Sidonie, heir to the 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 ...Read MoreSidonie, heir to the 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 never 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.Read Less
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I feel like the realm-shattering, epic punch of this book came out of nowhere, when considered in comparison with the first two Imriel books. This is both a great thing, and a strange thing. It's great because finally, the scope of Carey's writing expanded back to the levels not seen since Phèdre released her friend Hyacinthe from his curse. The strange thing is that this book therefore feels like an abrupt departure from its immediate predecessors.
On its own merits, however, "Kushiel's Mercy" is highly readable. The passion and love between Imriel and Sidonie is palpable and runs through the book like a heartbeat. The narrative races along at a harrowing speed, and I found it difficult to put the book down. Imriel also finally comes into his own as a powerful, intelligent protagonist. I did enjoy this conclusion to the Kushiel's Legacy series, even if I ultimately still prefer the first three books of the series.
Sep 27, 2008
Jacqueline does it again
When I first began reading Kushiel's Scion, the first book in Imriel's story I thought to myself, "how is she going to make this epic," because i had believed that after Phedre, epic wasn't something I should expect. I was wrong. I was given everything I desired from Jacqueline Carey's writing and more with this fantastic conclusion to Imriel's saga. This book is a testament of how love can cross many boundaries and that even in the face of dire magics, it can win out. Fantastic read, and I will certainly read it again just like all her other books.
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