Kushiel's Scion Part IV

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Elderly Waffles has no idea whats going on.
Elderly Waffles has no idea whats going on.

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, Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow is our host. We’re covering the Chapters 28-36, so be prepared for spoilers below! Sorry for getting this up late – was in hospital for pneumonia for nearly a week.

1. The aftermath of Imriel’s night at Valerian House takes a bit of a dark emotional turn… What did you think of what happens between him and Phedre? Did it surprise you at all?

I think Carey did a little foreshadowing about this when Mavros and Roshana came for their summer visit to Montreve. Imri is Kushiel’s Scion (tho he doesn’t really grasp that yet) and Phedre is Kushiel’s Chosen. They aren’t blood related. She’s likes a good whipping and he has these dark desires to whip someone for sexual pleasure that he’s still wrestling with. I think sooner or later this had to be acknowledged between them and it couldn’t really be acknowledged until Imri had had an experience such as he did at Valerian House.

Of course, Phedre loves him first and foremost as a son and nothing is ever going to come of it. I do think it took some thinking for Imri to realize that, but once he did, things were well between him and Phedre again.

2. We go from this scene to Imriel’s decision to leave Terre D’Ange and visit Tiberium, and he doesn’t waste much time arranging the trip – though he does make time to say some goodbyes, and to confront Barquiel L’Envers. Any thoughts about this encounter – or his meeting with Sidonie?

Barquiel makes me laugh once again – ‘I like your hair’ (totally paraphrasing). Everything is a kind of chess game with Barquiel. I think he has more respect for Imri now that Imri thwarted (mostly) his attempt to smear his name with treason and also got his fired (albeit quietly). Imri didn’t give into to a young man’s fury to demand a duel either.

So no sex as a goodbye for him and Sidonie. So sad. But maybe for the best. While young men often have stamina, they lack finesse. Besides, if they had entangled their limbs, it would have had to be a quickie due to the guards starting to wonder what was up. Also, I doubt Imriel would have been so quick to jump into bed with Claudia in Tiberium if he had recently bedded Sidonie. As it was, it was a tangle of complicated emotions for both of them.

3. Next stop is Tiberium, and Imriel quickly catches up with Eamonn! What do you think of the University setting, and Eamonn’s taste for studying philosophy? Do you think it will help Imri in any way?

The University setting is wonderfully eccentric and full of conflicting notions on how to teaching and just what teaching is. I don’t have to like every aspect of it to like the setting.

Eamonn picked a most interesting teacher and I think it is a good choice. He teaches his students to think, not simply what to think. I like that the teacher doesn’t have all the answers and he knows it.

Already, I think the entire experience is helping Imri. He’s experiencing life without everyone knowing who he is and without having to search for double meanings in every conversation. I think the teacher’s lectures and group conversations are already showing Imri how to think in new directions.

4. An old mystery deepens as Imriel searches for information on Anafiel Delaunay – and appears to find more than he bargained for… What did you make of Claudia Fulvia?

Claudia definitely enjoyed the romp, no doubt about that. Imri was a bit of a fool to so easily let his guard down and I am sure he will beat himself up about that more later.

I honestly don’t recall how much Claudia knows about covertcy or about Delaunay. Obviously, she knew just how to disarm and relax Imriel, but I don’t think that would take too much talent in these circumstances. Of course, now we have to always ask ourselves how much is she lying or withholding from Imriel.

Other Tidbts:

Imriel’s name means the Eloquence of God, according to Phedre, which I think is quite beautiful.

I liked that Joscelin was solid and understanding about Imriel’s need to go off to college. I was a bit surprised that Ysandre didn’t send a few men at arms (even in disguise) to watch over him.

What I wouldn’t give for a good garum!

I was surprised that the inns and ale houses/wine shops serve little to no food and that walking the street is your best way to find dinner.

Brigitta seems very proud of her heritage (nothing wrong with that) but she’s a bit prickly when it comes to others being proud of their heritage and also of how events fell out a generation ago.

Cannis and his beggar’s wisdom.

And here is the current list of participators:
Allie at Tethyan Books
Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog
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 SCION in the subject (nrlymrtl@gmail.com).

6 thoughts on “Kushiel's Scion Part IV”

  1. I agree with your take on the uncomfortable moment between Phedre & Imriel. I don’t think Imriel would ever act on that brief feeling either, since he loves her first and foremost as a mother and nothing else.

    That would have taken some finesse, for them to hook up in those brief minutes in the apple orchard! I’m suspecting that she might not be able to, though. I think I remember that Ysandre was guarding her virginity due to other cultures’ views on purity. Sidonie might have to do the same, at least until her marriage is decided.

    1. I think it is Alais who has to guard her virginity due to the likelihood she will be wed into Alban royalty. Tho I think she is still too young for courtship anyways. I think Ysandre was free to learn the ways of Elua and I think that is through her companion.. .what’s her name… The temple priestess’s daughter with the red gold hair and green eyes.

  2. ” I was a bit surprised that Ysandre didn’t send a few men at arms (even in disguise) to watch over him.”

    I….never thought of this before. Yeah, that does sound unlike her…. Maybe she did and we just don’t know about it?

      1. Yeah, I can’t see them just kicking back while Lucca is taken and Imriel is captive. (But she does have spies. Maybe she didn’t send them because they have diplomatic relations with CU.)

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