Kushiel's Scion

It is whispered that Kushiel s lineage carries the ability to perceive the flaws in mortal souls, to administer an untender mercy I sense its presence like a shadow on my soule memories of blood and branding and horror, and the legacy of cruelty that runs in my veins, shaping my own secret vow and wielding it like a brand against the darkness, whispering it to myselfIt is whispered that Kushiel s lineage carries the ability to perceive the flaws in mortal souls, to administer an untender mercy I sense its presence like a shadow on my soule memories of blood and branding and horror, and the legacy of cruelty that runs in my veins, shaping my own secret vow and wielding it like a brand against the darkness, whispering it to myself, over and over.I will try to be good.Imriel de la Courcel s blood parents are history s most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phedre and the warrior priest Joscelin, are Terre d Ange s greatest champions 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 art, beauty, and desire It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiraciesd there are many who would see the young prince dead Some despise him out of hatred for his birth mother Melisande, who nearly destroyed the realm in her quest for power Others because they fear he has inherited his mother s irresistible allure and her dangerous gifts And as he comes of age, plagued by dark yearnings, Imriel shares their fears.At the royal court, where gossip is the chosen poison and assailants wield slander instead of swords, the young prince fights character assassins while struggling with his own innermost conflicts But when Imriel departs to study at the fames University of Tiberium, the perils he faces turn infinitely deadly.Searching for wisdom, he finds instead a web of manipulation, where innocent words hide sinister meanings, and your lover of last night may become your hired killer before dawn Now a simple act of friendship will leave Imriel trapped in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess where a dead man leads an army and where the prince must face his greatest test to find his true self.
Kushiel s Scion It is whispered that Kushiel s lineage carries the ability to perceive the flaws in mortal souls to administer an untender mercy I sense its presence like a shadow on my soule memories of blood and b

  • Title: Kushiel's Scion
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: 9780446500029
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Kushiel's Scion”

    1. So you wrote a highly-successful trilogy. Congratulations! What now? Well, you could write a sequel trilogy: new narrator, same old world and intrigue. Some writers want to milk the cash cow for all it's worth. Other writers, like Jacqueline Carey, create worlds compelling enough to justify returning to them time and again. Sinking into Kushiel's Scion is like having an old friend come to visit: all the things that you remember are there, but time has passed, and with it has come change. So you [...]

    2. I've seen a fair amount of moaning about this 1/3 of an overall 2/3 not stacking up to the first trilogy and I have to disagree with it all. There are not many times I wish to be a man (bar waiting for the toilets at a concert) but reading this made me pine for a codpiece and facial hair. Imriel is a bad egg, readers of this series will know why but he's cut from very prestigious cloth and his fine breeding makes for a spectacular young man. The pace is steadier, we've not got so much intrigue o [...]

    3. This begins the second trilogy, in the Kushiel's Legacy series. This trilogy follows Imriel de la Courcel no Montreve, the adopted son of Phedre and Joscelin, and the biological son of Melisande Sharizai.Imriel is now a teenager, coming into his majority at the royal court of Terre D'Ange. He's third in line to the throne, and as such has his allies, and his enemies at court, mostly just because he his mother's son. His mother was a traitor, but he has never known her, and shys away from his her [...]

    4. Actually read this in one day lolLike Imriel much much more than Phèdre, although the plot of this one isn't on the same level as the first two books of the Phèdre trilogy.

    5. Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewJ’étais vraiment tombée sous le charme de la première trilogie de Jacqueline Carey mettant en scène les aventures de Phèdre et de Joscelin. Même si j’étais impatiente de me lancer dans l’histoire d’Imriel, j’ai attendu plusieurs années pour vraiment le faire et c’était donc avec plaisir que j’ai retrouvé les personnages que j’avais pris le temps d’apprécier.J’ai été assez surprise en commençant le roman en retrouvant Imriel [...]

    6. Spoilers for the previous trilogy.I keep being surprised by these novels, thinking about the fact that they were published almost a decade ago. They still seem pretty unique in how far they are willing to go, and with such grace.Kushiel's Scion is superbly fun for its relationship with the preceding trilogy. For me, much of the joy of cycles comes from checking in with the characters that already have their Happily-Ever-After. And the HEA of Phedre's trilogy is superb. Phedre and Joscelin are in [...]

    7. This book caught me in a complicated time of my life, so my opinion might be a little biased. Still, it was a valuable companion and it helped me, so I will try to write something coherent.I loved the previous books in Kushiel's series. Three years have passed since I read the last one, but it was not hard to remember the characters, the places and the story as I was beggining this one. Some years have passed since "Kushiel's Avatar" and here we have a new narrator, Imriel, son of Phèdre's and [...]

    8. After the Phedre trilogy our dear Jacqueline Carey continues her story with the trilogy of Imriel, the son of Melisande, who has caused so many problems to our heroes so far. Together with the trilogy, we are also changing protagonist and narrator and I can say that we are changing the climate to a great extent. Because of this, we take things somewhat upside down, from a man's look and from a darker point of view. You see the protagonist of this new trilogy has inherited some of the dark chara [...]

    9. I surprisingly enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Although not as wonderful as I remember the Phedre trilogy being, this story - in its own right - is just as intriguing. I know many people have complained that it's not what they were expecting, that Imriel isn't as great a narrator as Phedre. Perhaps they are right. I know after I finished Kushiel's Avatar, the thought of reading Scion felt like a betrayal. I bought the book, but I couldn't bring myself to actually read it. It took [...]

    10. I'd wondered ifJacqueline Carey would be writing any more in her Kushiel universe, and was thrilled to find that she's continued in a new trilogy centering on Imriel de la Courcel. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. This book begins a new trilogy, one that blends with the previous storyline while forging ahead and making the reader love Imriel just as we've loved Phèdre. It's a treat to see this new perspective on life, and I found myself just as engaged with Imriel's story and character despite our diffe [...]

    11. I've tried starting this one before and didn't have much luck. For some reason I had better luck this time and I'm glad I did. A story about love, and a little slice of what I wish the world was more like.

    12. As you may already be aware, this series has captured my heart and not let go for the past few years. I am making SLOW progress because, quite frankly, these books are big and they pack so much in them that it's usually a heartbreaking read and I need to take breaks in between. KUSHIEL'S SCION marks the beginning of a new trilogy in this universe and I didn't pay much attention to blurbs and things like that. What I had originally looked at was the appropriate order in which to read all these bo [...]

    13. Via The Obsessive Bookseller at nikihawkesI want to start off by saying that Carey’s Kushiel’s trilogy (the first set of novels that comes before this trilogy) is easily one of my all-time favorite fantasies. Those books affected me so profoundly that I was incredibly sad to see them come to an end… Until I realized that Imriel’s trilogy picks up right where Kushiel’s it left off. It’s always wonderful to find out that a journey you thought was over is, in fact, just beginning! Only [...]

    14. I'm glad to be back in this world. I really liked Kushiel's Scion and the point of view of Imriel. It was a bit slow moving in some places. The plot is epic, the world building is fantastic and the romance is surprising. Four stars and a highly recommended read!

    15. Lord, this is hard.If you're not familiar with Jacqueline Carey and her Kushiel's Legacy series, which is steadily approaching epic proportions. well, let it suffice to say that if you're not familiar with it, you should be. The series is filled with everything that makes fantasy so great; an sub-alternate world that parallels our own wonderfully, a great historical feel, well-rounded characters, political intrigue, great scenery, epic travels, wonderful costumes, deep emotions, quests o which t [...]

    16. This is the first book of the second Kushiel trilogy. We bid goodbye to Phedre as our protagonist and narrator, and switch to angsty Imriel, Phedre's adopted son, third in line to the throne of Terre D'Ange. The book starts when he is 14, but the majority of the action finds him at 18. I am not kidding when I say he's angsty, because he is a boy with emotional trauma from his childhood abduction, but also the baggage of being the natural son of the country's greatest ever traitor, Melisande. The [...]

    17. I really love Carey’s prose - it should be ridiculous, with all the mayhaps and betimes and anons, but it works for me. I also love her slow pacing; this book practically has live-action sleeping, but again, it seems to work. My favorite part was actually first third or so, where nothing happens except Imriel simply growing up, from about age 14-18. It gets a little creepy when he turns 16 and people are encouraging him to have violent sex, because such desires are inevitable in someone with h [...]

    18. Once again, Carey made me forget that I have a toddler at home who doesn't care if I didn't go to sleep until 4:30am reading this book. I am an idiot - but I had a great time reading this continuation of the Kushiel series. Instead of Phaedre, the series focuses on Imriel. He's a bit annoying at times, but who isn't when they're young? I am always amazed at how much stuff Carey crams into her books and I look forward to reading the rest.

    19. As I mentioned in my reviews of Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar, I felt incredibly dumb to have waited for over a decade to finally give the first Kushiel series a shot. The first two installments were great. And yet, regardless of their high quality, Kushiel's Avatar blew them out of the water. Doubtless, it's one of the very best fantasy novels I have ever read.Dumb as I am, I don't intend to make the same mistake with Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy, the second tril [...]

    20. I fell in love with Imriel in Kushiel's Avatar and was eager to return to Terre d'Ange. Jacqueline Carey didn't disappoint in this one, although I would have loved to see just a bit more of Phedre and Joscelin. What can I say? I'm attached.

    21. As you may already be aware, this series has captured my heart and not let go for the past few years. I am making SLOW progress because, quite frankly, these books are big and they pack so much in them that it’s usually a heartbreaking read and I need to take breaks in between. KUSHIEL’S SCION marks the beginning of a new trilogy in this universe and I didn’t pay much attention to blurbs and things like that. What I had originally looked at was the appropriate order in which to read all th [...]

    22. Note: While this is Book 4 in Kushiel’s Legacy (also referred to as the Terre D’Ange Cycle) it is Book 1 in the second trilogy and focuses on Imriel de la Courcel, who we met in Book 3, Kushiel’s Avatar. Kushiel’s Scion can be read on it’s own.Set in an alternate history mixed with a bit of fantasy, Imriel de la Courcel, who we met in the first trilogy, is growing up and he’s muddling his way through it. Certain things that come easy to his friends (like flirting) are difficult for h [...]

    23. Fans of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Series will find lots to love here, if you can get over missing Phedre. The narrator in Carey's first entry of a new trilogy set in the Kushiel-series world is Imriel, son of Phedre's lethal, irresistible patron, the traitor Melisande. The good thing about this is that you don't necessarily need to have read the first three previous books, which are very long and therefore an epic undertaking, to enjoy this one, though the backstory of Phedre's rise from Night [...]

    24. Kushiel's Scion didn't blow me away as much as the first trilogy did. That partly has to do with the fact that it's a sequel -- it takes place in a pre-created world that takes more and more from the real world. Tiberium is so obviously Rome, and Rome is so well known an era and place, that it loses a lot of the creative magic that came with, say, Terre D'Ange or Skaldia. A lot of the creativity that blew me away has been done, and also the characters that I fell so much in love with in the firs [...]

    25. A big, sprawling, sexy romantic, heroic fantasy set in a truly inventive alternate reality--a pseudo-Renaissance version of Europe and countries beyond. This book is the middle installment of a trilogy that also includes Kushiel's Scion and Kushiel's Mercy. The entire trilogy is a sequel to a previous one: Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Avatar, and Kushiel's Chosen. I read those three books long ago (pre-2004). Their strengths are the strong, multifaceted female heroine; the rich, fully developed alt [...]

    26. The Audible version nearly threw me for a loop! It was Simon Vance who was narrating. Anyone who has read my other reviews for Jacqueline Carey's books knows how much I loved Anne Flosnik's voice and story telling abilities. When Simon began to speak, I turned off the audio. I couldn't get used to him. I understood why, but the way he read, the way he pronounced names and places, weren't like Anne's. I started reading on my own. My eyes get tired and soon I was ready to let someone else do the h [...]

    27. Phedre narrated the first three Kushiel books. She is a strong, ruthless masochist. In this book, Carey switched her narrator to Phedre's adopted nephew, Imriel. And he is a somewhat weak, tortured sadist. Or at least, there are hints in that direction. But, whereas Phedre's basic nature shines throughout the first series, Carey seems a bit more reluctant to show the truly dark aspects of Imriels nature. Maybe that's because Imriel himself is trying to hide it, or maybe its just that Carey is no [...]

    28. I wasn't going to read this one. If it's not about Phedre, one of my all-time-favorite heroines, what's the point, Right?Wrong.I put a few weeks distance between me and the last book, Kushiel's Avatar (which I recommend doing). Then picked it up and started to read Imriel's story. The story picks up 5-6 years after the last book ends. And, bless you, Jacqueline Carey, there is just enough Phedre in it to help with the transition, but not enough to distract from our new hero.Like the other trilog [...]

    29. I'm a huge fan of Carey's first three Kushiel books centered around Phedre: Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar. They precede this book chronologically and I'd read those first. This book begins a second trilogy built around Imri, who was introduced in the Kushiel's Avatar. I found this book and trilogy less amazing than the first books, but that's only because Carey raised a very high bar. I do love the world she created--it's unique, even if initially disturbing. There's a lo [...]

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