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Kushiel's Justice (Imriel's Trilogy #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  14,661 Ratings  ·  390 Reviews
My blood beat hard in my veins and hammered in my ears, like the sound of bronze wings clashing. And I understand for the first time what it meant that Kushiel, the One God's punisher, had loved his charges too well...

Imriel de la Courcel's blood parents are history's most reviled traitors, while his adoptive parents, Phèdre and Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champi
Hardcover, First Edition, 703 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Roc (first published January 1st 2007)
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Stephanie Carey does a good job of giving a brief summary of the previous stories, however I would strongly encourage you to start from the beginning with…moreCarey does a good job of giving a brief summary of the previous stories, however I would strongly encourage you to start from the beginning with Kushiel's Dart. There are 3 trilogies in this world and it will help immensely if you start from where it all begins. If you start with this one, I am not sure that you would truly enjoy the world that Carey creates.
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Aug 29, 2015 Conor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Jun 16, 2007 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Amazingly lush, lyrical, and beautifully drawn, like all of the books in this world; I always have to read them in one sitting, because they're so full-body immersive that to stop mid-way leaves me feeling like I've been hit with a bucket of cold water. And when I'm done, I always have to close the cover and sit for a while, quietly reflecting and trying to absorb and engage with the story. They make you think, and more than that, they make you feel.

This one is much better than the first in Imri
I am finally done with this book, and it only took me... a year and a half. It's not because the book was bad (it was slow at some parts), but because JC overwhelms me all the time. Which means I have to read her in chunks. Ok, the other reason was that Imriel was not all that likeable during the beginning. There was a lot of sex (everywhere) and angst. I guess I should start from the beginning.

Imriel and Sidonie have finally realized each other's feelings, but both being political figures, the
Apr 10, 2015 Kara-karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy, bdsm
This series continues to be amazing! Imriel who is secretly in love with Sidonie, marries a princess of Alba and loses her due to a terrible prophecy. Now he needs to travel to faraway lands of Wralia (prototype of Russian Empire) to avenge his wife and come back to his beloved. This book is tragic, epic and philosophical. I absolutely loved listening to it on audio, and since then bought and read the rest of the series as audiobooks as well. Hugely recommended.
May 13, 2009 Gregory rated it it was amazing
OK, so i just finished reading this book and decided to take a look around at what other people said about it online. I think some people have become confused about the term "emo" and what it means. Allow me to explain: emo is when you're whining and you don't deserve to. Emo is when you're whining to get attention because you think that will make you more interesting. When no one understands why you cut yourself, you're emo. When daddy won't let you date the boy you like because he's a punk, yo ...more
Sep 17, 2007 Mara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the original Kushiel series
Shelves: fantasy, m_for_mature
See also my review of "Kushiel's Scion", which covers this entire series.

Weaker than even its predecessor ("Kushiel's Scion"), this book really gets bogged down by the silliness of its predominant religion, which seems to imply that teenage hormonal attraction trumps duty and sacrifice as the ultimate good. Imriel spends the first part of the book moping that he doesn't get to continually bed his cousin, and the second part of the book so half-heartedly tracking a murderer through old Russia tha
Ellen Gail
May 02, 2015 Ellen Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We live, we heal, we endure. We mourn the dead and treasure the living. We bear our scars."

870 pages of almost continuous awesomeness.

I just finished Kushiel's Justice and right now my brain is still incoherent mush. Happy mushy post-reading brain. I might have finished it sooner, but real life got in the way. That, and Chloe decided it was a pillow.

The world Carey has created completely envelops you. It's luxe and textured. Every country, culture, nationality, and custom, every detail right do
Ben Babcock
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Jamie Collins
Jun 29, 2016 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
If pressed I would admit that I like Phèdre and Joscelin’s story better than Imriel’s, but that didn’t stop me from being riveted by every single page of this book. I’m so glad that the ever so gracefully aging couple are present in Imriel’s trilogy - it's not often that you get to witness the happily ever after.

I'm thoroughly invested in Imriel's adventures now, though. I'm amazed at how much I enjoy Carey's glacial pacing. There's nothing like having yet another lovely 1000-page book to look f
Oct 24, 2015 Leseparatist rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The second novel in Imriel's cycle is not really worse than the first one, but I did feel cheated reading it. The plot is relatively straightforward: (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Leyoh rated it it was amazing
This young relationship kept me on tenterhooks until the very last page. It's dark and deeply painful but the boy comes good in the end. I'll be bereft when these books end - They offer a thoroughly enthralling experience.
May 08, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
I should start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed Phedre's trilogy--in these first three books, Jacqueline Carey's prose was lovely, the world she had created fascinating, the characters believable and compelling.

Having muddled through the second book in Imriel's trilogy makes me question that assessment. Perhaps some of the problem is that it is simply too much of the same--forbidden love spliced with mortal peril, heroics, and way too much gratuitous sex. But generally, in both this book
Aug 14, 2007 Belmanoir rated it liked it
SPOILERS below (although I've tried to keep them minor):

You know, I LOVED, I mean LOVED, the other books in the Kushiel series. This one, I just liked. I even got really bored partway through, because Imriel had been wandering around in the snow for what seemed like HUNDREDS OF PAGES. In a lot of ways this book felt like set-up for the next one. Despite the political implications of Imriel's marriage and quest and everything that was going on in Russia, it felt like the stakes for the whole seco
Erin Sweeney
Sep 01, 2015 Erin Sweeney rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
I started this book in 2007 (or so) and then couldn't finish it. Truly, I hated Imriel's character in this book. The problem with him is that he is a noble with no interest in his lands and no "job". He broods and is miserable because he's in love with someone forbidden to him and he has an arranged marriage to another. It's sort of pathetic, honestly. I found him annoying the ENTIRE book. I stopped reading at the part where he ends up in Alba and weird magic with pipes is beginning to haunt him ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why I keep writing reviews for this series. To be honest, I think that my feelings for these books are beyond words! “Kushiel’s Justice” by Jacqueline Carey, the second book in Imriel’s trilogy and the fifth book in the Kushiel series is an AMAZING story! This book has less political conspiracy and more matters of love and loss.

In this book, Imriel changes. Now, he is a man who wants to prove himself a worthy D’Angeline. The sad part is that he’s doing it while he’s sacrificing his
Duffy Pratt
Nov 01, 2010 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it
Our tortured sadist is back. In this book, Imriel keeps his word and marries one woman while in love with another, for political reasons. This violates Blessed Elua's Principle (or is it Elua's Blessed Principle), and bad things happen. Along the way we get witchcraft, shapeshifting, soothsaying, sword fights, a shipwreck, imprisonment, revenge, and snowblindness to rival Dr. Zhivago.

All in all, I liked this installment, even though it did feel more like an installment than anything else. I espe
Jul 05, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I could not put this down. I've enjoyed Carey's other Kushiel books greatly, but the previous book in the series was not quite as well written as the rest had been, so I was concerned that the series was in decline.

I am happy to report that I was mistaken. The character of Imriel develops richly into a fascinating young man assuming ever more adult responsibilities, including, as one would expect from a d'Angeline, an incredibly hot affair. The plot twists are delicious, and the supporting char
Nov 29, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Jul 10, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, just barely. A marked improvement on Kushiel's Scion, the second book of the Imriel trilogy is still as beautifully written as all Carey books I have read so far. Taking me away from the beautiful writing is Imriel himself, Prince of the blood and all around most emo mofo of this pseudo-Europe. In love with the haughty heir to the crown of Terre D'Ange, Sidonie, Imriel chooses to do his duty to his country and marries Dorelei mab Breidaia of Alba. But of course his love to Sidonie sti ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story:
Imriel has returned from Tiberium, on the basis that he wants to be good. To him, this means marrying Dorelei, making his Queen and Cruarch happy as he forges another alliance between Alba and Terra d'Ange. This also means ignoring his desire for Sidonie, the Queen's daughter and his cousin, to whom there should be no relationship, apart from that of family.

Of course this doesn't work out, and a forbidden affair blossoms between the pair. Still, the marriage to Dorelei goes forth, and
May 17, 2010 notyourmonkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robin Wiley
Dec 15, 2009 Robin Wiley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance, Epic romance, Epic Fantasy
Forbidden romance, ancient magic, vengeance killing, a civil war, a shipwreck - I can dig it.

Imri goes off to Alba to marry the Cruarch's niece. He encounters the culture there in greater depth than in book #1 (Kushiel's Dart). He angers gods on both sides of the Straits when he marries one and loves another, and gets into a truckload of trouble.

The creepy, ancient magic actually gave me nightmares. (Must be the Irish in me that believes in little people and the unknown ooga-booga's watching fr
These books just draw me in! They're easy to follow and fast paced. I love the characters and the world she paints. Makes it difficult to not pick up let alone to slow down enough to take note of any quotes I may want to keep. But all the while I laughed, cried, and talked out loud to the book. But if you like books with love of all kinds, political intrigue, adventure, folklore and magic, different backgrounds and points of view, loyalty, honor, passion...Have I got your attention yet? Good. St ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Part two of the Imriel trilogy. Not a huge fan of the whole Dorelei plotline and how her arc ended. Girl deserved better. I loved the Alba parts, tho. So much, I wished Alais would be the narrator.
Mar 07, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This story ropes us back into what we love about Carey, the sense that the whole world lays in balance until the resolution of these particular characters.

I learned to love Imriel as a character and narrator, his quest backed by the underlying force of the whole of Terra d'Ange, Love. The character of Sidonie is well done, giving us yet another heroine, which Carey excels at.

It's nice to see how our heroine, Phedre is see through the eyes of someone else. I always liked another aspect, as long
Oct 14, 2011 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My least favorite of these books so far. But it's more a matter of my taste than the book or writing itself. I just couldn't get behind the Imriel and Sidonie love story. It's not enough to tell me that they are in love. Show me. One moment they hardly have anything to do with each other and then suddenly they can't live without each other. But I don't find Romeo and Juliet romantic either. I'm more of a Beatrice and Benedick than Hero and Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing). Han and Leia than Anak ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at Kushiel’s Justice. Not only did we get to see more of the politics in the countries around Terre d’Ange, but Imriel really grew as a character. He’s so much more mature by the end of the book than he was at the beginning, let alone the beginning of his trilogy.

Poor Imriel! Contrary to the precepts of Elua, Ysandre sends Imriel off to marry an Alban princess named Dorelei in a political match. This is especially heartbreaking as Imriel and Sidonie finally r
Lorena Black
Don't let the three star rating fool you, this book is definitely worth a read if you are into her other books. The continuing story of the lost Prince of the blood, born of a traitor, Imriel is poignant and filled with the glorious universe that Carey has crafted. Once again we enter a story where the characters are incredibly well crafted, the setting is fully realized, and there is a perfect mix of magic and history.

It was not, however, my favorite of her work.

First let me say that vengeanc
May 14, 2015 Kirsten rated it liked it
Book 5 in that series, and it's just okay. (I really liked 1 and 2, but I think they've been uneven since then.) Both 4 and 5 seem to be two books in one - first half, lots of sex and intrigue; second half, lots of violence and mayhem. Personally, I like the sex and intrigue better, which means I finish the book on a downhill slide. She should break these up better, or, um, learn to integrate those parts of the story better. And, for those who are looking for it, I thought this book had much les ...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
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Other Books in the Series

Imriel's Trilogy (3 books)
  • Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1)
  • Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy, #3)

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“Joscelin, is love supposed to make you feel like you’re sick and dying, and mad enough to hit someone and drunk with joy, and your heart’s a boulder n your chest trying to burst into a thousand pieces all at once?”
“Mm-hmm.” He finished his ale. “That would be love.”
“To my surprise, Joscelin rose. ‘Phedre-’ He began, then halted. Sitting below him, I watched him smile to himself, quiet and private. ‘Phedre yields with a willow’s grace,’ he said softly. ‘And endures with the strength of mountains. Without her, life would be calm; and yet lack all meaning.” 21 likes
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