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