A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.
Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon’s invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence—stripped of rank and standing—have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons. Temeraire and Laurence carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony and destined to be handed over to such second-rate, undesirable officers as have been willing to accept so remote an assignment—including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life.
Nor is this the greatest difficulty that confronts the exiled dragon and rider: Instead of leaving behind all the political entanglements and corruptions of the war, Laurence and Temeraire have instead sailed into a hornet’s nest of fresh complications. For the colony at New South Wales has been thrown into turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, one William Bligh—better known as Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. Bligh wastes no time in attempting to enlist Temeraire and Laurence to restore him to office, while the upstart masters of the colony are equally determined that the new arrivals should not upset a balance of power precariously tipped in their favor.
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"The characters are as riveting as ever, the setting is new but convincing, and the plot, with its first-class balancing of Laurence's and Temeraire's internal and external struggles, shows Novik's continued excellence as a novelist." (Booklist)
This book was so lack luster; I went to write this review and couldn't remember anything about the story. The plot for the book stayed so dead on the series' plot recipe that this book blurred into the oblivion of the old story lines. I was VERY disappointed, I love Lawrence and Temeraire...I was planing to name my next kitten Temeraire until I read this ;)
Can't get enough of Vance's performance or Novik's tale. She provides flawless environments with details she took time to admire before describing. And treats the emotions of her characters with the same reverence.
I loved this part of Novik's amazing Temeraire Series. Though somewhat of a filler, it is still important to the overall story of the series. Taking a brake from the war gives Novik a chance to focus on new threats that test our heroes in ways they could have never imagined. Excellent book.
Simon does the best reading I've ever heard. and I love how he uses different voices for the characters. makes it a lot easier to follow who's speaking at the moment. lol
this would seem to just drag on all the other books in the series have been a lot better hopefully the next book in the series will be better
LOVE Simon Vance! Able to flesh out all of the characters with just his voice- he has a real gift. More, more, More!!!n
The historical accuracy and the blending of the presence of dragons in it is fancinating.
Larance getting his memory back
It's a tie between Tamira and Larance. Vance is a master.
Yes but did not happen
In all it was nice to see a small reprieve for our favorite dragon, but the story seemed to be a stop over gap filler which lacked a bit of purpose.
I really love these stories! They have all really kept my interest and I am looking forward to finding out what is in store next for the aviators and the dragons!
After reading several customer reviews I was expecting to be disappointed. Instead I found it an engaging addition to the series. It moves at a slower pace but is full of dragon/human and dragon/dragon interaction that makes this series as appealing as it is. Battle scenes are easy to come by in other books if you're looking for mindless action. If you want something more, this book is a good choice. I love the series and was not at all disappointed in this volume. Cindy
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