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.