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

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

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 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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ISBN-13: 9780446198042
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Kushiel's Legacy Series , #7
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 500,959
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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

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Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 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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rbtwinky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short version: 2-dimensional characters and overly contrived plot. The beginning was great, but the longer I read the thinner and thinner the story and characters became.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this series and Carey! These books never disappoint
VivalaErin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love that the Kushiel series is continuing, and I went into this one expecting it to fall short of the others. It did a little, but I still enjoyed it. Unlike the first series with Phedre, I felt like this book moved very quickly, almost in a rush. I'm not sure if it was me reading very quickly, but everything seemed to always be moving and changing.Overall, I enjoy Moirin's character, and I like the way she is coming into herself. She's tough, and there is definitely something about her that draws other people in. Bao is one of the most interesting characters since Joscelin, and I'm very interested to learn more of his back story. And I love Bao's and Moirin's terms of endearment to each other: stupid girl and stupid boy. It's a different kind of sweet.Continuing on, I'm ready to see what happens next, now that Moirin is on to her next journey.
Guide2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New characters and exploring a new world through the eyes of Carey is always a marvelous adventure.
Jvstin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With Naamah's Kiss, Jacqueline Carey, whose reputation has been largely based on the Kushiel world novels, returns to that world. This time, Carey decides to jump forward in time a few generations, so that she can create a new situation, a new protagonist, and explore new parts of the world. While the Phedre Trilogy and the Imriel Trilogy shared a lot of the same characters and geo-political situation, Naamah's Kiss jumps forward three generations, to a granddaughter of Alais living amongst the Maghuin Dhonn in Alba. Things have changed for Terre D'Ange. The top-of-the-world D'Angelines are being left in their self-important intrigues and idylls. A new continent has been discovered in the West, Terra Nova. There are emissaries from places as distant as Ch'in. And yet, the D'Angelines are leaving others to mostly reap the benefits of all of this.And into this decadent version of Terre D'Ange will come our heroine, Moirin. Half Alban and half D'Angeline, we follow her early life as it grows from a solitary existence with her mother in the wilderness, to the meeting with a member of the Dalraida's family. The circle of her existence and her experiences grows as Moirin develops. The tension between the two halves of her life is a constant undercurrent as she undertakes a journey to Terre D'Ange, and into the court of the Queen herself. And then beyond...And in all of this, she follows Elua's command as filtered through Naamah: Love as thou wilt. Unlike the previous two sets of novels, the sexual relationships here are not wrapped around tastes in dominance and submission. As a scion of Naamah, Moirin offers herself as she is. For all of that, even without the dominance and submission issues, Moirin's sexual nature draws her into a number of contradictory, and sometimes tragic relationships. Carey comes through with the tragic aspects of Moirin's path in life, as well as growing the sweet innocence of her life into mature adulthood.While the travelogue aspects of the novel are interesting as always, once again, Carey shows that the strongest part of her fiction is her characterization. We get to see Moirin grow as a character, with a fractally complex path of challenges, advances and retreats. Its not a smooth path of development, just like it isn't in life. Also, too, the secondary characters come alive, with agendas, dreams and thoughts of their own, which intersect with Moirin in complex ways. It seems to me that Carey has learned a lot from her previous novels and has definitely grown as a writer since Kushiel's Dart, in a good way.The novel does come up with an ending that could end Moirin's story, however I suspect there will be further volumes of her tale, and I would gladly read them.I also think that this novel might work for those readers who might be curious as to the world of Terre D'Ange and do not find the D/s sexual situations of the other trilogies to be to their liking. There is plenty of sex (and yes there is violence) in this novel, and there is f/f content as well, but as a whole, its not as drenched as the other novels sometimes were. In addition,with moving ahead three generations, this novel could work as an entry point to readers in the series. I still think that starting at the beginning is a good policy, but sort of like how Erikson's Midnight Tides, book five of the Malazan series, can serve as an alternate entree into that world, I think Naamah's Kiss can also serve in that manner. Overall, I am very well satisfied with the novel. One criticism sticks out. Ms. Carey, I love the maps in your novels. (My love of maps of all kinds gets a thrill from those). What I think you also need at this point is a timeline of events and people. It took some puzzling to figure out what happened when, but I think your history is complex enough to need one for easy reference.
mrs.starbucks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the first Kushiel Trilogy. The second was enjoyable enough. This third one is...not what I want from Jacqueline Carey. I enjoyed Kushiel etc. because of the complex and dense plotlines and the intense interactions of characters and the way that events and histories intertwined and created a very believable world. Naamah's Kiss is little more than a fairy tale. Not that it isn't's just below the skill level that I know Carey is capable of. If you take out the sexual content, you might as well read it to a six year old and find great acclaim for it.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as the [Kushiel's Legacy] series, but still enjoyable. This starts the story of Moirin, decendant of Alais from the Kushiel series. She is the daughter of a woman of the Maghuin Dhonn and a D'Angeline priest. She goes on a journey to find her destiny. It takes her to Terre d'Ange and Ch'in, where she helps a princess restore her father's kingdom.After getting to know Terre D'Ange so well in the Kushiel series, Ch'in is a little boring. Moirin does spend a good part of the book in Terre D'Ange, so we do still get a taste of the fun to be had there.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first installment in what will be the third trilogy by Jacqueline Carey set in the world she created in the Kushiel books. In this installment it's about 150 years after the story in the second trilogy.I really like these books, but this one is probably my least favorite so far. Carey's a good writer and a really good storyteller. I would probably like this one better if I hadn't like the Kushiel books so very much. This is a little light on political intrigue and a little heavy on erotica, but not so far in that direction that it's soft core porn. It's tasteful and that's fine, but I really wanted more from the story. When I add to this quibble my objection to the stilted dialect used for the character of Bao and this book sits firmly in the just okay column. Having said that, I'll still grab the next one when it comes out. I'm interested to see where the story takes Ms. Carey next.
Aeyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Santa Olivia, Carey's stature as my favorite author was assured. Naamah's Kiss carved that distinction into marble. Any successive contenders for favorite author will have tall plinths to ascend before their names can be carved near the zenith.Departing chronologically but not spiritedly from my beloved characters in the Kushiel's Legacy, this generational descendant retains the compassion and character and thrill and intelligence of its predecessors. Rather than merely reacquaint us solely with D'Angeline society as it has progressed over four generations, Carey starts us in the wilds of Alba with a descendant of Alais, now referred to as Alais the Wise, who is part of a family branch that followed the isolationist nature of the still mistrusted Maghuinn Donn: Moirin, great granddaughter to my beloved princess who matured to inspire Alba.Alais' great granddaughter has no less a grand destiny to fulfill; indeed, it is this destiny that fuels her outward exploration. Thematically central, the thread of destiny remains ever present to Moirin as she literally feels her destiny respond to the courses she ponders. It is this internal compass that propels or hinders her along the way, the impetus that sends her beyond one ocean to Terre d'Ange, and then beyond a greater ocean to distant and newly connected, yet forbidding Ch'in.Magic is much more prevalent for Moirin and a greater factor in Naamah's Kiss, taking on a larger presence than in the Kushiel's Legacy sextuplet. Moirin lives with magic, having inherited through her ancestry from Alais and the Maghuinn Donn gifts that many thought lost. She hears the call of the bear goddess of the Maghuinn Donn, but also feels and is guided by the presence of the D'Angeline consorts Naamah and Anael. Weaving together with her demanding destiny, this exploration of magic and divinity compels a significant part of the story and positions Moirin in spheres of intrigue and power to which her naivete is quickly forced to adapt.Despite her humble upbringing in the wilds of Alba, or perhaps due to it, Moirin has a lusty desire to learn, explore her nature, and follow the call of her destiny. This often manifests as a stubborn streak, which combines with her naive charm to engender a new character Carey has created that has stolen my heart. Methinks Naamah would be especially pleased by this.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I¿ve had Carey¿s Kushiel series on my "want to read" list for quite a while, this is the first of her books that I¿ve read. It absolutely won¿t be the last. Carey has created an incredibly complex yet easily understood world, and has a knack for introducing us to it without boring us with rote history lessons. I was immediately pulled into Moirin¿s world, and gladly followed her on her epic journey as she searched for her divine purpose. The D¿Angeline are obviously based on the French, and the Ch¿in on the Chinese, but it only adds to your ability to visualize what is happening. Considered "wild" by most every other culture, Moirin still manages to find away to fit in without losing herself, even if she does have to learn how to handle living in man-made structures and eating with utensils rather than her hands. This story was a little bit coming of age, a little bit romance, and a lot of adventure. It ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I can¿t wait to read the next one. I¿ll also be picking up that first Kushiel book much sooner than I expected.
pearl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just as good as any of the Kushiel's Legacy books. I loved Moirin's story. Kept me very interested through put the book. I never got bored. I hope the next book is just as good as this one. I cant wait to find out what come next for Moirin on her search for "B". Great Read!!!!!!
jenilowrance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Naamah's Kiss is the first book in Carey's third trilogy set in the world of Terre d'Ange. This book follows Moirin, the great-granddaughter of Alais de la Courcel and child of the Maghuin Dhonn, as she travels from Alba to Terre d'Ange and then to the distant land of Ch'in. As always, Carey's characterization and storytelling are phenomenal, and the novel is completely engrossing. Naamah's Kiss is considerably lighter fare than the previous two trilogies, given the often dark tones of the two previous trilogies, and interestingly, the book seems to lack a little depth because of it. It's not Carey's best work, but it's very good nonetheless.
geraly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** after reading, george rr martin's "game of thrones", i was curious about the author. i went to his website and clicked on his "what i'm reading" link. among many books, he recommended carey's "banewreaker" and "godslayer". dutiful new martin fan that i am, i walked on over to my local library and found only one carey book available - "naamah's kiss". i liked the first page and proceeded to check out... 644 pgs later, i am wholeheartedly not displeased... :) the heroines in this novel are marvelous - moirin, jehanne and xue hu/snow tiger are absolutely unforgettable... their inherent strength, their vulnerability, their capacity to love (many), etc... i was captivated by them and was so sad when the novel came to an end... i'm SO looking forward to reading about what happens to them next in "naamah's curse". admittedly, seven chapters in, when cilian and moirin consummate, i was a little worried that i'd been scammed and conned into a tawdry romance novel. i kept going and my worries faded. i was/am a very happy and willing companion to moirin on her lengthy and conflicted journey, following her "bedammned destiny". when i first read about master lo and bao, i worried again that i might be treated to a smorgasboard of asian male stereotypes - the asexual, emasculated old wise man (master lo) and the misogynistic chauvanist (bao). again, i was proved wrong - happily. and the ch'in princess, snow tiger, a literal dragon lady, also proved to rise above the iconic stereotypes of the "sexually predatory dragon lady" and the "submissive china doll". as an asian woman, i was relieved and completely besotted with these characters. i applaud carey for her detailed care and vision of these characters, most especially bao... finally! a strong, sexy, conflicted, loving, funny man who is also asian! what a concept! :)
catalogthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Learned of this book with a mixture of "yippee!" and "dammit!" I loved the complete, double-trilogy series, but now here's another one, which I will have to (of course) read. Stupid guilty pleasures.
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