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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
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Published June 12th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing
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Conor
Aug 29, 2015 Conor rated it it was ok
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 under-stated fantasy and journeys of self discovery in the previous books are replaced with a story of a kidnapped princess, an ensorcelled k ...more
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
Cameron
Jun 18, 2008 Cameron rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy
Dec 23, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
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
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Leseparatist
Nov 02, 2015 Leseparatist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Farewell, Phedre and Joscelin, Sidonie and Imriel. This book series brought me much more enjoyment than I'd initially expected. Ultimately, it was less pornographic than I might have expected, and much as I enjoyed Imriel, I didn't grow to like him and Sidonie as much as I did Phedre and Joscelin - and yet, I'm very glad to have decided to read it.

I wish there could have been slightly more resolution for Phedre and Melisande, but Melisande's presence in this novel was fun and I'm glad of it.

I've
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Terence
Sep 08, 2008 Terence rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
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Kara-karina
Apr 15, 2015 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
My favourite book in this series, this was an amazing story! Oh Miss Carey, sometimes the scope of your imagination makes me dissolve into a teary eyed, babbling creature. When Imriel had to go to a faraway land to make Sidonie fall in love with him all over again in a different skin with no memory of her ties to him due to an evil enchantment, that was... truly EPIC! Hugely recommended series! What a couple...
Leyoh
May 23, 2012 Leyoh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bucketlistreads
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
Oct 03, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mandy
May 08, 2009 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Nazarea
Jul 17, 2012 Nazarea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads, rereads
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
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Rebecca
Jun 10, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
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Giedre
Sep 21, 2015 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

My head is spinning—I went a little crazy and devoured the whole Imriel trilogy in a matter of days. Who needs sleep? Pffft. Not me, apparently.

Anyway. Kushiel's Mercy is the last book in the Imriel trilogy, and the only thing I'm going to say about it is this: it might have started out slow, but for me it was the best one, because it turned out to be the most epic and adventure-filled novel in the trilogy.

As for the whole trilogy, it's good, but not great. The main reasons are these: Imr
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Virginia
Sep 04, 2011 Virginia rated it liked it
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!
Rhapsody
Nov 28, 2015 Rhapsody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I absolutely loved the final instalment of Imriel's trilogy. (view spoiler) ...more
Danielle
Thus concludes the last book of Kushiel's Legacy. The last book of Adventures and intrigues in Terre d'Ange. Quite an ending! It stayed true to the series and even re-hashed old characters! Perfect tempo (for me at least), ups and downs, close calls, all with the undercurrent of love, passion, loyalty, honor, & diligence. There's one tiny thing I would've changed at the end, but it's not my story to tell. Go read it yourself. :) You'll understand.
If you're sad, don't worry your pretty littl
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Jasmine
Feb 01, 2016 Jasmine rated it it was ok
The first book bored me, the second mesmerized me, this one...was fine. It had the classic elements - magic, betrayal, exotic locals, hidden identity. I don't even mind the formula. It's a good formula. I just don't really like Imriel.
No, it's more than that. Phedre is queer, and it's no big deal, which is amazing for a main character, especially in a fantasy novel. That sets a bar. The relationship she has with Jocelin - breaking, as it does, both traditional gender roles and traditional sexua
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Beyonder
Oct 17, 2015 Beyonder rated it it was amazing
Yet again, a second read-through does wonders for a book I already enjoyed. This doesn't follow quite the same formula as many of the other six books, but it contains all of the same hallmarks in abundance.

Wonderful character-driven plot and the kind of characters that leap off the page with realism. Internal consistency and a narrative so well-crafted that every instant of it feels compelling and well-considered. Maybe I've just been reading too much other sloppy fantasy with "acceptably small
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Ellen Gail
Jun 27, 2015 Ellen Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful way to end Imriel's story. Mild spoilers!

I was sick of heroes. Once, I'd wanted to be one. I'd harbored glorious dreams of styling myself a hero in the manner I believed Joscelin to be. I'd lost those illusions a long time ago, but I hadn't understood until now how much heroism meant living in terror that you wouldn't be able to protect those you loved.

This is such a weird series! Weird and wonderful and utterly delightful. The characterization, the world-building, the scope; it
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Whitney
Oct 24, 2010 Whitney rated it it was ok
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
May 08, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ben Babcock
We have arrived at the end of a second trilogy, and I'm feeling regret—but not in a good way. Kushiel's Mercy at first seems like everything we need to send Imriel and Sidonie out in style. This is the culmination of Imriel's adventures, his final chance to sever himself from the taint of traitor's blood. And it's the final chapter in a slow, simmering love story.

Going into Kushiel's Mercy, Carey has set up two expectations. Firstly, we're going to see the resolution of Sidonie and Imriel's decl
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Traci
Oct 16, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Ashley
Jul 18, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 liked it
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
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Nicole Field
Mar 13, 2014 Nicole Field rated it it was amazing
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
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Olivia
Jun 24, 2008 Olivia rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2008 Ruhegeist rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nicholas Whyte
Sep 12, 2015 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2500795.html

An excellent conclusion to the second trilogy of Carey's sequence of alternate history books, in which Imriel, the narrator, and his lover Sidonie, the heiress to the throne which his mother attempted to subvert, must deal with identity-changing sorcery and foreign domination, while sorting out geopolitical conflict at the same time. There is a bit more kinky sex than in the previous two books in this trilogy, though still nothing like as much as in the
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Sarah (Jeckie)
Apr 10, 2015 Sarah (Jeckie) rated it really liked it
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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
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