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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 28th 2013
Moirin has travelled from Alba to Terre d'Ange and distant Ch'in. In Alba she was but a child learning her way, who'd loved and lost, in Terre d'Ange she was young and a pawn in others' schemes, in Ch'in she met with destiny, rescued Snow Tiger, the Ch'in warrior princess, aided an ancient dragon and brought an end to a terrible civil war. In Ch'in she loved Bao, fellow student of Master Lo Feng, half Ch'in half Tatar, conceived of violence, sold into servitude, one-time street thug and infamous bamboo staff fighter. In Ch'in he died and was reborn through Master Lo Feng's sacrifice and the splitting of her diadh-anam. In Ch'in he had walked away, taking half of her diadh-anam with him.

After waiting for Bao's return for longer than she can bear, Moirin decides to follow her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spirit of her people, the Maghuin Dhonn's Brown Bear that lives and pulsates inside her, across Ch'in into distant Tatar territory where Bao has gone. Both the land and people of Tatar are known for their treachery – but Moirin knows that she must undertake this journey alone.

Moirin's destiny leads her into a deathly cold Tatar winter where she tracks down Bao and his father, is betrayed into the hands of religious fanatics, lives in incarceration for months on end, escapes and winds up in far-away Bhaktipur where she must face the infamous Falconer, his multitude of assassins and his Spider Queen in order to finally restore Bao to his rightful place – beside her.

Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)
Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)

Naamah's Curse is the second novel in the Moirin trilogy written by renowned fantasy writer, Jacqueline Carey, and was published in 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. Naamah's Curse is preceded by Naamah's Kiss (2009) and followed by Naamah's Blessing (2011). 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. Moirin is on the path to becoming legendary herself – for all the right reasons.

Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)
My copy of Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey

Naamah's Curse is a book of beautiful words describing both lovely and ugly scenes, people and circumstances. Naamah's Curse is a story about adventure, destiny, love, family, loyalty and duty – wrapped up in a little bit of erotica. The characters in Naamah's Curse (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 second novel for the Moirin trilogy and a perfect fit for Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy.

Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey

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