September 21, 2009

Review of: Kushiel's Justice (Kushiel's Legacy, #5)

Author: Jacqueline Carey
ISBN: 9780446500036
Pages: 703
Published by: Warner Books (July 14, 2007)
Genre(s): Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Erotica, Romance, Adventure, Series
Grade: A+ What does this grade mean?

I started reading this series on 2001. I have been a fan of Jacqueline Carey and the Kushiel Legacy ever since. Just like books 4 and 6 in the series, Kushiel's Justice is told from Imriel's point of view. (Books 1-3 are told from his adoptive mom's, Phèdre, point of view.) Jacqueline Carey creates such an in depth world in the Kushiel's Legacy series. The geography of her world is loosely based on western Europe/UK.

I am never bored by Jacqueline Carey's books. In Kushiel's Justice, Imriel comes to realize that he is in love with his cousin, Sidonie. One big obstacle in their way is Sidonie's mother, Queen Ysandre. Sidonie is her mother's heir (Terre' d'Ange is a matriarchal country.) Sidonie and Imriel are certain her mother will never let them marry because Imriel's mother, Melisande, tried to have Ysandre assassinated. And that's just the beginning! So much happens to Imriel in this book.

You don't need to read the previous books to be able to appreciate all that this book contains, but I would recommend it; the whole series is fantastic!
From GoodReads:
Imriel de la Courcel's blood parents are history's most reviled traitors, while his adoptive parents, Phèdre and Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in beauty, art, and desire.

After a year abroad to study at university, Imriel returns from his adventures a little older and somewhat wiser. But perhaps not wise enough. What was once a mere spark of interest between himself and his cousin Sidonie now ignites into a white-hot blaze. But from commoner to peer, the whole realm would recoil from any alliance between Sidonie, heir to the throne, and Imriel, who bears the stigma of his mother's misdeeds and betrayals. Praying that their passion will peak and fade, Imriel and Sidonie embark on an intense, secret affair.

Blessed Elua founded Terre d'Ange and bestowed one simple precept to guide his people, love as thou wilt. When duty calls, Imriel honors his role as a member of the royal family by leaving to marry a lovely, if merely sweet, Alban princess. By choosing duty over love, Imriel and Sidonie may have unwittingly trespassed against Elua's law. But when dark powers in Alba, who fear an invasion by Terre d'Ange, seek to use the lovers' passion to bind Imriel, the gods themselves take notice.

Before the end, Kushiel's justice will be felt in heaven and on earth.

Books in this series:
Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, #1)
Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy, #2)
Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, #3)
Kushiel's Scion (Kushiel's Legacy, #4)
Kushiel's Justice (Kushiel's Legacy, #5)**
Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy, #6)
Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy, #7)
**This review.

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