Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey, readalong week No.6

naakissToday is the sixth 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 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 61-74, Hosted by Tethyan Books
Jan 16th Week 7 – Chapters 75-End, Hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
1) We’ve finally met Snow Tiger!  What do you make of her and her relationship with Moirin?  Does anything stand out in particular?
I like the idea of Snow Tiger having a dragon within!  She’s quite a impressive character in some ways – a warrior, and also to be able to continue given everything that she’s having to deal with.  I found her to be a little haughty at first but I guess that is just natural reservation not to mention her upbringing and standing.  The thing that maybe irritates me slightly with the relationship between the two is the way that Snow Tiger expects Moirin to entertain her and tell her stories – I can’t help wondering if she doesn’t have something to contribute herself!  But overall I think she comes across as quite naive and hopefully this adventure will be good for her in more ways than one.
2) The dragon is a surprising new addition to the cast.  What do you think he’ll do when he is free?  Will he really help in the civil war?
Well, funnily enough, my Chinese sign is the Dragon so I really like him.  I don’t know whether to trust him or not but I’m going to say that I do trust him.  I’m not quite sure why he would help with the war other than to show his own displeasure over what happened to him but thinking on that a little more I think that’s a good enough reason.  I look forward to seeing what he does when he’s free (I have a vision of the genie from Aladdin when he’s released from the lamp and pings around everywhere).  He’s a dragon after all – not a lapdog and I don’t think you can tame a dragon.
3) What do you think of the Path of Dharma, as described by Master Lo Feng?  What path would you prefer to follow?
I don’t know – to be honest, I am what I am.  I’m not sure I could change even if I wanted to – which I don’t particularly.   Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a much calmer person, reasonable, controlled – but it’s in my nature to be a bit more impetuous.
4) Moirin does not seem to mind Bao’s jealousy.  What do you think of their possible future as a couple?
I think they have a great chance as a future couple.  They very much put me in mind of Phedre and Joscelin so whilst I think they will have some obstacles to traverse I think it’s possible.
5) Do you think they acted wisely against Lord Jiang’s men at the temple?  Can you see any other decision they should have taken?
Well, I think their hands were tied really – they were ambushed and this is a war.  They’d be very lucky if there was no bloodshed during a war.  The only thing I did think was that it was a shame there couldn’t have been a little bit more parlay before the slings and arrows began but Lord Jiang’s men did make the first aggressive step.

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

  1. nrlymrtl

    I think you nailed Snow Tiger’s personality, for now. She’s naive and rather closed off from the world at large when we first meet her. I think she keeps asking Moirin for stories for two reasons – entertainment like you say, but also because she needs the distraction from the roiling dragon within her. I wonder if the dragon likes the stories as well? And, honestly, I’m not sure Snow Tiger has many stories to tell, being as cloistered as she has been.

    I think if they both want a long-term relationship, then Bao and Moirin would be able to make it work.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I guess so – Snow Tiger has lead a sheltered life after all – pity we couldn’t have some dragon stories.
      Lynn 😀

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