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League of Dragons Audiobook

League of Dragons: Temeraire Series, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

Naomi Novik delivers the final adventure in a New York Times best-selling series that has won fans of Napoleonic-era military history, Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, and Patrick O'Brian's seafaring adventures. Since His Majesty's Dragon, Captain William Laurence and his fearless dragon, Temeraire, have been battling Napoleon and his armies...and now the time has come to stop him for good.

©2016 Temeraire LLC (P)2016 Tantor

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    Skipper 06-24-16
    Skipper 06-24-16

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "Feed the birds..."

    3.5 stars, with a value added five-star narration. Thus endeth the storied glories of Temeraire the Celestial Dragon and his most honorable companion, Captain Laurence. And thus endeth Napoleon's relentless pursuit of world domination.

    A fairly good story. Many of my hopes came true, even though I wasn't completely satisfied. I love this dragon! Enjoyed the clever strategies Laurence employed to feed and motivate and discipline the hungry dragons, both the small ferals and the heavyweight Russians. Enjoyed seeing Laurence win the full approval of his peers in Europe, including Czar Alexander and General Bloucher (thus forcing the British Admiralty to play nice).

    QUIBBLES: (why only 3 stars?)

    The pacing is uneven. Important scenes are skipped over in a paragraph while trivia goes on too long. For example, the duel and subsequent recuperation went on and on, yet went nowhere. The "beautiful and marriageable peasant girl" scenes just did not fit.

    The writing began well but became choppy, skipping right over key scenes. Temeraire never got to have his final showdown with the albino celestial, Lien. Where did that key scene go? The final battle (the alternate Waterloo) was curtailed and Laurence was cheated out of a solid gold honorable victory by politics — by two disgraceful but well-connected captains, and by Hammond, Talleyrand, and Meternich.

    Strangers take central stage! I'd have MUCH rather spent time with key characters from prequels, both dragons and humans. It made little sense for Laurence to get a new crew at this point in the series — and for the most critical battles ever. He was assigned to lead some contemptuous but politically secure fools (captains Poole and Wendell). We saw almost nothing of Maximus and Lily and the old formation.

    Tharkay disappeared from the text for a long time. Ferris's character arc simply stopped midstream. Was his name cleared? Demaine got mentioned a few times in passing, but his brother Sipho was completely excluded. Instead, we were treated to ANOTHER boring scene with Edith, the vapid woman who dumped Laurence in book 1.

    Temeraire and Iskierka's egg hatched but I was disappointed in the dragonet Ning, despite her fearsome abilities.

    Still, I enjoyed the book. Novik created a sense of sympathy for Napoleon (a feat!) and managed to maintain some slight credibility in terms of historical accuracy.

    Yet so many loose ends: The Dragons Rights Act needs to be fleshed out and fully realized. Laurence and Temeraire need a place of their own. What will this valiant dragon do next? Gaze at sheep? The series does not feel finished. A global League of Dragons is only embryonic at this point.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Teb 08-24-16
    Teb 08-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series, and this final installment lives up to the expectations set by its predecessors. The books are wonderful and the narration is superb. Top marks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-15-16
    Elizabeth 06-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Satisfying end to a wonderful story"

    Naomi has brought us to a wonderful conclusion at the end of a inspired series. The books action ebbs and flows well, neatly tying up loose ends. The story has a satisfactory and neat ending. I am sad to see Temeraire coming to a close I have immensely enjoyed this series and will definitely pick it up again to enjoy the banter of dragons. I hope we get to see more of temeraire in the future even though this chapter is closed. The book does not linger in port as it were taking the reader on unexpected adventures. The combat does not drag on incessantly and this allows the reader to take a broader view of the state of Europe. I defiantly recommend this book to any that have enjoyed the series and highly recommend the series as a whole. I can't wait to see what Naomi thinks up next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 06-20-16
    Meredith Liberty, Tunisia 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A delightful end to the series."

    Kind of a slow starter, including some unnecessarily random events. And the transition from Part 1 to Part 2 was a bit clunky and forced. By the end, though, I didn't mind so much. The dragons are as charming as ever and Lawrence as frustrating - poor guy. He's still a cross between Horatio Hornblower and Lord Ramage at heart and ends up having to play politics... and being good at it, too.

    It was good to see some old favorites again - Jane Roland provides a hilarious "outside view" of Lawrence's antics and character, and Tharkay once again has exactly what Lawrence needs. Even Hammond manages to make himself useful. All in all a satisfying finale, even if it wasn't as strong as some of the earlier books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seth G 07-28-17
    Seth G 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic conclusion!"

    A great ending to such a wonderful series!! My only sadness comes in knowing there is no book following. Definitely recommend.

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    Backwoods_Blacksmith USA 07-20-17

    In this world one must be either a hammer or an anvil.

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    "Trying not to spoil"

    Loved it. Seems the only thing lacking was a written out telling of one confrontation in the closing battle.

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    Tom Redwood City, CA, United States 07-12-17
    Tom Redwood City, CA, United States 07-12-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Horrible book"

    What a complete let down. For the last book in the series, nothing but loose ends. It is as if MS Novik got tired of it and just wanted it over with. Root canal without Novocain would be more enjoyable.

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    naomi 07-05-17
    naomi 07-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "sad that it's over"

    I love the Temeraire series. So creative how she weaves history with fiction. I couldn't listen to my other books while there was another of Temeraire's stories out there.

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    Wendy 06-03-17
    Wendy 06-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic series!"

    I became very invested in the 2 main characters as well as several of the supporting ones. Both my husband &I listened to the series & discussed them when we got home from work. We both agreed that we will miss the adventures of Laurence & TEMERAIRE!

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    Jessica Fung 05-21-17
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    "Why is it over??! :'("

    I've reread the entire series 3 times and my particular favorites 4. Each time I pick up details that I've previously missed, and each time I'm immediately nostalgic when I've reached the end. It's a good ending, placed where it should be, but I'm nostalgic nonetheless. What an amazing journey with great friends.

    And seriously, where else can I find some seriously inspiring competent female characters please??

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