Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, Readalong week No.2

559172Today is week two of our readalong for Kushiel’s Scion.

If you’re interested in joining the readalong the details and other participants are below.  Feel free to join in and obviously, if you haven’t read this series but are intending to do so please be aware of spoilers – because they’re running amok below

Now, to the Q&A:

This week’s host is Tethyan Books and we are covering (chapters 12-19):

1) In this chapter, Katherine and Roshana introduce Imriel to some innocent regional courtship games.  What do you think of the differences between the two games?  Do you remember anything similar from when you were a teen?

The difference in the two games seemed to be that Roshana’s game was more what you would expect from a member of House Shahrizai with a little bit of spice added in the form of punishment (albeit very gentle) whereas Katherine’s game was quite innocent.  I was kind of glad that Imriel didn’t make the choice to be honest – it would have been difficult to choose between the two I think.  I don’t think we particularly had any games like this – I think the closest was spin the bottle and whoever the bottle pointed to either chose truth or dare.  

2) How do you think Imriel’s ideas of love and sex affected by the model set by Joscelin and Phedre? Do you think they’re doing a good job getting him through these awkward years?  

I think they’re doing an excellent job of bringing Imriel up in a very loving and trusting environment.  However, their lives are very entangled with a number of people in quite intimate ways and Phedre has definitely led a very interesting life so with Imri coming to that painfully embarrassed age where blushing is almost as common as breathing I guess with such a famous mother it’s probably a little more difficult for him.  Not to mention half his friends and acquaintances being attracted to either Phedre or Josceline must also be tough – but that’s got very little to do with how they’re bringing him up and more to do with how he feels about things. Plus, as we’ve seen Imri and his friends are at that age where they can be thoughtless or even cruel and so taunting Imri with Phedre’s past is an easy thing to do.  Like I said though, this is to do with Imriel and his feelings and how he comes to terms with things.

3) Imriel is getting a lot happier and easier at court these days.  Is there anything that was particularly notable for you in this period, during the apple-picking party or on the Longest Night?

Imri is definitely becoming more comfortable which to me demonstrates he’s starting to feel more at ease with himself and his identity.  In fact I would say he’s almost starting to enjoy his time at court enough that he might start to desire being there more often than not.  The apple picking party seemed to be a bit of a turnaround for him.  He had a really enjoyable time and was actually quite gracious to Ysandre for what seems to be the first time which feels a bit like a turning point.  He has his own group of friends now and his friendship with Alais seems to provide them both with a lot of fun. I liked when he took the puppy to court, it made everything less formal.  It was really nice that he remembered his promise to Alais and took such a lot of time and effort with making sure the dog would recognise her scent.

4) Imriel comes of age in this section, and spends his first night in the Night Court, at Balm House. What do you think about his experience with Emmeline?

It was a very touching scene and perfect for Imri in that it was a very gentle introduction.  I must say I would have been overcome with embarrassment at his age to even contemplate such a thing!  I think Phedre made a very wise choice with Balm House and Imriel maybe won’t be as concerned about future trysts.

5) Imriel has also made a new close friend, Eamonn mac Grainne!  What did you think of their fight?  How do you think their closeness will affect his image at court?

I thought the fight scene was so well done and I was just really pleased that one of them didn’t have to lose!  Eamonn is a great character.  I really like his directness and I also like the fact that he’s not all puffed up with self importance and swagger.  I hadn’t really considered whether Eamonn’s friendship would affect Imriel’s court image to be honest.  I suppose some of the more underhand characters could use it as a tool to undermine him.

Here is the current schedule:

Week 1: Prologue-chpt. 11, post on Sunday Jan 3rd, hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 2: Chpts. 12-19, Jan 10th, hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 3: Chpts. 20-27, Jan 17th, hosted by Emma Wolf
Week 4: Chpts. 28-36, Jan  24th, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
Week 5: Chpts. 37-44, Jan 31st, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 6: Chpts. 45-52, Feb 7th, hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 7: Chpts. 53-60,  Feb 14th, hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 8: Chpt. 61-End, Feb 21st, hosted by Emma Wolf

And here is the current list of participators:
Allie at Tethyan Books
Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog
Emily at Emma Wolf
Susan at Dab of Darkness

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8 Responses to “Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, Readalong week No.2”

  1. Lisa (@EffingRainbow)

    Yay, Eamonn! He is a sweetie. I can’t wait to see what he gets up to from here! 😀

    I agree that Imri seems to be reaching a turning point, and what we’ve seen so far is pretty encouraging… Though now that I’ve said this I’m worried about what might mess it all up! *Hides from plot twists*

    The puppy! Yes. I like that Imri picked a breed that isn’t just fashionable and pretty to look at for Alais. She’s another character who intrigues me, and I hope we get more out of her…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I hope we have more of Alais – I’m really enjoying her character and the fact that she and Imriel seem to be such good friends – unlike her sister! Not quite sure what to make of her yet.
      Eamonn is excellent, a really good character. At this rate I think Imriel could end up with a good bunch of friends – which he needs.
      Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    Your spin-the-bottle was a little different from mine; in our version you had to kiss whoever the bottle pointed to! We never had the audacity to actually play it as young teens, though college was different.

    Everything seems so happy now that I’m bracing for something terrible to happen soon. Eamonn is great, and it’s nice that he can just laugh off the rumors that they’re lovers (since the idea makes Imriel so uncomfortable). I like the idea of the apple-picking party as a turning point in his relationship with Ysandre, as well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think that everyone wanted to end up kissing somebody during spin the bottle – but you only wanted to do so if it was someone you liked. Truth or dare was a bit of a get out clause really.
      I know what you mean. I feel like I’m just waiting for something terrible to happen – that Carey – she has us on pins now after the drama from the last series.
      Lynn 😀

  3. emmawolf

    (Not relevant to this section, but I love your cover. And the little blurb. It makes them sound like vampires.)

    ” Plus, as we’ve seen Imri and his friends are at that age where they can be thoughtless or even cruel and so taunting Imri with Phedre’s past is an easy thing to do.”

    I wonder if Imriel and his friends tell “yo mamma” jokes.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hahah – yo mamma – lol!
      Yes, it does sound like there will be vampires involved now I give it another look!
      Lynn 😀

  4. nrlymrtl

    I hadn’t thought of the court rumors about Imri and Eamonn as underhanded but now that you put it that way, I can see it, especially if folks are looking at Imri’s pure blood and perhaps hoping a pure blood will sit the thrown some day. If he’s interested in non-D’Angelines, then the rumor is pretty underhanded.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There’s an awful lot of court politics in all these books – frankly, I’m glad we have these readalongs because I’m sure I’d miss some of the implications but these questions make me think about the issues so much more – more often than not I change my mind as I go along – but, again, that’s part of the fun!
      Lynn 😀

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