With their love made public, Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel and Sidonie, heir to the throne of Terre d’Ange have no choice but to obey Queen Ysandre’s edict. Unless Imri can bring his traitorous mother to justice, they will not be allowed to marry. The foster parents he loves, Phèdre and Joscelin help him begin the search by sending word to various contacts they have made throughout their own journeys and information begins to filter back. The city is thrown into a buzz of excitement when a visiting diplomat asks for Sidonie’s hand in marriage. With his suit refused, he casts an evil enchantment that holds the city in thrall and the belief that not only has Sidonie happily consented to the marriage but that Terre D’ange has agreed to support him in a foreign war. Only Imriel is spared, courtesy of the mother he’s never known but still loves him, and he alone remembers the love that he and Sidonie shared. With help from an unexpected source, he sets out to find Sidonie and break the enchantment. If he can’t, he’ll lose his beloved sun princess and Terre D’Ange will be at civil war.
I’ve been a huge fan of the original Kushiel trilogy for years. So much so, I’ve read them several times (and plan to again!). The Treason’s Heir trilogy have been just as good, even though the main focus of the story wasn’t on my favourite characters of Phèdre and Joscelin but on their foster son Imriel. Having said that, watching Imriel’s journey from a frightened boy, having endured too much already, into a man who knows honour, duty, grief and love, you can’t help but fall in love with him. This grows as the trilogy progresses and now, having finished the final book Kushiel’s Mercy, I am left feeling almost bereft that the story is over.
That Love is religion in Terre D’Ange and has always played a huge part in the books has always fascinated me. Their main tenet ‘Love as thou wilt’ is intriguing and the religious aspects that spring from that. Carey created a world that was vibrant, erotic and sensual, filled with characters that you genuinely feel you come to know and love.
The book was just phenomenal, as they all have been. Her writing is clean and crisp, the story flowing smoothly and the plot takes you through so many emotions you both laugh and cry. It’s also complex and the twists and turns it takes as the story unfolds keep you glued to the pages. I couldn’t put it down and now want to go back and read from the very first book in the original series, if only so I can review them all, as they deserve to be.