Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey, readalong – final week
Today is the final week of our readalong of Naamah’s Kiss. Feel free to join in with the comments. This week the questions are being hosted by me. Please be aware that spoilers may be lurking below for this and future books in the series so be careful – you were warned!
So, straight to the questions and answers then:
1. Moirin has come a long way since we first met her. How do you think her adventures have changed her if at all – does anything stand out in particular?
I think that Moirin is a character who is very singular minded and in a way that can maybe come across as though she doesn’t form attachments easily. For me, this changed as the story went along, she’s still very determined, she has a path that she feels she has to follow but she definitely shows a lot more feeling towards other people.
2. I was hit by how far Moirin’s magical abilities have come along, I don’t think I particularly expected it to be honest – why do you think that might be?
I was surprised a bit by this element. When the story started Moirin had her twilight ability and also her skills with plants but as the story as progressed things have definitely moved further on. Of course she was given one particular gift through her summonings with The Circle but her other gifts have increased – I can’t help wondering if this is because she is following her destiny and as things occur it’s almost like a reward from the Gods?
3. Looking back through the story it feels like most aspects had a bearing on the final outcome, do you think Moirin’s path is really set in stone or does she have the ability to change things?
I guess what I really meant with this is that Moirin’s path was guided to certain things, such as Raphael and The Circle – and even though they felt wrong at the time, if she hadn’t taken part in this aspect of the tale or decided not to choose to spend time with Raphael then she would never have received her gift – which, as we know, was essential to the final outcome. It feels like Moirin’s destiny isn’t set in stone – she could veer from the path, or it seems like that to me, but I think the feelings she received are definitely trying to help her choose correctly. So, not set in stone but definitely a lot of help in terms of guidance.
4. Do you feel that Moirin’s actions will have an impact on the Maghuin Dhonn in any way.
I couldn’t help thinking this may be what her destiny was about. Maybe to restore some favour to her people? I wondered if that was why her magical abilities were increased?
5. Were you surprised by the final chapters with Lo and Bao and the overall reaction of Bao?
Yes and no really. I wasn’t surprised by Bao’s initial anger and upset. I guess I was surprised that he chose to leave, but I guess on reflection with his teacher/master now gone perhaps he needs to find a new purpose?
6. We know that Moirin is about to set off an another journey as this book ends. Any predictions, hopes or fears for what is to come next?
My fear is that she’s setting off by herself into unknown territory, but, I guess she has a certain way with her doesn’t she – something about her seems to attract people who want to help her along the way – she seems to fall on her feet I guess. Plus she has her special abilities to help her. In terms of what comes next – well, my feeling is that she will find Bao – what comes after that I don’t know.