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Naamah's Kiss | [Jacqueline Carey]

Naamah's Kiss

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.
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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.

©2009 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Lane Marine City, MI, United States 07-22-09
    Lane Marine City, MI, United States 07-22-09
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    "Too much explicit sex gets boring"

    The excessively long and excessively detailed sex scenes detract from an otherwise good story.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    NICOLE Bolingbrook, IL, United States 01-09-15
    NICOLE Bolingbrook, IL, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "open to a little of everything"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 09-23-14
    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 09-23-14 Member Since 2006

    I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.

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    "Historical, Sensious, The best!"
    What made the experience of listening to Naamah's Kiss the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Everett, WA, United States 08-13-14
    Karen Everett, WA, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh.. really doesn't live up to the Kushiel legacy"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NAR8TAR 06-07-14
    NAR8TAR 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "On and On and On"
    If you’ve listened to books by Jacqueline Carey before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-12-12

    I can haz cookie?

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    "Pretty good."
    Would you try another book from Jacqueline Carey and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Oh definitely! I love most of Jacqueline Carey's writings, and I think Anne Flosnik is an excellent narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I can't really answer that, changing one thing would change too many others.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Could you see Naamah's Kiss being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fairport, NY, United States 10-07-12
    Mary Fairport, NY, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great escape fantasy!"
    Would you listen to Naamah's Kiss again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this one again. Kept me interested all the way.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotional expression, variety of voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Passion, adventure, and heroism all wrapped in one.


    Any additional comments?

    Plan to listen to the other 2 installments and othere work by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Cossayuna, NY, United States 09-10-12
    Lisa Cossayuna, NY, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, wonderful narrator!"
    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    successify Sarasota 09-05-12
    successify Sarasota 09-05-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Naamah's Kiss to be better than the print version?

    Audio HAS to be better than print. The narrator's Scot's accent lends so much to Morin's character and surroundings.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    Morin, hands down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Rigdon 09-03-12
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    "Top narrator"
    What did you love best about Naamah's Kiss?

    Narrator's lilting pronunciation of Irish brogue


    If you’ve listened to books by Jacqueline Carey before, how does this one compare?

    First listen


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful Irish brogue and subtle intonation to indicate emotion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several--main character's disappointment and sadness when leaving her mother


    Any additional comments?

    Way too much sexual content for my tastes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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