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Returning to Terre d'Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three-year-old Desiree is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances. As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desirée's oath-sworn protector. Navigating the intricate political landscape of the Court proves a difficult challenge, and when dire news arrives from overseas, the spirit of Queen Jehanne visits Moirin in a dream and bids her undertake an impossible quest. Another specter from the past also haunts Moirin. Travelling with Thierry in the New World is Raphael de Mereliot, her manipulative former lover. Years ago, Raphael forced her to help him summon fallen angels in the hopes of acquiring mystical gifts and knowledge. It was a disastrous effort that nearly killed them, and Moirin must finally bear the costs of those bitter mistakes.

©2011 Jacqueline Carey (P)2011 Tantor

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"Carey's fans will enjoy the straightforward heroics and plotting after the previous volume's heavy angst." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A satisfying end to a beloved series

Note: This is the third book in the third trilogy set in the Kushiel’s Legacy series. However, this last trilogy is set a few generations later and stands on it’s own. This book, as the third in this trilogy, works best as the finale to the trilogy.

This book opens with Bao and Moirin heading back to Terre D’Ange from the far east. They’ve been on a ship for months and are just coming upon Marsilikos where they learn that Raphael de Mereliot’s sister has passed away. From there, it’s on to Terre D’Ange and the royal court where things are not well on many fronts.

King Daniel has been thrown into a deep funk by the death of his second beloved wife, Jehanne. Even though they have a toddler, Daniel can barely stand to spend time with her because she so resembles her deceased mom. Moirin and Bao can see right away that Desiree is suffering from neglect. Meanwhile, Prince Thierry, Desiree’s much older half-brother, went on a trade and exploration voyage to Terra Nova. Word reaches the court that Thierry has disappeared but Moirin is convinced he’s still alive.

Leaving the D’Angeline court in a bit of a disarray, Bao and Moirin make their way to Terra Nova on a quest to seek out Thierry and bring him back to set things aright. Of course, it’s not that straight forward. There’s plenty of hazards and Moirin and Bao have their doubts from time to time.

Terra Nova adventuring was deadly dangerous, thrilling, and so very well done. There’s human sacrifice, deadly ants, sorcery, Aragonians, native allies and enemies, betrayal, old loves, new friends, and gods that demand to be satisfied. I was impressed with how the blood sacrifices were addressed in this story. Human sacrifice was part of more than one culture in Terra Nova. While this is difficult for Moirin to wrap her mind around, she does try and eventually she and Bao have to make a hard choice on this front.

The jungle scene was great too. So many insects, reptiles, and plants! There’s plenty of reasons the Aragonians want a monopoly on trade agreements with the local government. Terra Nova offers not only riches but novelty goods that Aragonia has never seen. However, the Aragonians have not been fully honest with the first Terre D’Ange expedition nor have they treated the local population with respect. Moirin, always the polite young lass, offers much in the way of mutual respect and the Nahuatl king recognizes this.

The ants! Oh my! The ants were terrifying. We run into them perhaps half way through the book after the group has survived more than one betrayal along with flooded rivers and illness. Raphael had traveled with Thierry on the first ill-fated expedition and in the heart of the jungle, Moirin and her companions finally come across him. Their joy at finding him alive is short lived as they soon learn the state of things.

All of Moirin’s powers are put to use in this tale. Cloaking herself in Twilight serves her well in more than one instance. Then her ability to quicken green growing things saves plenty of people. She also puts her linguistic skills to use as more than one culture makes up this adventure in Terra Nova.

One of my favorite scenes is with the Nahuatl King. He offers Moirin vital info and a skilled guide to help track Thierry in exchange for a night with her. He also offers his youngest wife to Bao for one night, claiming that is more than enough honor for any man. Moirin’s counter was awesome. She lays out her own great deeds and skills and declares that one night with her is more than enough honor for any man. It was a great scene.

In the end, Bao has to do one last thing to prove himself. There’s some loss in this tale but much happiness. New ties have been made and a strong foundation laid for Moirin’s future. I definitely enjoyed this book a bit more than Book 2, Naamah’s Curse. This was not only a solid, satisfying ending for this trilogy but also for the entire Terre D’Ange Cycle.

The Narration: Anne Flosnik brings us home as Moirin in this final book of the series. I think I say this every time, but Flosnik has got some skills on her! Yet more accents are added to her repertoire as we explore Terra Nova. Also, there’s some strong emotions in this book, what with human sacrifice and what not. Flosnik does a great job expressing these often nuanced emotions. Her male voices are believable and all her characters are distinct. A most excellent narration all around.

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A wonderful adventure

A fantastic conclusion to a fantastic story. I fell in love with the characters and the story. The story kept me wanting more, I found myself cheering them on, feeling sick with anticipation and I even shed a tear or two. Absolutely worth the listen. The reader is amazing and she brings the characters to life in ways I seldom hear.

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A Pleasure as always

The final installment was a wonderful and exciting ride. I am sad it is over, but look forward to reading many more books from Carey in the future and hope she will revive stories set in Terre d'Ange and not give up on the wonderful world she has created.
I highly recommend the entire series. The narrator is spot on. Start at the beginning of the series if you really want the full effect!

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A thrilling conclusion.

I am so sad to see this trilogy end. I would stay up late, even mess up my sleep schedule because I was so enthralled by Moirin's story, and I'm going to miss her now that it's over.

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Fantasy as Wish Fulfillment

An exceptional conclusion to this splendid cycle of alternate history fantasy novels, this one felt more like wish fulfillment than fantasy. Again, Moirin's visions of the future are what actually came to pass in our world - a future preventable in hers. The author did her homework, referencing the river people who lived in Peru prior to the Incan conquest. If you Google pre-Incan pottery you will see, most vividly, that these folks were most definitely servants of Naamah! They loved to depict sex quite vividly. The Incas very much disapproved. But I digress. Bad bits: Bao remains a too convenient character who commits an act that feels like a failure on the author's part to resolve. But that may simply be my own prejudice that made it an unforgiveable outcome. These are light fantasy novels, after all.

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One last voyage, redemption and home

Moirin and Bao return to Terre d’Ange in response to her dreams of Jehanne, and to fulfill the call of her destiny. They find King Daniel even more depressed at the death of Jehanne, and unable to connect with their daughter Desiree, who is her image. When he officially appoints Moirin as Desiree’s oath sworn protector, the politics start flying. When his son Thierry is believed lost, and King Daniel dies, the Regent moves to shut them out of Desiree’s life.
Destiny calls Moirin and Bao once more to travel to Terra Nova to rescue Thierry when dreams of Jehanne tell her he’s alive. Moirin also finds out she has to face Raphael again. Their travels and betrayals are detailed, along with their salvation. Many are lost, but Moirin and Bao return with Thierry to unseat the grasping Regent and his family. When Desiree is settled again and protected by her brother, Moirin and Bao travel to Alba for their destiny with the great Maghuin Dhonn. So completes the saga of Moirin mac Fainche, and begins her everyday life.
Flosnik is an amazing narrator with the right story, and this is it.

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Love this series. So rich.

Love this series. So rich, love filled, and magical. Wonderful story teller. If I must write 15 words I won't be doing so many reviews..

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Love love love.

This trilogy holds a special place in my heart. Now that it's over, I feel a bit sad. I'd be hard pressed to choose between it and the Phedre series, but luckily I don't have to. The narration is top notch, and I can't say enough good things about Jacqueline Carey's thoughtful storytelling. Love love love.

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did not want this series to end...

this was a wonderful series, with an absolutely wonderful narrator! in fact, i am of the opinion that no matter how well written a book is, it is the narrator that makes or breaks it. Anne Flosnik does a superb job, her ability to take the written word and make it real is remarkable.
the only downside to Jacqueline Carey's writing lies, for me, in the unnecessary detail of the explicit sex. for that i can only give 4 stars instead of the full 5 it would otherwise deserve. and i wouldn't have given that if it weren't for her excellent writing ability.
i do wish that the tale did not end here, but instead continued on with the 'fat babies' and the rest of the characters lives in this series. they feel like family, and everyone always wants to know the in's and out's of family.

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Great ending to this trilogy

If you could sum up Naamah's Blessing in three words, what would they be?

Brings all together.

Which scene was your favorite?

Bringing her husband to her deity

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

Yes, but a tad too long to do.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy fantasy and a good story, this trilogy is for you.

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  • 09-05-20

Great way to finish a wonderful saga

I am a bit sad to get to the end of this book - the final book in what has been a wonderful trilogy - itself the last of 3 trilogies covering 3 separate generations - though this a couple of generations after the previous one.
I've loved all the main characters in the various series.

This book is no exception and is another great story with lots of adventure and good character development I do like the way we follow the lead character from childhood and the way she grows through the books

If you enjoyed the previous 2 you are bound to enjoy this one as well. Its a great page turner and superbly read by Anne Flosnik.

I loved it!

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  • 08-30-15

It took a moment but well worth it.

It took me a moment to get used to Anne Flosniks narration, but I liked the other worldliness it gave the story. It is a great roping yarn with an unlikely heroine. I love Jacqueline Careys books, just not sure why the others are not here.