Naamah's Blessing

Naamah s Blessing 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

  • Title: Naamah's Blessing
  • Author: Jacqueline Carey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 Desir e is a vision of her mother tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desReturning 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 Desir e is a vision of her mother tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely, and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances.As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desir e s oath sworn protector Navigating the intricate political landscape of the Court proves a difficult challenge, and when dire news arrives from overseas, the spirit of Queen Jehanne visits Moirin in a dream and bids her undertake an impossible quest.Another specter from the past also haunts Moirin Travelling with Thierry in the New World is Raphael de Mereliot, her manipulative former lover Years ago, Raphael forced her to help him summon fallen angels in the hopes of acquiring mystical gifts and knowledge It was a disastrous effort that nearly killed them, and Moirin must finally bear the costs of those bitter mistakes.

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    1. 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 - Jac [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers: thebooksmugglers/2011/06/bFrom 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 short [...]

    7. 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 daug [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 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 search of Bao [...]

    10. (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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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.

    14. I read an electronic ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley.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 tril [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 predecessorse 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 sc [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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.

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20Over 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 beginn [...]

    24. Now that’s how you end a series.Naamah’s Blessing is the swan song of Moirin, half–Maghuin Dhonn, half-D’Angeline. Moirin has ventured as far eastwards as Ch’in, where she saves a princess and a dragon. In this novel she goes westwards. After a brief stop in Terre d’Ange, it’s off to Terra Nova, where she hopes to find Prince Thierry alive and bring him back to Terre d’Ange to deal with an opportunistic regent. Raphael de Mereliot awaits Moirin in Terra Nova, though, and he isn [...]

    25. And so I'm done with the last trilogy in Kushiel's Universe, which makes me a bit sad. I'd love to read a trilogy with a Shahrizai hero/heroine. How the heck does Kushiel's Universe not have a trilogy with a Shahrizai hero/heroine as the lead? The Shahrizais are Kushiel's Scions after all.That said, I liked the Moirin trilogy least out of the three. Everything felt somehow less in these three books. I liked Moirin at the beginning of Naamah's Kiss but then she turned into a human destiny blowtor [...]

    26. 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)[they broke their oath to Imriel in KUSHIEL'S MERCY (hide 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 [...]

    27. One of the things I didn't like about Naamah's Curse is that for most of the book Moirin obediently obeys the instructions of the divine guide. This novel doesn't escape that entirely in this novel but at least the gods are a bit more cryptic. I also have to hand it to Carey, she knows how to plot a novel. In the finale of the trilogy, things fall in place very nicely indeed. Not a loose end in sight. That being said, I don't think the trilogy as a whole lives up the the promise of the first nov [...]

    28. The ending was better then I expected but still-The emotional heft of the earlier books never materialized. It;s strange that this series sort of faded away after the Imriel trilogy. When Kushiel's Dart came out i thought it was going to change the face of fantasy and then came the Naamah trilogy. Bye.SPOILER ALERTPhedre goes into Drujan to rescue Imriel because Kushiel and Naamah basically tell her she has to or they are done with her. She has to accept and drive everyone around her CRAZY in or [...]

    29. This, the final installment of Jacqueline Carey's Naamah Trilogy is, unfortunately, my least favorite of her three-trilogy compilation in the "Krushiel-Naaman" world. It just seemed to fall a little flat. She usually has me riveted, but I found myself speed reading through the descriptive sections and skimming the "and we traveled a lot" sections, of which there were too many. I can't put my finger on why this one did not grip me, but it did not. Having said that, however, Jacqueline Carey's wor [...]

    30. I was very happy with the conclusion of this trilogy. Moirin is my second favorite narrator in the nine books of the series, and she does not disappoint in her final book. As usual, there is a grand adventure, an undeniable love, intrigue, religion, and sex. I won't go into details other than to say the book is a satisfying read, and that Moirin's story truly came full circle. I was really happy with all of the references to beloved characters from the first six books as well. Thank you to Carey [...]

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