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Publisher's Summary

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte's invading forces.

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East, a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series, including Book 1: His Majesty's Dragon and Book 3: Black Powder War.
©2006 Naomi Novik (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 2007

"Throne of Jade is a solid second entry in what is shaping up to be an intriguing series." (Bookmarks Magazine)

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    4 out of 5 stars

fast forward part 2

Loved the book, just thought I'd point out an issue with the recording. Part 2 of the download for me started about 40 minutes from the end of the book! by trial and error I discovered that the part 'begins' about 1 hour and 9 minutes after hitting play. So, if you have no idea what's going on when you start part 2, fast forward and give it another try as this is an excellent series.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 06-23-12

Not as good as the first one

This book continues where the first one left off. The relationship between the dragon and the sailor explored further, and to the point where It start become cumbersome. This book is pedestrian and repetitive compare to the first book. There is some intrigue in the story line, but that does not take place till last few chapters of the book. If I have to read this book over again, I probably will skip few chapters in the middle and not lose much in the story line.

Narration is great as Simon does a great job and because of his work, I was able to complete the book. If you have some time to waste go for this book, but it is as good as the first one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ed
  • Mission Viejo, CA, United States
  • 01-28-08

Skip Fixed

I verified with Audible's folks that the stream had been fixed before downloading the files. They assured me it was but I remained skeptical. I just finished listening and all is well. Thank you Audible!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

A fantastic continuation of book 1

This book continues the first book's excellent historically-based theme while nicely picking up the plot soon after the conclusion of the first book. I was pleasantly surprised to not only see little time lapse, but that this book did not introduce some random new plot device, but instead continues with the story of what China thinks about Temeraire's current condition, which was brought up many times near the end of the first novel.

Naomi displays once again an excellent knowledge of life at sea and the amazingly thought out logistics of her world. Wonderfully detailed descriptions of another of her world's civilizations fill the tail end of the novel.

I am still a bit annoyed with the odd time jumps that appear inside the story, but this time the beginning of important events are not cut off, which was my primary qualm with the first novel. Other than that, my only complaint are minor "conveniences" that would occasionally push the plot in favor of the good guys, such as a perfectly timed arrival or lucky not-quite-related events. Most of these, however, are things that could very well have happened and do not force you to "suspend your disbelief" much at all. Both of these complaints are minor and greatly overshadowed by the book as a whole.

From an audiobook standpoint, Simon Vance does a fantastic job portraying the various characters' voices, including very authentic-sounding accents! He also has a voice that is easy to listen to for long periods.

I give Throne of Jade 4.8 stars out of 5.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Immersive, epic, and fun.

The author does a great job immersing the reader into the time period of our faithful loving heroes. Dragons like I have never read about them before. original and imaginative. I will be reading more of these for sure.

The performer is outstanding as well. In an audiobook it's not just the author who has to sell the title it's the performer as well. Simon Vance was just as big a part in the immersion I felt in listening to this tale as Naomi was writng it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

A Good Continuation to the Story

The only reason I didn't give this story five stars is because it seems to escape from the setup it built in the first book and instead took the story to China. However, the epic settings and detailed scenes do the series justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Addicted

I wish there were more books like this. Will Lawrence is a terrific hero.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Nicholas!

I was very confused at the jump in the story. Now I will follow your instructions. I love the books and the narrator is the absolute best there is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tessa
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 11-04-07

Story great, audio bug annoying

I'd give it a 5 for the story itself but the problem with the audio being off mentioned in the previous review is quite annoying.

I doublechecked the paperback version of the book (which I would not have bought except for this problem) and there are no pieces of the story missing, just misplaced. After part one, the story continues at 1:09:05 of the second part and once you've finished, go back to the beginning and play the rest.

I've been reassured by audible's tech support that they are aware of the problem and when it is fixed, I'll be notified and a corrected version made available for download.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Tedious

Not a lot to say, this is nothing like book one. This is slow and tedious. Naomi does not make me care about any of the characters.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful