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Book Review | EMPIRE OF IVORY, by Naomi Novik

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Empire of Ivory (Temeraire #4), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: September 25, 2007
Published by: Del Rey Books
Pages: 404
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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.


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Book Review | BLACK POWDER WAR, by Naomi Novik

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Black Powder War (Temeraire #3), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: May 30, 2006
Published by: Del Rey Books
Pages: 365
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

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.  Continue reading “Book Review | BLACK POWDER WAR, by Naomi Novik”

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Book Review | HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON, by Naomi Novik

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His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: March 28, 2006
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 353
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.


My Review:

Despite this book being a little slow in terms of action, I found myself quite enjoying it. Continue reading “Book Review | HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON, by Naomi Novik”