Kushiel’s Mercy (Kushiel’s Legacy)
Grand Central Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (7/08)
There is only one major problem when you get your hands on a huge book that you can’t put down; your eyes get really, really tired! This was the case for me with “Kushiel’s Mercy.” The adventure spans over 650 pages, and I had a hard time taking a break from my reading. Needless to say, for two days straight, I went to work with very sore, tired eyes. Someone even asked me if I had been crying! Well, maybe a little…
“Kushiel’s Mercy” tells the story of Imriel and Sidonie. Having loved each other forever, they are finally in a place where they are ready to announce it to the world. The only problem with that is that Imriel’s birthmother is somewhat of a hated woman. She betrayed Sidonie’s people which resulted in the death of many loved ones. Not having heard much good about his mother, and not having known her, Imriel is issued a huge challenge if he wants to marry Sidonie. He has to find his mother and bring her back for her execution. He agrees.
Before any of this can happen, a treacherous man who wants Sidonie for himself has a spell cast over the land. The magic causes Sidonie to forget that she loves Imriel. The people of her land are given false beliefs. Imriel has to find a way to help Sidonie and stop this magic. One way to do this is to go to his mother and ask her lover to tell him how he needs to overcome this evil. This drastically changes his plans. Imriel will do anything for his love. So he sets off on his journey. Along the way, he has many adventures.
One of the things that I loved most about reading “Kushiel’s Mercy” is that is shows you that love can conquer all. I really got caught up in this story. The people in it were three-dimensional and constantly evolving as individuals. Even when overcome by evil magic, Imriel sees the good in the people. No matter how hard it gets for him, he never gives up. “Kushiel’s Mercy” by Jacqueline Carey is destined to be a classic.