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Date Posted: 16:35:41 12/15/06 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: Kushiel's Scion

TITLE: Kushiel’s Scion

AUTHOR: Jacqueline Carey

GENRE: Epic Fantasy (according to Amazon)



This book starts a new trilogy in the "Kushiel" series. The first three books (Kushiel’s Dart, Kushiel’s Chosen, and Kushiel’s Avatar) comprise the Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy.

The next three books (Kushiel’s Scion, Kushiel’s Justice, and ????) comprise a second separate, but connected, trilogy. Kushiel’s Scion could be read on its own, however, I feel the reader is best served by reading the books in order to fully understand how the characters and plots develop. The books proceed in chronological order.

Imriel no Montreve de la Courcel was bred by traitors, reared in sanctuary, kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery, rescued and redeemed by Phaedre no Delaunay de Montreve and her consort Joscelin Verruil. Imriel is a Prince of the Blood, third in line to the throne of Terre d’Ange. Imriel is 14 years old.

Kushiel’s Scion is the story of Imriel’s coming of age.

Imriel struggles to find his place in his home country. The shadow of his parents’ treachery haunts him, as does his early history, and his dark heritage from the Shahrizai–the Scions of Kushiel.

Imriel hates much of what he is. As the age of majority approaches, Imriel must confront his demons and learn his place in d’Angeline Society. He makes friends, discovers enemies, and seeks healing in many forms.

The d’Angeline Queen has a plan for Imriel’s future, wedding her husband’s niece, heiress to the throne of Alba, securing the bonds between the two countries for generations to come. Not ready to accept this arrangement, Imriel leaves Terre d’Ange on a journey of self-discovery, traveling to Tiberium to attend University and reunite with his best friend, Eamonn, Prince of the Dalriada. In Tiberium, Imriel, posing as an impoverished scholar, studies natural philosophy, but also learns intrigue, covertcy, and warfare. All while being mindful of two tenets: "All Knowledge is Worth Having" and Elua’s Precept "Love as Thou Wilt."

I found I could not put this book down, and did not want it to end. The next book in the series, "Kushiel’s Justice," is due to be released in 2007.
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[> This sounds just as good as the others to me. Do we see much of Phaedre and Jocelin? The first trilogy was one of those rare finds where I found myself submerged in the story instead of outside reading. I cannot wait for this one, I am first on my library reservations. -- Sheila, 01:32:03 12/16/06 Sat

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[> [> We see a fair amount of them in the beginning as Carey weans the reader over to Imriel's story ( which is haunted by the deeds of Phaedre, Jocelin, and all the rest). Once the story is turned fully over to Imriel, I promise you won't mind! Enjoy!! -- LadyPeggyB, 19:52:54 12/16/06 Sat

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[> Sounds like an entire world to absorb. I might try the first if I can find it inexpensively. Not usually my type of book, but so many people have talked it up I might sample. Thanks Peggy! -- becca beccabee, 21:39:02 12/16/06 Sat

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[> I'll have to read the first one, I know Peggy, you've been talking about the first series for a long time. I'll check to see if my library has it. Thanks for the review, lass. -- Noelle, 12:11:04 12/17/06 Sun

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[> Sounds good, I think I will put the 1st three on my Xmas wish list, I've heard a lot of talk around here about how good they are. -- Margy, 09:55:56 12/18/06 Mon

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