The Terre D’Ange Cycle by Jacqueline Carey (of which Kushiel’s Scion is Book 1 of the second trilogy) is one of my all time favorite series. The read along continues! Everyone is welcome to join in. Here is the SCHEDULE for the read along.
This week, I am your host. We’re covering the Prologue-Chapter 11, so be prepared for spoilers below!
1) Through out this section, we relearn the events of the first trilogy through Imriel’s eyes. What do you think of his perceptions of those events?
I’m pleasantly surprised that he doesn’t have more ire towards certain folks, like his mother, Barquiel, the Queen. He has reasons to dislike (even hate Melisande or Barquiel), but he maintains a wariness instead of spite.
I also like that he admits to himself when he doesn’t understand something, like Phedre’s ‘protection’ of Melisande and her adherence to the promise she made so many years ago.
2) What do you think is in Melisande’s letters? How did she escape and who do you think assisted her this time?
Melisande’s letters… yes. So, she wrote them to Imriel but she also must have known that others might potentially read them. Maybe she tries to explain why she did what she did. Maybe it’s poetry. I don’t really see her being the cuddly wuddly type.
Once again, she escapes. I don’t know how. I can’t recall if we ever learn how or who assisted her. She’s so far removed from the D’Angeline court, she simply could have charmed some of the staff of the temple. I think that would be the easiest thing for her. However, she would want a safe, secure place to head to. That makes me think of the Pharaoh. But I could be totally off on that.
3) What do think about how Imriel handled Maslin of Lombelon? Has he made an ally or a foe for the future?
Such a tough situation! I can totally see why Imri wants to do the right thing, but his version of the right thing and Maslin’s version of the right thing are probably a little different. Still, in the end, when Imri was candid with Maslin, I think they had an understanding, even if they never like each other. I don’t think Maslin is a foe or ally at this point.
4) There’s a few moments of foreshadowing in this section: Elua’s priest’s words concerning finding and losing love over and over again; Alais’s dream concerning a man with two faces. Are you intrigued or just happy to zoom along at this point?
Honestly, I’ve never been much into foreshadowing and I tend to simply make note of it and keep zooming along. The author already knows where things are going, but I don’t. So I rather spend time reading the story than ruminating over the foreshadowy bits. Sometimes they add a nice touch here and there, where the character can look back and review the warnings.
5) Imriel’s Shahrizai cousins (Mavros, Roshana, Baptiste) have come to visit for a summer. What are your impressions so far?
They are being very, very polite. I am guessing they were hand picked for the visit to make as good an impression as possible. And there might be some politics behind that. I mean Imri is 3rd in line for the crown, he hangs out with a renowned courtesan (and Queen’s confidante) and the Queen’s champion. So, making sure the Shahrizai aren’t complete outcasts is probably important to the whole clan of them.
Baptiste still seems young and bit silly. It seems Roshana and Mavros are the planners and perhaps schemers. Still, so far they seem to want to help Imri understand this side of his family and aren’t up to anything evil.
Pear brandy! That’s what I want!
That all night vigil left Imri with the worst cold ever, maybe pneumonia. That would have sucked for him to die from that. The political ramifications would have been interesting.
Alais’s sword play with Imri was quite cute. Too bad her sister didn’t see it that way.
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