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L'héritage de Kushiel (Imriel's Trilogy #1)

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Imriel est le fils adoptif de Phèdre, l’Élue de Kushiel. Enlevé, torturé et réduit en esclavage lorsqu’il n’était qu’un enfant, Imriel est aujourd’hui prince du sang. À la Cour où se trament mille conspirations, nombreux sont ceux qui souhaitent sa mort – de peur qu’il n’ait hérité des dons maléfiques de sa véritable mère, Melisande.
Alors qu’il approche de l’âge d’homme et
Paperback, 786 pages
Published 2010 by Bragelonne (first published June 12th 2006)
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Ben Babcock
So you wrote a highly-successful trilogy. Congratulations! What now? Well, you could write a sequel trilogy: new narrator, same old world and intrigue. Some writers want to milk the cash cow for all it's worth. Other writers, like Jacqueline Carey, create worlds compelling enough to justify returning to them time and again. Sinking into Kushiel's Scion is like having an old friend come to visit: all the things that you remember are there, but time has passed, and with it has come change. So you ...more
This begins the second trilogy, in the Kushiel's Legacy series. This trilogy follows Imriel de la Courcel no Montreve, the adopted son of Phedre and Joscelin, and the biological son of Melisande Sharizai.

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
I've seen a fair amount of moaning about this 1/3 of an overall 2/3 not stacking up to the first trilogy and I have to disagree with it all. There are not many times I wish to be a man (bar waiting for the toilets at a concert) but reading this made me pine for a codpiece and facial hair. Imriel is a bad egg, readers of this series will know why but he's cut from very prestigious cloth and his fine breeding makes for a spectacular young man.

The pace is steadier, we've not got so much intrigue o
This book caught me in a complicated time of my life, so my opinion might be a little biased. Still, it was a valuable companion and it helped me, so I will try to write something coherent.

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
I surprisingly enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

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
Lord, this is hard.

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
This is the first book of the second Kushiel trilogy. We bid goodbye to Phedre as our protagonist and narrator, and switch to angsty Imriel, Phedre's adopted son, third in line to the throne of Terre D'Ange. The book starts when he is 14, but the majority of the action finds him at 18. I am not kidding when I say he's angsty, because he is a boy with emotional trauma from his childhood abduction, but also the baggage of being the natural son of the country's greatest ever traitor, Melisande.

Jun 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fantasy lovers
I'd wondered if Jacqueline Carey would be writing any more in her Kushiel universe, and was thrilled to find that she's continued in a new trilogy centering on Imriel de la Courcel.

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
Once again, Carey made me forget that I have a toddler at home who doesn't care if I didn't go to sleep until 4:30am reading this book. I am an idiot - but I had a great time reading this continuation of the Kushiel series. Instead of Phaedre, the series focuses on Imriel. He's a bit annoying at times, but who isn't when they're young? I am always amazed at how much stuff Carey crams into her books and I look forward to reading the rest.
Duffy Pratt
Phedre narrated the first three Kushiel books. She is a strong, ruthless masochist. In this book, Carey switched her narrator to Phedre's adopted nephew, Imriel. And he is a somewhat weak, tortured sadist. Or at least, there are hints in that direction. But, whereas Phedre's basic nature shines throughout the first series, Carey seems a bit more reluctant to show the truly dark aspects of Imriels nature. Maybe that's because Imriel himself is trying to hide it, or maybe its just that Carey is no ...more
Robin Wiley
I wasn't going to read this one. If it's not about Phedre, one of my all-time-favorite heroines, what's the point, Right?


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
A big, sprawling, sexy romantic, heroic fantasy set in a truly inventive alternate reality--a pseudo-Renaissance version of Europe and countries beyond. This book is the middle installment of a trilogy that also includes Kushiel's Scion and Kushiel's Mercy.

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
I don't have any idea how I put this book down after I started reading it some time in 2006. I devoured it this time around. Everything I love about Jacqueline Carey's world is refreshed in this book after it had grown a little stale in the 3rd. A fresh set of eyes, a slightly new cast of characters, and a whole new set of problems allow this book to stand alone from the first 3, but leave you wanting to know what happened before. It left me wanting to re-read the first two.

I would have liked a
I really liked this, but I'll miss Phèdre so much ;)

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 :)
Carrie Slager
I was skeptical about the spin-off Imriel Trilogy after the Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy was so good. But what I like about hearing Imriel’s story is that it’s a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist truly struggles with a terrible past in order to find out who he is. He has very real trust issues, he’s scared of his mother’s reputation following him everywhere and most of all, he still has the emotional scars he gained in Darsanga.

You can’t help but cheer for Imriel the whole way as he tries
I grew up on the first Kushiel trilogy. When I found Imriel's in my early twenties, I was thrilled and nervous. Then and now, I am happy to find Imri's story is just as beautifully and flawlessly told as Phedre. And while I will always have a soft spot for Phedre and Joscelin--they were figures I loved as a young teen and still do--Imri is something very sweet and sad and broken and still trying to be the best that he can be. And I can't help but adore that in him.
High fantasy at its very best. The intrigue! The deceit! The chivalry! The smoldering sensuality! Man, I love Jacqueline Carey. This is the fourth novel in the Kushiel's Legacy series, and already I cannot wait for the fifth (fingers crossed; I wasn't expecting this fourth book so a fifth would be an absolute gift). Carey pulls you into her world with a sense of urgency, and the tales she weaves are rich and satisfying, and incredibly well written.
Deanna Roberts
I picked this up two days ago and totally consumed it.

I did not realize just how much I hungered for more of Jacqueline Carey's writing in this world.

No spoilers here. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Imriel grow from a fearful youth into a very believable and very important character in his own right. I loved reading about Phedre and Joscelin and their roles in his life...

Great story. Now I can't wait to read the next one...
Imriel is no Phedre. And his story starts without knowing quite what it wants to be. One part political drama. One part school drama. And to top it off a tale of war. There were moments I wasn't sure what to think but for the most part I enjoyed it.
My favorite thing was seeing the characters I love from the first trilogy in a new light from a different point of view.
This book is the start of Imriel's trilogy. While I like it, it's not as good as Phedre's books. There is action and the author tortures the characters as usual but it's just not as all consuming as Phedre's books. I am re-reading these so I don't have a ton to say other than this entire series rocks.
Having saved the world through her Holy Hotness, Kushiel tries to instill independence in her foster son by lending him the keys to her boxy, yet stylish, Japanese car. He totally has sex in the back of it with some ladies. Hijinx ensue.
I love the Kushiel series and this book kept me entertained almost as much as the first three books. I thought I'd be sad to see Phèdre & Joscelin stuck on the back burner, but Imriel's tale is strong enough, and his adopted parents around just enough, for me to not miss the former focus on those two.

Most of the book is Imriel growing up as they head back and forth to the city from Phèdre's estate for court. I know that sounds boring, but it's actually a quite enjoyable part of the book as h
Comment vous expliquer comment ma déception est grande ? Rarement un livre m'aura autant tiraillé et rendu triste après lecture. J'aurai tellement aimé que les choses soient différentes, mais je n'aurai pas ressenti d'émotions fortes, ni beaucoup d'attrait pour l'intrigue. Même du côté des personnages je m'attendais à les apprécier davantage. Si Imriel reste intéressant, c'est une personne torturée qui doit faire avec son héritage familial, et ce n'est pas facile, ses aventures ne m'auront pas p ...more
I liked the human element to Imriel's story, but unfortunately, I miss Phedre's voice. :(
Dawn Kurtagich
I enjoyed this one, but the level of writing had fallen slightly.
Chandra Vice
I don't find these books quite as heart-poundingly exciting as the first trilogy; however, I do identify a lot with Imriel's character and I think it's fascinating to see things from his point of view. I also think the author deserves mad props for making his voice so clearly different from what had come before. I've read a lot of books where authors try to switch character POV's and very few of them do such a great job of making sure that each character does have a unique voice. Here, you never ...more
Finally got my hands on Imri's trilogy thanks to PBSwap, very excited! I've been wanting to read it for a long time. Looking back at my reviews for Phedre's trilogy, I'm surprised I only rated them 4 Stars each. I won't change them without re-reading first, to be honest, but I was just surprised because of the fondness I felt upon starting this one. As soon as I started reading, I was immediately sucked back into the world of Terre d'Ange. I was wishing I could live there. I felt so stinkin' hap ...more
Carey is banking on her success with Phedre's trilogy to support readers through the book. The main conflict of the plot doesn't start until - I kid you not - after page 600. Before that, it meanders through Imriel's childhood and teen years with no clear goal. as much as I love for characters to have a good backstory, there needs to be a solid conflict driving the story. Until the siege of Lucca, the conflict is...vague concerns about "dark yearnings" that are never really explored? School? A b ...more
Victoria Martin
Kushiel's Legacy is my favourite book series of all time. Imriel no Montreve de la Courcel is my favourite character of all time (which is why I named my puppy after him). I've read the entire series at least twice and re-read scenes from the books more times than I can count. Because of that, reading this book was like coming home.

However, Kushiel's Scion is still easily the weakest book in the series. Mainly because of plot. There is a lot of interesting stuff there but Tiberium isn't all that
Niki Hawkes
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I want to start off by saying that Carey’s Kushiel’s trilogy (the first set of novels that comes before this trilogy) is easily one of my all-time favorite fantasies. Those books affected me so profoundly that I was incredibly sad to see them come to an end… Until I realized that Imriel’s trilogy picks up right where Kushiel’s it left off. It’s always wonderful to find out that a journey you thought was over is, in fact, just beginning! Only now,
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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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