Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2), by Naomi Novik
Publish Date: April 25th 2006
Published by: Del Rey Books
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.
I really enjoyed this one, possibly a bit more than the first. While the first one was a great introduction to all of the characters and the world, this one had so much more intrigue and adventure to it. Yes, a lot of it took place on a ship, but I am a sucker for all things on the sea for some reason (despite the thought of me being on a boat giving me motion sickness). I don’t know what it is but I love reading about them. Plus, by now I had already come to love Temeraire and Laurence (despite his faults) and Granby and the rest of the crew, so I was invested in the story for them most of all. And, like I said, the whole intrigue and mystery of the plot was extremely interesting and kept me captivated the entire time. I almost thought towards the end that with some things still not making sense that there might be some unanswered questions, but everything tied together thankfully. I especially love how Temeraire began to realize the situation of dragons in Britain and his desire to see things made better for them, and how Laurence was able to grow as a character and learn from what he was seeing and not holding on to what he had always believed in and what he had thought of as right. It was just such great character development on both their parts and I cannot wait to see where things take us in the next book.
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