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Empire of Ivory: Temeraire, Book 4 | [Naomi Novik]

Empire of Ivory: Temeraire, Book 4

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; they stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever-bolder sorties.
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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; they 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.

Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series.

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

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"Engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 10-23-07
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 10-23-07 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "So you've made it to book four..."

    The Empire of Ivory picks off right from the cliffhanger at the end of the last book, and, unsurprisingly, ends with a cliffhanger of its own*. Between these sections, you get to visit another part of the subtly altered world of Novik's 19th century: Africa, where colonial ambitions meet the undiscovered powers of the continent. The pace is often leisurely, echoing the Patrick O'Brien meets Jane Austin meets Tolkein style that you have come to expect by now. Additionally, for much of the book, the pacing of the series seems to be slowing further, though that eventually changes. The social interaction between high society and the aviators receives more attention, as does the domestic politics of England, with the deft addition of real political figures of the time. Thus, if you don't mind a relative lack of action for much of the novel, this is a very solid book, with well-developed characters, a sense of history, and some great plot developments later in the audiobook. Though not the delight that the first novel was, this remains a worthwhile and interesting addition to the continuing series.

    * So if you haven't read the series in order, you really should start with the first novel, His Majesty's Dragon. It is quite good, and about dragons to boot.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William Miami, FL, USA 10-27-07
    William Miami, FL, USA 10-27-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Series"

    I stumbled on the first book, His Majesty’s Dragon, and was somewhat skeptical about the premise of the series. After finishing the first book I quickly devoured the next three books and I can’t wait for the next. These books are well written and a joy to listen too. If you enjoy well written fantasy book, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 07-26-10
    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow start, then gets awesome"

    I have to say, I figured out what the McGuffin was really early, and then had to wait and wait for Laurence to figure it out, too. That was annoying.

    But, once they got going, Africa is her best world yet, and their desperate search for said McGuffin is exciting, their plight afterwards is cool, the British Government thoroughly despicable and Laurence's patriotism and Christianity conflict in a way that is totally in line with his character, creating very real tension and no sense of "manufacture" that most series have by this point.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chu New York, NY, USA 01-02-09
    Chu New York, NY, USA 01-02-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Boring"

    I like fantasy and love the age of sail stories so I was delighted to find this series. Book 1 was good but the series gradually goes downhill. If you are expecting action you will be very disappointed. The ending was soooo flat - I was surprised to hear "We hope you enjoyed this production ..." and wondered if Audible missed a few chapters.

    The narrator Simon Vance is OK. His portrayal of Termeraire is very cute but I find Laurence too old and stuffy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SAM MONTGOMERY CITY, MO, United States 07-05-12
    SAM MONTGOMERY CITY, MO, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "hope next book is better"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    any action, more believable reading,any revenge,you have a super dragon who never uses super power, she has people who hate being made slaves , but has slaves, time lines are non existant. this book was thrown together compared to first 3 i wondered who wrote this book. i will judge if i will keep reading series with next book. i feel like i wasted 25 dollars on this 1.


    Has Empire of Ivory turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not yet i will read 1 more, the first 3 were so good


    What three words best describe Simon Vance???s performance?

    great only good


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    knowing there was a book 5 an hoping it half as good as first 3


    Any additional comments?

    no i have said to much

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 08-10-10
    Saud United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2007

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

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    "A Worthy Addition to the Series"

    This story seemed to drag on at some points, especially during the African expedition that takes up most of the book. The story seems to actually progress the storyline development in the final few chapters.

    Overall, it left a slightly bad taste in my mouth, and I'm not sure I like the direction the series is headed at the end of the story. I'm okay with cliffhangers, but when the only part of an eleven hour audiobook that seems worthy of the credit I used for it is the last ninety minutes, which leaves me torn between cheering for the characters and at the same time thinking, "No, you idiots! You're just messing things up for yourselves and everybody else!" at their actions.

    2 of 2 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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    "A turning point in the series"

    While I didn't get quite as much enjoyment (only less by a micron really) from this book compared to all the others, I did enjoy it and saw it as a pivotal turning point in the series. I did feel a bit disconnected when they were in most of Africa, but the interesting story line, the return of our dragon friends (after being away from them for several books) and their cause were well worth it. Great narrator as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Briggs Boston, MA USA 11-13-12
    Sherry Briggs Boston, MA USA 11-13-12

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    "I'm in Love with Temeraire!"
    What made the experience of listening to Empire of Ivory the most enjoyable?

    I love the characters and the plot, which case has one heck of a cliffhanger! Great imagination. The reader is very good and not at all distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inagination, characters and plot as above. Also, the language is wonderful!


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

    I can listen to it in the car, which is huge. Simon Vance brings the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh no! I love savoring it over several days, enjoying all of the little things, the turns of phrase, the action, and the wonderful opportunities for sightseeing.


    0 of 0 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!

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