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

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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  11,667 ratings  ·  320 reviews
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 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 beauty, art, and desire.

After a year abroad to study at university, Imriel
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Paperback, 736 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Orbit (first published June 14th 2007)
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Denise
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
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Nisha
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
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Gregory
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
Mara
Sep 17, 2007 Mara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leyoh
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.
Ben Babcock
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Belmanoir
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
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Jessica
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
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Rachael
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Maria
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
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Duffy Pratt
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
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Michael
Jul 05, 2008 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicole
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Andrea
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
Christina
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
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notyourmonkey
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Robin Wiley
Dec 15, 2009 Robin Wiley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Daniel
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
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Traci
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
Conor
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Carrie Slager
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
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Amber
If you're putting off reading these books, don't. The writing is amazing - this isn't chick-lit, this isn't torrid urban fantasy, this is real literature. This is genuine and real writing, the author is truly talented. The characters are rich and deep and the tapestry the characters and events weave is beautiful and expansive. This is a series men and women should appreciate.



Virginia
Geez! Carey really puts her characters through their paces. I am always astonished at how much STUFF happens in her books. Mind you, I am glad I am not at the whims of Carey as an author. I would NOT survive, thank you very much. At any rate, a very good entry and read. I wish I hadn't glanced ahead at some of the reviews for the next book, but I'm sure I'll soldier on. :)
Ooonie Chase
total trash. i started this series ages ago when it was more an epic fantasy yarn than the epic bodice-ripper it is today. every time i have finished one in the series i SWEAR that i am done, will not read the next one, etc. etc. and then summer rolls around and i crave junk food. so there you have it - swords, sandals and rough sex. wooT!
Night Goddess
Highly addictive!!!! Kushiel's Justice has become my favorite one yet. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Michael Jr.
Before I even get started on my review, I have to say that this book is my favorite out of the entire Kushiel's Legacy series, and maybe even my favorite fantasy book period. It's not necessarily the fantasy book that I think deserves the most critical attention, and it's not necessarily the most original, but it is my favorite. The general plot outline follows the same formula that Ms. Carey used in her other D'Angeline books--we start in Terre D'Ange, where there is a "starter plot" that provi ...more
Victoria Martin
Even on re-reading, this is a book I could hardly bear to put down. I just find myself so lost in its world and characters. Especially Imriel, who continues to be the most compelling character I have ever encountered. Phedre was great but Imri is so much more flawed than she is, which makes him more interesting and more relatable. And while he may have come to age in Kushiel's Scion, this is the book where he really matures and comes into his own for the first time (which is good, knowing what's ...more
Kit★
I hate how reviews for books I loved are either impossible for me to put into words, and end up unwritten, or if I write them, they end up just a big list of 'I liked this, I loved that, this was interesting!' I wish I could put my thoughts into lyrical prose expounding upon my every feeling, capturing every nuance. Alas, I'm no pro.
I had to leap right into this story after finishing the first Imri tale. I was really glad it picked up right after the other one left off, and I'm rather hoping the
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Margot
This second installment of the story of Imriel no Montreve de la Courcel--prince of the blood, foster son to the now thirty-somethings Phedre and Joscelin, and birth son to the traitors Melisande Shahrizai and Benedicte de la Courcel--follows Imriel after his return from Tiberium in the previous book. He has promised to wed Dorelei mab Beidaia--the niece of the Cruarch of Alba, who is also wedded to Imriel's distant cousin, the Queen of Terre D'Ange. But that spark of attraction still exists bet ...more
Glitterfairy
I'm torn as to whether to give this book a 3 or 4 star rating - I'll decide by the end.

For an extremely character-driven piece where technically not all that much happens, I was suprisingly compelled to continue reading. Maybe it's Carey's writing style.

However as one fellow reader has mentioned below, the Imriel's lack of appeal as narrator is beginning to show. There are a lot of loose plot ends briefly mentioned, but none of the real excitement and action of the previous trilogy. There's stil
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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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“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.”
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“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.” 12 likes
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