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Naamah's Curse (Moirin's Trilogy #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  7,566 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series, delivers book two in her new lushly imagined trilogy featuring daughter of Alba, Moirin.


Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch'in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of
Mass Market Paperback, 677 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 14th 2010)
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The least compelling of the series so far. It's unfortunate that our protagonist, Moirin, so often contrasts herself to the Phedre, the heroine of "the old tales" (i.e., the first three books in the series). Phedre was a much more interesting character, and every time Moirin mentioned her, I thought to myself: "you're right, kiddo. You can't hold a candle to Phedre."

My problem is this -- destiny is boring. Phedre was interesting because we never knew for sure (even *she* never knew for sure) wha
In my heart Phedre from Kushiel's Dart will always rule (the author's first trilogy heroine in this universe), but I enjoyed this new book. I actually appreciated Moirin MORE in this second part from the first. There were many interesting cultures depicted, so well written, Carey's prose is just a joy to read. The way she spins sentences utterly transports you into a fairy world, you just never question if these places exist. She imbues class and love into everything so poignantly.

Only negative
The most Jesus-y of the books.

When I try to compare Moirin to Phedra, I find that what I enjoyed in the first act of Kushiel's series is the uncertainty. In Phedra's story, we are not sure who to trust, how a plan will unfold or how a character might react. Who has betrayed the crown, and why? Will Joscelin and Phedra's love last, or are they incompatible? Ambiguity is what makes it real and gives the story strength.

Moirin's world is mutch easier. She know what to do based on what her connectio
Once again, Jacqueline Carey delivers a lushly written, erotic adventure that is deeply engrossing. I was so swept up in Moirin's long journey that I could hardly put the book down, and often had to make myself go to bed at night.

As I said in my review of Naamah's Kiss, I've read the first two Kushiel books, but I find Moirin so much more relatable and interesting a protagonist. She knows that the gods have great and difficult things in store for her, and while she accepts her destiny, she is st
I am very sad to say this is my least favorite novel of Terre d'Ange so far. This is partly because of the theme Carey is exploring in this novel, but mostly because it simply does not measure up to the rest of the series.

Don't get me wrong -- I love this world with a deep and abiding passion, and I will buy the novels in hardcover the day they come out as long as Carey writes them. But this, the third trilogy set in the world of Terre d'Ange, is simply less powerful than the two trilogies that
I like to watch Deadliest Catch. True, the basic plot is catching crab, which is repeatitive, but there is something about the show. Maybe, it's because everyone is so normal. I don't know. But what it is, I don't think any other reality show has it.

Neither does Naamah's Curse. Sadly.

I skimmed large portions of this book. It is Carey's weakest novel. I use to think that her two books Godslayer and Banewreaker (together being The Sundering) were her weakest, but at least there she is trying somet
Aug 14, 2010 Juliet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This sequel to Naamah's Kiss takes Carey's protagonist, Moirin, on a journey from China across a wide area of Asia in her quest to find her lover, Bo, who carries a piece of her soul. On the way she faces various perils and undertakes unexpected quests.

Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series started with two beautifully crafted trilogies, set in a richly imagined variant of Renaissance Europe. Each trilogy was told by a memorable first person narrator: firstly courtesan and spy Phedre, second
Elizabeth Wallace
I enjoyed it, but it didn't GRAB me the way the Kushiel books did. I don't really think that's Carey's fault though; Moirin is an interesting, well-rounded character, and Bao is very fun and sexy, but...I miss Phedre and Joscelin. I really do. I really REALLY do.

Moirin misses being a Mary Sue by a wide margin, thank goodness...she's a good girl, but not TOO good, and she screws up, and gets impatient, and makes enough mistakes to be human. Bao likewise, he isn't even close to being perfect, but
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It pains me not to rate this book higher than 3.5. Jacqueline Carey is a master of fantasy and world building. I always thoroughly enjoy her creative approach to politics and religion. These elements alone have made me a devoted fan but they did not do it all alone. The characters are rich. So why was this story somehow less than the previous seven books? It's simple; Moirin and Bao seem to be getting off easy compared to their predecessors from the Kushiel trilogies. I know this is book 8, but ...more
In my opinion. this was the best book of the last trilogy, and perhaps the longest. So much happened! Moirin got Bao back, got kidnapped by religious nuts from Aurelia (which is based on medieval Russia), got out and had go after Bao again. A lot of heartbreak and a lot of fantastic secondary characters. Really enjoyed it, although it can't compare in epicness with first and second trilogy in this world.
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This is the second book in what looks like will be another trilogy in the Terre d'Ange world, following young Moirin who is the half-breed child of a bear-witch from Alba and a priest of Naamah. While I avidly devoured the book due to my love of this fantasy world, it is by far the weakest book written to date. Much of Moirin's travels and troubles are milksop reflections of those experienced by Phedre in the Kushiel's series, and many characters are rather one-dimensional without much depth or ...more
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Book two of Everybody Wants Moirin. Sorry, that's not the title. Ahem. Anyway, with the usual caveats applied to Jacqueline Carey's writing -- the prose is slightly archaic and may put you off; everybody falls in love with the heroine and wants to sleep with her; it's probably more than a tad heretical, etc -- I enjoyed it a lot. It's been a while since I sat down with a book and raced through it in a day, which contributes to my enjoyment: it's very good to get lost in a fictional world on occa ...more
...While Naamah's Kiss was a promising start of a new trilogy, Naamah's Curse does not quite match the standard set in that book. The fresh, inquisitive Moirin of the first book has grown up considerably and in the process has lost something of her appeal. This book is not a bad tale but a little less dependence on the divine in Moirin's quest would have made it much more exciting. Her complete acceptance of her destiny is a little too much of a good thing. Interesting characters are generally m ...more
Oy. Well, it's an easy read, and light and fluffy, and follows the tone of the last book in the series pretty full on. The lead is still annoying, the main love interest is still boring, and the plot is still full of glaringly obvious Life Lessons, except now they're present through handy dandy other culture stereotypes.

Will I read the next book in the series when it comes out? Yes. Will I hate myself for it, just a little? Also yes.
Duffy Pratt
This book divides into three main parts: Grass, Grass, Grass. Then, Confess, Confess, Confess. Then Up, Up, Up. The first and last actually appear in the text in so many words. For a book that has so much "up, up, up", it came off as remarkably flat. The trouble is that everyone loves Moirin, and there's no reason not to love her. And it's her very lovability that leaves me wanting more. She gets put through a number of bad situations, but there's never any sense that she's in any actual danger. ...more
So the first, say, quarter of this book is the primary reason I'm knocking this down to three stars. I know Carey knows her shit when it comes to religious studies, but I have found it most interesting when she's blended historical stuff with her unique world of mysticism and history. I think she did this really well with the Yeshuites and others in the first trilogy. Here, though...Ok, so everyone knows (or should know) that most JudeoChristian church structures have historically been very oppr ...more
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sexy sequel to Naamah’s Kiss, tells the story of a god-touched young woman’s journey across a continent in search of her wandering lover/soulmate. I first got hooked onto Carey’s writing due to her original “Kushiel Legacy” books featuring Phedre no Delaunay, and I’ve followed all her work ever since, though my preference is still for her novels set in the Terre D’Ange universe. With these books, Carey has created a world and a mythos behind it that really can’t be beat. Anyway, I liked her seco ...more
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Ben Babcock
There is both reward and danger in reading the books of a series in close succession. Obviously, it’s easier to see the common threads that tie the books together; it’s easier to appreciate the arc of the characters and how events in one book might later affect events in another. I often deepened my appreciation for many series through an extensive re-read (and the same could be said for “marathoning” television shows). Nonetheless, there always exists the problem of burnout, and the temptation ...more
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Melissa Braasch
Of all of the books in this series - This is the one I liked least.
Still well written - but a bit more predictable than all the others. Also, this one seemed to get a bit "preachy". I've always enjoyed Carey's encorporation of Elua's pantheon with the others, but this one was just too much.

The problem is that Moirin is not as interesting a character as Phedre. She seems a bit shallow and the idea of her "falling in love" with everyone she comes in contact, while a nice idea makes for less conf
The second in the trilogy involving Moirin, Namaah's Curse centers around her journey to find Bao as she is met with one obstacle after another. This takes place in various fantasy versions of Asian locations, and while the exploration of the different cultures and scenery is interesting, it does get a bit daunting at times. Despite the central plotline of this being Moirin's quest to reunite with Bao, it seems to get convoluted by so many subplots that it felt like there just wasn't much of a f ...more
I have to partially agree with other readers. Although I did like this book, a lot, there is always something about Moirin that bugs me. Phedre did things. She was strong and incredibly clever and made her own path. And, like one person mentioned, the novels were tricky. The intrigue was deep and you were never sure who to trust. Even Imriel had to make a lot of hard choices and work hard to get to where he did. Moirin...while I do like her...not so much. She's put into situations, she doesn't a ...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Moirin goes off in pursuit of Bao and the other half of her soul for lack of a better term. And while she does find him, it's not the reunion she was hoping for.

Things get worse as Moirin is cruelly betrayed and she and Bao are once more separated, only this time they are ripped apart from each other through no fault of their own.

They travel to far, opposite ends of the earth, each searching for the other, striving for each other, only to find more trouble and heartb
This book has special meaning for me. I downloaded it and read it while my son (11 at the time) underwent surgery to deal with a mass in his spinal cord. He did well and was home a week later and fully recovered by autumn.

Reading has always been a solace for me, but never has entering a richly imagined world with compelling plots and characters been so appreciated by me. I slept in his room that week, but especially the first few days, when he was hooked up to a lot of machines and in a lot of p

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One more great book by the very talented author, Jacqueline Carey! But it’s more than a story. It’s a journey through unknown lands, both a physical journey and a spiritual because Moirin meets many interesting people with various beliefs and she’s learning many things until she finds the other half of her heart.

In this book, Morin, has a lot to deal with. She’s alone in a land far from her home and her enemies ma
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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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Moirin's Trilogy (3 books)
  • Naamah's Kiss (Moirin's Trilogy #1)
  • Naamah's Blessing (Moirin Trilogy, #3)

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