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Crucible of Gold: Temeraire, Book 7 | [Naomi Novik]

Crucible of Gold: Temeraire, Book 7

Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.
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Publisher's Summary

Naomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

Laurence and Temeraire—joined by the egotistical fire-breather Iskierka and the still-growing Kulingile, who has already surpassed Temeraire in size—embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that leave the dragons and their human friends forced to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Inca empire, where they face new unanticipated dangers.

Now with the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, and failure looking more likely by the minute, the unexpected arrival of an old enemy will tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.

©2012 Temeraire LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“Novik’s influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O’ Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.” (Peter Jackson)

“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Bill Bai 07-29-12
    Bill Bai 07-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Back to Basics"

    A good addition to the Temeraire series.

    As always, Simon Vance does an amazing job with the narration. All the characters have distinct and recognizable voices. Furthermore, those voices have not changed from the first book until now (which can be an issue with long series; listen to the Wheel of Time books, voices and pronunciations change several times despite the same narrators).

    This book has more of the "Captain and Dragon; Buddy Adventure" feel from the first few books rather than the "I'm super depressed that I'm a traitor" theme that has dominated the past two books. There is some really nice character development for the dragons in this book, mostly regarding Temeraire and Iskierka, but also the new member of the gang: Kulingile.

    If you didn't enjoy the last two books quite as much as the first few, this book puts the series back on the more upbeat and optimistic tone set in the beginning of the series.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    dub Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-06-12
    dub Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than the previous two in the series"

    Better than the previous couple of books in the series; how's that for praise?
    This time Laurence and his beloved Chinese Celestial dragon Temeraire are freed from transportation in Australia and reinstated for a diplomatic mission to Brazil, to intercept Napoleon's envoys .
    Are they too late? Will England now stand alone in the world against Napoleon? Will the supercilious dragon squabbling defeat their own mission?

    Novik nicely adds some Incan history and geography, as well as a Patrick O'Brien-esque sailor flavour to their long voyage to South America and overland. According to the author's blog, there will be two more in the series; perhaps north to Captain Vancouver's Island next?

    Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, and a joy to listen to: hopefully he can also complete the complete/unabridged O'Brian series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 03-26-13
    areader Columbus, Ohio, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Crucible of Gold"

    The Temeraire Series is fresh and original. The writing is well done and Simon Vance is splendid as always. Great series which builds upon history but with a twist. Highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary HARRISBURG, IL, United States 10-16-12
    Mary HARRISBURG, IL, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Out of the kettle into the flame"
    What did you love best about Crucible of Gold?

    Lots of action and predicaments for Temeraire and crew to escape from.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon Vance is a master--he has so many voices that are perfect for each character! His "accents" are great.


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

    It made me frustrated when I got to the end. I wasn't ready for it to be over, and I wanted to read more about the next adventures! It is one of those books where one says "Oh no! It's over?"


    Any additional comments?

    Can hardly wait for the next Temeraire book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 12-03-12
    Joel MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Got to listen"

    I really like Novik's books and I really like Vance's readin of them. This one like book 6 was not her best but I did enjoy the story.

    At this point her books move very quickly and sometime something is lost. They are often a whirlwind of action and some depth to her stories are lost.

    I await her next Temeraire book and will listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Fallbrook, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Eileen Fallbrook, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Great Series Continues"
    Would you listen to Crucible of Gold again? Why?

    Since it is part of a series, in its place, absolutely.


    What other book might you compare Crucible of Gold to and why?

    Because of the common theme of dragons and riders bonding so deeply, the Dragon Riders of Pern series (Anne McCaffrey).


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His readings are musical in their cadence and intonation, rendering a listener readily engaged and easily lost in the experience.


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

    If hanging on every word is an extreme reaction, then yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan California 09-21-14
    Susan California 09-21-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Weak (but still good) entry in this fine series"

    Fabulous performance by Simon Vance, who narrated the entire series. Yay for consistent voices! As for the story, about 3 stars. Good to see the crew rejoined, and lots of vivid scenes in the ocean and in South America. We travel from Sydney, Australia to Peru and Brazil: Lake Titicaca, Old Cuzco, and Rio. Lots of action. Battles and duels and dire straights. Surviving on the edge of starvation. Some deaths and some wonderful feasting and glad reunions. Also, the soothing leaves of the coca tree / bush provide for some mildly amusing bits.

    One of the best scenes is towards the end, when the British dragon teams capture several French ships and dragons. Nicely detailed, but not too long or drawn out. I loved the way the dragons worked together, ensuring their crew's safety while taking down the French.

    However, I couldn't get into the larger plot: Napoleon allies with the Botswana-based Tswana tribe (who travel to Brazil to free their enslaved kinsmen). Napoleon also attempts to ally with the Incan empire.

    Still, I do love this juvenile dragon. He tries so hard to be a better beast, for Laurence's sake, despite his innate fascination with shiny bling, his possessiveness, and his easily ruffled pride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 10-16-12
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2003

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Abruptly Ends"

    Love this series, but this one sort of plods along and then just suddenly ends. Almost felt like... "ok, reached page 325 and everything else goes into next book"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Brian Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Temeraire heads for South America"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to any who are a fan of Temeraire and Lawrence.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Was not pleased with the way it ended.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon did an excellent job. I like his voice, timber and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the South American dragon's revealed their relationship with the humans.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad way to revisit old friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harrison Greer, SC, United States 09-24-12
    Harrison Greer, SC, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beter than the last book."

    Book 6 had really dragged for me. Was sort of black and depressing all the way thru. This one had more action and more going on but just left you with a big "too be continued". I think a book should reach some sort of a conclusion before you need to advance to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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