BookMattic's Rating: 3.5/5
Goodread's Rating: 4.3/5
It's the last book in the Imriel series of three books and it has one of the highest ratings out of all six Kushiel books according to Goodreads.com. This series as a whole definitely deserves more attention than what it gets. But Kushiel's Mercy is weak in some aspects as an individual book to end the series, but has a fantastic ending which makes it all worth the while of finishing all the way to the end.
The plot of the story is fairly easy to understand and doesn't go too far into politics unlike some of the other books. You've got two conflicts to this story. The first is that the queen of Terre d'Ange will not allow Imriel and Sidonie, the heir to the throne, to get married unless Imriel brings his treasonous mother back to Terre d'Ange to be executed for her crimes, which should have been difficult to do. But then Carey makes the circumstances of the book way too easy for Imriel to find his mother. There was a cost that came with what happened before Imriel went out on his mission to find his mother and save Terre d'Ange, a very dark and twisted cost that Imriel had to solve practically alone.
Before Imriel found his mother, Terre d'Ange got put under a dire spell by a sorcerer from Carthage that made everyone who was in the city at the time of the spell believe that Carthage and Terre d'Ange were in alliance with each other against Aragionia. Aragonia has had a long alliance with Terre d'Ange which made it very heartbreaking and backstabbing for the people of Aragonia because of Terre d'Ange's betrayal. The worst of all Sidonie had been taken by the prince of Carthage.
The plot may sound a little hokey and truthfully it is. Imriel, one man, had to overthrow a whole nation. Jacqueline Carey just makes it seem way too easy for Imriel to find his way through this mess. The story lacks the suspense it needed to make the book great. There were some nice battle scenes that we had not read in the previous two books which made for some exciting reading. But best of all was the ending of the book. You can really appreciate the Terre d'Ange precept of 'Love as thou wilt' and love will prevail over anything.
If you're a fan of this series you should definitely finish off Kushiel's Mercy. Although the book was slow moving and predictable it had a good feeling at the end and ties everything in a sweet bow. Imriel and Sidonie 'always and always'.