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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493633
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this vivid conclusion to the second Kushiel trilogy, Carey delivers a heady mix of adventure, power struggles and romance (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

Plenty of journeys, sleuthing, peril and help from unexpected sources (LOCUS)

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The conclusion to this compelling and seductive epic of adventure, intrigue and swordplay.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sutherland VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'll admit I was a bit hesitant about picking up Kushiel's Mercy after the previous two 'Treason's Heir' books. Whilst the first trilogy was absolutely brilliant, I found the start of the second a little meandering, and without the tight focus coupled with the sweeping political backdrop of the first.

However, Kushiel's Mercy grabs you from the throat from the start and doesn't let go. It starts off with Imriel and Sidonie determined to marry, whatever the consequences - but the price is that Imriel must bring his formerly-scheming mother to justice. Then everything twists sideways and it morphs into something much more sinister, with Imriel forced to seek his mother's help to free not only his fiancée, but his entire country from an evil bewitching. Carey returns to the perfectly-paced plot which thunders along from scheme to scheme. I absolutely couldn't put it down - unless I'd reached a particularly raunchy section on the underground...

I felt that the book was almost like a condensed version of the first trilogy - with intrigues a-plenty, a few unsolved mysteries, and building throughout to become more and more intense. Just when you think things are working out, the tension rebuilds dramatically. The finale is so heart-wrenching that I felt emotionally wrung out afterwards. Overall, it's brilliant, thoroughly brilliant - and made me want to re-read all six.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bezzer on 3 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
For a lot of very good reviews of this book that go into more detail, search for it on amazon.com (the US site) where there were upwards of 20 reviews at my last visit.

Well, I've been waiting for nearly 12 months for this book. I really didn't know what to expect so I had no preconceptions about the plot. I was desperate to find out how the problem of Melisande would be resolved and looked forward to finding out what Machiavellian plot Carey would think up. In the previous 5 books this has been what I enjoyed most - the political machinations, the wicked characters who show no remorse when their actions result in thousands of deaths, the roguish characters who turn out to be loyal, brave and trustworthy and help the hero or heroine save the day.

Did I get any of this? Barely. The main plotline regarding the magic spell was cheap and tawdry. If you think back to Darsanga, the 'magic' there was more spiritual in its origin (albeit from an evil source) but the Carthaginian magic is of the Derren Brown variety. It just feels like a cheap stage trick.

Where was the exciting resolution of the problem with Melisande? This felt like a cop-out rather than the ironic twist that it was presented as.

I know Carey has tried to bring in certain incidents and scenarios to 'echo' events in previous books. This is brave but doesn't really work - it just feels like we are getting recycled storylines that are less convincing the second time around.

Although I feel this book falls way short of the standard of the previous 5 books it was still a good read. I loved the bit where Imriel is being someone else - the writing here is exciting and innovative and explores new topics.
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Format: Paperback
This is the final part in Carey's Treason's Heir trilogy. And First of all, I do say that is a worthy ending to the saga. It is all there. The twists, the sexual tension, the drama, some of the old characters and some of new ones. In, what's yet again, an epic adventure. But I do admit that Carey seems to be slightly running out of ideas here; the book continues on the road set by the two previous books, with more obvious magic.

Still there is a strong sexual undercurrent in the book, but it seems that Carey has downed it down a bit. And explores it from a slightly different perspective now, which actually works well, even if it could had been explored a bit more deeply. But still, nice to see writer is able to make changes at this stage.

I suppose if you're reading this, you've either read the previous books, in which case I would recommend getting this (why wouldn't you). And if you haven't read the previous books, then I forbid you from reading this until you've read all the previous parts starting from Kushiel's Dart. This is not open for discussion. So check that first, and start from there.

Highly recommended for lovers of fantasy (thou it's not your standard sorcerer-throws-a-fireball kind of fantasy), but more your alternative-history, political-scheming and overtly-sexual kind of fantasy.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
To be honest not my favourite of the Kushiel series. It was pretty slow and unfortunately what had been done so well previously had been virtually ignored in this offering. Add to that, the characters seemed to take two steps back losing a lot of the careful fully rounded emotional context that the author had caringly built up in previous offerings and it put a real downer on my whole reading experience.

That said, it is still well written against a lot of other authors but against the series and from what I'd come to expect from. Here's hoping that book six gets her back to the form that I've come to love and that more organic human emotional context is returned to the status of which it deserves.
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