What a wonderful book. Imriel realizes he is devastatingly attracted to Sidonie, Queen Ysandre’s oldest daughter and heir. As the two begin a torrid affair, Imriel struggles with his identity yet further as he is forced to marry the Queen’s niece and comes to some realizations that develop his character much, much further.
This is a great book. I was never bored, and sometimes the Kushiel books do drag if not much is happening. Imriel’s development is believable and progresses exactly how I would have hoped. He’s turned into a great character and even better, Carey has given him his own voice, very distinct from Phedre’s. Imriel has become a very admirable man. Phedre and Joscelin remain on the sidelines of the book, yet still retain hints of their former greatness and splendor. Plot develops apace and even in unexpected ways. Carey’s writing remains beautiful and exactly to my taste, although I do admit that some people would call it on the purple side of things.
All in all, a terrific absorbing book, so good that I’ve already preordered Kushiel’s Mercy.