Publish Date: 29 June 2011
Rating: 5 Ravens
Series: Kushiel's Legacy Series: Kushiel's Dart (1), Kushiel's Chosen (2), Kushiel's Avatar (3), Kushiel's Scion (4), Kushiel's Justice (5), Kushiel's Mercy (6), Naamah's Kiss (7), Naamah's Curse (8), Naamah's Blessing (9)
Returning to Terre d'Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three year old Desirée is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely, and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances.
As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desirée's oath-sworn protector. Navigating the intricate political landscape of the Court proves a difficult challenge, and when dire news arrives from overseas, the spirit of Queen Jehanne visits Moirin in a dream and bids her undertake an impossible quest.
Another specter from the past also haunts Moirin. Travelling with Thierry in the New World is Raphael de Mereliot, her manipulative former lover. Years ago, Raphael forced her to help him summon fallen angels in the hopes of acquiring mystical gifts and knowledge. It was a disastrous effort that nearly killed them, and Moirin must finally bear the costs of those bitter mistakes.
I have been all over the world of Terre d'Ange, everywhere, with Imriel, Phedre, and now Moirin. I am sad to see this series end but it was a wonderful journey and this final book does it justice. This book had the same feeling of the first book, Moirin having to step up and do tasks required of her even though she didn't want them. I loved every minute of Moirin's journey.
I loved that they traveled to the New World in this book, especially middle and South America to meet was are essentially the Mayas and the Aztec (or Inca, I'm not up on my ancient culture). It was intense to learn about the new world to see old and new friends lift up and fall. I was also happy she tied everything up into a pretty bow by the end of the book.
One thing I wanted to see different was the scene with the ancestors, I wish they would have done something cooler but it was still a pretty epic ending. I am so happy I read these books and Jacqueline Carey always have a place on my favorite authors list.
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