Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.6

Welcome to week six of our readalong of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.  Kushiel’s Avatar is the third in the series and I am loving it so far.  All free to join in, if you’ve already read this then please join in with the comments.  The full schedule is here and this week Emily at Emma Wolf is our lovely host.  Before reading further: a word of warning – there will be spoilers lurking below.

So, moving swiftly on:

Chapters 62-73

1. We see yet another attempt on Imriel’s life. Any new thoughts?

Well, it appears to be Valere doesn’t it?  My thoughts about it are that seeing the amount of attempts on Imriel’s life in such a short span, and not even subtle attempts, it seems like he’s never going to live an untroubled life!  He’s going to long for his days tending to goats in complete oblivion.

2. Imriel pulls the old switch-a-roo and ends up with Joscelin, Phedre, and Kaneka on their way to Iskandria. Phedre decides to press on rather than turn back. What do you think of her course of action? What do you think of Imriel’s trick? Some seem to be reminded a bit too much of Melisande’s escape from Troyes-le-Mont. What do you think? What do you think of Imriel’s rationale that he is in Hyacinthe’s debt?

In a way it’s not a surprise that Phedre continued on with her journey.  At the back of their minds both Phedre and Joscelin have grown very attached to Imriel and the feeling is returned.  They have a feel of a family unit and more than that they have a level of trust established.  Understandably, Imriel thinks that only Phedre and Joscelin can protect him and I suspect that they’re beginning to entertain similar thoughts.  I think Joscelin made a good point that Imriel’s switch-a-roo ploy may come back to haunt him because people will see Melisande in that simple manoeuvre – I really don’t blame him though and personally I think he would have come to harm on board that ship.  I can also understand Imriel’s thinking, even though it conveniently allows them to continue on with Joscelin and Phedre, that without Hyacinthe Phedre’s search would have foundered.

3. Phedre meets with Pharaoh again…and threatens to tell Ysandre that Pharaoh has been in touch or in league with Melisande should something happen to her or Imriel. What do you think of her move?

Well, she has guts that’s for sure.  At the end of the day she is simply trying to take precautions in whatever way she feels is best – and you can’t really blame her.

4. Kaneka finds some healing with Wali, and Phedre finds her way back from the darkness of Darsanga. Thoughts?

OMG – I had goosebumps.  That is all.  Okay, that is not all.  Phedre and Joscelin finally getting back in touch with each other after all they’ve been through – literally that was one of the most lovely scenes of the series so far.  I agree with Joscelin – he needs to go and catch more fist.  Now, that is all.  Go fish.

5. Phedre et al. journey down the Nahar, through the desert and into Jebe Barkal and Saba. What do you think of these new places and the new characters we meet?

Such an interesting journey.  Yet again Carey manages to bring scenes to life before your eyes.  Everywhere we go is easy to envisage and I just love the extra attention to detail – travelling across the desert you could almost feel the searing heat – I swear that my lips also felt cracked just reading those chapters.  More tea was needed.

6. Phedre meets with the elders of Saba and is disappointed. Then she meets with some of the women. What do you think? Will they help her when the others didn’t?

I think they will.  Hopefully I won’t be proved wrong!  These are the wise women after all – and two things must ye remember about the wise women – 1. they are women; and 2. they are wise!  if they don’t give up the info then henceforth they shall be known as the not-so-wise women and that’ll teach them a lesson!

The other participants:

  1. Susan at Dab of Darkness
  2. Allie at Tethyan Books
  3. Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
  4. Me at Lynn’s Book Blog
  5. Emily at Emma Wolf
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6 Responses to “Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.6”

  1. emmawolf

    “Yet again Carey manages to bring scenes to life before your eyes. Everywhere we go is easy to envisage and I just love the extra attention to detail”

    I know! I love how parts of these books are travelogues! Also I had no idea “cameleopard” meant “giraffe.” I love how she described a giraffe to someone who didn’t know what they were.

    *nods* about the women of Saba. It reminds me a lot of Jewish traditions and teaching about wisdom of women.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – when the word cameleopard appeared I thought ‘urgh?’ then I read the description of course and was like ‘ahh’.
      The Wise Women – looking forward to reading their decision, fingers crossed they don’t let me down!
      Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    ” These are the wise women after all – and two things must ye remember about the wise women – 1. they are women; and 2. they are wise! if they don’t give up the info then henceforth they shall be known as the not-so-wise women and that’ll teach them a lesson!”

    Thanks for the laugh :D.

    I also meant to say something about the Sahara in my answers this week, but then forgot. I’ve only been there once, but it was such a weird place–Carey’s writing about the desert really brought the memories back. She is really good at the travelogue-style descriptions.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I loved her descriptions of the desert. I was licking my lips and feeling parched just reading it!
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    Yep. I agree – I think Imriel would have been in grave danger on board that homebound ship. I am glad he played his little trick.

    I like how Phedre is always paying attention to local wildlife, landscapes, customs (food, clothing, saddles). It really brings the traveling part of the story to life and keeps it from being boring.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Susan, I have to say that of all the books so far this is without a doubt my stand up favourite. I don’t know why because I’ve certainly enjoyed all the others – but this one has really taken a hold of me. And, yes, I do love all the attention to detail that Carey pays – it’s not at all cumbersome the way she writes – I just love it.
      Lynn 😀

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