Kushiel's Justice (Kushiel's Legacy Series #5)

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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...

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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.

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This heroic fantasy novel continues the trilogy begun in Kushiel's Scion, extending Jacqueline Carey's grand Kushiel series to five volumes. At the onset, protagonist Imriel de la Courcel is caught between duty and desire. His passion for his beautiful cousin Sidonie has propelled him into a dangerous affair with her, but he knows that as the prince of Terre d'Ange, he is bound to wed princess Dorelei of Alba. With a sorrowful heart, he journeys with his new mate to her homeland. But danger, not solace, awaits him there: Political intrigue makes him a target. In a savage attack, he loses not only his wife, but only his infant heir. As the scion of Kushiel, he must seek revenge. A distinctive authorial voice.
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Bestseller Carey's fifth book in her Kushiel's Legacy series, volume two of her Imriel fantasy trilogy (after 2006's Kushiel's Scion), is a moody tale of violence and divided loyalties. Phèdre nó Delaunay, the sexually adventurous heroine of the first trilogy, has become a placid foster mother to Prince Imriel, son of the unseen traitor Melisande Shahrizai. Carey's infamous explicit sex scenes now portray Imriel's illicit and often violent affair with Sidonie, daughter of Queen Ysandre. Their romance is frustrated by Imriel's obligation to marry Dorelei, an Alban princess, and beget future rulers of Alba. When Dorelei and her unborn son are betrayed and Imriel is badly wounded, he finds himself torn between his vow to avenge his wife and child and his desire to seek solace in Sidonie's arms. His inner conflicts are ameliorated by religious faith, a change from previous books that may please some readers and dismay others. Imriel serves well as protagonist, however, and events are clearly building to what promises to be a spectacular climax in the sixth volume. Author tour. (June)

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"Superbly crafted...unforgettable.... Highly recommended." —-Library Journal Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400179534
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Series: Kushiel's Legacy Series, #5
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey's previous publications include various short stories, essays, a nonfiction book Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend and Art, as well as the nationally bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series.
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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Highly Recommend

    My favorite book in the Imriel trilogy. The Phedre trilogy is my favorite, and the bar was set really high with those books. This falls just short, but it is still a great read.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Somewhat too detailed sexually for the average reader but the plot is a good one.

    Need to read the 5 previous novels that lead up to this one to appreciate it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Well done, again.

    Well done, again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    left me feeling like I needed more.... on to the next...

    The story started years ago wit Kushiel's Dart.... and it has not ended. It was nice to see where lives have gone. Not quite as well written as the first three books but it is a great read. I recommend it but I recommend it after you have read the first four in the series....

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    HIGHLY ADDICTIVE

    Kushiel's Justice is by far my favorite. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Wonderful series continuation!

    I loved this series from the first three books that it started out with and she didn't let me down when she wrote this fifth book. It was wonderful to read about the boy from the first books who is now a man and pursuing life on his own and try to be true to his homeland. There is a lot of excitement in this book and lots of adventure. Romance galore and even heartbreak. I cried in some spots and laughed in others. It took concentration to read and follow along but that was good because present time just fell away and i became immersed in the land of Terre d'Ange. I would recommend this book to friends who are interested in this kind of story line.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    An Absorbing Read

    I'd count the first trilogy of Carey's Kushiel books, narrated by Phedre, as among my favorite works in fantasy. (Starting with Kushiel's Dart, and if you haven't already you should read those first) Carey has a vivid, evocative, lush style and an engaging voice. I'm not as enthusiastic about the next trilogy centered on Imriel--I didn't find them quite as moving. But they're still wonderful reads with that lush prose and a vivid and imaginative world, and of that second trilogy, I like this middle book best--which is why I rated it five stars--still among the best reads in the fantasy genre. It takes us into yet another land, this one reminiscent of Celtic Britain, and Imri's struggle to do right by his arranged marriage despite still loving Sidonie is poignantly rendered.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    An Undying Love

    Imri's story continues in this second installment. His quest for honor is touching and full of love. See Alais' dreams come true in the worst possible ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Oh so good

    I think the this 'Justice' is as good as the first 2 in the sereis. It has a lot of action, the story was so diffrent then what I expected and it made me laugh and cry over and over again. You realy get very wrapt up in the people and story this time. However for the first time in the series this one realy leaves you hanging for the next book. I was so disapointed that I have to wait so long of the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Wow.

    Carey had always been one of my favorite authors. It has romance, intrigue, and of course wonderful characters that you fall in love with. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Carey's Done it Again!

    Once again, Jacqueline Carey has delivered the goods! Once I picked up this book, I almost literally could not put it down! Ms. Carey has the beautiful ability to make you fall in love with the people in her stories, and uses that love to build a truly unique relationship between her books and her fans. Jacqueline Carey is, and will always be, my favorite author ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Fantastic!

    This absolutely lived up to the rest of Ms Carey's work. It was beautifully written with a wonderful story to tell. I've loved all the Kushiel novels, and this was no exception! This book will keep you up late, begging to be finished!

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    Posted June 11, 2007

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    Love as thou wilt. Just absolutely love it and wishing so much for the next book, Kushiel's Mercy to come out very soon. I just can not wait to see how the rest of Imri's story falls out, especially with his Sun Princess.

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