From Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of Kushiel’s Scion and Kushiel’s Justice, comes the final adventure in the Imriel Trilogy.
Having paid dearly for ignoring Elua’s edict to love as thou wilt, Imriel and Sidonie have finally come forward to publicly confess their love for each other—only to watch the news ignite turmoil throughout the land. Those who are old enough cannot forget the misdeeds of Imriel’s mother, Melisande, whose self-serving lies plunged their country into war.
In order to quell the uprising, Queen Ysandre hands down a decree: she will not divide the lovers, but neither will she acknowledge them. And if they decide to marry, Sidonie will be disinherited.
That is, unless Imriel can find his mother and bring her back to Terre D’Ange to be executed for treason….
“I aspire to wisdom, my lady. I do not believe I possess it, not yet. But my lord Ptolemy Solon holds that happiness is the highest form of wisdom.” I made a broad gesture. “Today the sun is shining and we are engaged in a pleasant pursuit in the company of friends. If that is wisdom, let us be content.”
As my good friend Cato the Elder used to say, Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam. Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed, especially for making me read this book. I’ve rarely been so pissed off before.
Man, what a fakeout. This entire time, Kushiel has been masquerading as a good series. Then this book came. I bounced off so hard off this book it took me 7 hours more to read this than it should have because I just couldn’t bring myself to pick it up again for a while. I couldn’t read it fast enough to finish it. Honestly, if I knew that this series contained memory loss to that degree, I never would have even started Kushiel’s Dart.
I seriously, seriously hate memory loss as a plot. In this one, it is even worse because it isn’t even just the main character suffering. It is the entire town. I don’t know why this makes it worse, but it does. Plus, it causes war! Also, Carey really really likes rape, but not really. Character has their will completely subverted this book and marries the person who does it. I HATE MEMORY LOSS.
And then Carey compounds the issue, and Imri voluntarily undergoes memory loss. Because apparently we’re fighting fire with fire, or in this case memory loss with memory loss. I just don’t understand how this was supposed to work. Especially since the disguise still worked after he got his memories back. What in the world is the point of this? Except to piss me off further, that is.
The memory loss changed Phèdre and Joscelin so much you couldn’t even recognise them. I suppose that is supposed to be the point of the spell. It just felt wrong. Everyone else we saw changed stayed true to themselves, but the bad parts were most highlighted through the spell. Phèdre and Joscelin changed so much they aren’t even recognisable. At least they were in this book less than they were the last?
If you don’t mind memory loss, you’ll probably enjoy this book. It does end the series well. Happily ever after and all.
I’m going to end this review here before it turns into even more of a rant. I could rant for much, much longer, I just feel like I shouldn’t.