Naomi Novik: Empire of Ivory

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Like Naomi Novik for her writing and I really do hope that the next part will revive the magic and will make for an interesting comeback to the story lineFingers Crossed Well I finished book 4 with a bit of trepidation for future entries Despite my love for the series and the solid foundation that this alternate history tale was built on THIS was the Temeraire book I didn t even know I wanted While the previous books in the series have all been good Empire of Ivory definitely stands taller than the rest My concern is that this is the pinnacle of the series and that everything else that follows might not ite live Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own up to the newly established standard Like the 4th season of Dexter The Wall by Pink Floyd The Empire Strikes Back and Nemesis Games by James SA Corey this is THE tale the one that really br What an endingReread 0719 still felt every emotion just as strongly this time round This is the fourth book in the series but the first real review I ve done for the series as I read the previous three last year when my reviews were one or two sentences long The premise of these novels are simply what would have happened if the Napoleonic Wars were fought with dragonsI ve enjoyed all four of the Temeraire novels so far However I have seen lots of people mention that they haven t found the second third or fourth one as good as the first Maybe I am biased because of my small but really very large dragon obsession but I have liked them all The novels are worth reading for Temeraire and Laurence s relationship alone in my opinionTemeraire the main dragon in the novel has such a distinctive character He is stubborn loyal and has a strong butniue outlook on morality He also brings out the best in his ridercompanion Laurence who thanks to Temeraire s black and white outlook on issues starts to see that even things he has spent his whole life accepting as just the way things are actually need to be changed Temeraire and Laurence s affection and loyalty for each other never fails to make me smile In fact I love all dragons and their riders they each have their own personalities and relationships This is the first novel since the first where we really see them all again and added a lot to my enjoyment of the novelEach seuel has taken s to a different exotic place so far This time it was Africa and this was my favourite portion of the novel This is where the loyalty of all the dragons is really showcased and as well beautiful descriptions of Africa itself The reader also experiences the impact of slavery there and the author really hits you hard with the brutality of it but creates a fascinating idea for how African people could have tried to fight back if dragons really did exist It really had me hookedFinally the cliffhanger at the end of this novel slayed me I need to finds out what happens nextI really recommend giving this series a try especially if you like fantasy historical fiction and especially if like me you love dragons 2011 September 21Yeah she managed to slip penguins in there with the colonialism and the slavery and the dragon plague It feels ite a bit as if she can read my mind and anticipate everything I might want to see and give it to me I d give her a whole extra star just for the 19th century epidemiology alone And another star for Mrs Erasmus It s hard for me to think of another book let alone a series which deals so well with very weighty issues and is such insane pleasure to readLibrary copy LAURENCE sigh Laurence and Temeraire. Igin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into Sweet Valentine uarantine Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remainninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sortiesBonaparte’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.

The very young hold The Rancher and the City Girl up best and the old ones linger it is the ones between who have been dying Dying first anyway I suppose they will all go in the end In Empire of Ivory we are transported to Africa as we follow Laurence and Temeraire in theirest to find a cure for the epidemic that has spread to his fellow dragons I love the fact that with each book we explore a different place instead of just staying in the same setting every time Since this book is set in Africa we have the chance to stop focusing on the endless war between England and France and explore other themes as well such as slavery Not only we see the struggles many people were having in their battle to abolish slavery but we also see the tragic results for those who were stolen from their home countries and thrown into slavery It was really interesting to see the dragons become the biggest advocate of the slaves and completely Ice Wolves (Elementals, understandable given the fact that very often they were given the same treatment even though they were serving and protecting the country It was no conscious malice only the commonnthinking assumption by which men treated dragons as inconvenient if elevated livestock to be managed and herded without consideration for their own sentiments Despite all the bad treatment the dragons receive daily there are still people who care about them We might not see their captains express their feelings regularly but after the epidemic broke out their love for their dragons really shows it was so sweet seeing Laurence worry about Temeraire despite all his military training to handle difficult situations Laurence Laurence pray do not worry it does not hurt so much and look it has already stopped bleeding You would think that with all those themes of war slavery and disease this book would end Some Like It Hotter up being dark but the dragons having their own ideas about manners and politeness often refused to follow the human social rituals and provided this way comic relief Lily heaved a disgruntled sigh and turning her lurid orange eye on Riley said Very well then but if you arenpleasant to Catherine I will throw you in the ocean The best yet in this series Empire of Ivory delivers several gut punches I am so happy I started this series after it is mostly done because after the cliffhanger ending in this book I would have been fit to be tied As it is I m already listening to Book V Victory of Eagles RTC Deal Breaker This book is a complete deal breaker The 4th installment in the Temeraire series comes as a shockingly hollow book Devoid of any story line this book left me thoroughly disappointed I am ite literally sad When I picked this series initially I was ecstatic Such brilliant writing style with such flow and a very charming Dragon What else could I ask for But since then this series has been on the decline in terms of story line and this book in particular brings it to a grinding halt There is no story at all It reads like a filler Something to plug in the space between the story that might later developThe writing style that was so engrossing when there was a story becomes a complete nuisance when there is no story It hinders a superficial read for the heck of it and thus annoys the readerI ll be putting this series down for the time being I do not have the final book in the series which is just a minor reason But I guess I need a break from this series to lower my expectations and then maybe I ll come back to it I really want it to turn out into something i d cherishI really. “A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon”–The New York Times“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini”–Time on His Majesty’s DragonTragedy 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 nknown or.

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S most recent adventure is a bit of a departure from their sual military and diplomatic adventures This time they re out searching for a cure for a draconic ailment that is lingering and eventual fatal The entire Aerial Corps is at risk and Temeraire is one of the only healthy dragons left So it s off to Africa where they think the cure might be foundI have always loved the different ways that cultures integrate dragons into themselves We got to see the Chinese practices in the second novel and in this one we get to see how tribes in Central Africa do it They believe that dragons are reincarnated spirits of people who have recently died and when a dragon is still in the egg it has its entire human life told to it in ceremonial chanting So the dragon hatches already having a history and a connection to the community it is born into This I think has the same effect as harnessing does for the Westerners As long as the dragon is immediately somehow given a place in human society it won t go feralAt any event things move slowly as Laurence and his crew search for a rare mushroom that proves to cure the illness but pick p when they discover that the tribes in Central Africa have banded together with their dragons to stop the incursion of slavers into their lands This is a point where the history of Temeraire s world suddenly went very differently than the history of our own Though it was Tavern Wench uite cool that Temeraire made a friend and ally for his cause in William Wilberforce when Laurence s father convinces both of them to meet with a bunch of British abolitionistsA great many other things happened that deserve some comment the issue of women in the Corps continues to give poor Will Laurence fits There s Catherine Harcourt s complete ignorance of the rules of inheritance and her dalliance with Riley who wasite insufferable for most of the novel and the And the Winner - Weds! uick wedding can t wait to see where that goes a navy captain married to a longwing captain who is very sure of herself andsed to being in command but then there s also Jane Roland and the Manhattan Heat unfortunate misunderstanding that led to Will s father believing Emily to be his natural child I felt bad for him when Jane refused his proposal so matter of factly but I think that it was for the best seeing as how Will was asking for reasons of appearances rather than affection Not to say that the tow of them don t care for each other I m even hoping that they re going to get closer as the books progress Right now they re mostly convenient friends with benefits dear friends even Besides I don t think Will site ready for the kind of euality being in love relationship with Jane would entailAll of that aside HOLY CRAP THE CLIFFHANGER I couldn t believe it when I read that the Admiralty had basically for lack of a better word engaged in biological warfare by sending the sick French dragon back home without thought for the countless innocent dragons from enemy and ally countries alike that would fall ill and die because of it With the shock of that still very fresh in my mind within pages Laurence and Temeraire are off committing in my mind ite justifiable treason by taking the French the cure And Will being the noble minded Englishman that he is is going back to England now that he s done what he felt was right Though I have never been proud of Laurence and Temeraire the government is NOT going to be happy with Will and how he s going to escape without a noose around his neck is anyone s guess Next book now please. 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“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy”–Entertainment Weekly on His Majesty’s Dragon“A thrilling fantasy All hail Naomi Novik”–The Washington Post Book World on His Majesty’s Drago.

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen She studied English literature at Brown University and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic