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ISBN13: 9780446198073
ISBN10: 0446198072
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Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy novels, presents an all-new world featuring a woman caught between the normal and paranormal worlds, while enforcing order in both. Introducing Daisy Johanssen, reluctant hell-spawn…

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.  

Review:

"When half-barbarian witch Moirin returns to Terre D'Ange with her foreign husband, Bao, after their adventures in the East (detailed in Naamah's Curse), she finds that her friend Queen Jehanne is dead, the king is depressed, Prince Thierry has vanished, and little Princess Desirée is being neglected. Moirin promptly sets sail for a mysterious new land to find the missing prince. While it is encouraging to see fantasy novels acknowledge non-European people and cultures, the 'Terra Nova' sequences miss the mark. Real-world mythological gods like Xipe Totec and real places such as Tenochtitlán appear alongside masochist angels and nonexistent countries as if they were all equally fictional. Still, despite a slow start, Carey's fans will enjoy the straightforward heroics and plotting after the previous volume's heavy angst. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology and postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray. Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China. She currently lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos. 

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Christina Parkinson, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by Christina Parkinson)
Once again, Jacqueline Carey delivers a book with characters and a world so fascinating its hard to put this book down once you've started reading it. Following the main character of the Naamah series, Morin, on her last adventure in the world of Terre D'Ange, Carey tops even the two novels before in this series with rich description, action, and intrigue. Fantastic!
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tdfangirl, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by tdfangirl)
To put it simply, I loved this book. Jacqueline Carey's writing continues to amaze me in its exquisite detail, graceful prose, and fascinating characterization. Naamah's Blessing is a wonderful conclusion to the trilogy, and I am completely satisfied with Moirin's story.

Much like the first two books in the trilogy, it's impossible to summarize the story without spoiling the twists and surprises, so I'll let the publisher's summary up there stand on its own. In Naamah's Blessing, Jacqueline Carey continues Moirin's epic adventure into new and far-flung locales-namely Terra Nova, just recently "discovered" by the Aragonians. Prince Thierry of Terre d'Ange disappeared into the jungles of Terra Nova with an expedition, and Moirin, acting on advice from a vision of her dead lover Jehanne, sets out with her husband Bao and a second expedition to prove that the prince is still alive and bring him home.

Interestingly enough, her adventures in this book do not start off on a particularly adventurous note. The structure of the story reminds me of Naamah's Kiss, the first book in the trilogy, in that it begins with small steps into a larger world. Moirin and Bao return to Terre d'Ange from their adventures in Ch'in, the Tatar lands, and Bhaktipur, and the first half of the book runs at a much slower pace than that of Naamah's Curse. Moirin is once again wrapped up in court politics and intrigues, having taken on the role of young princess Desirée's oath-sworn protector. I have to admit, I'm just not as much of a fan of the court intrigues as I am of the far-flung adventures. Moirin, to me, is a character who is at her best navigating dangerous situations and making use of her instinct and her ability to inspire trust in others. I suppose you could think of the court intrigues as yet another dangerous situation to navigate, but it just didn't catch my interest as much as what happens to her in the Nahuatl and Quechua kingdoms in Terra Nova. In Terra Nova, she has to find a way to atone for her earlier mistakes and set right the horrible aftermath of her infatuation with Raphael de Mereliot. To me, Moirin finding a way to both fix the problems caused by her actions in the Circle of Shalamon and also finding a way to forgive and absolve herself for those sins was much more interesting.

That quibble aside, I adored this book and devoured it in two days. Carey's descriptions of the landscapes and cultures of Terra Nova are vivid and absolutely lovely. I was very pleased to find Moirin and Bao together more in this book. I really like their relationship, but unfortunately much of Naamah's Curse was spent with the two of them trying to find each other. It was good to get a bit more interaction between the two as they try to find a balance between their love, intensified by their shared diadh-anam, and their duties. I also like that Carey develops characters who were rather incidental earlier in the series. Balthazar Shahrizai in particular grew into a fascinating character, and I never would have expected it of him. Each character that Carey introduces is important in his or her own way, and I really like that they are all given complex personalities and motivations. Even if they appear only for a short time, they're not cardboard cutouts standing in for characters. You can really believe that they have a life outside of the immediate story.

So with Naamah's Blessing, we come to the end of Moirin's tale. I'm sad to see it end, but I'm also completely satisfied with it. This is a wonderful book (and such a beautiful cover!), and I think it's a worthy conclusion to the trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446198073
Author:
Carey, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Agent of Hel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 2 in 1.93 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 704 pages Grand Central Publishing - English 9780446198073 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When half-barbarian witch Moirin returns to Terre D'Ange with her foreign husband, Bao, after their adventures in the East (detailed in Naamah's Curse), she finds that her friend Queen Jehanne is dead, the king is depressed, Prince Thierry has vanished, and little Princess Desirée is being neglected. Moirin promptly sets sail for a mysterious new land to find the missing prince. While it is encouraging to see fantasy novels acknowledge non-European people and cultures, the 'Terra Nova' sequences miss the mark. Real-world mythological gods like Xipe Totec and real places such as Tenochtitlán appear alongside masochist angels and nonexistent countries as if they were all equally fictional. Still, despite a slow start, Carey's fans will enjoy the straightforward heroics and plotting after the previous volume's heavy angst. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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