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

4.3 out of 5 stars 97 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.

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 will first say that I am not really a huge Jacqueline Carey fan. I tried to read the "Kushiel's Dart' series some time ago, and gave up.Then I read the synopsis for this story, and decided to give it a try. I was swept into the story, and stayed up all night reading.Good character, magical plot without being silly, it all works in this book. The bottom line is, I liked it, even if the other reviewer, Sniff! Sniff!, didn't. Try a few pages and see if you agree. I think you will.
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