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Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"Carey has wowed us...leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her."―Booklist on Kushiel's Mercy (starred review)
"Unforgettable characters who live out their lives, whether blessed or cursed by the gods, against a background of high passion, complex intrigues, and subtle magic."―Library Journal on Kushiel's Mercy (starred review)
"Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best."―Booklist on Kushiel's Scion (starred review)
Top Customer Reviews
Jacqueline Carey's been my favorite author since I first read Kushiel's Dart in January 2002. That book caught me from the first paragraph, and I read the first chapter right there in the bookstore, before buying it. If you're reading this, you probably know what an experience falling in love with that book--that world--was for me. There were some less-convincing characters, and some less-riveting passages, but for three epic novels, the quality level was kept remarkably high throughout.
The fundamentally wonderful thing about Kushiel's Dart was how dense it was, how much beauty and intrigue and meaning was packed into each page, into each plot development. The last two books of the first series were slightly less dense, but made up for it with rich action.
The Imriel series was more difficult to love. The characters were, for the most part, still 3d and believable, Imri's inner personality was fully realized, and his interactions with those around him followed an emotional logic. But the first two books' plots were pretty thin, and could have been condensed into one. Carey bulked them out with too many placeholder characters, too many pointless dead-end activities (why DID he go to Rome, anyway?), and too many ideas not fully realized (that secret society sure was a dud).
Worst of all, the pivotal plot point--that Imri turns his back on love to pursue duty, with disastrous results--always felt forced, like the author was making a character do something unnatural for the sake of her plot. That's bad enough when it's a brief episode...but it was the bulk of the second novel.Read more ›
Moirin mac Fainche is a descendant of Alais de la Courcel and a member of the Maghuin Dhonn tribe of Alba. On her father's side, she's D'Angeline, with lines of descent from Naamah and Anael. When a tragedy changes Moirin's young life, and an initiatory rite reveals that she has a destiny beyond the sea, Moirin travels to Terre d'Ange in search of her father. There, she's treated as an exotic novelty.
In no time at all, she's over her head in a web of intrigue, with only her courage, her wits, and her deep-seated beliefs to protect her. The publisher's blurb mentions that she travels to Ch'in, so I won't consider that a spoiler; eventually she does go to Ch'in and becomes involved in a knotty situation there as well. The plot is complex, and while at first there seems to be little connection between Moirin's adventures in Terre d'Ange and her adventures in Ch'in, it turns out that the things she learns and gains in Terre d'Ange are crucial in dealing with what comes later.
As is usual for the first book in a Carey trilogy, the major plotline of _Naamah's Kiss_ is resolved by book's end, and several other plotlines remain open for exploration in the next two installments.
To me, one of the best things about _Naamah's Kiss_ is that Moirin's voice is so clear. Many authors seem to write the same character over and over. Carey doesn't. I never felt like I was reading Phedre's voice, or Imriel's. Moirin doesn't have Phedre's silken manners, or Imriel's Byronic angst, and she's sharp-tongued in a way that the other two are not. Her attitude toward sex is different, too.Read more ›
I was ready to embrace Moirin when I began this book, and seeing her grow up in the wilderness in naive solitude with her mother was a great start. But once her world expands to encompass more character interaction, her personality becomes clearer, and I realized she was actually not very appealing. She is sensuous and sharp-tongued, which is fun, but the flip side is that she is also a bit too immature and disrespectful at times, which might be fine (or even interesting) if she had good reason, but she doesn't. She comes off at times as being a bit full of herself, while at the same time being weak and easily used. Not a likeable combination. And little else about her personality stands out enough to make her a strong, intriguing voice.
I can't help but draw glaring comparisons between her and Phedre and Imriel and find Moirin wanting. Phedre and Imriel shone regardless of their Kusheline components. Phedre was mysterious and exceedingly clever in her own right, and Imriel had a boldness and a solemnity beyond his years, and such a heartbreaking history. Moirin just doesn't have such a strong character foundation. So it seems that from the beginning, the emphasis on her magical gifts overshadows her personality, so that I felt like without those gifts, she would not be very special, mysterious or memorable on her own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read all the books in this series and highly recommend it!!Published 6 months ago by ConigliaroQueen
Another amazing novel, as usual. Jacqueline Carey never disappoints.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I loved the original Kushiel's Dart trilogy, and I loved Imriel's trilogy just as much, honestly. This series feels different. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Poetry stabbing at the essence of humanity, our foibles and our singular beauty. Carey is and always will be a favorite and a light that shines on the beauty of darkness!Published 9 months ago by abbey
400 pages into and I can not make myself pick it up again. REALLY enjoyed the precursors in the series, but...this one stinks!Published 11 months ago by msjds
In my opinion not as good as the first six but sill incredible in its own right. Definitely worth a read if you haven't.Published 11 months ago by Georgios