Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.4

naakissToday is the fourth 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 the questions are being hosted by Allie at Tethyan Books.  Please be aware that spoilers may be lurking below for this and future books in the series so please be careful.
Dec. 5th Week 1 – Chapters 1-12, Hosted by Lynn
Dec. 12th Week 2 – Chapters 13-26, Hosted by Susan
Dec. 19th Week 3 – Chapters 27-36, Hosted by Grace
Dec. 26th Week 4 – Chapters 37-48, Hosted by Allie
Jan. 2nd Week 5 – Chapters 49-60, Hosted by Susan
Jan. 9th Week 6 – Chapters 61-74, Hosted by Lisa
Jan 16th Week 7 – Chapters 75-End, Hosted by Lynn

1) The Circle of Shalomon still moves forward, despite the spirits’ tricks and the drain on Moirin.  Do you think there is any deeper intent behind the gift Moirin receives, and the kindness of the spirits to her?  Do you have any thoughts on how the gift might be involved with her destiny?

I don’t really know what to make of the Circle or the gift that Moirin received.  I think the Circle are dabbling in things that they know very little about, I think they are putting themselves and Moirin in a difficult position – and possibly a life threatening one – and it occurs to me that maybe the spirits are kind to Moirin because they are interested in her for some reason of their own.  They seem to be a little bit fascinated by her which gives me a bad feeling.

2) Moirin’s gift puts her in a difficult position, where wanting to help people could eventually kill her. Do you think you would be able to refuse the healing and/or the summoning if you were in Moirin’s place?

It’s a difficult question isn’t it.  Do you keep helping others even though you know you’re affecting yourself so badly.  I think Moirin does need to take a more balanced attitude – the fact is, if she kills herself then she will no longer be able to help anyone will she?

3) Phanuel returns!  Do you have any new thoughts about him on his second visit?  Later, when he is ill, do you think he would have agreed for Moirin to take such a risk (including her bargain to Raphael) to heal him

Phanuel seems such a calming influence – in fact I think that Moirin clearly takes after him in that respect.  I actually don’t think he would approve of Moirin taking such a risk to heal him and even more so if he found out about her bargain with Raphael – although he won’t find out about that from Moirin now that she’s swore not to talk of it.

4) Were you surprised when Jehanne is finally the one to rescue Moirin from being bled dry?  Do you trust her motivations?  On the other side, what do you think about how Raphael and Thierry handled her being rescued from them?

I was surprised but I liked that Jehanne came to the rescue and these chapters revealed a different side to her and definitely made her a lot easier to like.  Like I said above Moirin seems to be a calming influence – although, that being said, she’s not succeeding in keeping Raphael calm is she!  As to the way Raphael and Thierry handled it – Raphael acted like a spoilt little boy, sulking and petulant.  Boo hoo for him – he didn’t like it when his two little play toys decided to enjoy each other’s company  – bully for him, he certainly didn’t mind when he had both of them dancing to his tune.  Thierry, well, he maybe didn’t handle things as badly as Raphael but he also showed himself in a bit of an immature light with his comments about Moirin.  At least he had the good grace to apologise and look after Moirin during The Longest Night.

5) Do you think Moirin is a good Queen’s Companion?  What do you think of her influence on Jehanne, and has your perspective of Jehanne and the complicated love polygon changed?

I don’t really see Moirin in the role of Queen’s Companion.  It feels more like a distraction, a temporary interlude, more than anything else.  I can see that she’s had a good influence on the Queen and her relationship with the King.

6) We see another Longest Night!  Did anything notable stick out to you this time?  What did you think of the court festivities with respect to the Night Court?  

I find that one of the things that I really enjoy about the Longest Night is the attention to detail about the costumes and seeing how everyone will be attired.

And here is the current list of participators:

Allie at Tethyan Books
Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow
Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog
Grace at Books Without Any Pictures
Susan (me) at Dab of Darkness

6 Responses to “Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.4”

  1. nrlymrtl

    The spirits do seem to be interested in Moirin, don’t they? I wonder what their day to day life is like? Are they rather bored? Is that why they enjoy tricking those who summon them? I wonder if they get little reward badges for the best trick.

    I also love the costumes for the Longest Night.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I always get the impression that the spirits ‘want out’ and that’s why they resort to trickery and deceit.
      Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    I agree with you about Jehanne. She was not a very sympathetic character at first, but seeing another side of her made her much easier to like.

    For Moirin’s power, I am really worried that she is harming herself in an irreversible way doing the healing. She seems to recover, but I worry about how Lo Feng was talking about using up her vital essence. If it is irreversible damage, then I don’t know if I would do the healing or not. It would be so hard to say no if you know you can help.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the vital essence comment also struck me – it would be hard to say no though.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Grace

    I’m not sure what to make of the gift either. I kind of suspect we won’t know in this book, and that it will come into play later in the trilogy.

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