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Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011
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There seemed to be sparks of plot development that could have been followed to make the story more engaging (e.g., the possible Letter of Marque and privateering for Laurence and Temeraire; engaging with Jia Zhen for opening greater trade in the port of Larrakia with China; developing some kind of relationship with the sea serpents; or even allowing Laurence to work some of his aggression out on Rankin). Unfortunately, this book seemed to be a calculated attempt to extend the series and set conditions for further installments. While a shrewd marketing plan, after waiting more than a year and a half for this book, I felt cheated as a fan. I'm also getting a little tired of how meek Laurence has become after being such a force to be reckoned with in earlier books.
If you're a fan of the series, you'll probably want to suffer through the book just so you feel complete for the next installment. But I urge you to wait for it to come out in paperback or at least get it from your local library to save the wholly unjustified $25 hardcover price.
I expect the next book to be better and truly hope that Laurence and Temeraire start displaying and engaging in acts of a little more action and excitement. I just wish I didn't have to wait another year and half for something that should have been present in this book.
I read fantasy voraciously, and I'm normally a huge fan of fiction (historical and otherwise) set in this era, from Jane Austen to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, etc.
The first novel in this series, His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1), I really enjoyed and respected -- it managed to mix fantasy elements with the historical setting in a way seemed believable and real. The most difficult thing to do in historical fiction, and especially in cross-genre historical fiction/fantasy, is to make the novel "come to life" *in the historical setting* ( a trick that only a rare few other authors have managed), to make the book read like an authentic period account.
The problem, as this series has continued, is that the character's actions have lost their ground -- I no longer feel like I'm reading a story with characters who were alive in the 18th and 19th centuries. I feel like I'm reading a story that has a bunch of modern characters in fancy dress. The moral decisions the characters make are based on modern values and modern frameworks, not period ones; the political concerns that appear to drive these later novels ( "what if dragons had meant there wasn't any imperialism or colonialism?")are concerns that almost continually force the reminder that the books are written by a modern author.
This latest volume continues that trend.Read more ›
Honestly it seems to me the author couldn't meet her deadline so took what she had, add some more flying and eating, and said here publish this!
I still look forward to the next one but wish they had saved this for the intro to the next, guess they just want my money.
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Not one of the better books in this interesting series. I found I was skip reading quite a number of sections of the book because it seemed to be going nowhere and was just boring. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mr. Thomas A. Mckewen
Ill go ahead and agree with most of the other reviewers and say that this is my least favorite installment of the series. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Michael Kuck
I will go onto the next - although a little repetitive in the middle, a good story that encourages me towards the next chapter.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This one felt like a trudging march from one adventure to another. I do hope it brightens up a bit in the next novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Salazar
With her great talent the author takes your mind into the bell of a desert watching his crew being eaten by strange beasts, to delivering him to a heavenly valley where he might... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Everson
No good deed goes unpunished, so Temeraire and Laurence are transported to Australia after saving the dragons of the continental Europe. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Discerning Customer