Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, Readalong week No.7

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

Feel free to join in with the comments 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 Allie at Tethyan Books is our lovely host.  The schedule and other participants are listed below.  Go check them out.  To the Q&A:

1) We begin this section with a slightly happier topic, Eamonn and Brigitta’s wedding.  Do you think this was a good idea, for Eamonn and Brigitta as well as for the people of Lucca?  Assuming they both survive, how do you think it will go for them when they break the news to their families?  

This reminded me of so many books that I’ve read during war time where people, well, rush into marriage.  To be honest, I can see this working out for Eamonn and Brigitta because they seem well matched – but, it was very quickly realised and time will tell.  On top of that, they’re both from very different backgrounds and I wonder whether they’ve forgotten about their family expectations (not that I would judge them for doing so).  I like Eamonn though, i don’t feel like I know Brigitta enough yet, but I hope it works out. As to whether this will be good for the people of Lucca – it will be in terms of Eamonn fighting hard to return to his wife!

2)  Firestorm! Do you think this action was worth the sacrifices?  In the words of Deccus Fulvius, do you think it is worth destroying something to save it?

Well, it seems like a contradiction in terms doesn’t it – destroying something to save it.  But I can see the thinking behind it.  At the end of the day if an enemy is outside your gates and you’re under siege you have to lessen their chances somehow and that’s going to be less easy with them being unable to eat the spoils of your labour.

3) The d’Angeline delegation makes a deal for Imriel’s friends.  Do you agree with the characters’ decisions on who would go and who would stay?

Well, I could see it coming and the deal was no surprise.  If I was Imriel I would have chosen the same.  It was sort of obvious who would stay behind to a certain extent – and what I mean by that is the opportunity for Eamonn and Imriel to fight side by side.

4) Do you think that Gallus Tadius knew that his plan to funnel the water to the underworld would require him to also depart?  Was that an act of self-sacrifice, or was it unintentional? 

I’m not sure what to make of this yet – maybe only Gallus has departed – by which I mean that Lucius will return.  That does seem a bit fantastical but it’s kind of what I’m hoping for.

5) Any new thoughts on Canis?  Do you think he was involved in informing the d’Angeline delegation, and do you think he’s a part of (or in opposition to) the Unseen Guild?

I’ve thought all along that Canis was looking out for Imriel.  At first I wondered if Phedre and Joscelin had sought somebody out for this purpose but now having thought about it I think that’s more Melisande’s style.  I don’t think he is a part of the Guild – but, now I’ve said that I’m probably going to be wrong!  If he is working for Melisande it would still make sense for him to inform the D’Angelines – because his mission would be to protect.

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.7”

  1. tethyanbooks

    I was wondering if maybe it was the war situation that made them a bit more likely to rush into marriage. I hope theirs works out, though!

    I hope Lucius can finally recover, if Gallus Tadius is gone.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think the war definitely added to it – it was so rushed, like, ohh, we better get married now in case something happens to one of us!
      I hope Lucius recovers.
      Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    Yep. Firing the olive grove deprived the army of shade and food (not just olives, but other plants, rabbits, and birds). So, yeah, I think it was necessary too.

    I don’t blame Imriel either for making his choice to keep his hand and fight out the siege. It makes excellent reading too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – if Imriel had just left that would have been pretty much the end of that really!
      Lynn 😀

  3. emmawolf

    Something that I was wondering about the return to the underworld, before they set the fields on fire, Deccus said “they’re dead men.” Imriel thought he meant that they were possessed by dead men. That it wasn’t just Lucius possessed by Gallus. Deccus seemed to know what Imriel was talking about. I guess I’m wondering, to what extent was the city possessed?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh my goodness – I never even considered that, I mean it makes sense really – why would only Gallus have returned!
      Lynn 😀

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