Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
It’s a consistent look for the covers, although I find it a bit odd that Phedre in a sexy pose is on the cover of this one, considering it’s mainly about her stepson. I mean, Phedre was already on the covers of all three of her own books, so now that this is Imriel’s book, whither the beefcake?
Imriel de la Courcel’s blood parents are history’s most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phèdre and the warrior-priest 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 art, beauty, and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies … and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his birth mother Melisande, who nearly destroyed the realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother’s irresistible allure – and her dangerous gifts. And as he comes of age, plagued by dark yearnings, Imriel shares their fears.
At the royal court, where gossip is the chosen poison and assailants wield slander instead of swords, the young prince fights character assassins while struggling with his own innermost conflicts. But when Imriel departs to study at the famed University of Tiberium, the perils he faces turn infinitely more deadly. Searching for wisdom, he finds instead a web of manipulation, where innocent words hide sinister meanings, and your lover of last night may become your hired killer before dawn. Now a simple act of friendship will leave Imriel trapped in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess; where a dead man leads an army; and where the prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.
There are two more Imriel volumes, and three more after that in the world of Elua.
If you’re even asking, you haven’t read my previous review of Carey’s work.
Carey’s concept and beautiful fleshing out of that concept continue to amaze and delight me. Great worldbuilding will always win me over.
Finding yourself. This book is mostly about Imriel learning who he is and how to deal with it. This is the kind of plot that often bores me, but Carey makes everything interesting. Of course, that’s not all that’s in this book….
Intrigue, Danger, and Romance! In usual Carey style, the book is also stuffed full of plot–lots of it!
I’m slowly making my way through this series, and I love every bit of it. I don’t think anything could make me dislike them or Carey at this point. The detailed worldbuilding, the engrossing characters, the elegant writing–I love all of it.
Borrowed mass market paperback from work, with plans to buy a hardcover later.