As he comes of age, plagued by unwanted desires, Imriel shares their fears. When a simple act of friendship traps Imriel in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess and where a dead man leads an army, the prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.
©2006 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2008 Tantor
"Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human.... Carey at her intoxicating best." (Booklist Starred Review)
"Credible and gripping, this is heroic fantasy at its finest." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
The story builds slowly, and it probably helps to have read the first three books in the series, but the last three can stand on their own. The characters are interesting, and the story is fun to follow. It's also deeply frustrating, because it leaves off so you have to read the next book. These shouldn't be read if you embarrass easily. There is some serious adult content. If that doesn't bother you, then the world the author creates is interesting, and you'll be left wanting to know how things turn out.
I have read 5 of the 6 books in this series. This one provides the basis for Emriel, who goes on to be the major character in the next three books. The rest of it wasn't what I cared for, but necessary for the plot structure. If you're into plot, character development, intrigue and a great basis for alternate history this series is totally what you're looking for. I really started to understand the "Love as Thou Wilt" precept. Moral ambiguity set aside, Carey managed to develop an entirely different universe with Terre D'ange. It is a great story that's hard to put down.
i really enjoyed this story. i'm still having trouble with the narrator but not enough to take away from the story. i understand the reasoning for the change in narrators but i don't care for the male narrators interpretation of the voices of many of the characters. but again Jacqueline Carey's writing is what saves the story. to the narrator you seem to have made many of the characters sound very old.
I love this series. I really enjoy the plot and intrigue and characters. If I hadn't read this book before listening to it I wouldn't have liked it I don't think and all because of the narration done by Vance.
Simon Vance doesn't do this author justice at all. After listening to this story from a woman's point of view over the last 3 books it is natural to find some adjustments going to a male narration, but he can't pronounce half the names, titles and places correct and his inflections for each character are totally bazar. Having a lot of trouble getting through this book. Wish he would have stayed closer to the other narrations.
I listened to the first three Kushiel's books on audible and thought they were fantastic. I gave up on this one and purchased the Kindle version. The narrator selected was totally wrong for this book. Instead of sounding like Imri, a young teenager, he sounds like a grandpa recalling something from the distant past. He takes the vibrant young characters like the Queen who are clearly in their 30s and makes them sound like elderly British monarchs. His pronouciations were also completely inconsistent with the first narrator, which was jarring. I think this narrator would be fine for different material, but not this series. I am looking forward to picking this up in book form.
This is a good book, and fairly well narrated, except that the voices of the "Tiberians" all sound like Transylvanian vampires.( This is NOT a vampire book) I found it wildly distracting. The earlier books in the series which feature Phaedre and Jocelyn are much more interesting, but the horribly pedantic narrator of those books ruined things for me. I couldn't even listen to the whole preview(I tried, I really tried), so I settled for the better of two narrators from a series I really love. Read the books instead- and make up your own voices.
I absolutely would. Jacqueline Carey has created an incredibly well done alternate history series that seamlessly works in the history and mythos of multiple cultures. She handles it all with great tact and aplomb. The characters are clear and easily understood even if there are a hundred of them.
While she was not the nicest character I loved Claudia. A married woman who sought power and adventure in a land where women are little more than curtains for their really boring husbands. Claudia took control of her own life and her own sexuality by getting involved in a spy organization and seducing a Prince. While she could be a bit difficult at times she was a passionate woman and I loved it.
I haven't listened to Simon Vance before this, but his reading was good. My only criticism is that he pronounced the names of people and locations differently than the woman who voiced Phedre's series. I really wish that he had listened to how she pronounced them so that I wasn't jolted out of the story by different voices.
Since it was over 25 hours long...no I did not. However, it was one I listened to during my nightly routine.
I will be getting the next one.
I started this after the Kushiel's Dart series, so I knew that the voices would be different in this new series with a new narrator. But the narrator adopts a very bad french accents and pronunciation during the names of characters and places. Especially with the names that end in "dre" - Isondre, Pheadre, etc. I do understand that Terre D'Ange is imagined to geographically be in France, but those names sound so uncomfortable. I wince whenever the text uses those words. It sounds like he's trying to roll the "r" but doesn't get there and sounds sort of muffled instead.
Additionally, the dialogue is read half in a french accent and half not, not always consistent with the characters.
The narrator has a wonderful voice that world be better suited as Joceyln, it was too mature for Emeril. to compensate Joceyln sounded far too old. Story was short and mindfully entertaining. I am hoping to hear Amon's follow up sorry.
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