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Kushiel's Scion

– tekijä: Jacqueline Carey

Muut tekijät: Katso muut tekijät -osio.

Sarjat: Imriel Trilogy (1), Kushiel's Legacy (4)

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2,619494,236 (4.08)48
"The saga of Imriel de al Courcel, born third in line for the throne of Terre d'Ange, and gifted with the ability to deliver pain and to exploit others' faults"--Provided by the publisher.
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This series is a guilty pleasure beach read for me. I read it every few years and while it isn't the most engaging story or the best written I find it enjoyable and worth the time. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Kushiel’s Scion is the first book in the second of three Kushiel’s Universe trilogies. This trilogy focuses on Imriel, the son of traitors, third in line for the throne of Terre d’Ange, who wants more than anything to just be a good person and do the right thing. We met him in the previous trilogy when he was ten or eleven and he was a great character. I liked him even more in this book, reading from his own perspective this time.

We spend a lot of time growing up with Imriel in the first part of this book, with a little bit of recapping from the previous trilogy but mostly moving forward past that time. For a few hundred pages maybe, I wasn’t really even quite sure what the plot was since the little bit of dramatic news in the opening chapter didn’t really seem to go anywhere. Despite that, I was never bored. I was interested in Imri’s smaller-scale troubles and minor political intrigues while he was growing up, and I was interested in the later parts when the action picked up and reached a larger scale. I was more consistently entertained with his book than I had been with the previous trilogy. I did enjoy those books too, but they had some slow and sloggy parts. I didn’t think this book did.

For those who read my Lightbringer reviews earlier this year, you might remember the Boob Quotient chart. Jacquelin Carey is trying to give Brent Weeks some competition with her Phallus Quotient. She’s not quite there yet, but she’s closing in. Actually, Carey’s books were published first, so I guess she was the body part trendsetter and Weeks was just trying to dethrone her…

Sarcasm aside, I enjoyed this story a lot and I look forward to seeing what happens next. As with the previous books, this one has a mostly-complete story with some plot threads I expect to be carried throughout the trilogy. I’m rating it at 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. ( )
  YouKneeK | Dec 25, 2020 |
I love this series so much. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
73 points/100 (3.75 stars/5).

Imriel survived Hell, and went to live with Phèdre and Joscelin, his saviors. But he isn't healed, not all the way. There is a core part of him that can't seem to heal all the way. When he comes to age, he decides to travel far away to Tiberium to study and get away from Terre D'Ange politics.

I had a really hard time getting into this book. Like, really, really hard. Which was sad for me, because I really came to love Imriel at the end of Phèdre's trilogy. And to be fair, I cared for Imriel here, a ton. I shed quite a few tears for him this book. The story just was incredibly slow and not anything I really was interested in.

I think if you haven't read Phèdre's trilogy prior to this, you'd be okay picking up this book from nothing. It refers to the events of the first trilogy like you already know of them, though. However, it goes over all the important parts you need to know for this story if you need to know it. I just don't really recommend skipping over Phèdre's trilogy at all. You won't get the same emotional impact that plagues Imriel without the prior emotional impact of having lived through Darsanga.

This book felt like it had two starts, totalling 70% of the book where I was waiting for something to happen. Anything to happen. Please god save me let something happen. The first start of this book is where Imriel is still at home. It is only a few short years after we leave them in Phèdre's trilogy, about 3 years I believe. He is still healing. He still hates himself. Then the second start is 40% in, where he decides to leave home and try to find out who he is. The first part of this book was just so unbearably boring I had to set aside the book twice to take a break from it and ended up reading something else for the day.

I won't say the first 70% of this book didn't have any plot. It had plot, just nothing really interesting. There is angry and hurting Imriel for a few chapters. There is angry and horny and hurting Imriel for a few chapters. Then it is quite a few chapters of Imriel makes friends finally. Like a lot of chapters. Finally we get to Imriel decides to leave, where Imriel makes more friends and has weird studies and tries to find himself and who he is. This is the second start of the book, when Imriel actually starts doing something other than being boring.

I'm not really one for intrigue, unfortunately, so most of the plot of this book was lost on me. After the second start of the book, pretty much all the plot revolved around political intrigue and covetcy. There is very little action in this book, even the type of action I came to expect from the first trilogy. I fear like this world really just isn't for me, even if I can see how well it is put together.

I still really love Imriel as a character, though. I have a thing for characters that have to heal. It makes them interesting. And boy, does Imriel have to heal. He spends a lot of time brooding this book. He is only drawn out of that funk by a few people. He only feels safe with a few more. Imriel is my dear one in this series. I just wish I cared about the plot as much as I care for Imriel.

However the love interests are fucked in this book, lol. Phèdre had her own thing, which is commendable but definitely isn't for everyone. Imriel has an entirely different path, where he only wants the people that should be completely unavailable to him. It feels like he is punishing himself every step of the way. Also, the sex isn't even interesting. Despite how much Carey crows that the D'Angeline are "weird" because they like boys and girls, Imriel doesn't really stray far from what is the norm. And, he hates himself too much to try to expand from normal sex. Most of the sex in this book is the healing kind.

I'm not certain I care for the ending to this book. I know we have two more books to go in this trilogy, and thus the plans are probably going to get all blown to hell. I still don't care for the decisions made. Frankly, they were completely random, I have absolutely no idea where they came from. They don't make sense. I just don't get it.

This was a good book. Just.. really wasn't for me I feel. I fear this may be a difficult series for me to get through. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
Listened to audio narrated by Simon Vance. Imriel, son of treasonist parents and a scion of Kushiel, tries to find himself. He spends a lot of time fighting his nature, and runs off to Tiberium. In his studies and intrigues there he finds himself an assassin's target and becomes embroiled in a war. He does stupid things but I still found myself rooting for him.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
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