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Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 13, 2013
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“A first-class entry in a remarkable and appealing series.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Novik’s plots and characterizations get more intricate and plausible with each novel. . . . Novik’s re-creation of much of world history based on the existence of intelligent dragons has been so well crafted that all eight books in the series are highly recommended.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Novik combines dragons . . . with period history to achieve a brilliantly realized re-creation of military history laced with the fantastic. . . . Well-crafted.”—Library Journal
“If you’ve never read these novels, now is the time to start.”—io9
“A fun, action-packed read.”—San Antonio Express-News
Praise for Naomi Novik and her Novels of Temeraire
“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
“These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.”—Peter Jackson
“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”—The New York Times
“A glorious series whose future status as a genre classic is now assured.”—SF Reviews
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On the negative side, I hated the "Laurence gets amnesia" storyline. "Major character gets amnesia" is one of those soap opera plot devices that I hate. In this case, it felt like just an excuse for the author to remind us of certain events from previous books that she wants to make sure we remember. Blech. I also wasn't thrilled with the non-ending. I mean, yes, this is a series, and the story will continue in the next book, but I prefer each book to at least provide a resolution of some sort to the main events of that particular book.
If you are a fan of this series, then you will definitely want to read this book. It has all the elements I loved in the previous books. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, don't start here. Go back to the first book in the series and start there. If you read and liked the early books but have missed reading some of the later books, Blood of Tyrants is probably a good place to step back in. Laurence's gradually returning memory will fill you in on some of the key events you missed and you will be set for the next and final book of the series.
Novik has announced that "Blood of Tyrants" will be the penultimate novel in the series, and she has not wasted the opportunity. In opening chapters that are strongly reminiscent of James Clavell's "Shogun," Laurence washes ashore by himself in Japan, shipwrecked . . . and suffering from amnesia. Indeed, he's forgotten everything about his relationship with Temeraire and adventures as an aviator - he still imagines that he's a captain in the navy. Temeraire and the crew are marooned on a reef just offshore, and Temeraire is beside himself to find Laurence, as one can imagine.
The plot is just too dense to summarize without giving the game away, but suffice it to say that the action sweeps from Japan to China to Moscow, where Laurence and Temeraire go head to head with Napoleon and Murat in a conflict that can safely be described as one of the most pivotal in modern history. Through it all, Novik keeps her bearings by focusing on her characters and having them react completely appropriately to the bizarre and precarious positions they keep finding themselves in.Read more ›
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After enjoying many of the previous Temeraire novels, I really dislike having to give this one only two stars, but I had problems with this book. First, the plot twist that Laurence has amnesia seems too contrived. The memory loss is way too selective, and utimately never seems to make a difference to the outcome at all. Second, after so much wonderful descriptions and detail that the previous books gave for people, places, events, and especially societies and their integration (or lack of) of intelligent dragons, this book is missing a whole lot of it. Too much text is spent on Laurence's amnesia and Japan is barely touched at all. Third, there are no long journeys in this book. Once they leave Japan they are suddenly back in China for yet another political plot just like the second book, which then gets resolved all too cleanly. Then they are magically in Moscow as if no time had passed at all. Russia seems to be where the focus of the book wants to be, and was the only interesting part of the book. But there so little of it, that we had to sit through over 300 uninteresting pages of Japan and China that feels thrown in so the book would be large enough. And lastly, the ending is such a cliffhanger that I felt cheated.
It jumped from one event to the next without explanation.However the battle scenes were in
great (too much) detail. I miss the inter-action between Temeraire and Laurance. Also the other
dragons, much more intriguing characters than most the humans, way too little of them.
I can only hope there is another book in the works and it wont take years to come out.
It seems once a series becomes popular the subsequent books become shorter allowing
the author to sell more -when 2 could easily be one book! I will continue to follow this series
but wish she would get back to format of earlier books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Temeraire's world gets more and more global, adding another culture and then yet another to the mix--more chances for errors and their consequences. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Victor Church
I'm torn over how to rate this book. When It was revealed that the main character suffered from amnesia, I was already worried about where this book was headed. Read more
One of my favorite installments in the series so far. Lots of intrigue and adventure.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read all of the series to date and never been disappointed. This is another and I am hoping a ninth is on the way.Published 2 months ago by Annie
Too much ground covered too fast. Inevitably sketchy and strained. Memory loss subplot does not help.Published 3 months ago by Alexander
I cannot remember a series of ANY that has me wholeheartedly entrenched....Temeraire & Laurence are two beautiful beings navigating the world with more heart and loyalty than any... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jescles