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, Allie at Tethyan Books is your host. We’re covering the Chapters 53-60, so be prepared for spoilers below!
1) We begin this section with a slightly happier topic, Eamonn and Brigitta’s wedding. Do you think this was a good idea, for Eamonn and Brigitta as well as for the people of Lucca? Assuming they both survive, how do you think it will go for them when they break the news to their families?
I think the wedding was a good idea all around. It will be a warm happy memory in the midst of stress and sadness for all those who survive. I think Eamonn’s folk will be fine with it, them being a nation of independent thinkers by and large. Brigitta’s folks will probably have some grumblings over it but with her married and potentially pregnant, it will be harder for them to ignore the greater world and Brigitta’s wishes.
2) Firestorm! Do you think this action was worth the sacrifices? In the words of Deccus Fulvius, do you think it is worth destroying something to save it?
It was the only way for the town to survive it. The mercenary army is most likely paid in spoils, gained by sacking the city. So while they might not outright slaughter everyone if the gates were opened, there would be looting and rape (perhaps not of the noble ladies, but commoners would have to deal with it). If the town was full of small minded people and corrupt politicians, I would think differently. But in this case, we have good people that are forced to make hard choices.
3) The d’Angeline delegation makes a deal for Imriel’s friends. Do you agree with the characters’ decisions on who would go and who would stay?
I think it was a relief to Imriel to have Claudia and her husband gone. That constant temptation was a distraction and as he spent more time with Deccus, his guilt increased.
I think Brigitta would have preferred to stay, and being a bow hunter and not a woman to flinch from tough work, she would have been worth the food rations. However, she’s going to have an angry brother hunting her down soon. Plus she might be concerned about a pregnancy by now since she and Eamonn have been bumping uglies for a few weeks at this point.
4) Do you think that Gallus Tadius knew that his plan to funnel the water to the underworld would require him to also depart? Was that an act of self-sacrifice, or was it unintentional?
I think Gallus knew, that it was unavoidable, and that was why he was pushing himself (and Lucius) so hard to drill the men, move people and stores to high ground, and get the ladies and kids ready to fight dirty. In part, I think it was repentance and then also self-sacrifice. Imriel’s hearing the bronze-iness of Kushiel and later the brone feather touch of his wing on his thoughts, well, Kushiel was there meting out compassionate, yet stern, punishment. Gallus had avoided it for too long and this was how he paid back family and city for his asshole-ness of the past.
5) Any new thoughts on Canis? Do you think he was involved in informing the d’Angeline delegation, and do you think he’s a part of (or in opposition to) the Unseen Guild?
The enigmatic Canis. I’m pretty sure I recall the answer to this riddle his presence presents. He must be some actor to have kept his disguise as a deaf mute for so long. Imriel almost spoiled that! I thought he was getting better at this cloak and dagger stuff, or at least more cautious. Perhaps he was overly fatigued…..
Would you give up a body part if it meant you could leave a besieged city?
What do you think of Eamonn’s observation concerning the Skaldi, Albans, and Eirans all being barbarians that have seen what they could be in places like Caerdicca Unitas and Terre D’Ange? I get his point about the Master of the Straights keeping the Albans and Eirans in the dark for so long, but I bet they will catch up quickly.
I loved that Imriel ‘tricked’ Gallus into giving Lucius’s body a full night’s sleep. Then later how he briefly go through to Lucius who authorized the swap and got 3 people out of Lucca. I think Gallus saw through both and allowed them both. He could have welched on his bet of sleep easy enough. He could have rescinded the order to do the swap.
Who wants to continue the Read Along with Book 2 of Imriel’s saga, Kushiel’s Justice?
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).