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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 ...more
Hardcover, 645 pages
Published June 24th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2009)
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Jun 06, 2010 Mei-Lu rated it really liked it
I live in a small town with a population of 500 so finding this book at my local library was like a major victory. Even though I didn't love Jacqueline Carey's second Kushiel series as much as I loved her first (which I have re-read many many times), that's kind of like saying I don't like an ordinary chocolate bar as much as I like, say, Green and Black chocolate bars. If you present me with something chocolate, I'm still going to enjoy eating it. That makes sense, right? So anyway, as with all ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing
I love this author so much, and this is an amazing amazing book.

A bisexual druid is a hard character to pull off, but she does it in her classing romantic/fantasy way! Continues to be one of the few authors I buy in hardback.
Paul Weimer
May 10, 2009 Paul Weimer rated it really liked it
With Naamah's Kiss, Jacqueline Carey, whose reputation has been largely based on the Kushiel world novels, returns to that world.

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
May 31, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
I keep holding out hope that Carey will surprise me with another story as beautiful as Kushiel's Dart. This, unfortunately, is another near-miss.

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
The world Jacqueline Carey has created with this series continues to have a great deal of beauty and grace about it in this seventh novel. Her characters are still fully-fleshed and wondrous, each one unique and each one worthy. Like the first books in the other two trilogies, this one starts at the beginning of its heroine's tale, and many people may find it slow going at first, for Moirin's journey to her destiny does not really start until she leaves for Ch'in 2/3 of the way through. More tha ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Naamah's Kiss is set generations after the last Kushiel book. When I first heard this, I was a little disappointed. The jump forward in time does make sense. It allows for a "happily ever after" for the first six books and allows for Carey to further explore her world. We are given more of a world view, including this world's version of the "New World". I love the alternate world that Carey has created.

The central character of this book is Moirin who is likable and has an innocence that was whol
Jun 27, 2009 Chy rated it it was amazing
Okay. I was a little depressed when I found out this was set generations after the Kushiel books, but it turned out to work very, very well. If it weren't, then when Moirin goes to the City of Elua, I would have stopped paying attention to her and done nothing but look for characters I knew, thus forgetting her story.

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
Aug 06, 2015 Antigone rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jacqueline Carey is most well-known for her work in what is now being called "historical" fantasy. This designation generally refers to tales set in a quasi-medieval environment. Game of Thrones would be considered historical fantasy, as would the Wheel of Time series and the majority of stories told by authors like Robin Hobb, J.V. Jones, Terry Goodkind and Patrick Rothfuss. What sets Carey's work apart in this genre is twofold. First, her focus is largely on women (which is refreshing in fanta ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
In Naamah's Kiss, Jacqueline Carey returns to the world she created in the Kushiel's Legacy series, and introduces a delightful new heroine.

Moirin mac Fainche is a descendant of Alais de la Courcel and a member of the Maghuin Dhonn tribe of Alba. On her father's side, she's D'Angeline, with lines of descent from Naamah and Anael. When a tragedy changes Moirin's young life, and an initiatory rite reveals that she has a destiny beyond the sea, Moirin travels to Terre d'Ange in search of her fathe
Jul 03, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads, 2009
I don't usually like books that I'd rate NC-17 if they were movies, but this one was an exception. I thought it was wonderful. I haven't read anything by Jacqueline Carey before, and I may never read anything by her again. GoodReads shows this as being #7 of the Kushiel's Legacy series, but there is nothing on the book itself that indicates that. I honestly think it's the beginning of a new series that takes place on the same world as Kushiel's Legacy several generations later. While the story l ...more
Jul 15, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, dragons, lgbt
I've been putting off reading this trilogy until it was all out, wanting to immerse myself in Carey's world all at once. I'm glad I did: it took me a while to get to the point of wanting to read it without putting it down, but I got there. It starts slow, I suppose, but so did Kushiel's Dart, really... In any case, I got into it more than I did Imriel's trilogy: perhaps it helps that this is long past the days of Phèdre and Joscelin so there can be no disappointment at their portrayal or lack of ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Aster rated it really liked it
Nice White Lady Saves China! And Prevents Modern Warfare! And Finds Love!

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
Duffy Pratt
Nov 21, 2012 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Carey has created another seemingly perfect heroine. What's surprising to me is that she manages to do this while keeping these perfect creatures distinct from one another. Moirin is nothing like Phedre, except in her perfection. (And she's also nothing like Loup, from the Saint's books, in an entirely different world, but just as perfect.)

As always, in the Terre D'Ange world, the writing is lavish and graceful. The start is slow, and it's not clear whether the book has a true direction until ab
Khanh (the Grinch)
Feb 28, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
What I love about this book, after having read so many romance novels with a chaste/virginal heroine, is the complete and utter abandon of any type of sexual shame. Love is love, sexual in manner or not, with men or women, it's just so freeing to read about the act of love being portrayed in such a (dare I say) innocent and guileless manner.

The storyline is not my favorite, and the plot was wonderful up until Moirin's journey to Ch'in. After that, the storyline of the dragon and the pearl just m
Apr 03, 2013 Terence rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sadly, I can't recommend this to anyone
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Kushiel's Dart blew me away when it came out.

Carey showed real verve and talent in exploring the world of Terre d’Ange and Elua’s commandment to “love as thou wilt” with interesting characters and an involving story. There wasn’t quite as much energy in the second trilogy – Kushiel's Scion et al. – but we were still in Terre d’Ange and I was entertained by the author’s continuing look at the implications of following Elua’s teaching.

Unfortunately, this first book of the new trilogy lacks everyth
Janice (Janicu)
Aug 24, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it

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
Aug 18, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it
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Aug 03, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-books
Aug. 2009

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?)

I f
Jul 17, 2009 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
Though I’ve had Carey’s Kushiel series on my "want to read" list for quite a while, this is the first of her books that I’ve read. It absolutely won’t be the last. Carey has created an incredibly complex yet easily understood world, and has a knack for introducing us to it without boring us with rote history lessons. I was immediately pulled into Moirin’s world, and gladly followed her on her epic journey as she searched for her divine purpose. The D’Angeline are obviously based on the French, a ...more
Lassarina Aoibhell
Jun 21, 2009 Lassarina Aoibhell rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
As is usual with me and the Kusheline books, I read this in one big gulp - less than 24 hours from the time I bought it, I had finished it. Carey employs a different view of Terre d'Ange in this book, choosing to illustrate it through the perspective of an outsider (in this case, an Alban, descended from characters who appeared in the previous trilogies). The main character, Moirin, is likeable, with a certain naivete and straightforwardness that previous main characters in the series have lacke ...more
Jul 23, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Naamah's Kiss is set some 150 years after Carey's remarkable Kushiel trilogies, but the reader who has not read the earlier books can still enjoy this one, I think. In fact, if you attempted to read the Kushiel books and were ill at ease (as I was, initially) with the BDSM content, Moirin's adventures may be more your speed. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of sex here---Moirin is half D'Angeline and her father is a priest of Naamah, goddess of desire---and it's hot sex, with multiple pa ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Even Jacqueline Carey's weaker efforts are better than a lot of fantasy that's out there, but while I was entertained by Naamah's Kiss, I was also disappointed. Despite entirely new characters and a new continent, this book still felt like a tired rehashing of the first Kushiel trilogy; the Terre d'Ange part read like an uninspired fanfic. It seems that Carey has figured out what makes her books sell, and has turned her own tropes into boring cliches. She is a better storyteller than that, and I ...more
Jul 25, 2009 CD rated it it was amazing
I don't know how she does it, but she had done it again creating a great new series set several decades in the future from the Imriel series. This series deals with Maghuin Dhonn in the form on Moirin. She is the great-granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Dhonn and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba. She learns her father is a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire. And if I have lost you, you really need to go and read the beginning of the series Kushiel' ...more
Jul 25, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was a bit apprehensive about starting this book. Change is difficult. You come to love an author and certain characters. You want to read more about those characters you know and love; even in the case of the Imriel books you can see Phedre and Joscelin in the background. You do not want to leave them behind and start a new and unfamiliar journey.

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

Just superb; has everything you want in a fantasy - graet characters, superb world building and the prose just flows smoothly; it is probably the best fantasy novel I read for 09 in terms of narrative flow and it is my number 1 genre fantasy so far.

Moirin of the "bear witch" people who had a tragic and brutal encounter with Imriel in Kushiel 5, grand-grand daughter of Alais and half-Angeline on her father side to boot is sent by her Goddess to find her destiny.

The journey takes first at the A
Oct 09, 2009 TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing
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Moirin mac Fainche is of the royal bloodline of Alais de la Courcel, but lives in the wild woods of Alba as one of the few remaining Maghuin Dhonn, inheriting her knowledge and small gifts of magic from her mother. Moirin’s father, however, is a D’Angeline priest, descended from the godly lines of Anael and Naamah herself. And so, Moirin is a child of two worlds, touched by two sets of Gods, each with important purposes for her. When she becomes old enough to be tested by the Mag
Jul 18, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Dec 26, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it
This is what I get for reading an in-progress trilogy: the bittersweet sting of closing the book, deeply satisfied with the story but desperate for the next installment. An installment, might I add, that doesn't come out until June (I refuse to think about the third installment, which won't hit shelves until June 2011). Lesson learned: Be a literary Luddite. Read trilogies five years after they've gone out of vogue, when you can get your hands on all three books at once without paying the MSRP o ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2009, 2010, glbt, 2013, bechdel
I really enjoyed this, and my worry that the 100 year disconnect between the last series and this would be too much was misplaced. Moirin is an engaging heroine and her mixed-up spirituality makes for interesting reading.

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
LittleRed M
Jan 14, 2010 LittleRed M rated it really liked it
I had already read all of the Phedre books in this series, and was upset when I realized this book did not contain my favorite female character of all time, and actually didn't even plan on reading Naamah's Kiss because of it. I am so glad I relented!
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
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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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