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Naamah's Curse

(Naamah Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  10,338 ratings  ·  416 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 her mother's
Paperback, 576 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Gollancz (first published June 14th 2010)
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Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series
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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellen Gail
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doorstop
I can't believe I've almost finished such a dear and wonderful series.

If forced to choose the weakest book so far in the Kushiel's Universe series Naamah's Curse would be my nominee. However, it remains a solidly entertaining read and earns (albeit just barely) four stars.

It's also an excellent cat pillow.

"I do not know what else to say! I've spent the last year of my life following you halfway around the world, while you've been (view spoiler)
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 connecti
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In this, the second installment of Carey's third trilogy revolving around the sexually-actualized civilization of the D'Angeline, she confirms my sense of her fatigue with the construct. You may recall our young bear witch travelling to a thinly-veiled China for her initial series of adventures. The tale continues now beyond the Great Wall and across a territory of plains that sound suspiciously like the venue of the Old Silk Road. We eventually wind up in a land of striking resemblance to India ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naamah’s Curse is the second book in the third and final trilogy of Kushiel’s Universe. One more book to go!

This one didn’t hold my interest as well as the previous book, nor as well as some of the other books in the series. I had a lot of work distractions while I was reading it, so I suspect that’s partly to blame. I never seem to enjoy books as well if I’m constantly distracted while reading; I need some uninterrupted time to get my head more involved in the story.

I still enjoyed the charact
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the second part of this trilogy, we continue from where the first book ended, with our heroine trying to reunite with her beloved. This effort leads her to an enormous journey, with many stations where she will meet interesting people, good and bad, who will try to help or exploit her, where she will encounter great difficulties, lose her freedom and be called to use her internal strength to be able to withstand. This moving journey is the occasion for thoughts on human nature, the kindness t ...more
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
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
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Meredith by: PlayLaughYoga
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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
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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
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, queer, fantasy
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
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
...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
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trashy-fantasy
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.
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
77 points/100 (4 stars/5).

Separated from half of her soul, Moirin mac Fainche of the Maghuin Dhonn sets off to reunite with her beloved Bao. Traveling alone across foreign lands, Moirin finds herself taken from her destiny. Struggling to get back on track and find her Bao, Moirin has to do what she can to both survive and accomplish her mission.

I enjoyed a lot of things about this book. I quite enjoyed this book across the Tatar lands. It was when everything went wrong when I sighed and went "No
Kara 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
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I set this one aside for a while and really I'm not sure why because I loved it...simply loved it. Full review to follow soonish rather than later...I hope. ...more
Diana Stormblessed
Ok. I give up. I just can't waste any more time something I enjoy so little. This is a dnf at 50% for me. ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one a while ago, shortly after it came out, and it was entertaining.

Like the previous entry in the trilogy, it didn't grab me quite as much as the previous two interlinked trilogies. Perhaps that's in part because the Imriel trilogy was a highwater mark for me (Justice remains me favorite of all the books). But I think it's also two things linked to the story itself.

For one thing, this one follows the previous in being very heavy on the travelogue aspects. That's been very enjoyable
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
Patrick St-Denis
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it showed signs of greatness akin to those that made its predecessors such wonderful 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 the previous two trilogies, Naamah's Kiss and the next two installments had extremely big shoes to fill. Quite unfair as far as expectations go, no doubt about it, what with the great tapestry of complex storylines that has been woven over the course of the ...more
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Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, au-world, pr0n
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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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