Kushiel’s Mercy (Imriel’s Trilogy #3) by Jacqueline Carey readalong week No.4

kushiels-mercyToday is week 4 of our readalong for Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey.  This week  Emma Wolf is our host.  Anyway, here’s the Goodreads link and also the schedule is below in case you want to join in.  Beware of spoilers because they’ll be lurking.  Now, over to the Q&A.
1. After being freed, Kratos decides to stay in Leander/Imriel’s service. Did his loyalty or reasons surprise you? What about how he was able to aid Leander/Imriel?
It didn’t surprise me to be honest.  The others in Imriel’s service seemed to have a purpose to return to – even it that was revenge on the person that had sent them into a life of slavery – Kratos, well, I wouldn’t say he was at a loose end, because that’s not how it felt, more like staying with Imriel held purpose for him.  Plus I dare say he felt a not small amount of gratitude to Imriel for saving him from the life that he had come to expect.  Maybe he thinks he will be able to repay the favour at some point.
2. Despite Justina’s training, her loyalty to Melisande, and her position ready to tip the balance, she is unwilling or unable to help Leander/Imriel. What do you think of this? What good is the Guild or Melisande and her spies if not for this?
Well, I couldn’t blame her to be honest.  She admitted it herself that she was more helpful when it came to pillow talk rather than taking part in dangerous activities and removing someone’s ring probably isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I think if the opportunity had arisen naturally she would have taken it but taking unnecessary risks wouldn’t really have helped.  At the end of the day if she had taken the risk and been caught the whole game would have been over wouldn’t it?  Astegal would have know that she was after the ring, he probably would have had her tortured and, even if she gave nothing away, he would have been on his guard.
3. Any thoughts about the Longest Night?
It was a very different sort of celebration wasn’t it.  More or less the same as any other night but with a little dancing involved.  I thought it was risky of Imriel to dance with Sidonie, that Astegal would note it and maybe be jealous, and it seems he was jealous – enough to try to humiliate Imriel – it didn’t quite work out though.  I thought it was interesting that both Imriel and Sidonie thought to keep Elua’s vigil.  Very telling.  Both of them quietly praying.  Like a reflection of each other.
4. Any thoughts about the aftermath of the breaking of two of the spells? Were you amused by Imriel’s conversation with Sunjata? Were you surprised by Sidonie’s reaction once the spell on her is broken?
Well it almost went drastically wrong didn’t it.  Firstly Sidonie dashing off and finding a lot of home truths that she couldn’t understand and then Imriel finding himself and almost scaring Sidonie out of her wits!  It was all very tense wasn’t it.  I felt very sorry for Sidonie as the full realisation of the spell washed over her – the horrible thing is that she will clearly still remember everything.  She might have not been forced – like she said herself, but having your will removed and having no choice in anything, it seems much  worse to me.
5. Last week, Allie said she hopes Bodeshmun’s power “all blows up in his face.” Thoughts on his death?
Well, it couldn’t have been more prophetic really.  I hate to be nasty but his ending was rather perfect as far as I was concerned.  He was a nasty piece of work and a horrible human being to say the very least.
The Schedule:
Oct.  9th Week 1: Chpts. 1-10 (Hosted by Dab of Darkness)
Oct. 16th Week 2: Chpts. 11-22 (Hosted by Tethyan Books)
Oct. 23rd Week 3: Chpts. 23-35 (Hosted by Emma Wolf)
Oct. 30th Week 4: Chpts. 36-49 (Hosted by Emma Wolf)
Nov. 6th Week 5: Chpts. 50-62 (Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog)
Nov. 13th Week 6: Chpts. 63-75 (Hosted by Tethyan Books)
Nov. 20th Week 7: Chpts. 76-END (Hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow)
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6 Responses to “Kushiel’s Mercy (Imriel’s Trilogy #3) by Jacqueline Carey readalong week No.4”

  1. emmawolf

    I agree with everything you said about Kratos. I think he and Imriel are a good pairing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think so too. I hope he plays a bigger role – you never quite know with Carey.
      Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    I do enjoy Kratos and his slow opening up to Leander/Imriel. Like after his wrestling bout with Astegal and Leander/Imri and Kratos are bathing, Kratos makes that quiet inquiry, ‘Please tell me it is your life’s endeavor to ruin that man?’ or such. That was a great scene.

    the first time I read this, I was a liitle worried that Imriel would get all his memories back while he was blindly sword fighting on the Longest Night for Astegal’s entertainment. But, luckily, he didn’t have the epiphany right then.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – that sentence you quote from Kratos was a great turning point and i loved that he not only shook Imriel into action but came up with a plan.
      I also had the same fear to be honest, – like Emma has mentioned muscle memory – that he would just remember his swordsmanship and starting kicking ass!
      Lynn 😀

  3. tethyanbooks

    On Sidonie, I can’t imagine this will be easy for her to cope with, once the adrenaline of the situation is gone. I would suspect she’ll be really anxious about feelings and hunches that things aren’t right in the future.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I think what happened to her is terrible – it would take me ages to get over that because it would be constantly playing on my mind.
      Lynn 😀

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