Empire of Ivory
“A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”–The New York Times“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”–Time, on His Majesty’s DragonTragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons... show more
“A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”–The New York Times“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”–Time, on His Majesty’s DragonTragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sorties.Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”–Entertainment Weekly, on His Majesty’s Dragon“A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.”–The Washington Post Book World, on His Majesty’s Dragon
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2007-09-25
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 404
Edition language: English
Series: Temeraire (#4)
Finally, Laurence & Temeraire and company have arrived home after more than a year away. Also in tow are the feral dragons, Tharkay, the rescued Huguenots and the baby dragon, Iskierka. The home front has markedly changed though and not for the good. Temeraire’s fellow dragons that were left behi...
Going just by the story, the characters, and my general entertainment throughout most of this book, I would have rated this at five stars. I’m giving it 4.5 stars, the same as the last two books, but I’m rounding down to 4 on Goodreads whereas I rounded the previous two up to 5. The reason I'm rat...
Wow. Oh, wow. I did not see any of this coming. Well, in hindsight, foundations were laid where nothing was out of character for the storyline, worldbuilding or characters. But, wow! I don't know how to even write a review of this one without spoilers. I've been enjoying the books in this...
Novik is particularly good at putting her characters in godawful situations, extracting them, and putting them back in godawful situations. And the beauty is that she doesn't sacrifice her characters for this. (She does kill off characters, but doesn't have them act out of character. So I feel...
Apparently I am still in the depths of my reading slump, because I have no strong feelings about this book. Potentially this is because I read it in dribs and drabs, in the snatched half-hour before work, which doesn't give me much of a chance to get into it. I don't know. Laurence and Temeraire h...