This begins the second trilogy, in the Kushiel's Legacy series. This trilogy follows Imriel de la Courcel no Montreve, the adopted son of Phedre and Joscelin, and the biological son of Melisande Sharizai.
Imriel is now a teenager, coming into his majority at the royal court of Terre D'Ange. He's third in line to the throne, and as such has his allies, and his enemies at court, mostly just because he his mother's son. His mother was a traitor, but he has never known her, and shys away from his heritage, and all the dark and dangerous cravings of his sharizai blood. The court itself is a tricky place, some there would see him out of the way, and some would have him married off to secure one throne or the other.
Imriel travels to Tiberium, to study at the great universities, and leave his noble name behind. But intrigue has a way of following him.
It has to be said that this was not quite as exciting as the previous book, but then that was the climax in the trilogy, and this is just the beginning of this one. As such, it's not so much one great adventure, as a series of events as Imriel grows up and finds himself, segueing into a sort of medium-sized adventure as Imriel goes away to the Tiberium university. It's comparable in a way to the first of the Phedre triology. Except this does indeed introduce new places and cultures and characters that we haven't see before, it's by no means the same as the first book, and by no means un-exciting!See my other reviews of Kushiel's Legacy:
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