Naamah's Curse

Naamah s Curse 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 bir

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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 sJacqueline 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 people After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds, but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she s never known But the lovers happiness is short lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.
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  • Sarah says:

    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) what [...]

  • Felicia says:

    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 says:

    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)[marrying Tatar princesses whose fathers betrayed u [...]

  • Manda says:

    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 connectio [...]

  • Antigone says:

    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 [...]

  • Pamela says:

    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 [...]

  • Phoenixfalls says:

    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 [...]

  • Juliet says:

    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 [...]

  • Chris says:

    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 [...]

  • Elizabeth Wallace says:

    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, butI miss Phedre and Joscelin. I really do. I really REALLY do. Moirin misses being a Mary Sue by a wide margin, thank goodnesse'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 you lik [...]

  • Meredith says:

    This is the first Kushiel's Legacy book I have three-starred. It was hard not to tack on an extra star for loyalty's/consistency's sake, because I truly loved the first seven books. What I loved about Naamah's Kiss was its ability to introduce a completely new cast of characters while maintaining the essence of the Kushiel saga. Naamah's Curse, however, felt like a pale imitation of Phèdre's trilogy. The parallels are many: the diamond that exerts considerable control over Moirin (much like the [...]

  • ambyr says:

    For all its length, this is a quick read: I made it through in a week. That's because for all its weight, it's a light read. There's no scheming here, no passages to peruse for deeper meaning, no characters whose motivations are hidden. Moirin marches from one end of pseudo-Asia to the other and back, always knowing exactly where she's going. After all, she's got a soulbond to follow.Soulbonds, incidentally, are one of my most hated tropes in fantasy literature, which is why I was thrilled when [...]

  • jD says:

    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 [...]

  • Kara-karina says:

    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.

  • Kelly says:

    At the end of Naamah’s Kiss, Moirin’s lover Bao set out on his own, uncomfortable with the magic that bound him and Moirin together. As Naamah’s Curse begins, Moirin undertakes a dangerous journey to find him. The beginning is on the slow side, focusing on the hardships of winter travel and on Moirin’s stay with a kindly Tatar family. Then, Moirin learns that Bao has done something stupid.It took me a while to warm to Bao in Naamah’s Kiss, mainly because of his habit of calling Moirin [...]

  • Nikki says:

    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 [...]

  • Joy says:

    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 [...]

  • Rob says:

    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 more [...]

  • Amanda says:

    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.

  • Ben Babcock says:

    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 tem [...]

  • Karen says:

    I set this one aside for a while and really I'm not sure why because I loved itmply loved it. Full review to follow soonish rather than laterI hope.

  • Duffy Pratt says:

    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. [...]

  • Andrea says:

    3,5 stars.I enjoyed ”Naamah's curse” slightly less than ”Namaah's kiss”. I still like both Moirin and Bao very much as characters, but the plot left me slightly cold. There were a few too many cultures and places and people just passing through Moirin's life too give enough depth to her travels. And the destiny compass that constantly tells her if she is doing the right thing is still a bit annoying. Bao being married was so obviously a plot device. Why on earth would he consent to marri [...]

  • Nakki says:

    As brilliant as the first book in the trilogy. Jacqueline Carey has a very consistent pattern within her trilogy's and I expected Bao and Moirin to be separated for the majority of the book.I stopped drawing parallels between these books and the Kushiel ones about halfway through Naamah's Kiss, but twice in this book Carey purposefully referenced what Phedre would do in a situation. Which caused me to stop reading and giggle for a couple minutes because Phedre was a crazy Mofo! And it's great to [...]

  • Grace Troxel says:

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20Over the past month or so, I’ve been reading Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey with a group of blog friends. Naamah’s Curse is the second book in the third trilogy of the Kushiel’s Legacy series.In a nutshell–at the end of the last book, Moirin, a Celtic bear-witch, saves the life of Bao, a Chinese martial artist. In the process, her soul spark is divided in two, with Moirin and Bao each c [...]

  • mlady_rebecca says:

    Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Legacy series has always been fascinating for how close yet how far her world is from our own. Most of this book retained the same balance the previous books had but, for me personally, the middle of the book got way too close to reality. There is a real darkness to the part of the book where Morin is taken to Vralia and she's condemned by the Yeshuite priest on behalf of both sides of her ancestry - the D'Angelines and the children of the Maghuin Dhonn. The allusions [...]

  • Caroline says:

    The second in the trilogy involving Moirin, Namaah's Curse centers around her journey to find Bao as she is met with one obstacle after another. This takes place in various fantasy versions of Asian locations, and while the exploration of the different cultures and scenery is interesting, it does get a bit daunting at times. Despite the central plotline of this being Moirin's quest to reunite with Bao, it seems to get convoluted by so many subplots that it felt like there just wasn't much of a f [...]

  • Nicholas Whyte says:

    nwhytevejournal/2639086mlI generally enjoy Carey's big huge fantasy bonkbusters, but this one left me with a slightly sour taste in my mouth. Like the previous seven books of the series, it is set in an alternate version of our world, in this case in "Central Asia", "Russia", and "India". Our heroine is seeking her True Love, and is sundered from him by treachery and violence; first she must escape a dismal hardline religious sect, the equivalent of evangelical Orthodox Christians; then she must [...]

  • Melissa Braasch says:

    Of all of the books in this series - This is the one I liked least. Still well written - but a bit more predictable than all the others. Also, this one seemed to get a bit "preachy". I've always enjoyed Carey's encorporation of Elua's pantheon with the others, but this one was just too much. The problem is that Moirin is not as interesting a character as Phedre. She seems a bit shallow and the idea of her "falling in love" with everyone she comes in contact, while a nice idea makes for less conf [...]

  • Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    Sexy sequel to Naamah’s Kiss, tells the story of a god-touched young woman’s journey across a continent in search of her wandering lover/soulmate. I first got hooked onto Carey’s writing due to her original “Kushiel Legacy” books featuring Phedre no Delaunay, and I’ve followed all her work ever since, though my preference is still for her novels set in the Terre D’Ange universe. With these books, Carey has created a world and a mythos behind it that really can’t be beat. Anyway, [...]

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