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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 | THRONE OF JADE, by Naomi Novik

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Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: April 25th 2006
Published by: Del Rey Books
Pages: 398
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

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. Continue reading “Book Review | THRONE OF JADE, by Naomi Novik”

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Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik

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Spinning Silverby Naomi Novik

Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 480
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


My Review:

Having fallen in love with Naomi Novik from the first chapter of Uprooted , I knew that I had to read her newest book. Not only was it another fairytale-esque reimagining, but it was going to be about my people, Jews, and I all the more loved her for that. Although it took me some time to really get into this story (how I wish this came out in winter and not summer) I eventually found myself really enjoying the plot and the characters. And while it did not capture my utmost love as much as I wished it would have, it still kept me enchanted throughout the novel. Continue reading “Book Review | SPINNING SILVER, by Naomi Novik”

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BookCon 2018 | Saturday Recap

 

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Hey, everybody!  Sorry I have been a little MIA lately.  I know I don’t regularly post on here as it is other than book reviews (which I now have about 3 to catch up on?), but this past May was a little crazy with 2 shows opening at the beginning and end of it and then straight into BookCon.  Which is what I am going to talk about today! Continue reading “BookCon 2018 | Saturday Recap”

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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”