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 confined to the breeding grounds as Napoleon invades Britain, and takes London. Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy. But following their conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences, and as soon as they ...
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 confined to the breeding grounds as Napoleon invades Britain, and takes London. Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy. But following their conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences, and as soon as they land they are taken into custody. Laurence is condemned to the gallows and Temeraire faces a life of captivity in the breeding grounds. None of their friends or allies can come to their aid, for every hand is needed elsewhere. Britain is completely unprepared for Bonaparte invasion and the advanced tactics of his own celestial dragon - Temeraire's mortal enemy - Lien.
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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.
Oct 2, 2008
Wonderful and all sorts of Superlatives
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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