Naamah's Kiss

By Jacqueline Carey (Mass Market, 2010)
Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn't until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Mass Market

    • Price: $7.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446198042

    • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Mass Market, Electronic Book

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Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts - the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn't until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance...on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

Jacqueline Carey's previous publications include various short stories, essays, a nonfiction book Angels: Celestial Spirits in Legend and Art, as well as the nationally bestselling series Kushiel's Legacy.

http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/
  • "Superbly crafted...unforgettable...highly recommended." (Library Journal on Kushiel's Justice (starred review)).

  • "[A]nother stunner...A multilayered plot and Imriel's complex inner life as he struggles with pain and loss...hook the reader but good." (Booklist on Kushiel's Justice (starred review)).

  • "Credible and gripping, this is heroic fantasy at its finest." (Publishers Weekly on Kushiel's Scion (starred review)).

  • "[W]ill keep book lovers glued to the page as this final novel...races to its rousing conclusion. (Sci Fi Weekly on Kushiel's Mercy).

  • "Carey has wowed us...leaving faithful readers feeling both deliciously sated and hungry for more from her." (Booklist on Kushiel's Mercy (starred review)).

  • "Wonderful...Imriel de la Courcel [is] one of the most interesting fantasy protagonists in a long time...Top Pick! (Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine on Kushiel's Mercy).

  • "Unforgettable characters who live out their lives, whether blessed or cursed by the gods, against a background of high passion, complex intrigues, and subtle magic." (Library Journal on Kushiel's Mercy (starred review)).

  • "Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly human, Carey at her intoxicating best." (Booklist on Kushiel's Scion (starred review)).

  • "Carey begins her new series with a bang. Moirin is an exciting heroine who, like Phèdre nó Delaunay, playfully and passionately explores the sacredness of sexuality. Highly recommended for Carey fans and mature readers." (Library Journal on Naamah's Kiss).

  • "Carey writes with meditative grace, eroticism, and excitement, equally assured with the intricacies of court and the bloody nature of battle. While Carey's fans will clamor for this, it's also a good entry point for new readers to the world she has realized." (Booklist on Naamah's Kiss).

  • "Jacqueline Carey is the best romantic fantasist writing today." (Philadelphia Weekly Press on Naamah's Kiss).

  • (Library Journal).

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Naamah's Kiss
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $7.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • Pages: 800
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446198042
  • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010
Naamah's Kiss