Our household goods arrived recently, and that means our books (which are not few, let me tell you) are all here too. On a whim I decided to re-read the whole Kushiel’s Legacy series.
It is a lot of fun re-reading a series that you have read to completion. You notice things that you may have missed, not having the knowledge of a story completed. Names and places and conflicts stick in my head better.
One thing I noticed is the parallels drawn between Prince Baudoin de Trevalion and the yet to be born Prince Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel, both Princes of the Blood, born generations apart, never to meet. Having similar, if nuanced beginnings, both having crafty and ambitious traitors for mothers, sharing similar lineage, both of House Courcel, being children of Lyonette, Lioness of Azzalle and Prince Benedict respectively, both siblings of Ganelon de la Courcel. They were both entitled to the same privileges and courtesies due a Prince of the Blood. It is interesting to me to see how they took their royal heritage in different directions.
Baudoin was content to be a pawn in his mother’s machinations, while Imriel worked hard to prove that he wanted no part of Melisande’s (Oh! Melisande! Is there a better villainess in all of literature?) treasons. Baudoin enjoyed flaunting his royalty and taking as many royal liberties as possible while Irmri was content to hide below the radar, working the fields and enjoying the mews of the country estate in Montrève.
So what say you, readers of Readerland? How do you find Baudoin and Imriel similar? Different? Do you think these differences are a matter of their respective nurturing? Do the ways in which they individually embrace their royal heritage ultimately determine the outcome of their lives? Were Marc and the Lioness responsible for the who Baudoin grew to be? Was Imriel indeed saved from Benedict and Melisande’s corruption by the goodness of Phèdre and Jocelin?
It’s interesting to think on, any way.
Interested in sharing in comments…have at it!
PS: Has anyone else ever been peeved by the seemingly poor cover art? Not only are these pictures not at all representative of how Phèdre is described in the books, her marque is always skewed off center of the picture, and also not how it is described. On Mercy and Justice the cover art seems to match how Sidonie is described…*shrugs*