Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy #1)
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 ...more
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The pace is steadier, we've not got so much intrigue o ...more
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 ...more
My English review
J’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 encore assez jeune. On peut ainsi l ...more
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 ...more
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 T ...more
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 ...more
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 diff ...more
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 his ...more
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 whic ...more
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 b...more
I told myself I'd try not to compare Imriel's trilogy to Phedre's. I failed. It's kind of impossible not to when they share the same world and Kushiel's Scion takes place not long after the ending of Kushiel's Avatar. Kushiel's Scion is a coming-of-age novel in the same way that Kushiel's Dart was. The world and the writing remain lush and interesting. I especially loved seeing Phedre and Joscelin through Imri's eyes. And the book itself is a compelling read... BUT. While Kushiel's Scion is ...more
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 b ...more
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 him. It’s a l ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I would have liked a ...more
Interestingly enough, we get more into Joscelin's head in this one than ever before, which I've always wanted to do. He's just a great character.
Imriel as a protagonist is doing a decent job. However, I keep wanting to call him "Tavi", after the protagonist of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. Must be the difficult childhood and pseudo-Roman setting.
Going to get the next one soon, I guess :)
I really enjoyed the first Kushiel series, and there wasn't anything that I could put my finger on until I got to the last quarter of the book, which suddenly seemed more enjoyable. And then it hit me - Imriel grew up. The first 75% was a slow torturous tale filled dripping with teen angst and associated faux drama; and it bored me to tears.
I'm happy I didn't give up and made it to the end with a more p ...more
You can’t help but cheer for Imriel the whole way as he tries ...more
Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.
She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo ...more