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Crucible of Gold: A Novel of Temeraire [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Novik
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“An absorbing adventure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia—and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace. So the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that forces them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire. With the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, an old enemy appears and threatens to tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.
 
“Captivating . . . compelling reading . . . [an] action-packed narrative [with] lively, uniquely drawn characters and intriguing takes on history.”—Tor.com

Includes a preview of the next book in the Temeraire series, Blood of Tyrants.


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'These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.' Peter Jackson 'Novik won me over with her first novel... the combination of military history, sympathetic characters, and engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.' The Times 'Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat.' The Telegraph 'Novik has stirred the passions with a genre-busting historical fantasy of the first order.' Sunday Sport 'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels.' Guardian

About the Author

Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. She soon realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire was her first. Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.

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  • File Size: 3514 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345522877
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PGWAW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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If you are new to the Temeraire series stop: go purchase In His Majesty's Service which is the first three books in the series in a collection for you. Those are the best of the series by far, and worth every penny.

This is the kind of series which you cannot jump into at the end and really enjoy- there are so many references to prior books that this one will make little sense at times for those new to the series.

That said, for fans of the series, I imagine your questions are: is it as good as the first three books? Or as bad as the last two? The answer is neither. While not a return to the stellar first three, it is much improved over the last two which had many fans worried for the future of the franchise. Especially after the lowest average reviewed book of the series being the last one, Novik had a lot on the line. Another book like Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire (Temeraire Series) would probably kill the series for most fans.

Fortunately, Novic scored with a solid return to form. In many ways this reminds me of Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, Book 4) which is a good thing. More action, more plot development and a bunch of well executed twists and turns- I would strongly suggest avoiding spoilers at all costs, as your enjoyment is likely to enhanced by your virtue. And at the end, the plot is set up well for the next book and I for one am now looking forward to it. Recommended for fans of the series. Everyone else, go buy the first three books. Now! Trust me!
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough, though not memorable February 10, 2012
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This is book 7 of the Tremeraire series, so if you've made it this far, you're very familiar with the characters and the setting, and you enjoy both.

Starting with book 4 ("Empire of Ivory,") the Tremeraire books have been travelogues, with each new novel exploring a new location and populating it with dragons. Here, it's the Inca and Peru. Despite the setting, we don't really learn much about Incan culture. Rather, Crucible of Gold's Peru is largely about the culture of the dragons, which isn't terribly complex and largely colored by the death of much of the human population due to European diseases of Smallpox and Measles, which is the one aspect of the book that mirrors actual history.

It's entertaining enough, since a lot more happens than in Book 6 ("Tongue of Serpents.") I found myself enjoying the numerous passages told with Tremeraire's narrative voice, which is somewhat childish and pre-occupied with visible wealth and food, but still charming.

Ultimately, it's still episodic. The book abruptly leaves the current conflict between Peru and Brazil unresolved in a very unsatisfying way in order to provide a hook for the next book. It was enjoyable reading along the way, but I was left with the impression that Novik intends to string along the war between Britain and Napoleon forever, never really resolving anything, so she can continue to write novels in the same background.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I won't be reading any more of these books March 7, 2012
By LizB
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Unfortunately authors will stay with a series too long, and that's what's happened to the Temeraire series. The first three books were great; the next two books were pretty good; the next to last book was mediocre. This one is dreadful. Novik has run out of inspiration here. Most of the people and dragons have turned flat, whiny, and/or negative. You don't want to be with these characters. Even Temeraire seems less interesting.

The plot rambles on across continents, with some exciting moments but plenty of tedium, too, especially in the second half. Throughout the book the dragons seem to be very concerned about what they're eating. (I'm not kidding.) This tells you something about the quality of the story. Is there a point to all this that engages our imagination and emotions? I don't think so.

I won't be reading any more books in this series. As far as I'm concerned, it's done. The ending to this book is contrived and inconclusive. Readers are supposed to hang on and buy the next book. No, thanks.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Demonstrating again that she has become one of the best prose stylists in fantasy fiction, Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" is one of the most compelling chapters in her fantasy and alternate history "Temeraire" series. Prior comparisons with Patrick O'Brian are definitely most apt here, in her mesmerizing accounts of Pacific tropical isles and South American rain forests, that rank easily alongside those depicted in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. Equally commendable is her extensive description of Incan society and culture, which figure prominently in "Crucible of Gold", the 7th novel in the critically acclaimed, quite popular, "Temeraire" series. Though I admire the late Anne McCaffrey's work, including the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, that fine oeuvre is being surpassed by Naomi Novik's, since she has displayed consistently, a higher literary standard in each of her "Temeraire" novels. Without question, Novik is a writer worthy of comparison not only with McCaffrey, but also, with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Michael Swanwick; her latest novel brilliantly reaffirms that.

Restored unexpectedly to his former rank and seniority in His Britannic Majesty's Aerial Corps, Captain Laurence, Temeraire and their friends - both human and dragon - are compelled to take a hazardous sea voyage to South America, once more escorting diplomat Arthur Hammond, hoping to aid the exiled Portugese royal family in Rio De Janeiro, besieged by both the French and the Southern African Tswana dragonriders (The native people described in "Empire of Ivory", the fourth "Temeraire" novel.).
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This volume carries the saga forward in the new ground of South America as reimagined with dragons changing much of the outcome of the Columbian exchange. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
for those that like fantasy and science fiction this is a great experience. It reimagines the war related to napoleon adding dragons into the mix. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series! Sophisticated and dramatic
Naomi's command of proper English and of drama and emotion, even in an upright society is continually surprising and delightful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Small
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book series
Novik is a superb writer and does a great job weaving human history with fantasy.
Published 3 months ago by uncjoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the action
So I just finished this book for the 4th time. My measure of a good book is if I can read it multiple times and still enjoy it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melinda W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love love love this series!!!
Published 5 months ago by SSWise
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Wonderful work of fiction I love that Laurence was given his commission back and they on their way back through lots of adventures probably will get China to join their case... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Preeti
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I'm a New Yorker who writes about Napoleonic-era England, China, Istanbul, and, oh yes, dragons. My official website is at www.temeraire.org, and my livejournal there is the best way to reach me -- I am sporadic about updating and responding to comments because everything else slides when I am on a roll with writing, but I read everything posted there and always love to hear any and all comments from readers.

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