Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey, Week 7 readalong

Kushiel's justiceToday 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

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

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5 Responses to “Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey, Week 7 readalong”

  1. emmawolf

    I totally misunderstood question 6 and only realized it now. And this is not, well, two meanings could be taken from the question. This is me not being able to read or, subconsciously, me being so incensed by the idea that people change the truth of their gods to suit their purposes that I wouldn’t let myself understand. I need to stop reading about Christian Dominionism.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – it was an interesting thought of Imriel’s – and actually, in fairness I should have put the quote in the question. He was worried about the way we change the Gods to suit ourselves and more to the point worrying about how the Gods would actually take that. I really enjoyed this week’s chapters, there is a feel of not moving much further forward but in spite of that I found the story intriguing.
      Lynn 😀

      • emmawolf

        ” there is a feel of not moving much further ”

        I felt that too. But also, despite that, I enjoyed it too. I think it’s one part character growth and development. And how interesting it was that a character was developed (Berlik) without even being seen in any of the action.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, I don’t think this has moved forward much but in spite of that it was really good reading.
        Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    I didn’t actually see that as Joscelin and Imriel being good and bad. Angels are good, right? Just, Joscelin the ‘angel’ came bearing gifts (like dagger-fighting skill), and Imriel the ‘avenging angel’ comes bearing justice.

    It is interesting watching Imriel go out on his own in this quest. I don’t think he’s had to face himself in such isolation before. I can’t say any more about Berlik, because I’ve read the next section now :).

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