Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey readalong week No.6

Today is week No.6 of our readalong for Kushiel’s Chosen.  I am hosting this week so naturally everything has gone a bit pear shaped!!  Anyway, the chapters this week were great!  As you would expect – spoilers lurk below – so beware.  All welcome, if you want to join the readalong or jump in with comments then please do so (here is the SCHEDULE).  This week’s questions and answers below:

1. We had a bit of a discussion about Kazan in the previous week’s questions, about his nature, double crossing, etc, and whether Phedre was right to save him.  What are your thoughts on Kazan now given these most recent additions.  Also, I think we should include his mother in that discussion – it was interesting to finally see her I thought.  And, in fact his whole homecoming.

I really enjoyed the change in Kazan this week.  I mean, he’s been through the cleansing – and let’s face it, he’s not a changed man, as Phedre pointed out – he’s simply going to continue as previously but now with a clean slate.  But I really liked that he confessed into having put Phedre into an impossible situation to force her hand into sleeping with him.  I also thought it was good that he recognised that they could have probably saved some trouble if they’d both been a bit more honest and I liked the fact that he recognised that Phedre had saved him more than once and he was now going to stand by her.  I thought his homecoming was very touching really and brought home how much his banishment had affected him.  I was also thinking about his mum and how she’d cursed him in anger and then probably regretted it very much because she then, in effect, lost both sons.  It was good to see that she was so happy to see him – I hope nothing happens to him and he gets to return home.

2. What did you think of the whole ‘tribute’ ship idea – is that your idea of a good plan or your worst nightmare??

I must admit I don’t think I’d like to spend all that time in that confined space – I probably wouldn’t be able to move by the time I was released.  The one thing that really occured to me was that if anything had happened to the ship, bad weather or potential sinking Phedre would have remained trapped in there because she’d be the last person on everyone’s minds.  Not my idea of fun to be honest but a good idea that put me a bit in mind of a Trojan horse.

3. Let’s just talk about the reunion with Joscelin and Phedre.  Oh my word!  More to the point the changes in both of them and how you think their relationship will now move forward.

This week was so touching – I practically had tears in my eyes.  The reunion with Phedre and Joscelin was so sweet.  And Ti-Phillipe as well.  I think that Phedre and Joscelin have been through such a lot together, they share such a lot of meaningful experiences but I think the experience of Phedre with the cleansing and Joscelin thinking that he’d lost Phedre forever has changed them both – and for the better really.  It’s sort of put things in perspective hasn’t it.  Joscelin was so annoyed with Phedre that he left her – probably safe in the knowledge that he could see her again anyway,  Being faced with the possibility that he couldn’t just walk back into her life was so much more final and finally made him see things differently (not to mention that he was probably feeling terribly guilty).  On the other hand, Phedre actually admitted that she’d treated him badly which I think was a big change because to be honest she doesn’t usually come over in that way.

4. Lastly, what do you think Phedre’s plan is – it’s in a temple, she spoke about making retribution in earlier chapters and yet her latest plan seems to have caused gasps of surprise.  What do you think we have in store.

I actually haven’t read further on so I really don’t know what to expect here.  I’m guessing that by the gasps it involves something a bit shocking and I was thinking as they were using the secret tunnels to appear in the temple that maybe there was going to be some pretense of being a ‘God’ maybe – you know, making a dramatic appearance to distract everyone.  But what do I know.  I have a strong suspicion that things will get a lot worse before they get better!

I’m excited to be oton the final chapters.  I think this has been a great read so far – I admit that I’ve missed Joscelin and I like it better when he steps back into the picture, but, I really do enjoy Carey’s writing and world building.  She pays such a lot of attention to detail.

Other participants:

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

5 Responses to “Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey readalong week No.6”

  1. emmawolf

    “but a good idea that put me a bit in mind of a Trojan horse.”

    Me too!

    “Being faced with the possibility that he couldn’t just walk back into her life was so much more final and finally made him see things differently”

    I think so too.

  2. tethyanbooks

    I was kind of thinking along the lines of impersonating a god, too. It’ll be interesting to see what happens!

    At least they didn’t put Phedre in the box until they were right near port. That sounds like an even worse nightmare, being trapped in a chest in a sinking ship :(.

    I was also happy to see Phedre admit that she had treated Joscelin badly. Maybe these two do have a chance to make it work!

    • lynnsbooks

      Well – we were more or less right with the impersonating a god!
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    Kazan gets a clean slate, but as many point out, that doesn’t mean he can’t be punished for future crimes. So he has to make choices with that in mind. Folks are letting him get off from punishment for his past bad behavior but won’t tolerate future crap from him. I am glad he is hearing that from multiple fronts.

    It was like a mini Trojan Horse, wasn’t it? I hope she didn’t have to pee while in there. That would have made the wait so much less bearable.

    I too missed Joscelin for the last several chapters. I am glad he is back in the picture. His presence promises not only sexytimes but also elegant sword play. Hmm… I guess I could use ‘elegant swordplay’ for both scenarios. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Kazan – I don’t see him turning over a new leaf as such – it will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance in future books.
      Yes, a mini trojan horse – a bit less comfortable though and definitely if you need to have a pee.
      Lynn 😀

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