Imriel’s Trilogy, Book 1
Synopsis: Imriel de la Courcel’s blood parents are history’s most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phèdre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d’Ange’s greatest champions.
Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty, and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies … and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his birth mother Melisande, who nearly destroyed the realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother’s irresistible allure – and her dangerous gifts. And as he comes of age, plagued by dark yearnings, Imriel shares their fears.
At the royal court, where gossip is the chosen poison and assailants wield slander instead of swords, the young prince fights character assassins while struggling with his own innermost conflicts. But when Imriel departs to study at the famed University of Tiberium, the perils he faces turn infinitely more deadly. Searching for wisdom, he finds instead a web of manipulation, where innocent words hide sinister meanings, and your lover of last night may become your hired killer before dawn. Now a simple act of friendship will leave Imriel trapped in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess; where a dead man leads an army; and where the prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.
Review: I really fell in love with the first Jacqueline Carey’s trilogy featuring the adventures of Phèdre and Joscelin. Although I was eager to get into the Imriel’s story, I waited several years to really do it and so it was with pleasure to find the characters that I had taken the time to enjoy.
I was quite surprised by starting the novel to find Imriel still quite young. We can thus see him growing and evolving throughout the chapters from childhood to adulthood. I was immediately swept away by the history, especially as we find the almost constant presence of Phedre and Joscelin behind him and it was very interesting to see what they had become. We are therefore witnessing his desire to no longer be the son of his mother, to get away from all what he could represent and afraid of what he really is. It is not necessarily easy when you know the legacy he has. But Imriel will evolve, meet with his cousins, realize that Phadre is not so white that he wanted her to be, and he will one day have to deal with his inner demons. But gradually, and even if it is very difficult, he will realize that he is different and he must fulfill his desires.
Of course the political intrigues are always there and even more due to his present line for the crown. Even if he does everything to stay away from that, not to raise suspicion, he does not take much to put him on the front of the stage again. Also, our young boy dreams of freedom and adventure although this is very complicated.
I loved to follow the whole story and I loved the fantasy world the author has created. By cons even if I was completely carried away by the first part of the novel, I admit that I have a little less adhered to the second featuring our hero in another part of the kingdom and his adventures all alone. Then, this is not really a concern but it’s true that how I felt, but I’m curious to see what will happen now, because I’m sure it will not fail to have many outstanding events. I’m also curious to see what will happen to everything related to Melisande we hear so much about here.
A very good book and I can not wait to immerse myself in the sequel.
Glad this worked so well for you and that you loved it every bit as much as you were hoping you would.
yes it was a good one there!
Well, this sounds really fascinating . . . I hope the sequel is going to be as good as this one!
me too! so curious!
Oooh! I really like the sound of this book. And the cover looks great! I’m really glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I remember reading the other series way back when and enjoyed them! Will have to give these a go 🙂
yes you need to try this one as well!
It’s too bad the second half of the novel when the hero is off on his own wasn’t quite as gripping Melliane, but I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall! Hope the sequel is outstanding:)
yes I was a bit sad, bu in a whole it’s not that important
I don’t think I’ve ever even seen these before, but the first half of this sounds very interesting. It’s too bad that the second half wasn’t quite as good.
really? They’re quite famous here
It’s great to re-visit a series and new characters to look forward too. I have to admit I tried the first book and did not finish it. I think it was really a matter of not the right book at the right time as the premise and Jacqueline Carey’s writing sound like something I would normally love. I hope to try and revisit this series. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Melliane 🙂
I hope that it will be better if you try again
Is this in the same universe as the Naamah books? I love that trilogy, I don’t know much about JCarey’s books though
Yes it is! We have the same characters, it’s just the sequels
These books are so lovely, I am a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel universe. This trilogy is not as good as Phedres but it’s still amazing. It will get progressively darker, I do hope you’ll enjoy the rest of Imriel’s trilogy.
me too. Me too, I loved the first trilogy.
I don’t know much about this series, but the world seems attractive. It also sounds like a tight, complex plot, which is always a plus 🙂 Great review!
it’s a really impressive world, I can tell you that.
Such a contrast in covers. I haven’t heard of this author or series, but you have me curious. I am headed over to do some research on Goodreads.
oh yes you need to try!
I don’t think I know these books, but that’s good this new series is off to a good start. I hope you enjoy the rest!
I meant to start this series, but I guess I just forgot. 🙁 So many fantasy books out there that sometimes it’s pretty hard to choose your perfect next read!! Wonderful review, though, I’m convinced!!
Ah yes it’s difficult.
I have to read book 1 one day
I hope you’ll like it
I really need to start on her books. I’ve only read one and it wasn’t related to this series. I enjoyed it so I don’t know what stops me from getting more. So need to check this one out.
she has a lot of really nice books
You know this author is one I’ve wanted to try for some time. Her other series, which you mentioned you loved, is one that caught my eye. Thanks for sharing this new one.
you need to try!
I’ve been meaning to read Kushiels Dart. I didn’t know there was a sequel! I’m glad it was good and I love political intrigue in books too!
yes and I’m curious nowto read the 2 others
I’m reading everyone’s comments and seeing that everyone’s read a book by this author before (while I hadn’t even heard of her before). It’s official…you’ve got me interested. I’m going to have to give this one a try!
lol, too many authors
I have read the first book…I did not like it much. But I do want to try another one.
maybe it will be better…
This sounds fantastic, Mellaine. Maybe I should check the original series first.
yes it’s a really good one
So happy I am not the only one to have read this series and the one before it. the intrigue and politics are so great, but the characters are the best. We really get to watch Imriel grow.
Oh I have one of hers that I got ages and ages ago. I liked the cover and sounds of it. I never made it to reading it though. Eeps. Sounds like if it’s anything as good as this I’ve really missed out.