His Majesty's Dragon /Throne of Jade/ Black Powder War
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Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Temeraire introduces the valiant warriors who rise to Britain's defense atop the backs of fighting dragons.
His Majesty's Dragon: When Capt. Will Laurence bonds with the noble dragon Temeraire, the pair must undergo a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle until they soar into their baptism of fire.
Throne of Jade: China vows to reclaim a rare dragon that has fallen into British hands. Now Laurence and Temeraire must brave a long, perilous voyage to the court of the Emperor, where dark dangers await.
Black Powder War: As Laurence and Temeraire escort dragon eggs from Istanbul to England, the Chinese dragon Lien—who blames Temeraire for her master's death—joins Napoleon in revenge.
Hardcover Book : 848 pages
Publisher: Del Rey ( May 30, 2006 )
Item #: 12-127983
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.36inches
Product Weight: 29.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Naomi Novik was a complete unknown to me, but the book looked interesting so I ordered it. I'm glad I took a chance. Excellent story! Great characters! I'm a fan now. I look forward to her next novel.
Reviewer: Jim g
I'm a big Horatio Hornblower fan and discovered Temeraire at an SF/F con and fell in love with them immediately. The last book is a bit thin but she was pregnant at the time, there is a better book to come. The first 3 books should go down as hugos. Novik has the era down perfect, both in literary terms and in historical terms. If you love historical fantasy, THESE are the books for you :).
Reviewer: Pat H
Naomi Novik, Thank You...I had been looking for more on the Dragon Myth/Icon and I hafta say, Simply Great!!! You have done magnificently, the way the personality and charecter of each dragon is and develops keeps me reading and turning the pages!!!Just can't get enough. For y'all who love the Dragon, this is one to savor!! Taking History and weaving it with such a storyline has me never wanting this series to end. the inside info mentions about three more books to be written, I hope that's just for 2012!! Please, don't end this, You have created one "Jewel" of a Tale, and it's one of the best I've read to date.
This whole series is on my "Read Again" bookcase. I'm waiting on "Crucible of Gold" and I'm already looking for the next title. Really, Thanks Very Much. You are ranked with the best authors of "Dragon Tales", Keep up your great work, they are destined to be the top of the Line.....Don't stop!!! Thanks again... Walter J.
I have read all of these books and love them...I hope that Naomi will write about the escapades they can get into in Africa..or any other place...I hope the journey continues and am looking forward to reading about Temeraire again..
Reviewer: Carol L
The premise had great promise. The great European empires locked in war. Gallant warriors striving save the world from tyranny and oppression. It is an epic moment in history that would decide the direction of history. And there are dragons too!
Unfortunately the stories fall short of the promise. On the book jacket it is mentioned that the books were optioned for motion pictures and a typical Hollywood special effects laden script is how the books read. The stereotypical characters are only mildly interesting and lack any real motivation. Why are they fighting the French? Because they are French of course. The pacing of the stories is slow and dragging in parts that could be shortened. Sections that are more interesting and move the story forward are quickly skipped through. It would have saved much paper if ?Insert CGI special effects here.? were on the page instead of the tepid battles/fight sequences. The dragon, Temeriare?s preoccupation with ?Dragon?s Rights? in an era when women were considered little more than chattel seems a contrived attempt to add social commentary in order to increase the books? relevance and interest; failing to do either.
Usually movie adaptation novels are written after the script, but somehow things were reversed this time.