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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.

©2008 Jacqueline Carey (P)2008 Tantor

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Great story with fabulous narration

I have read all the books in this series, and yes, it helps to know the background of the characters, but it is a good story on its own as well. This author tends to sort of set the stage in the first book, further complicate the plot in the second book, and then bring it all to a grand and satifying conclusion in the third book, which this is. The first book featuring Imriel(Kushiel's Scion) is now out on Audible, but not the second, so hopefully that will soon change. I must admit that I listened to this production three times because I enjoyed Simon Vance's narration so much - he does a particularly excellent job here. I would like to see all of this series on Audible.

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Could not stop listening

It is not easy to listen to a novel after working for 13 hours but I somehow managed! This is the last of Phedre and Imriel's stories. I am saddened but Carey certainly ended the series with a bang. I just couldn't stop till the end.
Imriel and Sidone were brilliant. There were answers to some people's whereabouts from the previous novels. (Sorry, not trying to be vague but don't want to give anything away.)
Much stronger feelings than before and their consequences. As Imriel and Sidone said in the novel "It is not wise to meddle with D'Angelines in matters of love". Hah!
Hope Carey writes more about this family and soon.
From here I am off to Naamah's Kiss and Naamah's Curse.
It is truly difficult to know which book is first so here it is: Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, Kushiel's Avatar, Kushiel's Scion, Kushiel's Justice, and Kushiel's Mercy.

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Is it over yet?

Maybe I'm a freak. I can't stop in the middle of a series any more than I can stop in the middle of a book, so I read this one. It's the last in the set, which is one of the best things I can say for it.
If you aren't like me and can stop, I highly recommend it. The plot is boring, nothing you wouldn't guess as you move through it. It is, in fact, simply more of the same. I don't know how much of the whining little Princling you can take, but I pretty much reached my fill at the end of Justice. The only Mercy here is that its over. He will never whine again.

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A stain on the series - terrible story line

I like the series, well built world and compelling characters. However we went into bad soap opera territory with this story line. This is worse than the amnesia story lines of old and we have to suffer through it for hours. It cheapened characters delicately crafted over many many books. First time I found myself skipping forward in a book. What’s frustrating is the author has enough back story to carry the story forward with out being this contrived. If you feel like you have to get this one listen to the first and last few chapters

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Okay how do I put this?

Alright let me start with this, this used to be one of my favorite books, I got the book from the library, bought the original disc version and then bough the audible version. I don't regret those purchases; however this is sadly no longer one of my favorites once I re-listened to it last week.

So the positives:
1. Characterization is of course strong, it is easy to know and understand everyone, even those with less page time than others. Though those do rely a bit on stereo types, but it's still well done.
2. The world building is still awesome as always, and takes us into new parts of the world we hadn't been before, though Argagonia was less fleshed out than i liked.
3. the plot is layered and well done
4. there is a nice balance between showing but telling at times as well to prevent my pet peeve from popping up or the book from becoming overly cerebral.
5. while what has to be done is straight forward how it is to be done is very well written
6. the suspense, I could actually be invested enough to feel suspense and it was well used.

I could go on, this book is still damn near perfect. Though I do have to remark there is less sex than usual, which is neither here nor there to be but it should be noted.

Now the cons, of which I'm just ramble because there really are only two. First and foremost, the point of view character gets a spell cast on them that basically transforms them into a completely new character. This new character is basically there to sell the whole soulmates thing, and to pander to the romantics. This wouldn't be bad if it wasn't nearly half the book, which meant other aspects had to be minimized or rushed, especially the ending. There were so many details and subplots that got neglected by the even be-spelled true love shall over come, shtick. This is both irritating and frustrating and it should be noted in my first few readings I skipped this part and didn't miss anything of important. It really does feel like fluff because the author doesn't know where to go and needed to time to think. Sadly because this is half the book, maybe because of a deadline or just bad editing it squeezes out things of more importance.

The second con, is similar to my problem with the first book of this second half of the main Kushiel series . That being, whose supposed to be the main character? Look I love Imriel, thanks to the excellent middle book of the triology he's one of my favorite characters, and in this book he is constantly being second ringer, unless its time to fight than he's 'god-like' and I want to roll my eyes and skip. Seriously, so much of the book is showing Sidonie be amazing at everything, or rehashing how amazing the original characters are which leaves the supposed main character to well wallow in the shadows. I get it, after two massive books Imriel is as fleshed out as he could be, but there are moments he could have developed. Once more everything seems to be about Sidonie, Imriel seems more a plot device than character at this point, not a desperate, frustrated, angry man once again having that which he most wants being stolen away, again. There are moments of severe emotional dumbness on the author's part. Oh yes we're going to have Imriel whose been severely traumatized by sexual assault and rape, basically be raped and have no emotional reaction to this at all......... Or the, the love of my life is sleeping with another man, which no matter the reason would fill any man with rage and agony, and he feels nothing, no injury. It's unrealistic and all the attention is given to Sidonie's hurt, and hers alone. One scene this particularly striking is when one of the villains enters a fight with Imriel, of course Imriel wins but then lets Sidonie, the chief wounded, help him stab them through the heart. I'm sorry, personally as a man, I would have been so enraged I wouldn't have let her, I would have let the villain die a slow miserable death and I wouldn't have let anyone interfere. Maybe I'm a lesser person but every guy I know would have the same reaction; not essential "hey here honey we'll kill him together quickly and cleanly" mean the down play of Imriel's feelings is astounding and bewildering. Is this Imriel's story or not? Because honestly I think the book would have been better if it was told from Sidonie's perspective entirely since Imriel is treated like a side character, which is galling.

The long, and I apologize for the long rant, and short of this review is, if you have read the other two books in the sequel trilogy you should read this one, just skip the bit I complained about you won't miss anything important. If you haven't started this triology, just read the middle book, this one is more a miss than a hit.

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Epic Ending to the Imriel Saga

This is a long book to prepare yourself for an adventure with a lot of twists and turns. The audio performance and quality was five stars. I definitely see myself listening to this book again in the future. It was an epic ending to the story of Kushiel's Scions.

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yes

another stellar story amazing end to an amazing series. kudos again great piece of magic

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A roller-coaster.

I feel like my heart was on a roller-coaster and when I stepped off the ride I was grinning ear to ear.

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Love all 9 books of this series!

The author is the best I've ever read and the narrator is the best I've ever listened to! Highly recommend all of Jacqueline Carey's books. Simon Vance also narrates another favorite series of mine: The Temeraire novels.

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LOVE!

Loved Reading The Kushiel series years ago, and have enjoyed every moment of listening to it!

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