Posts Tagged Jacqueline Carey

Naamah’s Curse – Jaqueline Carey

This is a sequel to Naamah’s Kiss – a book that follows some generations after the Kushiel’s series by Carey.

There was some sort of resonance between this book and the Traitors’ Gate – there’s an obvious link with the mountains and overall Asia-inspired location, but there’s something similar about the protagonists.

Anyhow, this follows the somewhat predictable of Carey’s Kushiel books of two climax story lines ( 😉 ) – a major initial challenge, followed by a regroup and need to go fight an unexpected larger battle/conflict.  The first conflict here was a bit less stellar than usual – having to scrub floors in the temple with short hair doesn’t quite match Phedre’s time in the dark seraglio.  The final show-down is more exciting, but still does not rank with the best of Phedre.

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Santa Olivia – Jacqueline Carey

Santa Olivia is the name of a Texas border town which is locked into a no-mans-land in Jacqueline Carey’s book Santa Olivia.

The only supposed way to get back to ‘the real world’ is to win a prize-fight match with one of the garrisoning soldiers, because the general in charge loves to watch boxing.

Loup is the daughter of a town-woman and a genetically-engineered soldier who comes through and hides with her.

It’s a reasonably good book, although the plot is nowhere near as unstoppable as the Kushiel books. Actually, Olivia compares unfavorably with the Hunger Games. True, this book gives you a fair amount more steamy scenes – though nothing gets as naughty as Kushiel’s Phedre.

I am pretty sure this is the first book in a new series. Yes, I will look up the sequel(s) but I would not buy these.

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