A few months back (okay, it was more than a few months), I participated in a readalong of Kushiel’s Dart, the first book in the three-trilogy Kushiel’s Legacy series. Then life happened and I stopped reading along, even as my blog friends continued the series. By the time I located my copy of book 2 (lost in a move), it was far too late for me to catch up. However, now we’re finally starting trilogy #3, which is a perfect place for me to jump back in again! This is because the third trilogy takes place a few generations later and in a different part of the world. Rather than focusing on the D’Angelines, Naamah’s Kiss focuses on the druidic people of Alba.
I’m also excited to read this trilogy with a group because I haven’t already read it. I purchased Naamah’s Kiss right around when it was first released, and the other books were still not out yet. I read it, and it didn’t wow me like the other books did. I’ve always meant to come back to it and finish it, but with a massive TBR list, it just kept slipping my mind.
For some housekeeping–if you love this series and/or want to give it a try, feel free to join in the readalong! The schedule is here. This week’s questions are written by Lynn, and cover chapters 1-12.
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?
While I loved the setting of the fist two trilogies, this is a chance for Carey to start out with new characters and with more of a clean slate. In the previous trilogies, we knew from the start who the antagonists were. We saw a continual thread between each of the first 6 books. This is a chance to get away from Phedre and start with someone new. It also means that we should expect a bit of a different tone in this book–both Phedre and Imriel’s stories had a major BDSM theme to them, but Moirin exists outside of that. She’s something new for the series.
We have a new female lead. What are your first impressions of Moirin?
The first time I read Naamah’s Kiss, I thought that Moirin was a boring character who had boring sex. This reread already makes me realize that I was being unfair. For a teenager, Moirin knows who she is and what she wants in a way that many contemporary adults don’t. Even as she falls in love, she realizes that marriage into the local nobility isn’t going to make her happy in the long run. She knows she isn’t the type of person who would be happy tied down, and she knows that that’s what the life he promises would do to her. The fact that she’s introspective enough to realize that love isn’t enough to make the relationship work says a lot about her maturity.
I enjoyed the return to Alba, and once again meeting the Maghuin Dhonn – what did you make of the coming of age ritual?
It’s fascinating. The ritual felt like it had some Native American influence, sort of like a vision quest.
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?
At this juncture, I see Moirin’s visions as being symbolic of her grappling with being a part of two cultures. The visions of her journey are also a good way of setting up Moirin leaving the forest.
I like how natural the magic feels for most of what we’ve read so far. The only thing that threw me a bit was the whole fertility thing–it feels like the whole lighting a candle bit was an afterthought thrown in after people started asking why Phedre never got pregnant or had her period.