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Product Details

  • Series: Kushiel's Legacy
  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044650002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446500029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The magnificent fourth book in Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series marks the start of a new trilogy set in Terre d'Ange, the author's reimagined Renaissance world. The story picks up where volume three, Kushiel's Avator (2003), left off, though Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel, a prince of the blood, now narrates in place of the unforgettable heroine of the previous books, Phèdre nó Delauney. As a boy, Imriel is abandoned by his treasonous parents and subjected to terrible indignities by pirates. Later rescued and adopted by Phèdre, he grows into a position of authority and learns many skills, including sexual prowess. He has a torrid affair with a married woman, and finally survives a terrible siege at a walled city he courageously defends. The specter of Imriel's sinister, absent mother, Melisande Shahrizai, looms over the action. Credible and gripping, this is heroic fantasy at its finest. (June)
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*Starred Review* Traitorous parents, the curse of Kushiel's blood in his veins, and the unspeakable crimes he endured while a child slave severely damaged Imriel. Feeling tainted and incapable of goodness, he fears he will misuse Kushiel's gift. Yet he is compelled to overcome the dark forces that shaped him. The love of Phedre and Joscelin, his beloved adoptive parents and Terre d'Ange's greatest champions, has helped him heal. He does an excellent job of comporting himself as a prince of the blood, third in line from the throne, until he turns 18. Then the conflicts raging within threaten to overwhelm him. Pushed beyond his limits by his first visit to Valerian House with his Shahrizai cousins and angry with the powerful, twisted desire that is Kushiel's legacy, in an impulsive moment he flashes up at Phedre--and changes his world irrevocably. He is now on his path to adulthood, first stop Tiberium. Traveling and living simply, he hopes to find himself. Evoking the same stunned awe that the tryptych of Kushiel's Dart (2001), Kushiel's Chosen (2002), and Kushiel's Avatar (2003) did, the Imriel trilogy is off to a smashing start. Uncommonly self-aware, young Imriel, in his maturing thoughts and emotions, is a tremendously believable, sympathetic character. Meanwhile, Carey continues thoughtfully and respectfully re-envisioning S&M in images of beauty, power, and eroticism firmly rooted in the sacred. Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best. Paula Luedtke
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Carey is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.

Customer Reviews

I finished the book in a matter of days (Sadly work gets in the way of reading time).
KEnsley
Imriel's story is also very different from Phedre and Joscelin's, and part of what makes this book interesting is that he recognizes it.
Ashley Megan
Now, I admit, I like the first three books of the Kushiel's series better, but this one is still a great read.
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Megan VINE VOICE on June 22, 2006
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After the hideous disappointment of "Banewreaker", I was on pins and needles regarding Carey's return to Terre D'Ange in "Kushiel's Scion." Would the sexy, dark, original voice that had given us Phedre, Joscelin, Hyacinthe, and Melisande be replaced by the boring tediousness of the "Sundering" series? I just knew it would kill me to see that happen to these beloved characters. Furthermore, what to make of the fact that the next three books would not be narrated by that most cunning of linguists? Would Terre D'Ange without Phedre be whipped cream without the cherry?

Thank Elua, all my fears were unfounded. "Scion", while taking the Kushiel's Legacy series in a new direction, is a welcome and worthy addition, and Imriel is an excellent and insightful new narrator. His voice is, naturally, different from Phedre's, but the beautiful, rich language is the same. Carey has done a great job making the transition from anguissette to prince.

Imriel's story is also very different from Phedre and Joscelin's, and part of what makes this book interesting is that he recognizes it. Imri adores his foster parents, but despairs at ever living up to their example. For one thing, Phedre and Joscelin are once-in-a-generation heroes, larger than life and - in Phedre's case - chosen by Kushiel himself. Imri, while a royal Prince of the Blood, is still ordinary, and the son of Terre D'Ange's greatest traitor to boot. More than anything, he wants to be good - but first, he must decide what that means. Can he be good without ever saving the world the way Phedre did? Is it possible to be good with Kushiel's blood - and his mother's treachery - in his veins?

More than anything (and unlike previous books), "Kushiel's Scion" is a coming of age story.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on June 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Return to Terre d'Ange with Kushiel's Scion, sequel to the Kushiel's Legacy trilogy. This book follows Phedre's adopted son, Imriel, son of the treacherous Melisande and third in line for the D'Angeline throne. Carey does an excellent job of developing Imriel into a complicated, troubled young man without in any way betraying the character he was in Kushiel's Avatar: haunted but with the proverbial heart of gold.

Imriel is coming of age here, and coming to terms with desires he finds hard to face. Between his molestation at the hands of the Markhagir of Drujan, his anger with Melisande, and the dominant tendencies inherent in his bloodline, Imriel finds sexuality a minefield of issues. He wants more than anything to be a good person, but fears he's fated to be something else.

His quest to find maturity and inner peace will lead him to the Night Court (fans of the Night Court rejoice--we see more of it here than we have since Dart), into court intrigues, and to an Italy still clinging to the ghosts of its glorious past. Imriel finds himself surrounded by schemes, plots, and conflicted desires, and truly comes of age in this hotbed of troubles. I really love what Carey does with his character, and can't wait to see what comes next for him, as it's clear there will be further Imriel books.

The one thing I didn't like at first was that the climactic battle didn't seem to have much to do with Imriel; it was more that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But on further thought, I realized that Phedre, too, was sucked into things she never meant to be involved with, in Dart and Chosen. I'm just so accustomed to the Phedre of Avatar, plunging herself headlong into adventure because she knows she has to--but this is a mature, 30ish Phedre.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shell B. R. on August 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
but a good novel nonetheless. This book holds a different tone from the others in the Kusheline series. More character-based than adventure-driven, like the other novels, this novel follows Imriel, Phedre's foster-son. It is largely based on dialogue and Imri's thoughts rather than earth-shattering plot developments, so this book is a bit slower to develop, though still interesting. It keeps Carey's fluid writing style, though the narrative is dramatatically changed from Phedre's graceful melodrama.

Imriel, instead, is a moody teenaged boy. Perhaps more solemn (or haunted) than most, but still full of angst and uncertainty, not ready to fit into the world that is waiting for him.

The first section of the book is interesting, as the reader gets to see Terre d'Ange from new eyes; it takes a different perspective when not from a Servant of Naamah. Disappointingly, there is not yet too much of that to see; Imriel is often to preocuppied with his own discoveries and youth to take much interest in politics. That is quickly cut short as Imriel decides to travel to the University of Tiberium. There, again, it is not filled with the taste of the culture that Phedre would have shown, but Imri's personal antics, challenges, and schemes as he enjoys true freedom for the first time.

Don't worry, though, it's not all deeply introspective & dialogue. Carey keeps her penchant for the philosophical, the scheming, and the bizarrely supernatural, as Imriel is rapidly thrown into situations that would turn his foster-parents' hair grey, from riots and conspiracies to spirits and battles.

Personally speaking, I preferred Imriel's character before this particular book, but I believe that it was because here, he is mostly an angsty teenager, not quite grown up.
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