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Victory of Eagles

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The fifth instalment of the New York Times bestselling series, Temeraire. Laurence waits to be hanged as a traitor to the Crown, and Temeraire is ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
ParsonGill

The Horatio Hornblower of dragonkind

by ParsonGill on Oct 9, 2008

With a bow towards the dragons of Anne MacCaffrey, as well as respectful homage towards Patrick O'brian's more modern revival of the Hornbloweresque naval genre, Ms. Novik has produced a marvelous body of work that is deeply satisfying for history buffs, and delightful for fans of dragondom. Can't wait for the next installment! As with Obrian's work, one marvels at the hardships endured by those who entered into such a 'hard service.' Fans will continue to hope and pray for success in Temeraire's efforts at social reform for dragons in the UK and elsewhere.

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Ellyb

Wonderful and all sorts of Superlatives

by Ellyb on Oct 2, 2008

I am still befuddled over how a first-time author managed to follow up a best-selling debut with four sequels that never dimmed in comparison to the first. In fact, "Victory of Eagles," the fifth book, is just as high in energy and creativity as the very first installment, even though the reader is by now quite accustomed to all of the characters and the world they inhabit. Novik tries something new here, which is to alternate between the points of view of Laurence and Temeraire. It was great fun to be let into Temeraire's head, and Novik pulled this absurdly brilliant yet child-like view off nimbly. It is a great credit to Novik that I have never tired of Temeraire's obstinacy or naivety; he is so wonderfully characterized that all those quirks of personality make sense rather than grate. I cannot give too in depth of a review without giving away some huge spoilers, so I'll just say that Napoleon has landed! The situation for Laurence and Temeraire, however, is even hairier than the mere occupation of their home by a tyrant. I do appreciate as well that Novik doesn't pull her punches. She is willing to do almost anything to her protagonists for the sake of a plot that is dynamic and unpredictable.

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