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Naamah's Blessing (Kushiel's Legacy) Hardcover – June 29, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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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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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These books were all beautifully written. I loved the characters and their adventures. The world that Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole Cotten-Figueiredo
Any book in the Naamah series are excellent. I love them all.Published 1 month ago by Christy Stracener
But she's no Phedre. And Bao is strong and beautiful, but he's no Joscelin. It's a good story, but I miss my Kushiel friends. ☺Published 3 months ago by Jaime Wright
Wonderfully delightful read. Couldn't put it down! I have the whole "Terre de Ange" collection. Their amazing!Published 3 months ago by Cheyanne
Nothing compares to the first 3 (Kushiel), but it was a nice ending to this universe, lighthearted, and full of love.Published 4 months ago by Zee S.
I've read all the books in this series and highly recommend it!!Published 5 months ago by ConigliaroQueen
What can I say that I haven't before about this author, except I feel she is a kindred spirit that is carrying my own lessons into a poetic song that tells a story about us all.Published 8 months ago by abbey