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Kushiel's Justice By Jacqueline Carey Kushiel s Justice 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 ch

  • Title: Kushiel's Justice
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: 9780446500036
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kushiel's Justice By Jacqueline Carey 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 wellImriel de la Courcel s blood parents are history s most reviled traitors, while his adoptive parents, Ph dre and Joscelin, are Terre d Ange s greatest champiMy 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 wellImriel de la Courcel s blood parents are history s most reviled traitors, while his adoptive parents, Ph dre 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 returns from his adventures a little older and somewhat wiser But perhaps not wise enough What was once a mere spark of interest between himself and his cousin Sidonie now ignites into a white hot blaze But from commoner to peer, the whole realm would recoil from any alliance between Sidonie, heir to the throne, and Imriel, who bears the stigma of his mother s of his mother s misdeeds and betrayals Praying that their passion will peak and fade, Imriel and Sidonie embark on an intense, secret affair.Blessed Elua founded Terre d Ange and bestowed one simple precept to guide his people Love as thou wilt When duty calls, Imriel honors his role as a member of the royal family by leaving to marry a lovely, if merely sweet, Alban princess By choosing duty over love, Imriel and Sidonie may have unwittingly trespassed against Elua s law B
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    1. Conor on said:

      This instalment continues the development of Imriel from the previous book, Kushiels Scion and sets the scene nicely for the concluding part of the trilogy A book every bit as great as the first, this combines the analysis of human relationships with globetrotting adventure in a believable and interesting way Imriel begins a forbidden romance with his cousin remember the standards of European royalty for this kind of thing are about the same as hillbillies Sidonie Due to Sidonie s status as heir [...]

    2. Denise on said:

      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 than that, they make you feel.This one is much better than the first in Imriel s tr [...]

    3. Sotiris Karaiskos on said:

      You will find it and lose it, again and again And with each finding and each loss, you will become 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 confidence although doubts still exist somewhere in the distance So is thrown with available in the world of various sexual pleas [...]

    4. Nisha on said:

      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, their love is f [...]

    5. Ellen Gail on said:

      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 down to the [...]

    6. Mara on said:

      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 that by [...]

    7. Kara-karina on said:

      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.

    8. Ben Babcock on said:

      This is the first book in the series since Kushiel s Dart that I would really classify as romance There have been romantic subplots in the interim, but nothing like the romance between Ph dre and Joscelin from the first book Jacqueline Carey is trying to rebottle that lightning in Kushiel s Justice It doesn t quite work, but there are some good secondary effects that, in the end, make this book better than Kushiel s Scion.It s your classic love triangle Imriel loves Sidonie, who loves him back B [...]

    9. Gregory on said:

      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 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, you re emo Whe [...]

    10. Jamie Collins on said:

      If pressed I would admit that I like Ph dre 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 forwar [...]

    11. Leyoh on said:

      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.

    12. Under the Covers Book Blog on said:

      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 books [...]

    13. Cecilia London on said:

      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

    14. Leseparatist on said:

      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 Imriel decides his and Sidonie s love cannot be, so he decides to go through with the political marriage to Sidonie s cousin from Alba They marry, magic and problems follow, the wife gets pregnant, Imriel loves her but not as much as his True Love Sidonie, the wife gets killed before giving birth to the heir, Imriel decides that he shoul [...]

    15. Jessica on said:

      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 and [...]

    16. Belmanoir on said:

      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 second hal [...]

    17. Traci on said:

      My least favorite of these books so far But it s 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 of a Beatrice and Benedick than Hero and Claudio Much Ado About Nothing Han and Leia than Anakin and Padme Star [...]

    18. Giedre on said:

      3.5 5Part 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.

    19. Dirlas on said:

      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.

    20. Christina on said:

      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 Imr [...]

    21. Christine Kirchoff on said:

      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

    22. Maria_Love_For_Books on said:

      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 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 happiness W [...]

    23. Todd Ross on said:

      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, then had so [...]

    24. Nicole on said:

      I really enjoyed this book Carey once again puts her main character on a journey across distant lands, and uses his adventures to give us serious, epic world building I m a big fan of world building, so that particular aspect kept me engaged through the book.Unfortunately, Carey sacrifices character building for world building, and in this book it becomes glaring We are given great reason for Imriel to be infatuated with Sidonie, but his deep love for her never feels really believable we never s [...]

    25. Duffy Pratt on said:

      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 like an installment than anything else I especially lik [...]

    26. Rachael on said:

      3.5 Stars, round up to 4 because I cut Carey some slack cause she s awesome.Nothing unexpected here from Carey she delivers on drama, excitement, emotional clarity, wisdom, love, intrigue, and steamy sex scenes as usual.My one struggle here was a personal one Carey introduces Imriel as being torn between two relationships one of desire and one of duty It is always tough for me to read about the relationship of hard work, love, and responsibility failing Because that is a realistic relationship I [...]

    27. Alex on said:

      Once again, my favourite aspect of the series thus far is the world building We get to see of Alban culture and venture not long enough into the as yet unmentioned Vralia Imriel s voice becomes 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 gratuitous By the same token though, it s also less serious and fun I would ve liked to see what all the Houses of the Night Court [...]

    28. notyourmonkey on said:

      Imriel is still a little too broody for my tastes, but I love his relationship with Sidonie Hell, I adore Sidonie, maybe even than Imriel Major points to this book for putting Our Hero and Heroine in an untenable situation, both politically and romantically, presenting them with The Right Thing To Do i.e ending their relationship , and, in having them Do The Right Thing, have them do so wholeheartedly Yes, Imriel is helped along by magic which was good, because otherwise I think his pining woul [...]

    29. Darlene on said:

      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 history, [...]

    30. Erin Sweeney on said:

      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 at night [...]

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