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Naamah's Kiss [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Jacqueline Carey , Anne Flosnik
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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25 Jun 2009 Naamah (Book 1)

Decades ago a sacred oath was broken. And as it broke, the magic held by the oldest tribe in Alba was shattered. Their power over the natural world lost, the gift of foretelling gone, now only the small magics are left to Moirin and her people: the ability to conceal themselves from sight, and a skill to coax plants to grow.

But Moirin also has strange gods in her life, who hint at another part of her heritage. While Moirin's mother is of the tribe, her father was a priest dedicated to the service of Naamah - the goddess of desire - and as Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood it become clear that an unexpected destiny is unfolding at her feet.

Moirin's path lies across the ocean, past the elaborate dazzle- and intrigue-filled courts of Terre D'Ange, and up into the unknown land of the Ch'in. But, even gifted as she is, how can her destiny be linked with that of the blindfolded Ch'in warrior-princess, and how can Moirin's small gifts ever hop to stand against the power of a vengeful, ambitious mage?

Magic is at work, war is looming, and the fates of nations hang in the balance . . . and if she is to fulfil her destiny, Moirin must find her way through it all . . .

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400162513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400162512
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,446,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best."--Booklist on Kushiel's Scion (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Moirin has small magics, the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, the skill to coax plants to quicken - and she also has the bright lady's gift: the gift of desire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like it 3 Aug 2009
By Coar
Being a huge fan of Carey's work, I was really looking forward to this new series, the result though is ultimately disappointing.

It feels rushed, Carey goes through the motions, but never creates any real depth to the plot or her characters (which is her real strength). Moirin is shallow and trite, where she should be naive and savage. All the support cast are a shadow of what Carey can do. They are just not engaging at all.

In the end, this book is like a theme park ride, it certainly is enjoyable but ultimately lacks any emotional engagement.

Everything comes to Moirin easily. Whatever poor decisions she makes, success falls into her lap. A good example is the magic she learns: Through no effort of her own, it just comes to her (or is given to her) and you just know as a reader at that point that she'll just oh so conveniently will use it to save the day a couple hundred pages later. Please. You can do better than that.

All the while she has her very own homing beacon of fate inside her, that makes all the decisions for her. It's the ultimate killer of any sort of suspense. If you add Moirin's almost singular focus on 'desire', she comes across as unlikeable, shallow and unreflective, bumbling through the story, waiting for a 'Thumbs Up' from her fate traffic light.

On the whole, the sexual component of the book lacks the meaning and importance of her previous books. She just comes across as overeager, sleeping with everything that isn't on a tree on a count of five.

I could go on, but suffice to say that while I applaud the effort, this book comes across as uninspired and it's miles away from the quality of her previous work. It's a shame.

Nonetheless, as far as theme park rides go, this is a fairly good one if you don't expect anything other than a cheap thrill. At least it's worth the price of admission.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not Fabulous 30 Sep 2009
By H. Callaghan VINE VOICE
This was a fun read in places, but seemed to take forever to get going. When something interesting happens - potential demon possession, or being pursued by a furious army - and just as you begin to think that this might go from mildly entertaining to gripping, the threat is immediately dealt with and rendered moot. I never felt Moirin or any of the others were in real danger, unlike Phedre and her companions, or Imriel even. Moirin's talents are also such a convenient and ragbag mix I never properly believed in them, or her.

If it wasn't Jacqueline Carey, I would have said I enjoyed myself but wouldn't buy another one. As it stands, I'll give the next one a chance, certainly, but must confess I was expecting a bit more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it just doesn't compare :-( 4 Jun 2010
By Misty
The first trilogy (starting with Kushiel's dart) is a great read - 5 fully deserved stars.
The 2nd series (featuring Imriel) was a good read - 4 (slightly grudging) at times stars.

This, the first in what looks like a 3rd trilogy is extremely pedestrian by comparison.
The main character, Moiran is just bland - I couldn't care one way or another about her.
The decision making power of her inner soul is the laziest plot device ever, and as another reviewer has comment the sex scenes just seem very tawdry and meaningless compared to the other books.

The plot lumbers along, it's readable enough don't get me wrong. but it doesn't have the heart stopping qualities of her previous efforts. It all just seems too easy, there are no shades of grey people are just good or bad.

It is set in the future compared to the other books, but the constant references back to the previous adventures were also a bit contrived and made it seem like the adventures of Phedre et al were the only events of note in the history of a continent and several peoples.

To me it just feels formulaic and she needs to stop flogging this particular horse and move on.
I'm glad i didn't buy this book, and i won't buy the sequel (although i will read it if my friend forks out the cash like she did for this one!)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 11 Aug 2009
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I have read all of the "Kushiel" novels of Ms Carey and picked up this one thinking that it would be a follow on from the last. To begin with I was horrified that the action took place over a 100 years later but that soon turned to delight as I read the story. As usual her characterisation is excellent - both primary and secondary characters leap off the page. I finished the book last night after staying up late into the night and at my age to be prepared to forgo sleep for a good read is rare indeed! I cannot praise these novels enough and I am delighted that this is the start of another trilogy.
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