Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy Series #6)

Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy Series #6)

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by Jacqueline Carey
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist on KUSHIEL'S MERCY
"Carey has wowed us throughout the...trilogy, which this book senationally concludes, leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her."
Booklist *starred review* for KUSHIEL'S JUSTICE
"Carey brings Alba vividly alive again in another stunner... A multilayered plot and Imriel's complex inner life as he struggles with pain and loss in the present while trying to make peace with the past hook the reader but good."
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"In this vivid conclusion to the...trilogy, Carey delivers a heady mix of adventure, power struggles, and romance."—Publishers Weekly on KUSHIEL'S MERCY

Skillfully rendered, sensual and thoroughly engrossing.—Kirkus on KUSHIEL'S SCION"

Carey brings Alba vividly alive again in another stunner... A multilayered plot and Imriel's complex inner life as he struggles with pain and loss in the present while trying to make peace with the past hook the reader but good."—Booklist *starred review* for KUSHIEL'S JUSTICE"

Carey has wowed us throughout the...trilogy, which this book senationally concludes, leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her."—Booklist on KUSHIEL'S MERCY

Publishers Weekly

In this vivid conclusion to the second Kushiel trilogy (after 2007's Kushiel's Justice), young Prince Imriel and his beloved, Sidonie, heir to the Terre D'Ange throne, struggle to come to terms with the deaths of Imriel's wife and unborn son. Queen Ysandre threatens to forbid Imriel's marriage to Sidonie unless he hunts down his traitorous mother, Melisande. Then a spell convinces everyone in Terre D'Ange's capital that Sidonie loves the prince of Carthage, and she sails off to wed him. Only Imriel remembers their romance. He must evade deluded loved ones and work with erstwhile enemies to rescue Sidonie and pull the country back from the brink of war. Carey delivers a heady mix of adventure, power struggles and romance, but fans of the first Kushiel trilogy may be disappointed by the few appearances of Phèdre, Imriel's adoptive mother, and by the relatively tame sexuality, which serves more as a spice than a larger theme. (June)

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Library Journal

Now that he has fulfilled his vow to avenge the death of his wife and unborn son, Imriel nó Montrév de la Courcel returns to Terre d'Ange to be with his true love, Sidonie, the daughter and heir of Queen Ysandre. Despite his determination to be faithful to the will of the god Elua, whose "love as thou wilt" he denied in order to quell the rumors that he coveted the throne of Terre d'Ange like his traitorous mother, Imriel finds that major obstacles lie in the path of his desire to wed Sidonie. To prove his loyalty, he agrees to undertake a dangerous journey to find his fugitive mother and bring her to justice. With unexpected plot twists, Carey concludes her second trilogy (Kushiel's Scion; Kushiel's Justice), set in an alternate Renaissance world of subtle yet powerful magic. Sensual prose and graphic eroticism make this fantasy saga particularly appealing to fans of Terry Goodkind and Storm Constantine. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ3/1/08.]
—Jackie Cassada

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446610162
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Kushiel's Legacy Series, #6
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
345,739
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.34(d)

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Meet the Author

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. http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, this is like losing some dear friends. This is the last book of a trilogy, and I know that whatever I read after this will surely pale. Jacqueline Carey has brought an old world to life, with characters that you actually care about. Imreil de la Courcel took up where Jocelyn and Phedre left off, and in an amazingly gripping style. The imagination just cannot come close to this tale. I read each of the books, from Kushiel's Dart...to this almost in a single reading. Since the middle of the summer. Love, war, and true love winning out with grace and dignity. I am so touched by this, that I really hope there will be more to come from this.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth book in a series; if you're new to Carey or the Kushiel books--do not start here. Go back and start with Kushiel's Dart--I definitely think you'd lose a lot if you don't. Although I don't quite love this second trilogy centered on Imri as much as the first three with Phedre, which I found more moving, I still found "Kushiel's Mercy" an entrancing read. The ending disappointed me a bit--it seemed a bit facile, but truly it's a minor complaint given the pleasure this book gave me, and certainly the spell all in the land become entangled in and its unraveling is imaginative and resonates like the curse from a fairy tale.
Loves2ReadKR More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin. Jacqueline Carey is supremely talented. Her books ring true on so many different levels and still have a fantastical twist that allows for an escape from your everyday experience. I started reading these books after hearing a recommendation from a friend years ago. I finished this particular book (The end to Imriel's story) awhile back but constantly find myself thinking about this story. These books are wonderfully written. There is something for everyone. I think that people have a hard time believing that books usually categorized as fantasy can be so diverse, but these are. There is romance, magic, intrigue, political incentives, religious aspects, action, and more. You cannot imagine the kind of plots and intertwining tales Carey weaves. Kushiel's Dart, Chosen, and Avatar follow Phedre, Imriel's adoptive mother. Kushiel's Mercy, along with Scion and Justice, follow Imriel on his journey to find himself and love. This particular book will make you sit up on the edge of your seat, smile, wince in nervous fear, and even cry. It is heartwrenching, romantic, and deeply complex. You feel for the characters and find yourself absorbed in their lives. Besides the romance between Imriel and Sidonie, there is Carey's unique blend of themes, which make this more than a fantasy lite story for girls alone. Despite the fantasy setting, these characters have qualities that make you feel like you know them. They have qualities of people around you. And still, you find yourself wishing you knew people like this. The entire Kushiel Legacy series is brilliantly executed, and this book is no exception. It is the perfect ending to Imriel's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was more romantic than the books i generally read (bought for me by a friend), but I still managed to love it. It had action, required thought (I didn't know exactly what was going to happen after the first few chapters-unusual for me), and held my attention all through the night. Would suggest this book, but only for an adult crowd.
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I love all of the books in this series. As soon as I start reading one I can't put it down and usually finish them within 2 days of when I get them. This one especially made me want to keep readin because you want to see if Imriel and Sidione get to have their happily ever after.
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Banethiel More than 1 year ago
I love all of Ms. Carey's work!
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