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

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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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ebook, 721 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (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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Conor
Apr 21, 2014 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Denise
Jun 16, 2007 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Ellen Gail
Jan 20, 2015 Ellen Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: massive
"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
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Mara
Sep 17, 2007 Mara rated it liked it  ·  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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Kara-karina
May 12, 2011 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.
Ben Babcock
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Gregory
Jan 11, 2009 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Jamie Collins
Jun 09, 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
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Leyoh
Mar 12, 2012 Leyoh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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It's always a pleasure to immerse myself in this world. What I've noticed after several books is the fact that this second trilogy with Imriel as the narrator is definitely different for me as a reading experience than Phedre's. That not necessarily a bad thing, but I think what I struggle is the fact that I'm missing that deep level of despair that Phedre was going through. Imriel is a younger character and while he's still going through a lot of serious things and wow has he matured in two bo ...more
Cecilia London
Jul 02, 2017 Cecilia London rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-faves
I cannot get enough of these books. Part of me wants to slow my reading, to savor it, and the other part of me speeds ahead because I simply MUST know how this story will end! On to Kushiel's Mercy!
Leseparatist
Oct 17, 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
Jessica
Mar 21, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Traci
Oct 01, 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
Giedre
Sep 17, 2015 Giedre rated it liked it
3.5/5

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.
Dirlas
Apr 22, 2017 Dirlas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was heartbreaking in so many ways. It was completely amazing. I'm dying to read the next book but I also don't want it to end.
Christina
Jun 16, 2009 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
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Christine Anna  Kirchoff
I absolutely fell in love with this book. There are so many twists and shocking moments. The adventure balances well with the romance. I loved it so much I ordered the next few books. This whole series is a must read!
Maria_Love_For_Books
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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Todd Ross
Oct 19, 2016 Todd Ross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I finished the audio book yesterday for Kushiel's Justice, the 2nd book in Imriel's trilogy. This one was a pretty hard book to get through for me.

It feels like the graphic sexual content was turned up to 11, but so was the horribly portrayed harlequin romance. I'm really tired of Sidney (I'm calling her that, I don't care). They seem to love each other for no real reason besides a shitty explanation of "true love". Let love grow naturally, it just didn't in this novel. they hated each other, t
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Nicole
Nov 29, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Rachael
Jan 21, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alex
Once again, my favourite aspect of the series (thus far) is the world-building. We get to see more of Alban culture and venture (not long enough!) into the as yet unmentioned Vralia. Imriel's voice becomes more solid in this book, or perhaps I just got used to it, and it's easy to coast along on his indulgent tale. As with Kushiel's Scion, the sex, being unlinked to spying, feels more gratuitous. By the same token though, it's also less serious and more "fun" (I would've liked to see what all th ...more
notyourmonkey
May 17, 2010 notyourmonkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Darlene
Mar 07, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love and enjoy an adventure.
Recommended to Darlene by: Chris
Who would have thought I could read a 700+ page book in three days? My method of having the hardback, Kindle and Audible versions all tracking at once keeps me going. When my eyes tire I can leave on the audio and get up and stretch and move around. If I am not wanting the noise of the audio I can read either the book or the Kindle version. What I can't seem to do is eat, or sleep or anything else while reading these books. Jacqueline Carey takes you into this world that seems like out of our hi ...more
Erin Sweeney
Sep 01, 2015 Erin Sweeney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kitrina
I'll start by saying that I loved every book to this series until this one. I reviewed the first book, Kushiel's Dart, on here, so I wont summarize what I like about this series again. Instead I'll say that, honestly starting from book 1 of Imriel's Trilogy I didn't love it *as much* but that book ended up still being a great story.

This one however just bothers me. I don't like the way Imriel's character is developing I guess, It started a little in the first of his trilogy, but got worse throu
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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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“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.” 25 likes
“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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