September 25, 2009

Review of: Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy, #7)

Author: Jacqueline Carey
ISBN: 9780446198035
Pages: 645
Published by: Grand Central Publishing (June 24th 2009)
Genre(s): Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Erotica, Romance, Adventure, Series
Grade: A+ What does this grade mean?

There is a bit of a time skip between Kushiels' Mercy and Naamah's Kiss. Just the small matter of a few generations. The main character in Naamah's Kiss is a young woman named Moirin. The previous trilogy centered around Imriel and Sidonie. Well, Sidonie has a sister (I don't recall mentioning her before but she was there, she was very special to Imriel, he cared for her very much; like a younger sister) named Alais. Alais apparently went on to marry Connor mac Grainne of Alba. Alais is the great-great-grandmother of our heroine, Moirin. (This, of course, makes Moirin the great-great-grandniece of our star-crossed lovers Imriel and Sidonie.)

Naamah's Kiss is less of a love story (though there is some loving that goes on) and more of an adventure. Moirin goes through many trials, physical, mental and emotional. She resists some and embraces others. You can definitely pick up Naamah's Kiss without having read any of the previous 6 books. Moirin doesn't know about Imriel and Sidonie (or even Alais in the beginning), so it's you can learn about all of the highlights of the past right along with Moirin.
Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn't until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.
Books in this series:
Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy, #1)
Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy, #2)
Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, #3)
Kushiel's Scion (Kushiel's Legacy, #4)
Kushiel's Justice (Kushiel's Legacy, #5)
Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy, #6)
Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy, #7)**
**This review.

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