Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey, Week 7 readalong
Today is week 7 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 47-56, and I am hosting. Without further ado, to the questions with the customary warning of spoilers!
1. Imriel seems to be having a lot of adventures by himself for the past few chapters. What do you make of his adventures and his character as the story progresses.
I like Imriel’s development over this particular book. The very fact that he is now venturing out on his own is, I feel, quite significant on it’s own. In terms of where he’s from and his heritage he is taking a huge risk but it doesn’t feel like he’s just going off in a strop. He has a purpose. I liked that he’s not afraid to get stuck in. There are no airs and graces about him even though he’s used to being quite well looked after and the shipwreck is a perfect example of that.
2. What do you make of Urist’s misfortune do you think he will play a further role in the story?
I felt very sorry for Urist. I think he’s played a really good role so far and I really hope he comes into play again. More than that, I’m pleased that JC didn’t feel the need to kill him off! There is definitely something about Urist that is easy to like.
3. Berlik seems to be receiving a lot of help on his travels, he seems very sad and repentant – what do you make now of Imriel’s mission? Will he succeed or is he changing? And is this mission worth the price?
I feel that things have changed slightly and I wonder whether Imriel will be able to actually kill Berlik? I think that Imriel has great justification for his mission but I think that the longer and father the journey goes the more difficult hit becomes. Also part of me wonders if Berlik would find it more of a punishment to be allowed to live. Plus, I’m not sure now how it will make Imriel feel to kill Berlik. It’s going to be interesting.
4. Joscelin seems to have become known as an ‘angel’ and Imriel as an ‘avenging angel’ – any thoughts?
Like Joscelin is seen as good and Imriel is bad. That’s really kind of sad. I don’t think Imriel has actually done anything bad in fact he’s had a lot of bad things happen to him and obviously he is seeking vengeance for the death of his wife and child. I’m not sure this course is going to make him happy but I suppose we’ll see.
5. The war that is looming – how do you see this affecting what is yet to come for Imriel?
I think it’s going to make things very difficult indeed. Imriel has already been imprisoned as a spy – which, as an aside, I was totally pulled into that element of the story – goodness knows what will happen next. I can’t help thinking that the way he behaved in prison and treated his fellow prison mate might help him out in the long run.
6. What did you think of Imriel’s thoughts about the Gods and the fact that we sometimes change them by twisting the truth a little as time progresses?
I was really drawn to Imriel’s thoughts on this, particularly how they related to our discussion on how the nature of things/stories depending on whether they’re written or spoken. It can’t be good though to change the nature of a God! Feels like somebody is going to get smote or smite, or whatever the correct term for being smited is!
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