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Naamah's Curse Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 14, 2010
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After "Naamah's Curse," that hope is crushed.
I can't put my finger on the exact moment when I realized that everything had gone horribly, horribly wrong, but I do know that every time I picked up this book, the spark of anticipation was weaker, and every time I set it down the disappointment was stronger. I kept waiting for it to pull me in, to entice me, seduce me, to just make me care about these characters. It never did.
By far the greatest sin in "Naamah's Curse", greater than the ridiculous plot contrivances and deus ex machinas, greater than the senseless bouncing around from location to location, greater than the little editorial errors that signal a rush to print, is that the characters here are unbelievable, flat, and one-dimensional. Now, I was never a fan of Bao - my last review described him as a poor man's Joscelin. Well, after this book, I take that back - it's offensive to both Joscelin and poor men. The various minor characters are your basic stock archetypes - the evil religious fanatic, the wide-eyed naïf, the enlightened ruler.
And Moirin? Moirin, who could have been the most unique and fascinating D'Angeline protagonist to date?Read more ›
I understand, or at least I like to think I understand, what Carey was going for. She'd already created a ground-breaking character in the form of Phedre, and completely enchanted me with Imriel's tale (despite a rocky start in the likability polls). For the third series, she needed to shake things up a bit. Back to writing a woman? Great, she's had time to mature as a writer and bring it all together. Phedre and the others left in the annals of history? Excellent, removes the temptation to bring them into a story they would overwhelm. Resist the Mary-Sue temptation to make her a direct descendant? Eeeengh, not quite; although she's not directly related to the Delaunay clan, it's close enough to make me wonder if there's a draft out there with her as a great-great-granddaughter.
So Moirin's different enough to quiet the fans... or is she? In the first book Carey did a decent job giving Moirin her own life, but the moment sex entered the tale it all went down hill. Globe-trotting Moirin just can't help herself, hopping into bed with just about everyone in the first book, a trend that continued into the second. If anything Moirin's tales should be called "Eiseth's Travels", because damn if Moirin doesn't manage to come up with an excuse for every single liason. Half D'Angeline boy who's terrified of sex? A little coitus'll fix that right up. Woman with evil stone got Moirin's panties in a twist? The nearest queen will do.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the story itself was rather dismal.
Moirin began the series with so much promise that it's quite a disappointment to me. A child of the wild, innocent, ruled by passions and too honest for her own good, fighting for her independence...unfortunately, she has been thoroughly tamed beyond recognition. Forced plot contrivances, deus ex machina, flat characters and a complete inability to suspend growing disbelief plague the novel.
Similar to Kiss, Curse is divisible into two very distinct novellas following the initial introduction. Also like Kiss, these have very little - nearly nothing - to do with one another.
The plots themselves are fine, but it's the docile meandering of the characters through them that's painful to read. Kidnapped and held captive, Moirin does nothing to aid herself: never lifts a hand in defense or struggles to form a plan other than attempting to win over a rescuer, doesn't even really try to resist much, too cowed by threats. It seems like a pitiful low for a high spirited forest sprite to come to, and even after her escape (which mostly involved sitting around waiting, rather than fighting for survival) I felt a large part of her had died.
The second half was slightly better - Moirin at least seems to show some bravery - but the situations were so forced that it was hard to enjoy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deepening adventures with eluding to the past in such ways to suggest remembering old friends.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read all the books in this series and highly recommend it!!Published 5 months ago by ConigliaroQueen
Before reading this book I read the reviews of it and found that many of them said that they were disappointed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by abbey
Unlike Naamah's Kiss, this second book of the trilogy became very predictible, not quite believable and therefore I could not be transported successfully to where the author... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Amazing Book. If you like Jacqueline Carey you will love this book!!!Published 13 months ago by Nikita
I enjoying reading this book very much. I enjoy the writing style and the empathy I have with the characters in the story.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer