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Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 26 to 29, 2011

There isn't a lot of feminist high fantasy out there, and Jacqueline Carey might be writing it better than anyone else.* As other reviewers have noted, I found the beginning a bit slow. Watching Moirin navigate the politics of Terre d'Ange is like watching Phedre-lite, which will never be as great as Phedre. There wasn't a lot to differentiate Moirin as a character there, as opposed to Bao, who could never be mistaken for Joscelin.

Once the intrigue starts and the action moves to Terra Nova, the book picks up. Carey has created another perfect loop of a trilogy that fits into her Terre d'Ange cycle. I hope she writes more of this series, but at the same time I worry that she's falling into a pattern. That said, I would absolutely read more in this series.

*Right after I wrote that sentence I thought of Juliet Marillier, and god help me if I ever have to choose between them.

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