Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy, #3)
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Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy #3)

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Having learned a lesson about thwarting the will of the gods, Imriel and Sidonie publicly confess their affair, only to see the country boil over in turmoil. Younger generations, infatuated by their heart-twisting, star-cross romance, defend the couple. Many others cannot forget the betrayals of Imriel's mother, Melisande, who plunged their country into a bloody war that c...more
Hardcover, 653 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nikki
It's odd to think how much I love the first trilogy and how much I struggled with the second trilogy. They're different kinds of stories, really, I think. The first trilogy definitely has love in it, and to some degree, magic, but there's also a lot of heroism-in-unlikely-places and politics. Politics and heroism definitely have their place in the second trilogy, but love and magic hold centre-stage. I wasn't expecting it. Another issue is that Imriel is a less mature hero than Phèdre, and his t...more
Wendy Browne
Kushiel’s Mercy is the sixth book in Carey’s Terre d’Ange adventures, and the third book in the Imriel de la Courcel’s story. It is the conclusion of his trilogy and honestly, I only read it for the sake of completion. Thus far, neither of the two trilogies that followed Phédre no Delauney’s own have been nearly as good, mostly because of the main characters.

Prince Imriel de la Courcel is the son of the beautiful traitor, Melisandre Sharizai. He was kidnapped into slavery, rescued and later adop...more
Cameron
I felt as if I was falling in love with this book - the blissful rapture, the shocking upheaval, the wrenching confrontations, the passionate adventure, the meditative reflections, the heartbreaking struggles. I felt as if this novel carried me along in its wake of events, as if I was enfolded within its history. Though often our guiding voice declaims a lack of poetic verve, this concluding chapter in the Kushiel's Legacy sextet brings us full circle, except it isn't until the end that we reali...more
Terence
In L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's Compleat Enchanter, Harold Shea is able to travel to the worlds of literature by focusing his mind on a mathematical formula, a mantra, if you will, that transports him to the worlds of the Norse sagas and Spenser's Faerie Queen, among others. If only that could happen. There are any number of worlds I would love to visit -- Tolkien's Middle Earth (of course), Cherryh's Union/Alliance universe, the Malazan Empire, the Hyborian Age, und so weiter...

But t...more
Leyoh
This last instalment rights previous wrongs and concludes Imriels trilogy beautifully. If you have got this far with Jacqueline Carey you know the quality of her stories you should have no doubt of her outstanding competency in telling a bloody good story. Bravo!
Christina
The story:
The stunning conclusion to Kushiel's Legacy.

In the final chapter of Imriel's trilogy, Imriel and Sidonie have finally confessed their affair, much to the displeasure of Queen Ysandre and the peers of Terra d'Ange. The lingering effects of Melisande's betrayal still lies thick in the air, and the realm is immediately suspicious that Imriel is following in his mother's footsteps, planning to usurp the throne.

Refusing to either acknowledge or defy the relationship, Ysandre gives Imriel an...more
Mandy
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Nazarea
Oh goodness. I have such mixed feelings about this book-this series. It's been one of those rare series that wraps around me, staying with me even when I don't realize it.
I think because it's the emotion and love the characters have. Despite the huge obstacles that face Imri and Sidonie, they remain true to each other. Just as previously, Phedre and Joscelin did. And I can't help but love that.
Carey's writing is lush and not perfect--there are things she over does that some would say is over t...more
Rebecca
So, at 11pm on the same day i got the book, i finished it. And i would have finished it sooner if i hadn't have been working. Stupid job...interfering with my reading.

It was an AMAZING book. The "scenes" were wonderfully written and the personal growth of both Imriel and Sidone was impressive. I was expecting nothing less.

What i was not expecting however were the twists and turns and outright suprises. Carey did not fail to deliver as she brought the trilogy to a close. While there were storyli...more
Virginia
Whew! Finally, I am done with this second trilogy (in a trilogy of trilogies). I might need to take a break before I tackle the last three. As always, Carey pulls no punches (but of course, there is the requisite happy ending. I doubt that is a surprise to anyone.) and crams in at least three novels' worth of story into one. Very pleased. (And glad to be done for the moment.)

Highly recommend this series!
Whitney
The premise of this book is preposterous even by the standards of trash fantasy novels. The author fails to use previous elements (such as the Unseen Guild) to their fullest potential and instead makes use of a plot device which has never, in all the times I've seen it, failed to make me want to give the writer a black eye. If she had gone with the quest Imriel was given by the queen as the main story, she might have written a beautifully tragic tale, something along the lines of Kushiel's Justi...more
Maria
I can’t believe that “Kushiel’s Mercy” is the last book of Imriel’s story! And what a closure! I loved the whole series but this book was beyond my imagination! Love, loss, magic, power, evil, betrayal, redemption and despair are some of the main things in this story. A love that wins against all odds. Loyalty beyond reason. Help from enemies and fighting with friends. This book has it all and gives to the reader a great satisfaction in the end.

Imriel and Sidonie have confessed their affair and...more
Traci
The beginning chapters were going to get a three star rating out of me. Although I liked Imriel in Phedre's trilogy I had a harder time connecting to his story. Especially the love between him and Sidonie. In the first two of these books she was hardly a character. Just a pretty princess love interest in my opinion.
And then the book changed direction in a way I wasn't expecting. I won't say how here. If you've read it, you know. If you haven't, I won't spoil it for you. But I found myself finall...more
Ashley
I'm really on the fence about this book. I'm on the fence about the whole Imriel Trilogy, really. When I started reading it, I expected a grand tale about a journey into the darkness of the heart, exploring the power of Imriel's Kusheline blood and all building up to the search for Melisande. What Carey gave us was, at its core, a love story. Part of me wants to commend her for not making Imriel into Phedre Version 2.0 and having three novels of how he becomes a hero of the realm. In fact, she h...more
Aubrey
Jul 14, 2008 Aubrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romantic/epic fantasy readers
Warning, contains spoilers

Overall, not her best book but entertaining, thought provoking and action packed. I kept hoping that she'd do something really different with the end of the book this time---instead of everyone ending up with a happy ending, perhaps the war would've taken place and then, when Ysandre eventually lost, that she, Drustan and the ensorcelled Sidonie would have been ferried over to Alba---OR, what if the stone was never found, L'Envers and Alais lost the war and Imriel went...more
Nicole Fergusson
This book, I think, was even more amazing the second time.

The forbidden lovers Imriel and Sidonie meet their (for me) more interesting challenge yet. A magician comes to the city of Terre D'Ange and bespells everyone there, before spiriting Sidonie across the sea in marriage.

One of the best components of this story was the relationship between Imriel and Barquel L'Envers, as people who the spell did not effect. It was a satisfying circumstance and end for these characters who have been at each o...more
Olivia
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. When the stories started focusing on Imriel instead of Phedre, I admit I lost some interest. I soon grew to love him because he seemed a combination of my favorite characters: The sweetness/intelligence of Phedre, sexiness/ruthlessness Melisande, the undying affection/savior complex of Joscelin: Imriel is fucking hot. I finally admit and this is his coming of age story where he finds the one thing that he is jealous of his adopted mother for: love and...more
Ruhegeist
Very good end to the stories. Not that I wanted them to end. The whole series took a while to grow on me but I have come to really enjoy them. Not only for the obvious. The culture was rather captivating for me with the heavy emphasis on religion and worship. On the down side, I did rather miss Phedra in this last book. The characters/dialog, especially for Imriel, seemed a little cheesy and rather obvious in comparison to the first 3 books focused on Phedra. Could just be fond fuzzy memories of...more
Patrick Malone
I'm a complete sucker for the Kushiel books, and they reward me every time. This is the third book in Imriel's Trilogy, which in many ways I've enjoyed more than Phedre's, though that may be largely related to Carey's increasing experience.

As with most Kushiel books, this has a strong travelogue aspect, this time including North Africa and Greece. It's also got a mix of espionage, action, romance, and plenty of (often kinky) sex. Magic in the Kushiel-verse continues to tend toward the mysteriou...more
Carrie Slager
As with all books that bring an end to a series or trilogy, I was more than a little skeptical of Kushiel’s Mercy. I mean, other than bringing his mother to justice what could Imriel possibly do next? In all honesty, I need not have worried.

Kushiel’s Mercy isn’t just about Imriel’s heart-breaking hunt for his own mother. It’s about the ruthlessly ambitious Astegal of Carthage and Imriel’s fight to stop him before Astegal destroys everything Imriel holds dear. I suppose Astegal could have became...more
Broche
Ah! The final book in the whole Kushiel series. I can hardly believe it and yet it was SO worth reading (and honestly, this normally isn't my type of reading). Maybe it's the historian in me, maybe it's the romantic in me, or maybe I just love a good story but both trilogies in this series fascinated me, picked me up, and swept me away on a whirlwind of religious history, politics, intrigue, damn good sex, and above all else, love. Jacqueline Carey really is a storyteller, not just an author.
Sharon
Hurray! Way better than the first two in Imriel's series, the final book in the Kushiel's Legacy series hearkens back to the good ole days of life or death political intrigue, saving Terre D'Ange at incredible risk, the feeling of "how are they ever going to get back!? the distractions and sideline littler quests are simply too much!" returns, and the complexity of the plot line is just greater. It is a pity that the first two were almost nothing but build up to this, but, i digress.
J. R. S.
Excellent final book in the Kushiel series. It wraps up the entire series nicely, yet can stand on its own. A lot happens in this book yet it never felt like it was dragging, as happened occasionally in the previous two books. Within the entirety of all six books, it probably stands as one of the two or three best.

Conor
After really enjoying the previous 2 instalments in the trilogy (see my review of Kushiels justice, you know you want to) I found this one to be a pretty big disappointment. After an intense character driven story with a great amount of believable character development over the previous 2 books I was underwhelmed by Imriel in this book. Most crucially the stripped down fantasy and journeys of self discovery in the previous books are replaced with a story of a kidnapped princess, an ensorcelled...more
Kristen Bongard
YES YES YES!!

Everything I always wished for and more!!

It all comes full circle! I couldn't imagine a better ending. :)

I am sated.

Angela
This is what I love about Jacqueline Carey... her final book in each story arc is the best of the three, without fail! Fantastic!
Darceylaine
This is the 6th in the series, which I have generally given 3 stars. You can see Carey mature in her skill as a writer in some ways, and get sloppier in others. But as addicted to these books as I am I figured I better fess up and give one of these books 4 stars.

These books are great fun, very readable. The characters are interesting, and I appreciate the way she creates multiple theologies and cultures. Carey does rely a little heavily on certain devices and forms. I guess none of these books...more
Reddkatz
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Sueij
Aaaaahhh. An amazing book that's the sixth in an amazing series. Though you'd really want to start with the first, the characters and story are simply glorious. I very nearly finished the last page and went back to the first to re-read it, but decided I'd rather dig up the whole series and read the entire story from the start.

An overview of the series as a whole: it's slightly fantasy (occasionally strongly fantasy, as I think the third, fifth, and sixth books are premised on some magical act) b...more
Duffy Pratt
This book starts with a great premise: Imriel will have to bring his traitorous mother to justice to have the Queen approve his love match with her daughter. And then, Carey punts and the book goes off in an entirely different direction. This trilogy began with the disappearance of Imriel's mother, so this premise made perfect sense. And it was also in line with the sort of personal struggle that dominated Kushiel's Justice.

I liked what Carey delivered instead. Imriel goes on a lone quest to sav...more
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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
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