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Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey
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Jul 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: alternative-history, fantasy

** spoiler alert ** Number two in this series, number eight in the universe, I quite liked this. Moirin travels across Ch’in (China) and Tatar territory (Mongolia) only to find her lover Bao who has the other half of her diadh-anam (soul) married to the Great Khan’s daughter. That’s a big deal to his wife, but not to Moirin who follows Naamah’s precept “love as thou wilt.” She also worships Maghuin Dhonn Herself, a black bear who has accepted Moirin as her child. The Great Khan sells her to some travelling fanatical Yeshuite priests in Vralia (Russia) who want her to convert her. She gets away from them after months and goes to Nepal (Bhaktipur) to rescue Bao who is being held by robbers in Tibet (Tufan).

This is a pretty terrible review, for which I am sorry. I like that Moirin is of two people and both Naamah and Maghuin Dhonn Herself accept her. I like that she has small magics: she can make herself and sometimes others disappear, she can make flowers grow, she makes people better. She spends most of the book without Bao. She does a huge amount of travelling and reporting on differing peoples' religious practices.

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message 1: by Lily (new) - added it

Lily I keep pushing this book aside as new library books come in. Are you liking it?

Julia I am loving it!!!

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