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Naamah's Blessing (Kushiel's Legacy) Hardcover – June 29, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Moirin's Trilogy Series

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"Carey's fans will enjoy the straightforward heroics and plotting after the previous volume's heavy angst." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Jacqueline Carey's previous publications include various short stories, essays, a nonfiction book, Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend and Art, as well as the nationally bestselling series Kushiel's Legacy.

Product Details

  • Series: Kushiel's Legacy
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446198072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446198073
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Carey is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.

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As a long time fan of Jacqueline Carey's novels, I picked up the Naamah trilogy with high hopes. I have read both of the Kushiel Trilogies more times than I can count, and each novel. The intricate complexity, depth of character, and rich context of the novels were part of what drew me into Carey's writing, not to mention the way Carey uses sexuality in her books - not as a cheap gimmick to draw more readers, but as a genuine, pervasive plot element that enriches rather that detracts from the story. Unfortunately, the Naamah trilogy does not live up to the standards of the previous books. Before I continue, allow me to say that if your a true fan of Carey, as I am, you will still enjoy these books, but be aware that they simply don't compare to the Kushiel novels. I would recommend checking them out from a library, not paying for them. Now, as to why. Be aware that while I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, there may be few in the following paragraphs. There will definetely be spoilers from the previous novels, so go read those first if you haven't, they're much better anyways.


The first and biggest reason that the Naamah trilogy falls short of the mark of the previous books is that when it all boils down, the plots of these books feels forced. One of the biggest attractions to me in Carey's previous novels was how well her plots flowed into each other. While they make take place in a super natural world, the characters in her books reacted, in my opinion, very realistically to the situations surrounding them. When hard decisions were to be made, the characters struggled, and sometimes chose wrong, with significant cost to those around them. When trouble came up, it did so through a believable means consistent with the story.
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I'm fairly certain that at least some people observing me read "Naamah's Blessing" assumed that I was suffering from rather serious sinus allergies. Why? Because chapter after chapter, I simply could not suppress my urge to sniff disdainfully at the sheer clumsiness of this book.

Sniff. Clumsy characters: Let's start first with the laziness factor. Carey has had an unfortunate tendency in this series to use what I call the "descended-from shortcut." This is a device whereby old characters from the first two trilogies are essentially resurrected in the form of their descendents, and their personalities and character traits are revealed to us by virtue of their last names rather than through any actions on their part. For example, Septimus Rousse and Balthasar Shahrizai, who are playing the roles of Quintilius and Mavros respectively. Lazy and clumsy.

Sniff. Clumsy deus ex machina: Jehanne's ghost plays WAY too big a role here. And having Moirin's ex-lover appear to her in her dreams and give her instructions before doing the nasty would be eye-rolling enough, but Carey has to take two extra steps to make it even worse. First, the "I am dead and omniscient and you have to do exactly what I tell you, but there are mysterious `rules' laid down by some unnamed spoilsport that keep me from revealing the really important stuff to you in a timely fashion, mostly in order to keep the plot moving" schtick is just lame. Second, if you're going to have Moirin boinking the undead - and I would actually be OK with that - at least give us the goods! Quit cutting away from the only pairing in this entire series that truly had steamy sexual chemistry! Ugh.

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There is just something about reading a Jacqueline Carey novel which is rather like snuggling down in a warm blanket. If certain aspects are predictable (e.g. hero/heroine having to travel to foreign lands for duty, imprisonment after some fashion, angst around love, and villains of grand evil magic), it's still a comfortable familiarity that leaves one with the blissful feeling of happy ending when everything is done.

All that said, I have not been as fond of Moiron as a lead character. I haven't ever gotten much in the feel of growth or change from her, and the shared diarmadh is a bit of an easy out in a relationship; of course it will mend, they share a soul.

I read this and enjoyed it, as ever, but it was not the burning need to finish that I experienced with both Phedre and Imriel's stories. It was more just the content page-turning toward the end I knew would come.

I hope that Ms. Carey will continue to write in this world she's crafted, but I hope the hero or heroine of her next tale (likely a companion of some sort for Desirée?) is one more prone to growth and change, rather than just change of circumstance.
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I think I enjoyed this one the most out of this particular trilogy. Still not as good as the Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy (the one focusing on Imriel), but enjoyable anyhow. Most people like the first trilogy the best, but I thought Imriel was a much more interesting character, as he was so much more fallible and flawed than Moirin or Phedre.

At any rate, about this book. I gave it four stars because I enjoyed it. I do have criticism, though, and that criticism will mean spoilers.

First off, I was angry at King Daniel's suicide. Now, I realize that the entire plot regarding the need to protect Desiree would not have worked if he hadn't died. But it still pissed me off. I found the assumption that Thierry was dead without absolute confirmation just implausible. I thought he could've still sent Moirin and company to find out if Thierry lived and rescue him. And it just made me angry that the king would end his own life when he had responsibilities to his nation and to his daughter. It was selfish and cruel, and none of the characters blamed him for it, which made me even more angry about it.

I always loved Moirin's dynamic with Raphael. The love and hate in there is really compelling. You see so few fantasy novels that portray unhealthy romances like the one he and Moirin shared. I was disappointed with the way things ended for him. I wanted him to live. Particularly at the point when he promised to love and protect Desiree. I wanted him to survive and have to face up to the horrible things he'd done. Killing him off left things less interesting, in my mind.

Another issue with this entire trilogy, is the history. It constantly references Phedre and Imriel, which is fine.
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