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Product Details

  • Series: Temeraire (Unnumbered Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition first Printing edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522863
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
 
“[This is] a glorious series whose future status as a genre classic is now assured.”—SF Reviews

About the Author

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, and Tongues of Serpents, the first six volumes of the Temeraire series, recently optioned by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award–winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 2007, Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, Novik studied English literature at Brown University, then did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? Novik lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Crucible of Gold is Naomi Novik's latest Temeraire Novel.
Walt
Novik does a great job with world building and in giving us yet another creative take on a world with dragons.
Sketchbook
The plot of the book gets a little convoluted but it will hold your interest.
David Pruette

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Eric L. Fletcher VINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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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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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LizB on March 7, 2012
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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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gus Smedstad VINE VOICE on 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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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 28, 2012
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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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