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.
©2009 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor
I have read all the books in this series...and I love all of them. Jacqueline Carey is an excellent author. Unfortunately, Audio books did not number her books, so it is hard to figure out what book to read first, or what order they are in. I have solved that oversight.
Kushiel's Legacy series in order: Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, Kushiel's Avatar, Kushiel's Scion, Kushiel's Justice, Kushiel's Mercy and the last book in this wonderful series, Naamah's Kiss
I am first time reader of Jacqueline Carey. Naamah's Kiss, its narrator and audio production effortlessly delivered an historical fantasy epic. I tend to shy away from series of any kind, not confident as to which novel in a series to read first. I would have given 5 stars if Naamah's Kiss were a complete novel in unto itself. It's sequel, "Naamah's Curse", arrives to hardcover June 2010. (I am counting the days!)
Yes, the eroticism surprised me! I wasn't sure what to make of it at first. I prefer literary fiction, classics, stand alone fantasy and sci-fi, nonfiction and short stories. The few series I have read, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, I easily compare to Jacqueline Carey. There is palpable philosophy and religion in Carey's alternative history. The few negative reviews I see listed here I take no issue with, excepting that of Anne Flosnik's narration. Flosnik is brilliant! The narration is first person. She is spot on with her accents for each character. I especially liked the Breathing Lessons from an Asian Master, I compare these segments to guided meditations! As per the sexuality... Naamah is the "Aphrodite", the Desire Goddess of this realm. If one shies from explicit eroticism, perhaps Jacqueline Carey's other works would be a better fit.
Jacqueline Carey would be a talent sorely missed for all readers of fantasy genre.
Thanks! (This is my first written review after near a year of Audible. I hope it helps you in your choice.)
"Love as Thou Wilt"
I LOVED the book! It was a great read and a little unexpected. Morin is a fun character along with all the sub-characters who are vibrant. This is a MUST READ for anyone looking to get out of “normal” tales of magic. Yes the book did have graphic sex scenes but if that is not your thing read pass them because there is still A LOT more to this book. READ READ READ!
Well, some of these reviews had worried me but at the end I decided to trust Jacqueline Carey's work to speak for itself.
I wrote a review for all of her novels. I write again - conservative? Religious? DON'T listen to this. You won't like it. Carey's writing and spin-offs of history, religion, and philosophy are at their best with this novel.
I absolutely adored it when she kept making references to Phedre, Joselin, Imriel...etc. and give us glimpses of what happened (more or less) after their time. Several times, I found myself smiling and enjoyed it very much.
Moirin is our newest heroine and it seems her "destiny" will be closely read by me. I already listened to the second novel - Naamah's Curse. Third novel, Naamah's Blessing will be out June 2011 on hardback. I do hope audible makes it available immediately.
Anne Flosnik once again shined as our narrator. I did laugh a few times since this is a new character and she was trying for a somewhat Irish accent (I think) but overall I really enjoyed her portrayal of the Chin.
The story was somewhat predictable but the spin was really enjoyable. (Just wait till the next one)..Hot scenes were classical Carey but I liked it when she ventured off to the mysticism bits.
Overall, this is only the second 5 star I have given. The only other is Gabaldon.
Well done Carey, well done!
Having read previous books by Carey, this was pretty much what I expected to get - a lot of sex (enough that the romance part loses all tension and gets, well, boring pretty quickly) with political intrigue overlayed and some wandering adventure bits.
(If you're looking for something by her that's rather different, go with Santa Olivia.)
I am new to Jacqueline Carey and was quite delighted with the story. The pace of the story was perfect, the characters interesting, the magic / mythology fascinating. I also quite loved the themes of passion and mindfulness through breathing ("the way"). I think that there are a lot of people in our culture who could benefit from a little more attention to both!!
Someone who can listen past a very strong (English?) accent.
I have loved the other books from this author, and was thrilled when a friend told me about this book.
I was unable to listen through it to know, but will be finding a different method to get the story.
My review on story is a guess based upon liking of author's other books (since it wont let me clear it).
Jaqueline Carey has done it again! I was a little apprehensive when i found out that the characters of her previous two trilogies, which i have grown to love, were no longer in this new one.But i have fallen in love with Moirin and cant wait for the next book!!! I love Anne Flosnik as the narrator in this audiobook, she can take you through the pages and into the story with her voice and its amazing!!!
I loved the narrator ,the whole story was engaging. I did get bored with the sex scenes, they could have been a little less. That aside I am hoping there is a follow up. I was sad when it ended but at least I got some sleep!
"Great, love the skillfull Narrater!"
Jacqueline Carey, is one of my most hated/loved wirter. She write with passion and Anne Flosnik makes every line and every word shine and wonderfull.
Those to together is the best i ever has heard/read.
When that said, so is Naamah's Kiss not the best of Jacqueline Carey, therefor 4 stars, i may be that I miss the main people of the first 6 books, or just that the quest to China is a bit out of place. I dont know.
I look very mutch forward to read the next book i the serie :)
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