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It's tough to top the novelty of a new series, especially one that intermingles historical fiction and high fantasy. If reviewers aren't as agog over this new installment, write it off to familiarity, not boredom. Like any good middle of a trilogy, relationships are deepened, new characters are introduced, and novel plot twists set up a run toward the finale, Black Powder Warwhich, thanks to an aggressive publishing schedule, has already come out in hardcover. Throne of Jade is a solid second entry in what is shaping up to be an intriguing series.
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*Starred Review* Captain Laurence had commanded a ship in the Royal Navy (see His Majesty's Dragon, 2006) but was relegated to the aviator corps after bonding with the hatchling from the dragon egg his ship found aboard a French prize his ship had seized. He and Temeraire, the hatchling, are a team now, and at the opening of Throne of Jade, he won't accept that the admiralty wants to send Temeraire back to China and him, Laurence, to trick the dragon into going. But Temeraire, it turns out, is a Celestial, hence among the very finest of dragons, and the Chinese ambassador insists he be returned. Temeraire agrees to go only if Laurence does, too, and after an adventurous transit--transporting dragons by sea from England to China with eighteenth-century sailing technology is no picnic--the English party arrives to face the intrigues of the Chinese court. The court is an eye-opener for the aviators. Dragons aren't treated as servants or beasts of burden, as they are in Europe, but as lords and princes. Temeraire, or Lung Tien Xiang, is an imperial prince, with kin in Peking. But Cain and Abel also exist among dragons, and a trail of intrigue begun in London excitingly climaxes at the imperial court. At the end of Throne of Jade, the British party, including Temeraire, is free to return to England. Frieda Murray
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I love this series! The inner workings of the army, politics, a dragons train of thought, the cultural differences, everything is detailed and intriguing. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Susan Merritt
not good I felt like I could have written it. Nothing makes any sense.Published 1 month ago by cjone49
I felt the first book was better but I had to keep reading. I felt the writing was good and I really like the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ross
I loved the first in the series, as it was fresh, and yet reminded me of old favorites, Anne McCaffrey"s Dragonflight series and the social shipboard niceties of Patrick... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD
It's master and commander with dragons! A worthy sequel to the first book. I was filled with indignation at their situation assuaged by awesome battle scenes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Medic
Throughly enjoyed it. Wonderful characters. makes you wish there dragons to know & fly withPublished 6 months ago by William Lawrence Jr.
Refreshing, compelling, action packed. This new to me author has me hook, line and sinker! I will be reading all of her books.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer