September 23, 2009

Review of: Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy, #6)

Author: Jacqueline Carey
ISBN: 9780446610162
Pages: 796
Published by: Grand Central Publishing (June 1st 2009) -- (first published 2004)
Genre(s): Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Erotica, Romance, Adventure, Series
Grade: A+ What does this grade mean?

Kushiel's Mercy is #6 in "Kushiel's Legacy", but the third (and final) book in "Imriel's Trilogy"; the first three are "Ph├Ędre's Trilogy". In Kushiel's Mercy there is a bit of an extra element that I don't recall from the previous books. There is some 'spell-casting'. At one point everyone who is gathered in the central courtyard is hypnotized/spelled into believing certain untruths. This in-turn leads to Imriel needing to flee the country. After Imriel is on his quest to find his mother, there is something more 'magical' that happens to him (with his consent).

This one in particular I think I really helps to read the preceeding book, Kushiel's Justice. Kushiel's Justice also deals with the Imriel, Sidonie, Dorelei, Maslin love square. I speak from experience. I read Kushiel's Mercy before I read Kushiel's Justice because Kushiel's Mercy arrived several days before Kushiel's Justice.
Having learned a lesson about thwarting the will of the gods, Imriel and Sidonie publicly confess their affair, only to see the country boil over in turmoil. Younger generations, infatuated by their heart-twisting, star-crossed romance, defend the couple. Many others cannot forget the betrayals of Imriel's mother, Melisande, who plunged their country into a bloody war that cost the lives of their fathers, brothers, and sons.

To quell the unrest, Ysandre, the queen, sets her decree. She will not divide the lovers, yet neither will she acknowledge them. If they marry, Sidonie will be disinherited, losing her claim on the throne. There's only one way they can truly be together. Imriel must perform an act of faith: search the world for his infamous mother and bring her back to Terre d'Ange to be executed for treason.

Facing a terrible choice, Imriel and Sidonie prepare for another long separation. But when a dark foreign force casts a shadow over Terre d'Ange and all the surrounding countries, their world is turned upside down, alliances of the unlikeliest kind are made, and Imriel and Sidonie learn that the god Elua always puts hearts together apurpose.

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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