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Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy) Hardcover – June 12, 2008

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In this vivid conclusion to the second Kushiel trilogy (after 2007's Kushiel's Justice), young Prince Imriel and his beloved, Sidonie, heir to the Terre D'Ange throne, struggle to come to terms with the deaths of Imriel's wife and unborn son. Queen Ysandre threatens to forbid Imriel's marriage to Sidonie unless he hunts down his traitorous mother, Melisande. Then a spell convinces everyone in Terre D'Ange's capital that Sidonie loves the prince of Carthage, and she sails off to wed him. Only Imriel remembers their romance. He must evade deluded loved ones and work with erstwhile enemies to rescue Sidonie and pull the country back from the brink of war. Carey delivers a heady mix of adventure, power struggles and romance, but fans of the first Kushiel trilogy may be disappointed by the few appearances of Phèdre, Imriel's adoptive mother, and by the relatively tame sexuality, which serves more as a spice than a larger theme. (June)
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*Starred Review* Imriel and Sidonie, the dauphine of Terre d’Ange, have been in love for some time and finally admit it publicly in the court of Queen Ysandre. The people are in an uproar and divided in support for the lovers; far too many recall the treasonous betrayals of Imriel’s mother that ignited a long, bloody war and claimed the lives of thousands of d’Angelines. Ysandre will not acknowledge the affair, and if the couple marries without her blessing, Sidonie will lose her claim to the throne. Imriel knows that only an impossible act of faith on his part will satisfy the demands of Blessed Elua, the queen, and the people of the realm. For love of Sidonie and country, then, he pledges to find his mother and bring her back to execution. But there are foreigners who command powerful dark magic and want Sidonie and the throne themselves. On Longest Night, they loose that magic, plunging the d’Angelines into forgetfulness and insanity. Imriel must come to himself to rescue Sidonie from the invader and prevent the country from destroying itself. Carey has wowed us throughout the second Kushiel trilogy, which this book sensationally concludes, leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her. --Paula Luedtke

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Product Details

  • Series: Kushiel's Legacy
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (June 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446500046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446500043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ashley Megan VINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
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As the second - and please Elua, not final - cycle of the Kushiel's Legacy series comes to a close, the central question most fans will be asking is, Will Imriel and Sidonie live happily ever after? Rest assured, Carey gives us plenty of these two star-crossed lovers (complete with requisite scorching hot bedroom scenes - whee!). But she's not content with just giving us their love story, oh no. She's not even content with giving us another of Imriel's soul-seaching, personal growth quests. In "Kushiel's Mercy," the pattern more closely resembles that of Phedre's trilogy, as Imriel finally gets his chance to save the world, and the woman he loves, from evil magic and the threat of war.

Part of the joy in this book comes from the way Carey skillfully brings everything full circle. In the past, Melisande Shahrizai has been the greatest threat to Terre d'Ange and the one impediment to Imriel and Sidonie's happiness; now she is the realm's, and the princess's, only hope for salvation. In "Avatar," Phedre and Joscelin sought the secret name of God in order to bind an angel; here, Imriel and Sidonie must find the magic word that will free a demon. In "Chosen," a loyal Barquiel l'Envers held the City of Elua while Queen Ysandre raced with her army to avert a coup; in "Mercy".... Well, I'll let you read that one for yourself.

Can I wax rhapsodic for a minute about the fact that one seriously undervalued character, who's been around - and maligned - almost since Day One, finally gets his due? I've had a guilty crush on Barquiel l'Envers for ages now, and it's nice to see my conviction in his wonderfulness finally justified. I love that he steps up here and that he finally gets the recognition he deserves.
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Well, I've been waiting for nearly 12 months for this book. I really didn't know what to expect so I had no preconceptions about the plot. I was desperate to find out how the problem of Melisande would be resolved and looked forward to finding out what Machiavellian plot Carey would think up. In the previous 5 books this has been what I enjoyed most - the political machinations, the wicked characters who show no remorse when their actions result in thousands of deaths, the roguish characters who turn out to be loyal, brave and trustworthy and help the hero or heroine save the day.

Did I get any of this? Barely. The main plotline regarding the magic spell was cheap and tawdry. If you think back to Darsanga, the 'magic' there was more spiritual in its origin (albeit from an evil source) but the Carthaginian magic is of the Derren Brown variety. It just feels like a cheap stage trick.

Where was the exciting resolution of the problem with Melisande? This felt like a cop-out rather than the ironic twist that it was presented as.

I know Carey has tried to bring in certain incidents and scenarios to 'echo' events in previous books. This is brave but doesn't really work - it just feels like we are getting recycled storylines that are less convincing the second time around.

Although I feel this book falls way short of the standard of the previous 5 books it was still a good read. I loved the bit where Imriel is being someone else - the writing here is exciting and innovative and explores new topics. My favourite character of the whole book is Kratos - he is solid, dependable, calm and surprisingly intelligent.
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The third installment of Imriel's story promises to be an epic adventure and it is. After Kushiel's Justice, there were questions to be answered: Will Imriel earn the Queen's and the realm's approval to marry Sidonie, the Dauphine? What about Melisande, Imriel's mother and traitor of Terre d'Ange? And, will the mystery of the Unseen Guild be unraveled?

For those new to the Kushiel series, it brings to us great adventures full of horror, surprise, tenderness, betrayal, hope, and love. It should also be noted that although part of the plot, it does contain adult sexual material. Throughout the two trilogies, the main theme is love leads to courage. Descended from angels, the D'Angelines hold a mystery of their own: They are touched by their gods. Where other cultures hold empty rituals for their gods, the D'Angelines are guided, blessed, and cursed by theirs. Like Phedre, who is Kushiel's tool and the main character of the first trilogy, Imriel is a scion of Kushiel and a wielder of his justice...whether he likes it or not. But he's a kind person, who loves deeply and strives to be a man untainted by his mother's plots. However, throughout the world, the children of Elua are accepted by some, yet there are others who are jealous and would exploit them.

Not to ruin the story, in this one Imriel and Sidonie will try to keep their promise to not break Blessed Elua's precept, "love as thou wilt," for in the end it could be what saves them. How can the traitor's spawn find acceptance when the realm see he's doing exactly what they feared: seducing the Dauphine to gain the throne? How can a son bring his own mother to her execution? And, can Terre d'Ange survive the political schemes of their neighbors?
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