Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.1

Kushiel's justiceToday is week 1 of our readalong of Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey.  The schedule and participants are below.  All welcome to join in or to simply jump in with the comments.  This week we cover chapters 1-7 and our host is Susan from Dab of Darkness.

1) Imriel wraps up some left over business – meeting with Bernadette de Trevalion. What do you think of the way Imriel handled the meeting? Will the peace hold? 

I think Imriel handled the meeting really well to be honest.  It would have been easy to go down a different route and I’m not sure I could have been as calm in his place but I like his attempt at keeping the peace.  I hope Bernadette stays true to her word, she did seem genuinely surprised by some of Imriel’s revelations.

2) Imriel first hears of the Bear People or Bear Witches from Alise and later a little more from the Alban honor guards who attend the Bard, and still a bit more from Phedre. Simply a spooky story or more to it? Does the tale remind you of any myth or legend? 

I don’t know what to make of the tale to be honest.  It sounds like something that maybe has an element of truth to it but has grown into something more – as these myths and legends do.  A bit like Chinese whispers.

3) Mavros accompanies Imriel on their visit to Bryony House, where Imriel wins them tokens for the Longest Night. What did you think of how Imriel won the bet? Mavros shares a bit of wisdom later, pointing out that Imriel isn’t really enjoying sampling all the Night Court Houses before his wedding and that it is somewhat of an injustice to Naamah. Do you think Mavros is right? 

The tokens – interesting that Imriel could use his bad memories in that way and curious that he was so keen to win the bet that he would do so.  Maybe an indication of the fact that he’s really moving on.  I think Imriel is bored by the Night Court Houses and there’s nothing wrong with that in my opinion.  It doesn’t seem to be what he really wants does it and it feels like he’s just going along with things for the sake of it.  I think Imriel has changed and wants more.  He has this desire for Sidonie at the moment and maybe everything else pales in comparison.

4) In this section, Imriel visits Kushiel’s Temple and then later Naamah’s Temple, wishing to atone in both for various slights and actions. Which would you find more cathartic? Do you think Imriel has a deeper understanding of himself, and perhaps Phedre, now? 

For me, no, I don’t think Imriel has a deeper understand than Phedre – everything she did felt very natural whereas Imriel feels as though he’s floundering around a little trying to find his own route and struggling to do so.  He’s only young though and has plenty of time to find out what he’s comfortable with.

5) Finally, we have the Longest Night. What stood out the most for you? If you could join Imriel’s little group, what philosopher would you choose to dress as? 

I think the liaison with Sidonie and Imriel stood out the most in this Longest Night.  Their actions seemed a little crazy like they both just gave in to their own desire regardless of the eyes upon them!  I don’t know who I’d dress as to be honest.  When I think of philosophers I tend to think of the Ancient Greeks so I guess I’d have a nice easy costume – a toga!

The details, schedule and other participants outlined below.  Please feel free to join in with the fun.

Here is the schedule:

Week 1: Chpts. 1-7, Mar 20 – Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 2: Chpts. 8-14, Mar 27 – Hosted by Emma Wolf
Week 3: Chpts. 15-22, Apr 3 – Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Chpts. 23-29, Apr 10 – Hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 5: Chpts. 30-37, Apr 17 – Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 6: Chpts. 38-46, Apr 24 – Hosted by Emma Wolf
Week 7: Chpts. 47-56, May 1 – Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 8: Chpts. 57-65, May 8 – Hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 9: Chpts. 66-END, May 15 – Hosted by Dab of Darkness

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


8 Responses to “Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.1”

  1. tethyanbooks

    Ooh, your cover has Imriel on it! Mine had Sidonie, I think. Is it a different regional cover?

    Anyway, on the actual content of the book, I agree he is still trying to find himself. I think he’s being a bit less hard on himself at this point though, which is an improvement. I think Naamah’s blessing might have something to do with his and Sidonie’s make-out session :).

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I was like woah you two!! Imriel is clearly a lot more comfortable in his own skin but is even so still adapting I think.
      Can’t wait to check out your cover!
      Lynn 😀

    • Lisa (@EffingRainbow)

      My cover also has Sidonie (in the gold dress?) – but my copy is the US edition because it’s smaller and so are my hands, heh.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I love the covers with Sidonie! It’s interesting to see the difference as well!
        Lynn 😀

  2. emmawolf

    I think it’s interesting that we approached question 3 in totally different ways. I wasn’t even thinking of the Longest Night then. Perhaps, like Imriel, I was just bored by it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I liked your answer to No.3 and wished I’d elaborated more myself after I’d read it. I think I just had it on my mind that Imriel is a bit obsessed with Sidonie now and so everything else lacks lustre a little.
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    I think you are spot on about Imri being bored by the Houses. It’s not what he needs or craves at this point in his life. He’s had a fair amount of experience now, of several flavors, and I think he might be ready for a deeper relationship.

    Toga party!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – toga parties would be so easy!
      Yeah, I think Imriel his himself a good old case of desire in the form of Sidonie and so he’s not really into everything else and frankly I find that totally realistic to be honest.
      Lynn 😀

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