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Kushiel's Justice

(Imriel's Trilogy #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  17,780 ratings  ·  471 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 Kushi…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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May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, fantasy
Once you cross a threshold, there is no going back.

The one thing I’m really loving about this trilogy is that Imriel’s adventures feel very personal. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original trilogy told from Phedre’s POV but hers was a story that encompassed broad political schemes that often crossed national borders. Imriel’s story is more about his personal growth into maturity, about finding the person he is meant to be and learning to be comfortable in his own skin. For that reason, I’m fin
Jun 16, 2007 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
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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Sotiris Karaiskos
"You will find it and lose it, again and again. And with each finding and each loss, you will become more than before. What you make of it is yours to choose."

In the second part, our hero returns triumphant to his homeland with his reputation preceding him and made him in the eyes of the people a romantic hero. Because of this and the lessons gained during the first part has more confidence although doubts still exist somewhere in the distance. So is thrown with more available in the world of va
Diana Stormblessed
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, series, 2018-read
I haven't loved a Kushiel book this much since Kushiel's Dart. By far the sexiest of the books. Love, adventure, angst. It had it all. Can't wait to dive into the next one. I love Imri.
Ellen Gail
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doorstop
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
Kara Babcock
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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
Sep 17, 2007 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
May 12, 2011 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.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bought-in-2019
I like Imriel far more than Phedre as a narrator but this book really dragged if compared to the first one. I also really didn't appreciate some of the choices the author made. Probably sticking with a 3.5 because of that, but I am really curious to see how things will be wrapped up in book 3.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 12, 2012 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.
Erin Sweeney
Sep 01, 2015 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
Oct 01, 2011 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
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Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cecilia London
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing is as beautiful as always and the plot continues to be intriguing. While this second series doesn't quite reach the greatness of the first, it is still about as good as fantasy gets.
Todd Ross
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2014 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
Oct 17, 2015 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
Jul 31, 2007 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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unsorted
I accidentally read a synopsis that revealed a major event and plotline in the middle of the book. I immediately understood that it was more than I wanted to know, but you can't unsee the thing, so I was anticipating the event. I was still surprised by the way it happened, but it hindered reading the first part of the book for me. Another thing that hindered reading, was the names: Vralia, Vralgrad, Vral. I kept wondering if Carey knew what thoughts these names would evoke in Russians (on which ...more
Sep 17, 2015 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.
Patrick St-Denis
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my humble opinion, Jacqueline Carey's first Kushiel trilogy was one of the most awesome speculative fiction series of all time. Hence, Kushiel's Scion, the first volume in the second trilogy, had very big shoes to fill. Which, in retrospect, was probably unfair as far as expectations go. Kushiel's Avatar, which garnered a perfect score here on the Hotlist, was the culmination of a panoply of convoluted plotlines that had been built over the course of three memorable installments. With that no ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second chapter in the saga of Imriel de la Courcel and his adventures through new kingdoms yet always battling old enemies. The story picks up exactly where the first book left off, and I loved that attention to detail. I had reached for the third book before I turned the last page on this one, and nothing would keep me from it.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 16, 2009 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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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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“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.” 30 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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