Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.2

This is my very late post for week two of our readalong for Kushiel’s Chosen – but, I’m uptodate now so all is good.  This week our host is Susan from Dab of Darkness.  As you would expect – spoilers lurk below – so below.  All welcome, if you want to join the readalong or jump in with comments then please do so (here is the SCHEDULE).  Q&A follow:

1) Severio & Phedre have their assignation. Who do you think learned the more from it?

It was very interesting.  To be honest I think Severio learned the most from the assignation.  He kind of walks around with a bit of a grump on him most of the time and almost just plain ready to take offence with everyone.  He’s like one of those people who has decided to be awful with everyone – before they be horrible to him.  I think his time with Phedre has softened his edges a little bit – taught him that sometimes you reap what you sow so walking around with a sour puss face tends to put people off you a little.  Plus, it’s not harmed his reputation.

2) Hanna from the Yeshuites tells Joscelin, ‘….this pain you suffer, you cling to it.’ Do you think that is true of Joscelin? What do you think of Joscelin teaching some of the young Yeshuite men to fight?

I think she hit the nail on the head to be honest.  Joscelin does have a tendency to mope somewhat and cling to his ‘hurts’.  I hadn’t realised that Joscelin was training the young Yeshuite men to be honest – maybe I should have picked that up as there was a reference at some point but I kind of missed it!

3) In this section, we really saw the pressure put on Marmion. Do you think Marmion’s punishment was just?

I actually found myself feeling a bit sorry for him – although that doesn’t mean I trust him.  Anyway, the thing with banishing people is that it seems to be reversible so he could reappear at some point I suppose.

4) Phedre goes to Gentian House for some guidance through dream interpretation. What did you think of this? Have you ever had your dreams interpreted?

I quite like the idea of dream interpretation although i’ve never had my dreams interpreted.  I do think that your dreams usually mean something – providing you can unravel them.

5) The plot has thickened in this week’s reading as Phedre & Joscelin dig further into the mystery of the escaped Melisande Shahrizai. Thoughts?

I’m actually really quite enjoying Joscelin and Phedre trying to piece together this mystery and I admit I was really surprised when they came up with the Cassiline link although I’m still not sure how they came up with that – it almost seemed a bit of a leap.  I felt sorry for Joscelin – he felt so betrayed by it all didn’t he?  It just demonstrates how very straightforward he really is.

6) Ysandre and Phedre carry out a bit of subterfuge. Do you think it is enough to fool Melisande, should she be paying attention?

I think Melisande will be paying attention to be honest.  I think she probably still has spies everywhere and she plays a long game.  She knew what she was doing when she sent back Phedre’s cloak and so I think she’s waiting for things to line up somehow.

The other participants are below – check out their answers too:

Allie at Tethyan Books
Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Grace at Books Without Any Pictures
Nancy at FaeStruck’s Reviews & More
James at James T. Witherspoon
Emily at Emma Wolf
Susan at Dab of Darkness


4 Responses to “Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.2”

  1. emmawolf

    “I admit I was really surprised when they came up with the Cassiline link although I’m still not sure how they came up with that – it almost seemed a bit of a leap.”

    That is my reaction so much for these books. I’m always all, “wait, what happened?” I think Phedre is much smarter than me.

  2. nrlymrtl

    Ah, yes. Severio was being a grump to everyone and no one liked him. I definitely think Phedre’s ministrations have shown him he can be hard, even a little cruel, but not grumpy if he wants friends and admirers.

    Sorry about that reference to Josceline training the Yeshuite men. It’s hinted at in this section but not spelled out until next section. My bad.

    Good point that banishing is reversible. Maybe Marmion will get a second chance to redeem himself.

    I think it is natural for Joscelin to be the one to think of questioning the Casselines and perhaps even suspecting one took part in the Troyes le Mont escape. He probably thinks about the Casseline order every day when he does his morning exercises. I am sure he is painfully aware of the presence of Casselines even though everyone else thinks of them as dull background, if they think of them at all.

    • lynnsbooks

      No worries about the reference – I didn’t think it was a spoiler at all.

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