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 Desiree 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.
©2011 Jacqueline Carey (P)2011 Tantor
"Carey's fans will enjoy the straightforward heroics and plotting after the previous volume's heavy angst." (Publishers Weekly)
It took me a moment to get used to Anne Flosniks narration, but I liked the other worldliness it gave the story. It is a great roping yarn with an unlikely heroine. I love Jacqueline Careys books, just not sure why the others are not here.
"A Pleasure as always"
The final installment was a wonderful and exciting ride. I am sad it is over, but look forward to reading many more books from Carey in the future and hope she will revive stories set in Terre d'Ange and not give up on the wonderful world she has created.
I highly recommend the entire series. The narrator is spot on. Start at the beginning of the series if you really want the full effect!
"did not want this series to end..."
this was a wonderful series, with an absolutely wonderful narrator! in fact, i am of the opinion that no matter how well written a book is, it is the narrator that makes or breaks it. Anne Flosnik does a superb job, her ability to take the written word and make it real is remarkable.
the only downside to Jacqueline Carey's writing lies, for me, in the unnecessary detail of the explicit sex. for that i can only give 4 stars instead of the full 5 it would otherwise deserve. and i wouldn't have given that if it weren't for her excellent writing ability.
i do wish that the tale did not end here, but instead continued on with the 'fat babies' and the rest of the characters lives in this series. they feel like family, and everyone always wants to know the in's and out's of family.
"Great ending to this trilogy"
Brings all together.
Bringing her husband to her deity
Yes, but a tad too long to do.
If you enjoy fantasy and a good story, this trilogy is for you.
"Great history, light sexuality"
Great story and Anne Flosnik does an amazing job narrating, but the last book was lacking alot of the erotica that the first tow book held.
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