converted into a ‘good guy’ and not seen for the rest of the series except for a brief cameo at the end of book 3. This is a really good continuation of a good trilogy.

While reading the first trilogy would undoubtedly improve the experience of reading the second I was able to enjoy this one without having previously read the first. Overall this was a really enjoyable work of fantasy that is a worthy installment in the series. It has both further fleshed out this extremely rich world and developed Imriel’s complex character while brilliantly setting the stage for book 3.

Jun 16, Denise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazingly lush, lyrical, and beautifully drawn, like all of the books in this world; I always have to read them in one sitting, because they’re so full-body immersive that to stop mid-way leaves me feeling like I’ve been hit with a bucket of cold water.

And when I’m done, I always have to close the cover and sit for a while, quietly reflecting and trying to absorb and engage with the story.

They make you think, and more than that, they make you feel. This one is much better than the first in Imri Amazingly lush, lyrical, and beautifully drawn, like all of the books in this world; I always have to read them in one sitting, because they’re so full-body immersive that to stop mid-way leaves me feeling like I’ve been hit with a bucket of cold water.

This one is much better than the first in Imriel’s trilogy which was good, almost great even, but not the same level of incandescent that the first trilogy always had. Carey has found Imri’s voice, and it’s a good one: The dilemmas that drive the book are natural and real in the context of the world Carey’s created, though it might feel artifical to someone who isn’t familiar with the imperatives and values of her society.

This isn’t quite a five-star book, but it’s better than what I’d consider four-star, and since we can’t give half stars, I’m rounding up! Still, if you’re interested — and I really think that any fantasy fan should read this series if you haven’t already — start with the first book of the first trilogy, Kushiel’s Dartand go from there.

I will warn you that the first bits of Dart are slow-going; in the grandest High Political Fantasy tradition, she jumps right in and starts throwing political machination around within the first few pages, and it will take you a while to sort out who’s who and what factions exist.

Oh, is it ever worth it. Carey’s one of those authors that I wish I could read again for the first time, immersing myself in her world and her characters and all of her societal structures and discovering them slowly again.

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This is a series for people who love political high fantasy with deep roots and immersive worlds. Seriously, if you haven’t read them yet, do.

Once you cross a threshold, there is no going back. It is far from an easy road however.