Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (DNF)

Title:  Naamah's Blessing
Author:  Jacqueline Carey
Genre:  Fantasy, Romance
Published:  June 2011
ISBN:  0446198072
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Source:  NetGalley for honest review


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 Desirée 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 Desirée'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.
 To start things off - I did not finish this book.

When I first picked up this book to read it, I wasn't aware it was part of a larger series.  I should have really looked into the title more before I hit that 'Request' button on NetGalley.  I have found with some books in a series you can pick up what's going on pretty quickly - others not so much.  This book falls into the latter category.

Naamah's Blessing is the final book in a nine part series but the third in the Naamah Trilogy.  Many of the characters were well established and had a rich background.  Unfortunately it was quite lost on me - having not read any part of this series previously.

Ms. Carey is a fantastic writer - I really enjoyed what I did read (even if I was a bit lost).  I plan on re-visiting this book once I have read the other books in the series.  I will hold off recommendations until I that point.


  1. Actually it's the final book in a nine-book series, "Kushiel's Legacy." The best of the series is the first three, starting with Kushiel's Dart. Jacqueline Carey is my favorite author, you will not regret reading these!

  2. Thank you Rachel - I will fix that :)
    I've already been hunting at the library for the other titles in this series :)


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