Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey : Readalong week No.1

Posted On 5 December 2016

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CareyNamaahsKissToday is the first week of our readalong of Naamah’s Kiss.  Feel free to join in (the schedule is below) or to jump in with the comments.  This week I’m hosting the questions and it’s a fairly gentle start as we’ve only just begun.  Please be aware that spoilers may be lurking below for this and future books in the series so please be careful.

Firstly Carey has picked up the story a few generations down the line.  How do you think this will affect the story, if at all?

Well, I like her choice to move the timeline forward and I’m interested to see how it does move things forward, even if they’re only small things like slight changes in dress or customs.  It will be interesting to see what this new era will bring to Carey’s world.  I’m already enjoying all the references to characters that we’ve already met and it was interesting to revisit Clunderry – although I can’t say that much seemed to be different there – even right down to cattle raids (and all the dangers that they encompass.

We have a new female lead.  What are your first impressions of Moirin?
I’ve really enjoyed the story so far.  It was almost like a mini coming of age – even though the ending to it was quite sad and not a little bit tense with Moirin’s rite of passage and the potential that had to go horribly wrong.  I like Moirin so far.  It will be interesting to see how her own upbringing either helps or hinders her as her story progresses.  She has a very forthright way and I suspect her own sense of right and wrong will be a lot more direct than other people (or a lot less duplicitous depending on how you look at it) but we’ll see.
I enjoyed the return to Alba, and once again meeting the Maghuin Dhonn – what did you make of the coming of age ritual?
Very unusual.  I really enjoyed meeting them again and seeing the actual impact that Imriel’s story had on them.  The coming of age ritual – I always feel like a doubting Tom during these sort of affairs – like is she seeing a vision of a Goddess because she was drinking tea made from magic mushrooms!  But, that aside it was curiously tense and for one moment there I actually thought the Goddess would not appear.
The story already has the inclusion of magic and also visions of Gods – any predictions on what these visions and magic might bring to the story?
It seems that with each story much more magic has been incorporated – to me at least anyway.  Apart from the cloaking ability coming in very handy to sneak about under cover of night I’m not quite sure what to expect yet from the rest of the magic and visions of Gods.

Here is the current schedule:

Dec. 5th Week 1 – Chapters 1-12, Hosted Lynn’s Book Blog
Dec. 12th Week 2 – Chapters 13-26, Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Dec. 19th Week 3 – Chapters 27-36, Hosted by Books Without Any Pictures
Dec. 26th Week 4 – Chapters 37-48, Hosted by Tethyan Books
Jan. 2nd Week 5 – Chapters 49-60, Hosted by Dab of Darkness
Jan. 9th Week 6 – Chapters…

6 Responses to “Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey : Readalong week No.1”

  1. Grace

    I’m glad that the timeline is moving forward for purely selfish reasons! It means it’s the perfect place to jump back into this readalong. 😀

    I like Moirin a lot more than I did the first time I read this. I appreciate her maturity, and her ability to recognize what she wants out of life/relationships instead of following the path she fell into.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m glad that the timeline has moved forward – I can’t help wondering if Carey moved it forward to take Phedre and Joscelin out of the picture somewhat. Whilst they were still around, even in the background, I kept somehow expecting them to become involved.
      Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    I agree with you that there seems to be a lot more magic in this trilogy; that kind of left me feeling like it probably was a literal other world and Maghuin Dhonn that she met.

    About Moirin being so forthright, I guess she won’t be doing much political maneuvering? I expect she could stir up a court, though!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s going to be interesting to see how Moirin gets on in Court – she’s not exactly used to all the manoeuvring is she and so it will be intriguing to see how she manages it all.
      And, yeah, it feels like these books have come a long way since Phedre’s adventures began – and this inclusion of more magic. Really, when you look back the original stories had very little magic in them at all.
      Lynn 😀

  3. nrlymrtl

    I think Killian mentioned that an Aragonian had made it across the big sea and found a new land to explore. But, yeah, other than one or two touches like that, you’re right that it appears Alba hasn’t changed much. the Maghuin Dhonn are still treated with suspicion and there’s cattle raids.

    I always have my doubts too when any kind of mind altering substance is used for a vision, but for a plot device it’s fine.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I always wonder with these ‘mind altering substances’ it seems that these rituals usually involve such things coupled with starvation for example – so I guess you would see ‘something’ eh! Like you said though, for a plot device it works.
      Lynn 😀

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