Empire of Ivory (Temeraire #4), by Naomi Novik
Publish Date: September 25, 2007
Published by: Del Rey Books
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Tragedy 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.
Really enjoyed this one as much as the others! I easily got swept away in this one as well. The incorporation of dragons in Africa made for such an interesting read. I loved how Novik chose to incorporate them into the tribes and the effect they had on events. I think the only thing I was not entirely pleased about was Laurence kind of pushing Catherine towards marriage with Riley but alas I can still give him character development credit in other places at least. He’s getting there with the women. Slowly.
Also that ending.
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