Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy Series #7)

Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy Series #7)

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by Jacqueline Carey
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

The seventh installment in Carey's bestselling Kushiel series (after 2008's Kushiel's Mercy) follows its youthful protagonist, Moirim, from bed to bed as she worships sexuality goddess Naamah. Following a tragic affair, Moirim travels to Terre d'Ange, this world's France. There she takes a variety of lovers, from the aristocratic occultist Raphael de Mereliot to Queen Jehanne herself. The elderly but wise Lo Feng befriends Moirim and leads her to the distant land of Ch'in and the true love of her life, the gruff but affectionate ex-bandit Bao. Moirim and her friends endeavor to save the Ch'in emperor's daughter Snow Tiger from a curse, but their efforts come at terrible costs, not least of which is the certainty of multiple sequels. Carey's triumph as a writer lies in her ability to turn these stock-nearly stereotyped-components into an engaging, fascinating novel. (July)

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Library Journal

Carey here returns to the sensual, Renaissance-inspired world of her best-selling "Kushiel's Legacy" series. Moirin knows little of the world outside the forests and caves of Alba, but when she undergoes the Maghuin Dhonn's rite of passage, a powerful destiny is partially revealed to her. In Terre d'Ange she finds her father, a priest serving Naamah, the goddess of desire, and meets Raphael de Mereliot, a talented doctor and the queen's favorite lover (until her majesty meets Moirin). Raphael wants Moirin to use her special powers on his behalf, but Moirin's diadh-anam, or soul, blazes that her path lies elsewhere. Instead, she joins visiting scholar Master Lo Feng and his companion Bao on their return to Ch'in to save the emperor's daughter. VERDICT Carey begins her new series with a bang. Moirin is an exciting heroine who, like Phèdre nó Delaunay, playfully and passionately explores the sacredness of sexuality. Highly recommended for Carey fans and mature readers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ2/15/09; Carey has also just published an urban fantasy, Santa Olivia.—Ed.]—Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL


—Karen Kleckner
From the Publisher
"Carey begins her new series with a bang.... Highly recommended." ---Library Journal Starred Review
Booklist on Kushiel's Scion (starred review)
"Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best."
Booklist on Kushiel's Justice (starred review)
"[A]nother stunner...A multilayered plot and Imriel's complex inner life as he struggles with pain and loss...hook the reader but good."
Booklist on Kushiel's Mercy (starred review)
"Carey has wowed us...leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446551175
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/24/2009
Series:
Kushiel's Legacy Series , #7
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
75,763
File size:
1 MB

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"Carey begins her new series with a bang.... Highly recommended." —-Library Journal Starred Review

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Carey is the author of Godslayer, Banewreaker, and the nationally bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series. Jacqueline lives in Michigan.

Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi-award-winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. She has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Little Bee by Chris Cleave, and four Audie Award nominations.

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Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
seductive_reasoning More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Carey's lush writing style and this is no exception. In her past works, the main characters faced external challenges as well as their own shortcomings. They won some, they lost some and the happy endings weren't without significant personal cost. However in this novel, the loss is impersonal - minor characters that weren't fully developed and statistical masses of anonymous solders. As someone else mentioned, Moirin has it too easy compared to prior Kushiel heroines. This book could easily be adapted to (shudder) a Hollywood blockbuster. All that said, it is still a good read, just don't expect the same depth as her previous works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly the heroine in this book is just not as interesting or engaging as Phedre or really, any of the other Kushiel heroines. She's a bit of a doormat, letting other people push her around, and repeatedly going back to a man that has not treated her well. Having said that, the story itself if good, it's just hard to really fall into the book because the heroine's character is not that likable or admirable.
DanaAnNJReader More than 1 year ago
Still Sizzlingly good. If every book were about Phedre... but that can't be. This one is wonderful
nightowl More than 1 year ago
The worst of Jacqueline Carey's books is ten times better than the average book out there. That being said...this is my least favorite Jacqueline Carey book. Moirin is initially enchanting and different, but after she lands in Terre D'Ange, she quickly develops a "victim" personality....slave to her desires and the desires of others. It was slightly disconcerting after the strong female leads in the rest of the Kushiel's Legacy series. The storyline is wonderful; imaginative as always. Lo Feng is a wonderful mentor and can will hopefully inspire Moirin to grow a backbone. I am enjoying the journey Eastward to Ch'in....a land that wasn't explored in the previous books. The characters are very likable in their own ways and I can't wait to see what lies in store for them. I know Jacqueline Carey will not disappoint.
Momratze More than 1 year ago
I came across this series by sheer luck, looking for a good book to read. I read the preview and was very excited when I finally got the book. When I first started reading the story seemed to develop kind of slow, it was mostly talking about how Moirin became the person who she was, but after a couple chapters it was very hard for me if not impossible to put the book away. The story kept me on the edge with every page and I can honestly say I never read a book this fast. I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves a good combination of adventure and love and if you are like me, I guarantee you, you cannot wait to read the next book to find out how the story continues.
bluefan More than 1 year ago
This book takes off where her other series stopped. It is set in the same realm several generations later. A great read with a lovable main character.
harstan More than 1 year ago
From the time she was a young girl in Alba, Moirin of the Maghuin Dhonn, an isolated clan of the Brown Bear worshippers, Moirin heard the voices and saw the faces of other deities. Although she did not know it, other Gods were worshipped in Terre d'Ange. She conducts a quiet inquiry and learns her unknown father was a D'Angeline priest serving Naamah, the goddess of desire. As a mage with power, Moirin also begins to explore and upon maturity travels into the spirit world where she will either be fully accepted or totally rejected by the Maghuin Dhonn---------- She accepts her and the divine spark, the diadh-anam stays in her essence. Moirin learns she has a destiny to fulfill. She goes to Terre d'Ange to meet her father, but is run over by Raphael de Mereliot whose lover is Jerhanne, the queen of the city of Eula. Moirin learns she has the power to heal people even from death though that drains her. Jehanne and Morin become lovers as the newcomer is the first person the queen has trusted in years; she would like to stay with her lover, but Moirin is asked by her mentor Lord Bo to return home with him to Ch'in because the emperor's daughter and heir is demon possessed. In Ch'in, Moirin realizes what the problem is and asks Snow Tiger, the emperor's heir to trust her. Neither was prepared for a coup d'etat by an evil sorcerere.-------- NAAMAH'S KISS takes place in the same world as the Kushiel saga only decades later. Once again Jacqueline Cary shows her skill at world-building in this super cerebral yet action-packed fantasy. The cast is solid especially the mages and the characters with supernatural powersl, but anchored in time and place by everyday people and political leaders. In many ways a coming of age thriller as the heroine learns of her illustrious roots (not just dad), the story line belongs to the vivid descriptions especially of the dark sides of Ch'in and Terre d'Ange as Morin explores both with energy and love.------------ Harriet Klausner
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Banethiel More than 1 year ago
Amazing!
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