Black Powder War (Temeraire #3), by Naomi Novik
Publish Date: May 30, 2006
Published by: Del Rey Books
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
After their fateful adventure in China, Captain 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.
Once again, I am reminded how much I love Naomi Novik’s writing. I have fallen so much in love with these characters, flaws and all, that I am forever in their grip.
This book was just as intriguing as the last, with so much pulling me along to follow the journey Temeraire and his crew embark on, with constantly rising tensions and new threats and twists and turns that I could not help but being utterly invested. It was definitely a constant thrill from start to finish, and the characters once again made all the difference with their personal growth and development (I love how much both Temeraire and Laurence have grown respectively). And Iskierka? Possibly my new favorite in the series. I absolutely adore her.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 28/20