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Kushiel's Scion (Kushiel's Legacy) Hardcover – 12 Jun 2006


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  • Hardcover: 753 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (12 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044650002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446500029
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,282,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A grand adventure'- Locus ('Credible and gripping, this is heroic fantasy at its finest'- Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Beauty, power, and eroticism firmly rooted in the sacred ... Carey at her intoxicating best (#NAME?)

Skillfully rendered, sensual and thoroughly engrossing'- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A compelling and seductive epic of adventure, intrigue and swordplay. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Kushiel's Scion" is the fourth book in Jacqueline Carey's thrilling fantasy series of life in the exotic realm of Terre d'Ange, a world somewhat similar to our Earth, during a period reminiscent of the Renaissance. The preceding "Kushiel's Legacy" trilogy, composed of "Kushiel's Dart," "Kushiel's Chosen," and "Kushiel's Avatar" are all extraordinary novels, and although it is not necessary to have read them in order to enjoy this one, they do provide a fantastic reading experience and a wonderful introduction to Jacqueline Carey's latest protagonist, Imriel no Montreve de la Courcel. "Scion" is also the first novel in a new trilogy which will chronicle the life of de la Courcel, the foster son of Phèdre nó Delaunay, the Comtesse de Montreve, peer of Terre d'Ange, and her consort, the Cassiline apostate, Joscelin Verreuil.

Imriel, a royal prince of the blood, was abandoned in infancy by both of his treasonous parents. Captured in childhood by pirates, the boy spent his youth in slavery, subjected to abominable & depraved torture until he was rescued by Phèdre and Joscelin, who love him as a son. Now, a handsome and accomplished teen, Imriel is experiencing the normal restlessness and insecurities of adolescence, but is additionally burdened by his past experiences. He finds it difficult to live down his mother's, Melisande Shahrizai's, reputation as an arch villainess who would sell her soul and her son, seemingly, for a kingdom and power. When he unwillingly become involved in court intrigue, Imriel decides to study abroad and takes on an anonymous identity to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
After a long break between the first series and now, fans have long since anticipated the arrival of the new Jacqueline Carey, however the question that's been bandied about the chat room's is will it live up to the hype as well as their expectations?

Facing this question, and having been a fan of the original series its been not only a long wait but one that made me apprehensive about picking up this first offering as I didn't want the magic of the first series to leave me, yet its something that in much a way that a moth is drawn to flames I found my hand wandering upon its arrival. Finally biting the bullet I picked it up and began. The tale, told from the point of view of the next generation of the original characters has had some significant changes as the magical aspect appears to have been powered down quite a bit which to be honest makes it more interesting to me as I'm a "spirit of man" type of reader. I like it when a character has to slog their way to their goal as opposed to clicking their fingers, that's no adventure plus the struggle allows the reader to see the character develop as well as allowing them to form a closer connection to them which in turn allows greater emotional attachment which builds the anticipation of each twist as you wonder what's going to happen along with how the character is going to escape.

Not quite what fans will have expected but the first offering in a new series is always going to have a hard time but by the end it's clear that Jacqueline has a clear grasp upon the protagonist and will undoubtedly improve in the next instalment. In all a slight disappointment but its solid writing that can only stand the author in good stead for future book's.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered that Carey was writing more of her Kushiel books. If you havent read the previous ones, then go and read those first. So grap Kushiel's Dart (Mass Market Paperback) first. The reason I'm saying this is because if you read this and you love it (like you should), it will slightly spoil the first trilogy. And the first three books are in my opinion just so much more facinating, but I guess that's just because they are about Phedre (people who have read them know what I'm talking about here).

This book starts a new trilogy from where the previous trilogy ended. The same world and lots of the same characters. Of course the times are now slightly different and there are new people thrown into the mix. The main difference however this time is that the protagonist changes from Phèdre nó Delaunay to Imriel no Montreve. And I admit this change did worry me. Phedre for me is the most interesting, most complex and most challenging female protagonist I've ever met in fantasy literature, hands down.

The world the book is set in is the same politically and sexually coloured fantasy world Carey so skillfully painted in the first books. There are gods, religions, political factions, cultures, countries. All carefully crafted, believable. It's like our world through a (fantasy) looking glass. For some the sexual and BDSM coloured overtones might be a bit too much. Yes there are both of them in this also, and again they are integral part of the world and the characters.

Now Imriel is an interesting character, weighted down by his own history and his own problems, but I admit, she isn't Phedre.
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