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Black Powder War: Temeraire, Book 3 | [Naomi Novik]

Black Powder War: Temeraire, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte's implacable army?

©2006 Naomi Novik; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2007

"Novik's magical 18th century, peopled with sympathetic characters, induces avid reading. Long may she write!" (Booklist)

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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 09-18-09
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2008

    Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "really enjoyed the book"

    It gets a bit long in the descriptions, but I really enjoyed the story. Makes me want a dragon of my own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 06-15-13
    Kazren www.ohjohnny.net 06-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Kazren

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    "Another wonderful chapter in the Temeraire series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am loving the entire series of books, and was thrilled to learn Peter Jackson has bought the wrights to make "His Majesty's Dragon" into a film! This book his hard on Temeraire and Captain Lawrence, but their love and dedication carry them through. It's colorful and brilliantly plotted out, and we get to see more of the world in which they live.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lawrence - he always does the right thing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The birth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Danger at every turn.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. George Kremmling, CO United States 03-13-12
    R. George Kremmling, CO United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Enthralling, but unusually paced for a series."

    Novik has created a truly wonderful story. The cast is marvelous, the scenery is rich, and the premise is both captivating and refreshing.

    However, the pacing feels more like a slightly episodic long form fantasy than it does a series. "His Majesty's Dragon", the first book, was a bit more conventional. It had a fairly symmetrical plot arc and a thoroughly rousing conclusion battle.

    However, "Throne of Jade" was rather more ponderous (as it no doubt would have been for Laurence and Temeraire, sailing to the other side of the world and becoming embroiled in lengthy diplomatic tangles). It also didn't have nearly as cinematic an ending, though still a good one.

    "Black Powder War" is similar. They spend a lot of time traveling over vast tracts of fairly barren land, and it doesn't happen very fast. There are several great aerial battles, but what could properly be called the climax is actually not a fight at all. Some might find this disappointing, but I feel that she is taking the time truly do the story the justice it deserves. And that is more exciting than a bit of token action.

    I have recently become more accustomed to books like "Wheel of Time" and "The Way of Kings", than to short form fiction. And when the Temeraire series is viewed as a single story of multiple volumes rather than a set of connected, but independent, stories, the arc and pacing feel more natural. Certainly the two books following "His Majesty's Dragon" are slower. However, they are also deeper. Novik takes the time to really delve into the world she is giving us, as well as into the characters with which she has populated it so wonderfully.

    As always, Simon Vance is brilliant. His narration is at once subtle and captivating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Columbus, OH, United States 05-02-11
    Alice Columbus, OH, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Temeraire"

    Simon Vance as narrator does not disppoint and the series by Naomi Novik is very good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 04-20-11
    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 04-20-11
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    "NEW Interesting characters!"

    LOVED some of the new characters we meet in this book! I enjoyed the places they traveled too and the challenges they faced. One of my favorite books in the entire series and the narrator is a pleasure to listen to as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 06-24-10
    Saud United States 06-24-10 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "A Return to Form"

    At last, the story of the Napoleonic wars in a world with dragons continues. I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. I especially like the battle/action scenes. I look forward to listening to the fourth book, Empire of Ivory.

    Simon Vance is a narrator who grows on you. I strongly recommend everybody to check out the other works he narrated, and he has narrated a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Briggs Boston, MA USA 10-02-12
    Sherry Briggs Boston, MA USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Following the Penny

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    "Characters, narrative, and language all glow!"
    If you could sum up Black Powder War in three words, what would they be?

    Characters, imagination, relationships


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Powder War?

    Being within feet of Napoleon - and not killing him


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His vocal resonance underlined the sheer delight of the language.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me intensely sympathetic with the characters, and want to see more.


    Any additional comments?

    The comparison between the treatment of dragons in China and England is a mainspring that powers the book, given additional power by the character of the dragons themselves.

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    Sara KIMBALL, MN, United States 03-10-12
    Sara KIMBALL, MN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the books flow from one to the other


    What did you like best about this story?

    I heard parts first on the serius satalite book readio. Was really intersting listening to it on the way to work. Was interesting listening to how a dragon can fight. Also all the different kinds of dragons in one squad.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I have two. Tameraire and Captain Lawrence


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am hooked. I need to find out more on the adventures that Tameraire and Capain Lawrence are experiencing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 03-31-11
    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "disappointing"

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and the narration is just as strong in this third outing, but I have to say I found this one to be a bit dull. It does pick up towards the end, just in time to make me want to listen to the fourth book, but I'm not sure I want to use a credit on it, since this one turned out to be such a disappointment. The story moved so slowly and uninterestingly that my mine kept wandering and I'd miss huge chunks of it.

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    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 02-18-11
    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "The whole series makes great listening"

    I just finished the fourth and am about to get the fifth. I've been listening to them back-to-back, something I don't usually do for this long a series of books. I'm waiting to see what Tremaraire and Will Laurence will get up to (and into) next. All of the characters - human and dragon alike - are complex and well written. The battle scenes are great and the Napoleonic wars have never been so interesting! Adding to all of it is Simon Vance's exemplary narration. He makes me happy to be listening to, rather than reading, these books. Well done!

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