Kushiel's Justice Part VII

Chupacabra has spotted something!
Chupacabra has spotted something!

The Terre D’Ange Cycle by Jacqueline Carey (of which Kushiel’s Justice is Book 2 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, Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog is our host. We’re covering Chapters 47-56, so be prepared for spoilers below!

1. Imriel seems to be having a lot of adventures by himself for the past few chapters.  What do you make of his adventures and his character as the story progresses?

Imriel has definitely stepped out of the shadow of his parents, even if he is still bumping into people who have been influenced by them (like Ximon). He’s really having to figure shit out for himself. The further east he goes, the less influence his name, or the rulers of Alba and Terre D’Ange have. Imri is a quick study and is figuring this out quickly but it’s still one dangerous situation after another.

2. What do you make of Urist’s misfortune? Do you think he will play a further role in the story?

That was a bad break for him but it could have been worse. I figure at some point Imri has to head back west and he will either have a captive, or Berlik’s head, or choose to turn back without either for some reason. In any case, I think Imri will feel compelled to return to Dorolei’s grave and pay his respects one more time, so I expect he will pick up Urist on the way back home.

3. Berlik seems to be receiving a lot of help on his travels, he seems very sad and repentant – what do you make now of Imriel’s mission?  Will he succeed or is he changing?  And is this mission worth the price?

I think that it helps that Berlik is repentant and that others have found him to be a good man. I don’t think  Imri doubts any of that. Yet Berlik did a very horrible thing, one that can’t be undone. Imri knows about horrible things and he also knows what a human can live through and also live with, since he has managed both. But Dorolei and the unborn child are dead.  If Imri doesn’t capture him or kill him, will the Alban nobles leave the Maghuin Dhon in peace? I think Berlik knows he has to pay the price or his people will. Some already have.

4.  Joscelin seems to have become known as an ‘angel’ and Imriel as an ‘avenging angel’ – any thoughts?

I think it’s a pretty idea. Who doesn’t like the idea of an angel assisting them or avenging them? Of course, Joscelin and Imriel know the truth in both cases and Joscelin knows the price of such acts. Imri will probably find out the costs.

And then we have the mystical side of things for these books. Imriel is a scion of Kushiel and a worshiper of Elua and Namaah. Berlik and his people have made all three cross and so there just might be this little piece of divine influence going on, pushing Imriel forward.

5. The war that is looming – how do you see this affecting what is yet to come for Imriel?

If nothing else, it may make it harder for Imri to complete his mission and return westward – if these two factions start raiding each other’s territory, etc., then the local people will probably be less trusting and won’t offer Imri a place to sleep and food.

6. What did you think of Imriel’s thoughts about the Gods and the fact that we sometimes change them by twisting the truth a little as time progresses?

Deep questions this week. I’m an atheist but I love stories where humans are affected by deities, such as this series. For me personally, since I believe that gods are a man-made thing that help them cope with life, I do feel they change over time according to culture and needs. Within that, I have seen how individual people gravitate towards one aspect of their chosen deity over the bigger picture. For that person, that is what that god is.

Other Tidbts:

Imri’s meeting various people that think Berlik is a decent guy and I like that he doesn’t tell all of them what he did.  If they ask, he tells but he doesn’t force this nasty truth upon them.

I liked that the sailors found something useful for Urist to do while they worked on repairing the ship – he got to put bows together. I think that most of them would want the same treatment if they were in the same position.

Imri contemplating the domestic capabilities of Sidonie – cooking, cleaning, hunting, etc. That was very amusing!

Imriel and the young Turk having to share a cell and even blankets – I think that whole experience was a growth spurt for Imri. He hadn’t the opportunity to deal with any Turks since Darsanga so I think this allowed him to put some of that fear away.

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 JUSTICE in the subject (nrlymrtl@gmail.com).

2 thoughts on “Kushiel's Justice Part VII”

  1. I love your answer about Berlik causing Namaah, Elua, and Kushiel all cross. And also the Black Bear of the Maghuin Dhonn and Yeshua.

    And *nods* about Urist and his task restringing bows. I think it was one part kindness and one part knowing that they needed it done and couldn’t spare someone else. It reminds me of discussions I’m having in a Game of Thrones readalong about Jon and Sam on the wall and how everyone is needed.

  2. I hadn’t thought about their literal divine influence. In that case, Joscelin is seen by many as the purest follower of Cassiel (making Cassiel’s choice, the Perfect Companion, etc.), so maybe he could be considered a scion of Cassiel as Imriel is of Kushiel.

    That was pretty funny in the cell conversation. With gestures, all he could manage to get across of Sidonie is that she was a ‘woman of dubious attractiveness’ with no domestic skills :D. Probably not a story he’ll tell her later.

    I was surprised that Imriel didn’t tell others about Berlik’s crimes. I guess it makes sense, though, since what Berlik did does not affect them, and their opinion does not affect his guilt.

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