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Naamah's Blessing (Moirin's Trilogy #3)

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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  5,720 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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 Desirée is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but des ...more
ebook, 575 pages
Published June 29th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeremy Preacher
The presumably final book in Terre d'Ange has a thoughtful, bittersweet tone throughout. I found it a little less engaging, in some ways, than the earlier novels - the plot is straightforward, the sex is fairly perfunctory (and dreadfully straight) and the characters are either familiar or trivial (with the exception of the delightful four-year-old Desiree.)

That said, I tore through it like someone might take it away if I didn't finish it fast enough. The South American exploration sections are
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Melody
I had a hard time with this third book in the Naamah Trilogy. It seemed so very formulaic to me, and it really dragged. There were times I despaired of finishing, so to help me get through it, I made up the Naamah's Blessing Drinking Game, which I include below. I don't recommend that any reader actually try to play it though, as they would be reeling drunk in next to no time.

This is my least favorite of Carey's books by about a mile. Excuse me, a league. Moirin is a Mary Sue to end all Mary Sue
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Liviu
Naamah's Blessing ends the Moirin saga and possibly the Angeline/Kushiel 9 book series in great style - though the author left open the possibilities of more and I think there is great potential in a story set in another hundred years or two and dealing with technological expansion rather than the huge geographical expansion here.

The book returns to the exuberance of the first volume - though there are quite a few dark moments since no Legacy Kushiel is complete without them - and it was all tha
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/06/b...

From the woods and caves of Alba, Moirin mac Fainche has traveled long and far – to the decadent splendor of Terre d’Ange, the snow-capped mountains of distant Ch’in, the desert plains of the Tartars, the unyielding landscape of the Vralia, and the southern reaches of Bhaktipur & Bhodistan. After defeating the spider queen and her twisted court, Moirin and her husband Bao are reuinted at last, but their peace
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Felicia
Well, this was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, and I think my favorite of the three. In my other reviews you'll remember I definitely wasn't as keen on this installment in the world, mostly because Bao as a hero was not very compelling, I just never saw why Moirin fell and/or fought so hard to be with him. In this last book though, there are very few twists and turns in their relationship, so he basically fades into the background and it becomes more about Moirin and her journey back to ...more
Wendy Browne
Politics and intrigue are always at the heart of d’Angeline adventures and this ninth and final book in Carey’s Kushiel series is no different. Our protagonist, Moirin Mac Fainche and her husband, Bao, are now united, heart and soul, with Bao no longer resisting the soulspark that binds the two together. With their adventures in the east at an end, they have returned to Terre d’Ange, following Moirin’s dream of the deceased queen and her former lover, Jehane, who fears for her young daughter, De ...more
Nikki
I've very much enjoyed reading this trilogy, and revisiting Terre D'Ange. I don't think these books are as good as the first trilogy, but they were still very good, especially read back to back in a long glut of reading! This third book takes Moirin and Bao to Terra Nova -- essentially, the Aztec nations. A lot of plot threads from the trilogy are tied up here, and no detail seems to have been meaningless.

I did feel as though Jacqueline Carey wasn't that able to make the reader feel her characte
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Kelly
(4.5 stars) Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel and Naamah books have become comfort reads for me. When I open up one of these novels, I always know I’ll find beautiful writing and a world I enjoy returning to again and again. A world where love in all its forms — not just romantic or sexual — can defeat evil and change the course of history. Naamah’s Blessing, the final installment of the trilogy about Moirin mac Fainche, is no exception.

After their adventures in Bhodistan, Moirin and Bao are returning
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Juliet
In the final instalment of Carey's Naamah trilogy, Moirin returns to Terre d'Ange to face the distrust of certain powerful nobles and to find the royal family in crisis. With the widowed king unable to rule and his three-year-old daughter left vulnerable by his all-consuming grief, Moirin and Bao undertake a voyage to distant Terra Nova (think the South America of the Incas and Aztecs) to search for the missing heir to the throne. Naamah's Blessing makes a strong ending to the trilogy, with a sa ...more
Elena
I read an electronic ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley.com.

The final book in the trilogy, this novel follows Moirin and her husband Bao as they embark on a quest to retrieve Raphael de Mereliot and the crown prince, Thierry, from an ill-fated expedition in the newly-encountered land of Terra Nova. At stake is the realm of Terre d'Ange, the happiness of the young dauphin, Desiree, and, unknown to the travelers, the fate of Terra Nova itself.

First and foremost, I must confess that I liked this
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Emma
I'm confused not only as to how this individual book received such a high average rating - but how its rating is actually higher than the two predecessors.

the Naamah trilogy is definitely more along the lines of book crack than the Kushiel trilogies, but even so, at least the first two books seemed to have a semblance of cohesion. there seemed a driven purpose and an equal balance of gods present in Moirin's life. the Maghiun Donne seem to be almost nonexistent - which is a shame because Carey's
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
The adventures of Moirin mac Fainche continue in Naamah's Blessing, the third book of her trilogy. It all started years ago, when Moirin left her idyllic home in the wilderness of Alba to fulfill a destiny, seeking to do the will of the Maghuin Dhonn. Her travels have since brought her to the far reaches of the earth, but it appears still the gods have more in store.

Upon her return to Terre D'Ange, Moirin finds the realm in a state of unease. The royal family is broken, with Prince Thierry, heir
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Erica Sandbothe
Much as I love Jacqueline Carey, this was definitely her weakest for me. Basically for two reasons, it failed to deliver. The premise set up seemed to be that Moirin's story would be the story of how the Maghuinn Donn redeemed themselves to their god after (view spoiler)

The fact that the Maghuinn Donn was driving Moirin all over the world to do all these things seemed like there was some kind of plan, as there was for Phedre goin
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Rob
...One of the things I didn't like about Naamah's Curse is that for most of the book Moirin obediently obeys the instructions of the divine guide. This novel doesn't escape that entirely in this novel but at least the gods are a bit more cryptic. I also have to hand it to Carey, she knows how to plot a novel. In the finale of the trilogy, things fall in place very nicely indeed. Not a loose end in sight. That being said, I don't think the trilogy as a whole lives up the the promise of the first ...more
Ben Babcock
Now that’s how you end a series.

Naamah’s Blessing is the swan song of Moirin, half–Maghuin Dhonn, half-D’Angeline. Moirin has ventured as far eastwards as Ch’in, where she saves a princess and a dragon. In this novel she goes westwards. After a brief stop in Terre d’Ange, it’s off to Terra Nova, where she hopes to find Prince Thierry alive and bring him back to Terre d’Ange to deal with an opportunistic regent. Raphael de Mereliot awaits Moirin in Terra Nova, though, and he isn’t entirely sane a
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Blake
The ending was better then I expected but still-
The emotional heft of the earlier books never materialized. It;s strange that this series sort of faded away after the Imriel trilogy. When Kushiel's Dart came out i thought it was going to change the face of fantasy and then came the Naamah trilogy. Bye.
SPOILER ALERT

Phedre goes into Drujan to rescue Imriel because Kushiel and Naamah basically tell her she has to or they are done with her. She has to accept and drive everyone around her CRAZY in or
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Eileen
Lesser heroes in a lesser time.

I haven't quite finished the book, and I'm frankly not sure if I want to. While the book is beautifully written, it's hard to care about these often stock characters. It feels like the magical powers in this trilogy - used and abused so often - has replaced the careful and delicate machinations and characterizations of Phedre's time.

From the beginning, this trilogy has lacked its Melisande: beautiful and terrible and lovely and treacherous. We are given Raphael de
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Marlene
In Jacqueline Carey's alternate world, Terre d'Ange is the center of the civilized universe. Or, at least it certainly thinks it is. And it is not so much different from the 15th century France that it most resembles. Use that information to give yourself a time and place reference for technology/industry/civilization and otherwise, let everything else slip away. The world of Terre d'Ange is not our world, except, perhaps as it might have been, if it had been founded by fallen angels. The theolo ...more
Janice (Janicu)
I think I'd give this 3.5 stars.. or 3.75? :) My favorite of this trilogy.

Review from my blog (wordpress / livejournal)

I won a copy of this book at the last readathon I did (Dewey’s 24 hour readathon) plus got a copy (unsolicited) from the publisher.

***** This review contains spoilers for the earlier two books *****


The Premise: Moirin mac Fainche has returned to Terre D’Ange from her adventures in the far away lands of the East. She’s found and brought back her lover (now husband) Bao, but whi
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Rebecca
Jul 06, 2011 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
I was very happy with the conclusion of this trilogy. Moirin is my second favorite narrator in the nine books of the series, and she does not disappoint in her final book. As usual, there is a grand adventure, an undeniable love, intrigue, religion, and sex. I won't go into details other than to say the book is a satisfying read, and that Moirin's story truly came full circle.

I was really happy with all of the references to beloved characters from the first six books as well. Thank you to Carey
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Chris Jackson
This, the final installment of Jacqueline Carey's Naamah Trilogy is, unfortunately, my least favorite of her three-trilogy compilation in the "Krushiel-Naaman" world. It just seemed to fall a little flat. She usually has me riveted, but I found myself speed reading through the descriptive sections and skimming the "and we traveled a lot" sections, of which there were too many. I can't put my finger on why this one did not grip me, but it did not. Having said that, however, Jacqueline Carey's wor ...more
Beth
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Chandra Vice
Jacqueline Carey really knows how to end her trilogies with a bang. I think the last book in all of her series is always the best one and this is no exception.

I loved the story and I loved the little princess. It broke my heart how much she yearned to be loved and there were times I wanted to jump in the book and throttle the characters who hurt her. Poor little thing.

The journey in Terra Nova was very interesting and exciting and there were a few things I totally didn't see coming, which doesn
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Darceylaine
I like this heroine, I think it's the first bisexual protagonist I've encountered. Carey's characters have a strong ethical center. This heroine follows the traditional folk-tale pattern of "make friends along the way and they will help you in the end." I devoured all three books in about a month.

On the down side, most of the characters are pretty flat. In a 700 page book there is certainly space to flesh them out a bit. The plot gets bogged down a bit in the journey sometimes, and Carey repeats
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Susan Rodgers
I love Jacqueline Carey and will continue to read everything she writes. That being said, I did not find the story of Moirin, particularly this installment, all that compelling. Perhaps I like edgier characters more, and Moirin just felt too perfect. Sure she gets herself into trouble, but overall she is a well rounded girl with a lot of helpful gifts.

I enjoyed reading this novel for sure, just not as much as Carey's previous works. Regardless, I whipped through it in two days.
Sharessa
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Kris Larson
The thing is, in the original Kushiel trilogy, Phedre overcame most challenges by 1) learning someone's language and then 2) having sex with them. And it turns out that for me (2) was the more interesting part. (Hey, it's escapism!) So while Moirin, the heroine of this trilogy, does learn many languages, she is kind of reticent about (2) and is therefore less fun for me. Don't get me wrong, this trilogy IS a page-turner, but the originals are still my favorite.
Neyly
I thoroughly enjoyed this last book in the Moirin trilogy. I liked Moirin from the start and warmed up to Bao slowly but surely, coming to honestly liking him in this book.

In Naamah's Blessing Moirin and Bao travel to Terra Nova to find Prince Thierry and return him to Terre d'Ange as the rightful heir to the throne. Much adventure happens along the way (as expected).

*As comfortable as I am with this 5-star rating, please note that this book is not one that stands alone. Moirin has too much of a
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Kate
This was a lovely finish to a patchy trilogy. It blew the last one (Naamah's Curse) out of the water, and made a satisfying ending to the adventures of Moirin, Bao and Co. The ends were very neatly tied up, especially the "gift" that the Circle of Shaloman was "bestowed" by the demons in the first book.

reread 2013

Anne-Marie Hyatt
It was a quick read and really didn't have the meat that I come to expect from a Jacqueline Carey. I was entertained, but left feeling like it was a bit full of fluff and not the political intrigue I crave. The typical strategy that I came to enjoy was replaced with a faith based trust in the gods.
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Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo
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