Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
(Moirin Trilogy)

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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.

About Jacqueline Carey

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Jacqueline Carey received B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College. She enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China to date. She currently lives in west Michigan. Author website:;
Published June 4, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 656 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The seventh installment in Carey's bestselling Kushiel series (after 2008's Kushiel's Mercy ) follows its youthful protagonist, Moirim, from bed to

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Jacqueline Carey is best known for her Kushiel series, two trilogies (and counting) set in a fantasy world loosely mapped onto Renaissance Europe.

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At the end of Naamah’s Kiss, Moirin’s lover Bao set out on his own, uncomfortable with the magic that bound him and Moirin together.

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