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Empire of Ivory (Temeraire) Library Binding – April 18, 2008
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âThe New York Times
âEnthralling readingâitâs like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragonâs Christopher Paolini.â
âTime, on His Majestyâs Dragon
Tragedy has struck His Majestyâs Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend Englandâs shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragonsâ ranksâforcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfectedâand stand as the only means of an airborne defense against Franceâs ever bolder sorties.
Bonaparteâs dragons are already harrowing Britainâs ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores 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.
âA gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.â
âEntertainment Weekly, on His Majestyâs Dragon
âA thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.â
âThe Washington Post Book World, on His Majestyâs Dragon
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- Publisher : Paw Prints 2008-04-18 (April 18, 2008)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143525788X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1435257887
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 4.25 x 7 inches
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The focus of the series is fighting Napoleon and his push to dominate all of Europe. The first three books also addressed the undercurrents of slavery and the treatment of Dragons. These two elements are present like a nagging wound, festering in the background.
Although Novik begins to veer away from history in this book, she manages to add historical events as they happened in Laurence’s timeline. For example, the war continues and parliament debates and passes an anti-slavery bill. When Laurence and Temeraire go to Africa (1807), they encounter abolitionists. Temeraire continues his uphill battle for dragons rights.
This book brings these things to a head and forces Laurence to make difficult decisions.
As always, I love these characters.
Jane Roland, Laurence’s love interest, is now Admiral at Dover. She’s a marvelous character. There aren’t many women in this story, but they are all strong and capable women. Jane is one of my favorites. She would do perfectly fine in the 21st century.
Laurence is shocked by her advancement but quickly recovers. The Admiralty appointed her because there was no one else. She turns out to be perfect for the job.
Tharkay, who was introduced in the last book, becomes more likable. I was on the fence about him before, but I’m squarely on his side now.
Iskierka, the dragon who hatched in Black Powder Wars, continues to be one of my favorite characters. She breathes fire, has an aggressive, demanding personality, and enough self-confidence for ten dragons. She continues to be a thorn in Temeraire’s side, which is always amusing.
It’s difficult to talk about the plot and not give away major parts of the story. There are a few things I can say.
Laurance and Temeraire do see action against Napoleons forces.
In Africa, they’ve been commissioned to find a cure for a disease that his killing dragons.
The plot is gripping and had me so involved in the story that I finished the book in record time. There were some nights of reading into the wee hours.
I found this book the most interesting so far. Novik is a master at blending the culture of the time into the story. She also unfolds several storylines that are related yet separate.
Jane works diligently to establish her place in a man’s world while fighting her superiors for every small forward progress. Laurence, raised by an abolitionist father, dislikes slavery. At every turn in this story, he encounters slavery, it’s results, and those fighting to end the bondage.
The Dragons have serious problems, and in many ways, they are little more than slaves themselves.
All these events come together and culminate when Laurence has to make a moral choice that has far-reaching effects for him and Temeraire.
I cheer him for making the right decision, but the price he has to pay breaks my heart.
Laurence remembers that Temeraire had a bad cold while traveling to China. The ship had stopped in Africa and something Temeraire ate cured the cold.
Life is not easy for Laurence and Temeraire in Africa or, later, in England.
A very good story
NOTE: I recently found out that there are more books in this series.
Now we view them in South Africa - as ancestors to an ancient tribe. But why are Laurence and Temeraire in Africa? That is exactly what makes this book so incredibly fascinating.
Instead of the typical strategy and war that I've come to expect of the Temeraire novels this book deals with an epidemic among the dragons. They are sick and dying and there is one cure that can be given to them, a cure which has its roots in Africa.
Laurence is treated with more harshness than he has been in the past in EMPIRE OF IVORY and the politics of slave-trading come to a fevered high point in this story.
It's fascinating to me to see how the characters grow in these books and with the ending of the story it seems that Naomi Novik has finally made that step into cliff-hanger territory. I cannot imagine reading this book and having to wait months until the next one was put out.
This was the most fun I've had since EMPIRE OF JADE and I am looking forward to picking up VICTORY OF EAGLES.
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I've been buying these on both Audible and Kindle so that I can continue the story wherever I am. Brilliant.
I really love these books, and it's a delight to be back in the company of Temeraire's companions, especially grumpy, enormous Maximus. I felt that this book, in particular, really raises the emotional stakes for our friends, with some hard decisions being taken on the sides of both Laurence and Temeraire.
I really don't want to say any more about the plot which would spoil things for other readers. Suffice to say these are brilliantly written books with real heart and soul. The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is wonderfully realised, with some very underplayed but incredibly moving scenes towards the end.
More, perhaps, that the other books in the series, this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so it's well worth having the next instalment (Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5) ready for the moment you finish this. I can't get enough of this series - highly recommended.
I tend to devour these books, with the strange side effect that I find myself talking like Captain Lawrence for a day or so after.
I think my favourite thing about the books (other than the dragons) is that Naomi has so succesfully brought to life a 19th centure Englishman, with the ridiculous patriotism and unconcious prejudice that entails. And then challenges these through the voice of Temeraire. Its masterfully done.
Later books maybe not making as much use of pseudo period etiquette/flavour as the earlier ones. Which is a pity.
Still readable though.