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Throne of Jade: A Novel of Temeraire Kindle Edition
“Full of wonderful characters with real heart.”—Peter Jackson
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo—an unhatched dragon's egg—Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Napoleon Bonaparte’s invading forces.
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands—and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. A reluctant Laurence has no choice but to take Temeraire back to China—a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.
“Readers with a penchant for both Patrick O’Brian and Anne McCaffrey may have found their perfect match. Naomi Novik beautifully renders an 1800s Europe in which naval buffs and dragon lovers will be keen to immerse themselves.”—Alan Dean Foster, author of the Pip & Flinx series
Don’t miss the magic of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series:
HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON • THRONE OF JADE • BLACK POWDER WAR • EMPIRE OF IVORY • VICTORY OF EAGLES • TONGUES OF SERPENTS • CRUCIBLE OF GOLD • BLOOD OF TYRANTS • LEAGUE OF DRAGONS
“These are beautifully written novels—not only fresh, original, and fast paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart. [The Temeraire series] is a terrific meld of two genres that I particularly love—fantasy and historical epic.”—Peter Jackson
“A terrifically entertaining fantasy novel . . . Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O’Brian? Not if you’ve read this wonderful, arresting novel.”—Stephen King
“A splendid series . . . Not only is it a new way to utilize dragons, it’s a very clever one and fits neatly into the historical niche this author has used.”—Anne McCaffrey
“Just when you think you’ve seen every variation possible on the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik. Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages.”—Terry Brooks
“Enthralling reading—it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”—Time
“A completely authentic tale, brimming with all the detail and richness one looks for . . . as well as the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”—Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice, Grade: A)
“Novik has accomplished something singular with her Temeraire series. . . . At its heart, it’s a story about friendship that transcends not only time and class, but species.”—NPR
“[Naomi Novik] is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”—The New York Times
“A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.”—The Washington Post Book World
“An amazing performance . . . [I] was immediately hooked by the writing, the research and the sheer courage of the whole enterprise.”—Chicago Tribune
“Novik’s influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O’Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Something new and quite wonderful . . . The Temeraire trilogy could well be this year’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.”—BookPage
“A superbly written, character-driven series . . . What keeps one turning the pages is the urge to find out what happens next to Captain Laurence and Temeraire, characters who win one’s heart from the beginning. Bravo!”—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B000GCFG8I
- Publisher : Del Rey (April 25, 2006)
- Publication date : April 25, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 4590 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1435257960
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,364 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this installment, the unexpected reveal at the end of #1 has inevitable repercussions, and Laurence and Temeraire are forced to travel to China, to deal with them. Along the way there are worries about the advances of Napoleon's army, as you might expect, but it's also interesting to see Temeraire encounter slaves for the first time, and understand the situation, not just in the abstract, but very much as a personal issue. That dragon is a thinker, and his instincts are almost always excellent.
And yes, there's danger, and fighting, and people plotting, but the real allure for me was watching Temeraire develop into a real personality, quite outside the influence of Laurence and the air corps. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that he carries much of the burden of the book on his back. Fortunately he's up to the task.
I'm taking a breather after this because I've got #3 on hold and I really do have to get back to the stack of things I abandoned this month. All I can say is that if you're up for some ripping yarns about a very smart dragon and his square-jawed gentleman companion, this series is well worth checking out.
Temeraire is wonderful as always and in this book we see the gradual maturing of our dear dragon. Novik does a fantastic job of entwining the reader's feelings in with the dragon's. When he was discontented, so was I. And the same went for when he was curious or happy or protective of our dear Laurence. And their relationship, while put to the test in this book, was still a lovely thing to experience.
Even knowing there are seven more books in this series, there were times when I was worried about this dynamic duo and what might become of them throughout this journey.
The only reason I gave this book a 4 star rating was because it didn't have me as enraptured the entire time like His Majesty's Dragon did. That being said, I greatly enjoyed the story as a whole, and found the last 100 pages to be very interesting. This was a long, eventful, and challenge journey and I'm still so glad I picked up book one to begin with. I am wholly dedicated to this series and I look forward to seeing what adventures Laurence and Temeraire have in store for them next.
One other note: some have said the pacing is slow in this one, but as a matter of preference, I enjoy the way Naomi Novik offers true immersion into the time period (Laurence can't just hop on a jet to China!) and myriad interesting details along the voyage as to how this world is altered by the inclusion of dragons.
Now onward to Black Powder War! I hear it's darker than the first two, but I have nothing but trust in this author's narrative choices; they never fail to satisfy. <3
Top reviews from other countries
The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire - and the character of Temeraire, who is still lovable and gets all the best lines - is the strongest element of the novel. It's quite readable, and moves away from the battles of the first novel to a more political theme. The cultural contrasts around how dragons are treated in Europe and in China is interesting, as Laurence's preconception that the British way must naturally be the best is challenged as his horizons broaden. However, readers who enjoyed the action of the first novel might miss it - and the climactic battle feels rather pointless.
Overall, it's a second novel that has floundered a bit - it's still readable, although as a standalone it might not have made the publisher's cut. I know that Novik is a good writer, so will continue on to read the next in the series - second novels in a series are often less strong as the writer has to build on the original concept and start setting up bigger story arcs. Hopefully in the third and fourth she will find her stride again.
There are quite a few set piece action bits, which were well written, but they often felt an aside to main story as there was little after effects from the events described. (One character tries to kill another, gets pushed over board from the ship, dies. The characters left say “We will not say anything of this.” and indeed they don’t and nothing more is said. It ended so abruptly.)
The actions bits were separated by a lot of the main character endlessly musing about life, the universe and everything. Far too much as far as I was concerned. I must confess I skipped some of these passages as I wanted the story not the endless thoughts of the main character going over over what seemed the same thing again and again.
Not sure if I will buy the next book in the series. I am going to have to check the reviews a lot more closely.
Again, just a personal opinion, but I read fantasy to escape my trying life, the Fantasy compartment of which is there for escapism from such debate as Naomi Novak seems determined to weave into the threads of these novels. I have to say I have read beyond this book in the series and these conjectures are not limited to this volume alone. While the author is determined to develop a social conscience in retrospect for her reader, Captain Lawrence, our hero, strangely becomes inactive and given the weapon he controls in the form of his magnificent dragon, allows himself to be controlled both geographically and physically by a most unlikely and I found annoying plot line, which having read on seems to be solely a mechanism to allow the Dragon to develop in a way that allows the author to discuss with herself between the two main characters her own social and political conundrums.
Naomi Novik has put together an excellent series of books. It's got a great set of characters, especially Lawrence and Temeraire, it moves around the globe to lots of interesting locations.
I usually read a series of books interleaved with my other books ... not so with Temeraire. It's that good I read all nine of them back to back
I love Temeraire and really like what Novik does in this book. Admittedly, we miss the other dragons and their captains, but to compensate there are interesting developments in the relationship between Temeraire and Laurence when they arrive in China.
If you're looking for something action-packed and fast-paced then this may disappoint. Much of the interest comes from the interaction of the characters, not least the political machinations and the confrontation between English and Chinese.
Temeraire's education into what it means to be a dragon in China is done very well, and his maturation leads to some nice interplay with Laurence.
So this is a slower book, in lots of ways, than the first but I still found it completely engrossing.