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 ...
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 ...
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I have read the novel 3 times, always something I missed or just enjoying the adventures of the characters more each time.
It may take place in a fantasy but the people in the novel could be us.
I will read it again.
Mar 24, 2010
A tentative but promising start to a new series
I cannot communicate the depth of my relief to find this Jacqueline Carey's new protagonist so interesting and unique in her own right. For her new series, set in the same world as her Kushiel's Legacy series,(only a few hundred years later), Carey moves the action to Alba. Moirin is naive and wild where previous protagonists were urbane and savvy. Carey's linguistic skills are still impressive, but I get the sense that she is still adjusting to being without her vast cast of characters from the first six books in this world.
Some narrative elements felt uneven (particularly the sexual scenes, which seemed almost mandatory instead of inspired by the feelings of the characters), so I am curious to see if Carey settles into this new time period in the next few books.
Ultimately, this book is readable and unpredictable, so I recommend that people give it a try. It isn't perfect, but it is enthusiastic.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-05-11 The seventh installment in Carey's bestselling Kushiel series (after 2008's Kushiel's Mercy) follows its youthful protagonist, Moirim, from bed to bed as she worships sexuality goddess Naamah. Following a tragic affair, Moirim travels to Terre d'Ange, this world's France. There she takes a variety of lovers, from the aristocratic occultist Raphael de Mereliot to Queen Jehanne herself. The elderly but wise Lo Feng befriends Moirim and leads her to the distant land of Ch'in and the true love of her life, the gruff but affectionate ex-bandit Bao. Moirim and her friends endeavor to save the Ch'in emperor's daughter Snow Tiger from a curse, but their efforts come at terrible costs, not least of which is the certainty of multiple sequels. Carey's triumph as a writer lies in her ability to turn these stock-nearly stereotyped-components into an engaging, fascinating novel. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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