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Naamah's Blessing (Naamah Trilogy #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,152 Ratings  ·  373 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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Ellen Gail
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There was blood, darkness, and flowers.
I shut my eyes.
I didn't want to see the end.

How do I explain what this series means to me? Nine books, three interconnected trilogies, 7,162 pages; one massive amazing saga.

On new years day 2015 I picked up my battered second hand copy of Kushiel's Dart. I'd had it around for ages, and reviews were mixed, but hey it was cold out and I was in no mood to get off the couch; why not give a new fantasy a try?

In a very short amount of time it was very clear - J
Jeremy Preacher
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

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
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
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, queer
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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it had been quite a while since last I checked in with Moirin and Bao (I'm not sure exactly when I read the second book in the trilogy, but it was sometime before I started using Goodreads in early 2011), but happily it didn't take too long to bring myself back up to speed.

In the previous book (Naamah's Curse), Moirin had gone haring off from Terre d'Ange (which I only just this second, after 9 books and about 5,000 total pages, means "Land of the Angels") into not-China and not-India in sear
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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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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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Other Books in the Series

Naamah Trilogy (3 books)
  • Naamah's Kiss (Naamah Trilogy, #1)
  • Naamah's Curse (Naamah Trilogy, #2)
“I have seen the impossible. I have seen great and terrible wonders, and I tell you, the world is a vaster and stranger place than ever I had reckoned.” 13 likes
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