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Naamah's Blessing

(Naamah Trilogy #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  9,245 ratings  ·  408 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
Kindle Edition, 736 pages
Published June 29th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2011)
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I think I’ve gotten the question “is this trilogy worth reading?” more times since starting it than I can count. People obviously know how much I loved Phedre’s and Imriel’s trilogies (and in most cases they share that love), and are wondering how this final series compares. I’ve been waiting until finishing the trilogy before giving a final assessment, and here it is:

Its not quite as good, but it’s still worth reading.

In some ways it’s like apples to oranges. Phedre’s and Imriel’s stories were
Ellen Gail
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doorstop

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 -
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this, the conclusion of Jacqueline Carey's Naamah trilogy, the tables turn.

You may vaguely recall those first two volumes introducing the adventures of Moirin, a bear witch of the broken clan of the Maghuin Dhonn. Destiny drove her far from home, to many strange and foreign lands...which, as it happens, became a bit of a problem. For while Moirin may not have been able to recognize that she was visiting ancient China, traveling the Old Silk Road, or encountering the societies of India, we rea
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
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the third and final part our heroes return to the land of angels and discover that things are anything but angelic as people thirsty for power do not hesitate to do anything to achieve their purposes. A series of tragic developments help their plans and so all that our heroes can do is to cross the Atlantic to reach a land discovered a few years ago in a desperate attempt to bring balance to their country. In this fantastic version of America, they meet the well-known cultures of this contine ...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 is s
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 realized, after 9 books and about 5,000 total pages, means "Land of the Angels") into not-China and not-Indi
keikii Eats Books
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
84 points/100 (4.25 stars/5).

Moirin Mac Fainche of the Maghuinn Dhonn is going home. After years in foreign lands and having more adventures and getting into more trouble than any one person should get in, she has spent months getting back home with her now husband Bao. Moirin heads first to Terre D'Ange, to see the daughter of her lover. However, events there lead her to journey halfway across the world once again to protect the little girl she has come to love before she can make it home.

I enj
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, romance, fantasy
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the final instalment of Carey's Naamah trilogy, Moirin returns to Terre d'Ange to face the distrust of certain powerful nobles and to find the royal family in crisis. With the widowed king unable to rule and his three-year-old daughter left vulnerable by his all-consuming grief, Moirin and Bao undertake a voyage to distant Terra Nova (think the South America of the Incas and Aztecs) to search for the missing heir to the throne. Naamah's Blessing makes a strong ending to the trilogy, with a sa ...more
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
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
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Jacqueline Carey's alternate world, Terre d'Ange is the center of the civilized universe. Or, at least it certainly thinks it is. And it is not so much different from the 15th century France that it most resembles. Use that information to give yourself a time and place reference for technology/industry/civilization and otherwise, let everything else slip away. The world of Terre d'Ange is not our world, except, perhaps as it might have been, if it had been founded by fallen angels. The theolo ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, audiobook
fitting ending to a very good series. The narrator was very good, though some words, which made sense when I was reading the novels, did not sound familiar when pronounced.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I read an electronic ARC of this book thanks to

The final book in the trilogy, this novel follows Moirin and her husband Bao as they embark on a quest to retrieve Raphael de Mereliot and the crown prince, Thierry, from an ill-fated expedition in the newly-encountered land of Terra Nova. At stake is the realm of Terre d'Ange, the happiness of the young dauphin, Desiree, and, unknown to the travelers, the fate of Terra Nova itself.

First and foremost, I must confess that I liked this
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lesser heroes in a lesser time.

I haven't quite finished the book, and I'm frankly not sure if I want to. While the book is beautifully written, it's hard to care about these often stock characters. It feels like the magical powers in this trilogy - used and abused so often - has replaced the careful and delicate machinations and characterizations of Phedre's time.

From the beginning, this trilogy has lacked its Melisande: beautiful and terrible and lovely and treacherous. We are given Raphael de
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm confused not only as to how this individual book received such a high average rating - but how its rating is actually higher than the two predecessors.

the Naamah trilogy is definitely more along the lines of book crack than the Kushiel trilogies, but even so, at least the first two books seemed to have a semblance of cohesion. there seemed a driven purpose and an equal balance of gods present in Moirin's life. the Maghiun Donne seem to be almost nonexistent - which is a shame because Carey's
Duffy Pratt
Finished this over a month ago, and just got around to reviewing it. I don't think that's a comment on the book, which I liked, but it might say something about my enthusiasm for doing these reviews anymore.

This one is the ninth book in the Terre D'Ange series, and the third and last of the Moirin books. There have been a lot of "mayhaps" along the way. And, for following fairly similar formulas, the books have been remarkably good. In this one, Moirin and Bao have to travel to the Americas, or
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I relished this, I enjoyed it, I'm a little sorry it's over and I have to let this world go. It's "only" a four star because, well, it's not the moving experience the first thee books in the series were--those made me cry--and more than once. Nothing here put me close to that sort of feeling. I'd also say style-wise, every once in a while I'd find myself irked by Carey's cheesy erotica, her penchant for clunky dialogue tagging, and Moriin's constant exclamations of "sea and sky." But there was m ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it did show signs of greatness akin to those which made the previous Terre d'Ange novels such incredible reads, I felt that Naamah's Kiss turned out to be Jacqueline Carey's weakest Kushiel-related work to date. Given the originality and the quality of its predecessors, Naamah's Kiss and the next two installments had big shoes to fill. Which is quite unfair as far as expectations go, but that's the way love goes.

Weakest installment or not, Naamah's Kiss was nonetheless better than most fa
Kris Larson
The thing is, in the original Kushiel trilogy, Phedre overcame most challenges by 1) learning someone's language and then 2) having sex with them. And it turns out that for me (2) was the more interesting part. (Hey, it's escapism!) So while Moirin, the heroine of this trilogy, does learn many languages, she is kind of reticent about (2) and is therefore less fun for me. Don't get me wrong, this trilogy IS a page-turner, but the originals are still my favorite.
Note: This is the third book in the third trilogy set in the Kushiel’s Legacy series. However, this last trilogy is set a few generations later and stands on it’s own. This book, as the third in this trilogy, works best as the finale to the trilogy.

This book opens with Bao and Moirin heading back to Terre D’Ange from the far east. They’ve been on a ship for months and are just coming upon Marsilikos where they learn that Raphael de Mereliot’s sister has passed away. From there, it’s on to Terre
Mogsy (MMOGC)
The adventures of Moirin mac Fainche continue in Naamah's Blessing, the third book of her trilogy. It all started years ago, when Moirin left her idyllic home in the wilderness of Alba to fulfill a destiny, seeking to do the will of the Maghuin Dhonn. Her travels have since brought her to the far reaches of the earth, but it appears still the gods have more in store.

Upon her return to Terre D'Ange, Moirin finds the realm in a state of unease. The royal family is broken, with Prince Thierry, heir
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'd give this 3.5 stars.. or 3.75? :) My favorite of this trilogy.

Review from my blog (wordpress / livejournal)

I won a copy of this book at the last readathon I did (Dewey’s 24 hour readathon) plus got a copy (unsolicited) from the publisher.

***** This review contains spoilers for the earlier two books *****

The Premise: Moirin mac Fainche has returned to Terre D’Ange from her adventures in the far away lands of the East. She’s found and brought back her lover (now husband) Bao, but w
Grace Troxel
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Over the past month or so, I’ve been participating in a readalong of “Naamah’s Blessing” by Jacqueline Carey. See posts here and here for in-depth discussion of the book. Since readalongs contain lots of spoilers, I figured I might as well do a quick spoiler-free review my final thoughts.

Naamah’s Blessing is the third book of the third trilogy of the Kushiel’s legacy series. At the begi
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
And with that, it is over. I was so reluctant to pick up this book knowing that when I was done, there would be no more books about Terre d'Ange and the fantastic alternate fantasy world Carey created. This time, the story took us to a re-imagined Aztec and Inca empires and Moirin got to fix a few of her mistakes along the way. And the ant jest introduced earlier was finally made terrifyingly relevant. I will miss this series.
Erica Sandbothe
Much as I love Jacqueline Carey, this was definitely her weakest for me. Basically for two reasons, it failed to deliver. The premise set up seemed to be that Moirin's story would be the story of how the Maghuinn Donn redeemed themselves to their god after (view spoiler)

The fact that the Maghuinn Donn was driving Moirin all over the world to do all these things seemed like there was some kind of plan, as there was for Phedre goin
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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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