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Black Powder War (Temeraire, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2006
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Of course the journey overland is hard, and involves a meeting with a large group of feral dragons-who turn out to be not so feral after all. While they tell Temeraire a soap opera story about dragons he continues on his quest to get better treatment, including city residences and pay, for the British dragons. Laurence is worried about such thoughts, because he knows that nothing like that will ever come to pass and he doesn't want Temeraire to desert for China and a better life.
Once in the Ottoman Empire there are problems, and the shadow of the mad and evil white Celestial dragon hangs over Laurence's head as she follows them west. Soon problems from Napoleon and the eggs overthrow any of Laurence's concerns about Temeraire, and everyone's lives are thrown into peril.
Temeraire really gets a personality in this book, and even Laurence's worrying and duty bound personality begins to improve. The feral dragons are a riot, and the action in this book is breathtaking.Read more ›
Do not miss any of it. You will see how expertly the dragons are used in battle. How Lien, the outcast albino dragon, who lost her captain, the perfidious prince Yongxing (read THRONE OF JADE), defected to the side of the French, in order to effect a most ingenious revenge on Temeraire and Laurence.
Most noteworthy is the development of the dragon psyche. We are introduced to the feral dragons of the Turkish mountains . . dragons in their natural state who have never known the harness but consequently aren't that well-fed either. (Comic relief after a particularly intense journey through the desert). And Temeraire beg us to consider the emancipation of all dragons though his fascinating discussions with Laurence concerning the issues of choice and freedom. THere's also the dragon eggs themselves-- whose value-- figures a greal deal in all the books. How do the dragons feel about separation from their eggs?
5 Stars! (Some heartbreak in the fate of some members of Temeraire's crew.) I do so hate these moments when I have to whip out a hanky for characters in a Fantasy! But I guess that tells you how well-written this book truly is!
I look forward to more, Ms. Novik! Consider me a life-long fan!
This book was however severely wanting in any kind of satisfactory ending. Maybe it is because I rarely read fantasy, and tend to stay away from "endless" epic adventure stories...but I would have imagined that three books would have contained enough pages to have fully told a complete story. With this book's ending, I really get the feeling that I am being strung along. I know this is probably wise marketing, and that some fantasy readers love a series that promises never to end. I however, and I am sure some others of you out there, want an engaging tale told over one, or at most a few, books.
As it is Novik seems to have taken at most two books worth of material, stretched it out to three, and STILL not managed to tie anything of consequence up in the process.
So, while the book was still on the whole enjoyable, this is a warning to others like me who were hoping for a nice trilogy and not a never-ending story.
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Naomi Novik continues the extremely enjoyable tales of Temeraire, filled with far lands, close escapes, epic battles, historical figures, wars, and places; and throughout it all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Noah P Lieberman
I really enjoyed this historical novel - mixed thoroughly with fantasy.Published 3 months ago by PhyllisW
Very enjoyable and imaginative. Unless for some reason the quality goes down, I intend to get the whole series.Published 4 months ago by Liza Jane
A fun and exciting continuation of the series, as Laurence and Temeraire make their way back from China through many adventures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jstuber
Entertaining alternative history set during the Napoleonic wars. What if England and France had an air force - of dragons?Published 4 months ago by J. Harris
A rattling dragon read. Best dragons since Anne McCaffery and a very interesting setting among the Napoleonic wars and the politics of the time.Published 5 months ago by Erin Redfern
In reading this, the third book in the series, I am as enamored as ever of this author 's ability to transport me to a land of fantasy with the turning of a page. Wonderful read.Published 6 months ago by Daisy