"'Lord, she's a proper terror, isn't she,' Granby said, lovingly, stroking her glossy hide; despite her impatient hunger, she had fallen into a nap while they waited for the night to come. 'Breathing fire straight from the shell; it will be a fright to manage her.' He did not sound as though he objected."
Love, love, love these two together.
"'I can fly myself,' she said. 'Is there going to be a battle? Now? Where is it!' She did indeed lift off into the air a little ways, but Granby managed to keep his grip on her harness, and she ended by bouncing back and forth."
Bwahahaha. Oh, poor Granby doesn't know what he's in for, does he?
"'Oh! Oh! They are attacking us! Quick, let us kill them!' Iskierka said with appealing bloodthirstiness, trying to leap off into the air.
'No; for Heaven's sake, stop that!' Granby said, clinging to her desperately while with his other hand he shrugged to get carabiner straps on her, to latch her harness securely to Temeraire's."
Oh, yeah, poor, poor Granby!
Everything is hopeless in this book.
I hope it isn't all everyone getting their ass handed to them in book four!
I'll probably knock a star or two down from this book. It isn't poorly written, not by far. The quality of the writing hasn't gone down at all, n fact. The character development is splendid, and there are some truly chilling scenes with an archenemy from book two.
But... the other books had more of a sense of hope. Given the brutality of this book and the lack of hope, it's not a book I quite enjoy as much as the first two. Again, not that I hate, or even dislike it, I just think the first two books were a little more evenhanded, and thus made it slightly more pleasant to read.