Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Universe #7)
I met Jacqueline Carey at a signing last month, for this book and her other recent release, Santa Olivia. She mentioned how different fans at these later signings were from the rabid fans who had rushed up to her at the first signing – a day after the book came out – gushing, "I stayed up all night and read the entire thing and I loved it so much and when's the next one coming out?!?" And I thought, crazy people. But now I understand a little better. (Where's the next book, already?)
Things I particularly liked were the fact that Terre d'Ange appeared to be in 18th Century France stage rather than the more mediaeval stage that it was in for the Phedre books. I also liked the technological developments that China was going through and the fact that it was see...more
Vediamo se riesco a partire dai dati oggettivi. Come per i precedenti libri, la Carey si dimostra un'eccellente scrittrice: lo stile ricco, mai banale, mai noioso, sempre adatto alla personalità della voce narrante.
L'ambientazione è superba, sia per quanto riguarda Alba, che per Ch'in, dove una buona metà (la più interessante, a mio parere) della vicen...more
Having waded through all through all of Kushiel's Legacy thus far, tracing the lives of Phedre and Imriel, I was expecting more of the same. When I first ope...more
Intrigue and court politics and sexual drama in equal measure with grand world-changing adventure. A thoroughly enjoyable read, fast paced, exciting, heart-rending and heart-warming, and overall fun.
Two things combined to leave a slightly icky taste in my mouth:
1) a whole nation of non-white people needs this one heroic white lady to be their savior. She really tries to treat fantasy china and the Chinese characters with...more
While I love all of Moirin's adventures, something about the relationship she ends up in just doesn't strike me as believable. I'd much sooner expect one of the antagon...more
No, for me the beauty of JC is her mastry of language and form, and in the power of her emotional connection to her reade...more
The portions dealing with strict fantasy are actually beautiful. I love the summoning of the different gods and the games they play. I love the dragon and the melding of mythologies that Carey is so skilled at.
The rest, well, I was bored. For one, I do not buy for a second that the main character was raised in a cave without human contact aside from he...more
I did not love this book as much as the Phedre novels, but I did really enjoy this story. Moiren is interesting character, but she lacks the depth and otherworldly shine that Phedre had. That being said, there was significant development of this ch...more
Premise: This is the beginning of a new series in the same world as the two Kushiel series, but takes place a few generations later. The heroine is Moirin, who was born into the Maghuin Dhonn, worshippers of a great brown bear, a wild people who are known as great magicians and feared for their past. Moirin at first has a simple life, living in the woods with her mother, but as she grows up, she learns about the outside world. Her father is a D'Angeline pr...more
As it was, while she was on her way there, I was eager to get there to see what it was like, now. Then we were both outsiders, though in different ways. It was a really great experi...more
This time, Carey decides to jump forward in time a few generations, so that she can create a new situation, a new protagonist, and explore new parts of the world. While the Phedre Trilogy and the Imriel Trilogy shared a lot of the same characters and geo-political situation, Naamah's Kiss jumps forward three generations, to a granddaughter of Alais living amongst the...more
Moirin of the Mahuin Dhonn “has the oldest magic in Alba running in her veins.” But her father is a Priest of Naamah in Terre d’Ange. From her mother, Moirin has learned to live and survive rough; she hadn’t been in a home until she was 13. She was raised in a cave and hated her first boyfriend’s home.
She leaves Alba for the City of Elua to pursue her destiny, her diadh- anam. She meets her father, does magical work for a man who uses her, becomes the Queen’s consort and studies with a Ch’in sc...more
I think I can safely say you can leave those apprehensions behind.
I did when I realized suddenly that four hours had passed in a blink, that I was al...more
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...more