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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published January 29th 2013
Moirin has travelled many lands in her young life, following the call and direction of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spirit of her people, the Maghuin Dhonn's Brown Bear that lives and pulsates inside her. After many adventures and almost seven years away, Moirin feels her diadh-anam pull home – back to Terre d'Ange and Alba. Knowing that her White Queen has since passed, Moirin longs to meet her little daughter, the Princess of Terre d'Ange, and introduce Bao, her husband, to her own mother and father. Moirin's going home.

Moirin and Bao enter the City of Elua, Terre d'Ange, after many long months at sea, and not everything is as it should be. The King, consumed by grief at the loss of his Queen, cannot bear to meet with his little daughter – her exact semblance. The heir to the throne has been lost adventuring the new and dangerous land Terra Nova – and Moirin knows what she must do. Prompted by dreams, Moirin sets off to distant Terra Nova, Bao at her side. Why didn't the Prince return?

In the far-off jungles of Terra Nova, Moirin must re-evaluate her beliefs and put full trust in her gods to survive – but it's not the 'savages' she fears, it's who her own people have become. But she must return the Prince to Terre d'Ange, for the sake of his little half-sister, the White Queen's daughter, Princess Desiree – whom Moirin and Bao have sworn to protect. Have they reached Terra Nova too late? Will they find the Prince? Will they be able to make it out alive?

Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (2011)
Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (2011)

Naamah's Blessing is the third and final novel in the Moirin trilogy written by renowned fantasy writer, Jacqueline Carey, and was published in 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. Naamah's Blessing is preceded by Naamah's Curse (2010) and Naamah's Kiss (2009). Preceding the trilogy featuring Moirin, Carey wrote two other trilogies presenting the same 'world'. The first of these trilogies is the Phèdre trilogy and contains the novels: Kushiel's Dart (2001), Kushiel's Chosen (2002) and Kushiel's Avatar (2003). Imriel's trilogy is the second and includes the novels: Kushiel's Scion (2006), Kushiel's Justice (2007) and Kushiel's Mercy (2008). These three trilogies, Phèdre's, Imriel's and Moirin's complete the larger series – Kushiel's Legacy.

The stories told within the Moirin trilogy occur some hundred or so years after the events told in Phèdre and Imriel's trilogies, as both Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève and Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel have long since become legends in both the lands of Alba and Terre d'Ange and Moirin knows their tales. In this third and final chapter of Moirin's story, she is well on the path to becoming legendary herself – for all the right reasons.

Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (2011)
My copy of Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

Naamah's Blessing is a highly descriptive fantasy book of beautiful words setting a dangerous and life-changing adventure. Naamah's Blessing is a story about journey, destiny, love, family, loyalty, power and duty – wrapped up in a little bit of erotica. The characters in Naamah's Blessing (following in true Carey style) are never perfect which makes them more relatable, understandable and loveable. This novel is a captivating, can't-put-down, erotic fantasy for young adult readers, a perfect ending for the Moirin trilogy and a perfect end to Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy.

Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey
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