Kushiel's Scion Part VIII

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. This post wraps up the book and we’ll be continuing on with Book 2, Kushiel’s Justice, starting March 20th.

This week, Emily at Emma Wolf is your host. We’re covering the Chapters 61-END, so be prepared for spoilers below!

1) Canis—did anyone come close to guessing his true identity or allegiance (to the extent to which we know of it)?

The first time I read this, I only had the tiniest inkling that Melisande might have sent Canis right before Canis revealed it. I remembering thinking that Phedre might have sent Canis too, and that Canis (like so many others that have come to know and love Phedre) would gladly give up his life saving her adopted son. But we already know so much of Phedre’s life before Imriel, that such a plot twist would have felt unnatural I think.

2) There are lots of returns and leave takings in this portion. What do you think? Does anything stand out or strike you?

I think the leave taking between Imriel and Claudia was interesting. There was no anger, but Imriel still feels she was holding back info, or at least her best guesses, as she has done before. Yet one more reason to not join the Unseen Guild – they can’t give Imriel a straight answer so why would he ever feel that they are a team of sorts, having each other’s backs, etc. Loyalty means a lot to Imriel.

Imriel could have had Gilot’s painting and monies delivered to Anna and Belinda, but he went himself and I admire him for that. It was probably one of the hardest things he has ever done.

Part of me wanted Imri to go off adventuring with Eamonn, but I know he is tired of adventuring for the moment. Plus, being Melisande’s son and cousin to the Queen might inflame matters in Skaldia.

3) Lots of upcoming weddings (Lucius and Helena, Imriel and Dorelei, Alais and Talorcan) and the (potential) reunion of Brigitta and Eamonn. Any thoughts on these?

You know, I can’t recall what I thought about all these upcoming weddings the first time I read the series. I  do really like Imri’s simple counsel to Lucius about loving the child, no matter who fathered it (if Helena is pregnant at this time). After all, it’s not Helena’s fault that she was abducted and raped by that ass.

I know Imri truly worries about his ability to be a good husband and a kind lover (all the time) to Dorolei but I don’t see him wondering what she likes in bed, etc. He’s spending all this time agonizing over his own abilities, etc. without considering others. This becomes an interesting point in Book 2.

Eamonn and Brigitta –  they’re both warriors. I don’t think I ever worried about them.

4) How has Imriel changed and grown through the book?

Well, he’s definitely more settled in his own skin. He’s gained some wisdom and finesse in courting the ladies. I’m glad he shared that night and a sweet kiss with Lucius as it gives him a bright, happy memory to pit against the darkness of Darsanga. He’s learned to trust himself and his instincts and to reconsider his first impulses in most matters.

Other Tidbts:

I’m glad Imri’s horse, the Bastard, survived the siege.

I agree that Anna probably wouldn’t want Gilot’s sword. And it’s interesting that he played the match maker, perhaps, in asking the guard that escorted him home to check in on Anna.

That was an interesting stay at the Lady of Marsilikos’s! But I think Imri needed the healing sex offered him by a near stranger that understood such things.

The homecoming was sweet! I so want Phedre and Joscelin to adopt me!

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 VIII”

  1. “But we already know so much of Phedre’s life before Imriel, that such a plot twist would have felt unnatural I think.”

    I agree. But I had similar thoughts when first reading it! I wanted it to be Phedre who sent him (even though it was Melisande) because I wanted Imriel to think of Phedre as his for realsies mom.

    “they can’t give Imriel a straight answer so why would he ever feel that they are a team of sorts, having each other’s backs, etc.”

    Good point. It’s so shrouded in secrecy, even for its members. I don’t see Imriel (or many people really) fitting in there.

    “I do really like Imri’s simple counsel to Lucius about loving the child, no matter who fathered it (if Helena is pregnant at this time)”

    Me too!

  2. It is a shame that non-d’Angeline’s don’t have a similar magical birth control, because I can’t imagine how being pregnant would affect Helena. I hope Lucius is supportive and loving.

    Imriel seems to be assuming that Dorelei is completely innocent, and probably only wants super innocent things in bed. It will be pretty funny if she’s into S&M. 😀

    I have somewhat conflicting thoughts about Imriel playing matchmaker with Anna. It is good that someone will be looking out for her, but I can’t imagine she will be eager to fall in love yet again.

    1. So true! I wish we all could have D’Angeline birth control.

      Yes, Imri is making plenty of assumptions about Dorolei after spending so little time with her.

      No, I don’t think Anna would want to fall in love again any time soon, but perhaps in time.

  3. I was thinking that either Melisande or Phedre would have sent Canis but then I revised my opinion to Melisande as I just don’t think it’s Phedre’s style. I think she would be much more likely to give Imriel his freedom and trust him. Melisande on the other other – well, she could simply be worried about Imriel in a motherly way but I think she probably has a motive and needs him alive as he’s a key part to her plans. It will be interesting to see whether she reacts to this potential wedding.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Melisande’s oath keeps her from harming Ysandre and her daughters in any way, but I am sure Melisande can see a way around that when it comes to the Alban royalty.

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