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
The excessively long and excessively detailed sex scenes detract from an otherwise good story.
this story encompassed love, drama, betrayal, heartache, new passions, inner turmoil. it touched on different type of magical people, hinted at dragons, and different old gods. set back in dynasty and medieval times. I love all fantasy series, this one was unique enough to keep me reading, I hate reading series with similar themes and chatcters. that is challenging to find the more one reads.
I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.
The charactors were interesting yet they are written/acted in such a way as to seem like real people. These people are caught between choices which though enhansed for the story are like choices we all have in everyday life. The charactors wrestle with internal conserns then the choice comes through forethought or happenstance. The charactor/s learn thier lessons as does the reader throught story and outcome.
Stories like these with universal central issues that teach basic values (acceptance, friendship, love, loyalty, faith, meaning of family, trust. forgiveness...etc) are hard to find and very hard when the story ends . As the reader/listner I feel like I am leaving old freinds and my heart is aching for more time and more adventures.
Each of the books by this author are exceptionally detailed and yet they each string importaint and poinent moments together into a string of pearls that I will cheerish for ever.
The narrator had a wonderful way of using the acent to enrich the story. She is one of the best of whom I have listened.
I really loved the whole Kushiel series, both Phaedre's and Imriel's stories... But this one was just soooo far fetched that it was hard to really buy into Moiren's story. I found Moiren's character to be both too cloying and improbable to really feel invested, and the whole going to Ch'in, dragons, etc was just stretching it too far. I don't actually think that I'll be finishing this series.
I listened to the Kushiel's series and despite the fact Jacqueline can drone on with her travel narratives, I enjoyed the books. With Naamah's Kiss had I been reading the words instead of listening to them, I would have just put it down. Anne Flosnik saved the day with her reading skills.
When I finally reached the end of the tale I was glad and decided I would not waste my time and credits on the rest of the series. Yet here I am two days later, buying the second book!
Oh definitely! I love most of Jacqueline Carey's writings, and I think Anne Flosnik is an excellent narrator.
I can't really answer that, changing one thing would change too many others.
I like her separation of the characters. She gives each character their own "voice" and that doesn't just mean the voice tone. She brings accents, accentuation, and style to each character that really brings the story alive.
Yes, I will listen to this one again. Kept me interested all the way.
Emotional expression, variety of voices.
Passion, adventure, and heroism all wrapped in one.
Plan to listen to the other 2 installments and othere work by this author.
the language, pronunciation - I would never have figured how to pronounce some words, and the accents help you to associate the world with our current world.
Audio HAS to be better than print. The narrator's Scot's accent lends so much to Morin's character and surroundings.
Morin, hands down.
Would LOVE to do in one sitting, but at 26 hours, it isn't humanly possible. As it is, I missed many exits and was late to meetings as I sat in the truck and listened.
It is a rare combination IMO of story and storyteller that compels me to get the rest of the series. Not since the Pern books have I so enjoyed a series/author/narrator.
"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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