The Terre D’Ange Cycle by Jacqueline Carey (of which Kushiel’s Chosen is Book 2) is one of my all time favorite series. The red along continues! Everyone is welcome to join in. Here is the SCHEDULE for the read along.
This week, Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog is your host. We’re covering Chapters 62-72, so be prepared for spoilers below!
1. We had a bit of a discussion about Kazan in the previous week’s questions, about his nature, double crossing, etc, and whether Phedre was right to save him. What are your thoughts on Kazan now given these most recent additions? Also, I think we should include his mother in that discussion – it was interesting to finally see her I thoughts. And, in fact his whole homecoming.
I’ve definitely warmed to Kazan in these chapters. Having that weight, the kriavbhog, lifted from his shoulders has done him some good. Also, knowing his mother missed him fiercely and truly regretted putting a curse on him seemed to ease his heart as well. And with those inner changes, he is able to treat those around him with a bit more respect. I especially liked that he had a frank discussion with Phedre about the deal he forced her into and how that didn’t sit right with him now and he planned to make amends for it.
While we only got a little of Kazan’s mother, she did seem to truly regret cursing her eldest son, even though it was done in the madness of grief. Still, the cynic in me wonders what actions she took all these long years to either remove the curse or atone for it. Did she try to find Kazan? Did she try to send him messages letting him know his regret? It is one thing to truly be sorry about something; it is something else to take action to make it right.
2. What did you think of the whole ‘tribute’ ship idea – is that your idea of a good plan or your worst nightmare??
I don’t have any particular fear of small, enclosed spaces. However, I don’t think I would ever look forward to traveling in the false bottom of a tribute chest, knowing full well the ship would be searched thoroughly. I do think it was clever for Kazan’s men to have planted something for the port authorities to find so they wouldn’t look too closely at the rest. Just like clever modern-day drug smugglers.
3. Let’s just talk about the reunion with Joscelin and Phedre. Oh my word! More to the point, the changes in both of them and how you think their relationship will now move forward.
Very, very sweet. I especially liked how Joscelin had finally made up his mind about what he wanted. For a while now, he has been a little bit of a lost puppy, not really knowing what he wanted and bollocksing it all up.
Still, I have to say that while Joscelin says that Phedre could take 1000 patrons or even marry a Stregazza and he would stand by her side, she doesn’t reciprocate by saying she will give all those things up….. so, after all our discussions about how Phedre can be a bit conceited or even selfish, I am not sure how I feel about that.
I really, really liked the little winter roses strewn inside their tent and how the small thorns pricked at her flesh as they made love – AND how Joscelin was not disgusted by her enjoyment of that.
4. Lastly, what do you think Phedre’s plan is? It’s in a temple, she spoke about making retribution in earlier chapters and yet her latest plan seems to have caused gasps of surprise. What do you think we have in store?
When I first read this all those years ago, I really wasn’t sure. I mean, it’s a sacred temple, and we know Phedre always does her best to respect the customs surrounding deities no matter where she is. But how can her eclectic crew infiltrate the temple, while being respectful, and somehow warn and/or save the queen while upholding Phedre’s vow to cleanse the temple of false servants? Plus, Phedre and crew have already killed at least 1 temple guard and 3 acolytes. So, that isn’t off to a good start and I am not sure how Asherat will view that.
Having read this book several times, I will say that we are in for some breathtaking scenes!
I liked Phedre’s discussions, although brief, with the leaders of Minos concerning slavery. I hope that plants the seeds for future change.
Hooray! It looks like La Dolorosa is no longer used as a prison. It seemed to be a bit of an insult to Asherat in the first place, and just a terrible nightmare of a jail in the second.
It’s quite the eclectic crew Phedre has surrounded herself with – ex-Casseline servant, Illyrian pirates, militant Yeshuites.
I was very glad to see Ti-Philip after all this time.
And here is the current list of participators:
Allie at Tethyan Books
Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog
Grace at Books Without Any Pictures
Nancy at FaeStruck’s Reviews & More
James at James T. Witherspoon
Emily at Emma Wolf
Susan (me) at Dab of Darkness
We also have a Goodreads Group started for SF/F Read Alongs in general, and there is a specific folder for this read along. You are welcome to follow the fun there as well. If you want to be on the weekly email, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email with KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN in the subject (firstname.lastname@example.org).