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Jacqueline Carey
Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (June 1, 2009)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Having learned a lesson about thwarting the will of the gods, Imriel and Sidonie publicly confess their affair.

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Part of Imriels Trilogy series by Jacqueline Carey. What had begun between us was always more than casual dalliance, although I daresay she knew the stakes better than I did. My royal cousin, Sidonie de la Courcel, Dauphine of Terre d’Ange, eldest daughter and acknowledged heir of Queen Ysandre. The one person in the world I could not love without raising suspicion. I knew it was love, real and enduring; we both knew it. When it began, Sidonie asked me, Imriel, tell me truly, she said. How much of what lies between us is just the lure of the forbidden? I couldn’t answer it, not then. I knew I wanted her, fiercely.

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Sidonie lay on her belly, chin propped on her hands, her face suffused with impatience. Too bad, I said ruthlessly. ning before, a disgusting mess of bread mold and mashed burdock root. Over the course of the night, it had done a great deal of good, and now Sidonie was restless. I drew a lock of hair away from her brow, feeling her skin

Kushiel's Legacy is a series of fantasy novels by Jacqueline Carey, comprising the Phèdre Trilogy and the Imriel Trilogy (called the "Treason's Heir" trilogy in the United Kingdom).

Kushiel's Legacy is a series of fantasy novels by Jacqueline Carey, comprising the Phèdre Trilogy and the Imriel Trilogy (called the "Treason's Heir" trilogy in the United Kingdom). Since the series features a fictional version of medieval Western Europe, it can be considered historical fantasy or alternate history. Kushiel's Legacy consists of the following novels (with release dates). Phèdre Trilogy series follows the story of Phèdre nó Delaunay.

Kushiel's Mercy read online free from your Pc or Mobile. Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy 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. Kushiel's Mercy (Imriel's Trilogy is a Fantasy novel by Jacqueline Carey. Younger generations, infatuated by their heart-twisting, star-cross romance, defend the couple.

Jacqueline Carey is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel's Legacy series of historical fantasy novels and The Sundering epic fantasy duology.

Kushiel's Scion Treason�s Heir: Book 1 . In the darkness their will always be light Kushiel's Justice Treason�s Heir: Book 2 . Jacqueline Carey is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel's Legacy series of historical fantasy novels and The Sundering epic fantasy duology. Books by Jacqueline Carey. Kushiel�s Legacy: Book 1. .

As another trilogy draws to a conclusion, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who’s contributed to its success.

Jacqueline Carey is the author of short stories, essays, the nonfiction book Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend and Art, novels Godslayer and Banewreaker, and the nationally bestselling series Kushiel's Legacy. Carey lives in Michigan.

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 ruefully 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.
  • GawelleN
Carey probably isn't capable of writing a bad fantasy; that said, this one isn't up to the rest of series. In a historical fantasy l expect and relish heroes like Phaedre and Joycelin who are way too good to be true. Historical fantasies borrow so heavily from legends and myths that larger-than-life is both expected and savored. At times, I need stories where adventures far from home provides the knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary to forge a happy ending at home. Quest tales remind me that the journey has meaning. Likewise, fantasy's incestuously close relationship with myth and legend also create the expectation that much of the plot may be "adapted" (stolen) from other epic tales. It's kind of fun to recognize this larceny and to see how the author has repainted and up-cycled it for her own purposes. However, Carey has sweetened this tale so heavily with honey lifted from earlier tales that the love-conquers-all theme tastes cloying. I wanted to snort milk out my nose when mother love transformed Melisande and grew her a conscious with a measure of compassion. One evil enchantment leading to mass hysteria might work as a plot device, but three? Melodrama abounds. Cheesy entertainment.
  • Groll
Note: While this is Book 6 in Kushiel’s Legacy (also referred to as the Terre D’Ange Cycle) it is Book 3 in the second trilogy and focuses on Imriel de la Courcel, who we met in Book 3 of the first trilogy, Kushiel’s Avatar. Kushiel’s Mercy is best read as part of the second trilogy, if not as Book 6 in the larger series, since there are plenty of characters and situations referred to from the previous books.

Imriel de la Courcel, a Prince of the Blood, and Sidonie de la Courcel, Terre D’Ange’s princess and next in line to the throne, are in love. This doesn’t sit well with much of the realm because Imriel’s estranged birth mother, Melisande Shahrizai, betrayed the nation a generation ago. Imriel and Sidonie are faced with a difficult choice: Bring Melisande to justice or Sidonie will not inherit the throne. After beginning their search for Melisande in earnest, an unlikely city nation, Carthage, comes with luxurious gifts, promises of alliance, and an apparently heartfelt hope that Sidonie will consider their General Astegal for marriage. Things do not go as expected, for anyone.

This historical fantasy is another beautiful addition to the Terre D’Ange cycle. Through the adventures of Imriel and Sidonie, we learn more about this alternate world Carey has created. Carthage is a budding empire, rich in gold and gems but also dependent on slavery. General Astegal comes off as a very charming man, willing to bend to Terre D’Ange’s way of things when it comes to love; for instance, he wouldn’t be in a miff if Sidonie decided to have a harem of pretty young men. The other culture that really stood out for me was the Euskerri, which is akin to the Basque. Deeply proud and also demanding equality from their two neighboring countries – Terre D’Ange and Aragonia.

In the previous books, there has been some magic, though much of it is left up to the reader’s interpretation. In this novel, the magic is direct and has immediate consequences. Even though this is a reread for me, I always find myself surprised by how not subtle the magic component is in this story, as compared to the previous books. So how do you fight strong magic when you only have a passing experience with it? That is something that Imriel and Sidonie will have to figure out, though I do like all the hints that Elua, Terre D’Ange’s primary deity, may be giving them a hand. The magic does follow certain rules, which I liked, though it was quite the trial for Imriel to figure out what those rules were.

There’s plenty of adventure and sneaking about in this story. Imriel must make alliances with the most unlikely of people to even make a solid attempt to not only rescue Sidonie but the entire capitol of Terre D’Ange, the City of Elua. Indeed, spying, misdirection, and disguises make up a good part of the book. I think it was hardest on Imriel to deceive his beloved foster parents, Phedre and Joscelin. There’s some pretty intense scenes that had me holding my breath! Also, those scenes with Barquiel L’Enver, a man who has disliked Imriel since he was born, were quite worthy.

Sidonie really shines in this book. Even with everything told through Imriel’s eyes, Sidonie had some tough decisions to make and was at the center of some dangerous situations. Carey has this magical way of writing female characters behaving in feminine ways and still getting important stuff done. While Imriel is the character that carried me forward in this story, there’s a strong argument for Sidonie being that star of the story.

Each time we think our heroes have found the key to winning the day, there’s another twist or another spell or another hurdle or another bad guy that must be vanquished. One of the hardest things about this was that sometimes they had to find a way to sneak past, trick, or even fight friends and family that were ensnared in the magic. My poor nails! I was biting my nails too often with this story!

As with the series, there are incredible sex scenes that range from playful to desperate to healing to sad to joyful. Carey is just as detailed in her love scenes as she is with her use of cultures and linguistics. I always enjoy these scenes because they reveal something further about the characters.

The ending was well done. I was very satisfied that things were not easy to unravel and iron out. Not everyone gets everything they want. There’s plenty to be forgiven all around. Still, it was beautiful and satisfying.

The Narration: Simon Vance does this final book in Imriel’s trilogy justice. He had to take on further accents as our heroes experienced new cultures. There were also plenty of complicated emotions and intense scenes and Vance did a great job capturing the subtleties of those emotions in his voice work. Also, he did a fantastic job with the sex scenes.
  • Yozshujinn
I really enjoyed both this book and the whole series, but I'm giving this four stars because something just didn't catch me as much as the other books did. I think it may be because most of the D'Angeline characters spend a huge portion of the book under a spell that makes them completely OOC. This was done on purpose, and I actually really love seeing magic take a more active role in this novel, but I think ultimately it just turned me off.

I still love Carey's writing and was impressed with the change in viewpoint character that we see later in the story. The books are told in first person from Imriel's point of view, but here we see a spell to make Imriel into someone else. The writing both changing from and back again to Imriel were really well done, and I thought it was kind of fun.

The antagonists, for the spells they managed to wrought, are not as impressive as they really should be. They pull off spells of enormous magnitude but make a number of really stupid (and enormous) mistakes. Still, the journey was fun, and I love the over-arcing theme (of the whole series) of love overcoming all. I thought it was a lovely end to a wonderful series.