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Naamah's Kiss

by Jacqueline Carey

Grand Central Publishing | August 17, 2011 | Hardcover

Naamah's Kiss is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn''t until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D''Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d''Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch''in, Moirin''s skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father''s throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 656 pages, 3.69 × 2.51 × 0.64 in

Published: August 17, 2011

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044619803X

ISBN - 13: 9780446198035

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Stuff After the last trilogy, I was beginning to lose faith in Carey - the "Kushiel's" trilogy were Desert Island books for me, but the story of whiny Imriel and his star-crossed bride just left me annoyed and bored. I'm happy to say, this was back to the things that made the first three books great; wry humour, likeable characters, a fate-driven plot, and a heroine who doesn't let her destiny drag her down. Moirin is every bit as likeable as Phaedre was, but in a different way, and I look forward to seeing where her fate takes her. Brava!
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alert------Some Spoilers This book takes 100 years after the last book, or the last tale of Prince Imriel and Queen Sidonie. It follows Moirin a child of the Maghuin Dhonn, Bear Witches and the first inhabitants of the Isle of Alba, and a priest of Naamah's Order. Moirin's coming of age ceremony has the Maghuin Dhonn, setting her on a sweeping saga to discover her path, as it does not include her clan and Alba. Although she is reluctant, to leave on this journey, but she knows she has to when she looses her childhood sweetheart and that she is of mixed blood. To fully understand her path she must leave Alba, to go to Terre D'Ange, to try and track down her father and develop her magical and healing talents. Moirin's talent at hiding in the twilight get her in trouble when she enters into the City of Elua. She thinks she finds her destiny when she is run down by the courtier Raphael de Mereliot, a gifted healer and lover of the Queen Jehanne. But, Raphael and his circle of would be sorcerers only want to use Moirin's ability to their own ends to summon demons, they foolishly believe that that they can control. When they almost kill her in one of the summoning Jehanne saves her from them and herself. Moirin does meet Master Lo Feng a master of Ch'ni medicine through Raphael, who is the part of the destiny that the Maghuin Dhonn predicts for her. It is Moirin's path to save the princess Snow Tiger of Ch'in, and the Celestial Dragon imprisoned within her by the evil sorcerer Yo Yaozu or Black Sleeve, also son of Master Lo Feng. Not only does she save the princess and the dragon from death, but helps heal Snow Tiger's soul with the gift of Namaah's order that she inherits from her father.In the process she meets and for the time being looses her lover, Bao student of Master Lo Feng. This was all in all an excellent read, although the characters other than Moirin were not as engaging as in Carey's other installments of this saga, and the story line not quite as exciting. It may be that this is only the second book in this series that truly deals with magic and sorcery, which are not huge parts of most of the other installments, which have been more politically motivated plots. These politically motivated plots are her forte, I do hope she returns to them, or discovers the art of writing magic in fantasy. She does not loose her gift for writing erotic scene, although I find that the eroticism suits a politically motivated plot,more than the sorcery. But, maybe that could be the direction of the next book, the use of Naamah's arts and magic.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book of the year! The book was superbly written as always. I loved seeing the world through Moirin's eyes and learning more about the Maghuin Dhonn. They were always so mysterious before. Learning their culture and customs was like a breath of twilight! :D It was nice to grow with her as she learnt about her gifts. I loved her wildness! (The previous review nicely details the plot so I'll skip that part, and go straight to my impressions) Three trilogies, 3 points of view... 3 worlds that meshed together perfectly. I wasn't disapointed at all. Imri's trilogy was amazing in that it gave us specific information about what happened throughout Phedre's life after the first series. Moirin's book, on the other hand, didn't go into specifics, but rather gave us a broad look into how the original characters were remembered generations later. It was delightful to see what happened to Favrielle, Amarante, Philippe, Eammon, even Connor! I savored these unexpected bits. I hadn't expected to see them again, and I'm glad they weren't forgotten. It is always comforting to come face to face with such obvious displays that no matter how insignificant we think we are, in a hundred years from now, perhaps we'll have changed the world without even knowing. While the writing remains spectacular, the resemblance ends there. It amazes me to no end how unique and TRUE she managed to make each character. Phedre, Imri and Moirin are all as different as night and day, yet she seemingly effortlessly jumped from one mind-set to another to another. It's hard to fathom how she managed to make each one so different, so believable, so unique. Each book makes you question life in different ways. Phedre brings us to explore our bodies and desires, Imri to explore ourselves and our daily lives, and Moirin to explore our soul and life and it's meaning. Truly something for every mood :) (Not to mention The Sundering for when we want action,epic battles, and tragic love)... I can't wait for the next book. I hope she never stop writing. I couldn't put it down. It was released in Canada this morning. By supper-time I'd finished the book. I recommend the whole series to anyone, no matter what style of reading you enjoy!
Date published: 2009-06-25

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Naamah's Kiss

by Jacqueline Carey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 656 pages, 3.69 × 2.51 × 0.64 in

Published: August 17, 2011

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044619803X

ISBN - 13: 9780446198035

About the Book

The author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Kushiel fantasy trilogies returns with an all-new saga set in her brilliantly imagined Renaissance world. Raised in the wilderness, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

From the Publisher

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn''t until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D''Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d''Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch''in, Moirin''s skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father''s throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

About the Author

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


http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/

Editorial Reviews

"Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best."