By Jacqueline Carey
WARNING: This book has adult content.
Imriel de la Courcel is the son of Melisandre (one of the Terre D’Ange’s worst traitors.) However Imriel has been raised by Phedre and Joscelin. As Imriel becomes of age, he is plagued by dark yearnings.
He leaves his home (and court) so that he can have time to learn himself. He does learn much about himself, but at the same time he is manipulated into a dark web of conceit….
Good story. Althought this is a different character (not Phebe) and male, I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this plot. The character’s mantra is “I will try to be good.” It doesn’t always work, but he is earnest in his desires.
As Kushiel’s scion, he is giving the ability to see the flaws in other’s souls. This ability can be used for good or evil purposes. He sees how easy it is to use this ability for his own purposes. Without the training from Kushiel’s Avatar (Phebe), he could have easily walked his mother’s path.
There were some twists in this story that I hope get unkinked in Kurshiel’s Justice (next book). Otherwise, good plot, good character, and good writing. I give it 4 stars.