Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, Readalong week No.4

559172Today is week four 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

This week our host is Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow. Now, to the Q&A:

1. The aftermath of Imriel’s night at Valerian House takes a bit of a dark emotional turn… What did you think of what happens between him and Phedre? Did it surprise you at all?

It did surprise me and in fact I’m still thinking it over to be honest.  I shall have to return to this aspect because I’m not totally sure what to make of it yet.

2. We go from this scene to Imriel’s decision to leave Terre D’Ange and visit Tiberium, and he doesn’t waste much time arranging the trip – though he does make time to say some goodbyes, and to confront Barquiel L’Envers. Any thoughts about this encounter – or his meeting with Sidonie?

The meeting with Sidonie almost felt a little less than I suppose I was hoping for – I think I was hoping that they would both actually show a little more feeling – that being said, I suppose it made sense to rein the feelings in a little.  The confrontation with Barquiel – it just seemed to blow up out of nowhere didn’t it – I really wasn’t expecting it – surely Barquiel doesn’t think it would be okay to kill Imriel at Court!

3. Next stop is Tiberium, and Imriel quickly catches up with Eamonn! What do you think of the University setting, and Eamonn’s taste for studying philosophy? Do you think it will help Imri in any way?

I love this aspect of the story so far.  We’re once again travelling to a different place and it’s something that Carey really excels at writing.  Plus, it was great to catch up with Eamonn again.  To an extent it feels like Imriel is floundering – why does he want to go down this route – is he simply following in Eamonn’s footsteps, he does admit that he’s almost envious of Eamonn (not in a bad way) so perhaps he wants to emulate him. But, he seems to have chosen the first tutor he happened upon (who coincidentally was also teaching Eamonn) and he also seems a little flippant about putting in appearance or paying attention – which given that he barely got accepted seems a bit odd.  I think, more than anything, Imriel simply needs to escape from himself, enjoy being almost anonymous for a little while, and so whether he’s studying or not maybe doesn’t seem the most important aspect – although, as it’s philosophy I hope he picks up a few pearls of wisdom along the way.

4. An old mystery deepens as Imriel searches for information on Anafiel Delaunay – and appears to find more than he bargained for… What did you make of Claudia Fulvia? 

She’s somewhat dangerous I think.  She lured Imriel in, got him good and tired (ahem) and then sprung a knife on him – and then tried to make out that she wasn’t going to hurt him – time will tell I think.  Maybe her and her husband are both playing a game – it does seem very convenient that he was out of town and he does seem to be completely ignorant of the way his wife is behaving which, given he’s an astute politician I find a little difficult to believe.  Let’s see!

That’s it this week.

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


6 Responses to “Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, Readalong week No.4”

  1. tethyanbooks

    I was a bit shocked by the Barquiel/Imriel confrontation as well. That escalated quickly.

    I agree that to some extent he is following Eamonn. Also, he’s been trying to ‘escape himself’ for a while now (mostly through sex), so the idea of going somewhere that no one knows him except the one friend he trusts implicitly must sound appealing.

    Claudia did mention that her husband is much older than she is. It’s possible that he might be aware of his wife’s infidelity, and willing to tolerate it as long as she is discreet and does not harm his reputation.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can totally see the appeal of getting away from everything for Imriel – and I can also see why I he might want to go somewhere he knows he has a true friend.
      As to Claudia – agreed, her husband might know and tolerate these things providing she’s discreet – although, I’m not sure how discreet she was by taking Imriel to her own bed! I hope the two of them aren’t up to something together!
      Barquiel – that was very surprising wasn’t it – I don’t know what he was hoping to achieve!
      Lynn 😀

  2. emmawolf

    “It did surprise me and in fact I’m still thinking it over to be honest. I shall have to return to this aspect because I’m not totally sure what to make of it yet.”

    Me too. After reading this book a few times, I still don’t know what to make of it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m so glad you said that – I was thinking that I was just missing something!
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    I think Barquiel was hoping Maslin would be dumb enough to do his dirty work for him. Maslin’s such a hot head where both Sidonie and Imri are concerned.

    Yeah… Imri really is just thrashing around in life right now. He lacks purpose or rather, hasn’t decided what purpose best suits him yet – playboy gigolo? Marry into Alban royalty to keep Queen and Country happy? Go retire quietly to Montreve to dig tree stumps out of the ground and ride horses? Or become a serious scholar? Both Phedre and Joscelin had purpose thrust upon them when they were sold into Skaldi slavery. Imri doesn’t have fate deciding his purpose, or at least, not yet.

    He’s an older politician. Perhaps, if he already has heirs, he doesn’t mind letting his wife play as long as she shares info that helps him in his political endeavors. If I ever get to be an old politician, that’s how I’m going to stay on top of things! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, maybe Barquiel was setting Maslin up as the fall guy. I didn’t think of that.
      And Imri, he certainly is thrashing around – I guess he’ll find his purpose in much the same way as Phedre – meaning he’ll get into a tough spot and have to use all his reserves to get out of it.

      Having read further I think he may be about to come across a whole new ‘purpose. We’ll see.
      Lynn 😀

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