Black Powder War
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and... show more
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army?
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2006-05-30
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 365
Edition language: English
Series: Temeraire (#3)
Black Powder War is the third book in the Temeraire series. I enjoyed this one at about the same level as the previous two books. I was particularly happy when the story didn’t quite go in the direction I had expected it to based on the end of the last book, as described in more detail in the below...
Given, I only had like fifteen pages and finished early in the day. Still, if it hadn't been Temeraire, it's doubtful I would have done even that much non-fandom reading. (And, no, I don't quite consider this fandom because it has books only; I feel fangirl-y about this, but Fandom Wednesday is ...
Not stopping now, happily moving on to book 4! The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained
Black Powder War, the third in Novik's Temeraire series, sees Laurence, Temeraire et al get caught up in the Napoleonic Wars on the Continent as they fly an urgent mission from China to collect some eggs from the Government of Turkey. (Confused yet?) Perhaps it's because I read Throne of Jade only...
I love this series which could be described as a mix of McCaffrey's Pern (dragons!) and Horatio Hornblower daring do (Napoleonic wars). I gave this novel "only" four and a half stars only because it's slightly less amazing than the first two books. The first book marked it as unique among dragon fan...