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Black Powder War (Temeraire, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2006
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Of course the journey overland is hard, and involves a meeting with a large group of feral dragons-who turn out to be not so feral after all. While they tell Temeraire a soap opera story about dragons he continues on his quest to get better treatment, including city residences and pay, for the British dragons. Laurence is worried about such thoughts, because he knows that nothing like that will ever come to pass and he doesn't want Temeraire to desert for China and a better life.
Once in the Ottoman Empire there are problems, and the shadow of the mad and evil white Celestial dragon hangs over Laurence's head as she follows them west. Soon problems from Napoleon and the eggs overthrow any of Laurence's concerns about Temeraire, and everyone's lives are thrown into peril.
Temeraire really gets a personality in this book, and even Laurence's worrying and duty bound personality begins to improve. The feral dragons are a riot, and the action in this book is breathtaking.Read more ›
Do not miss any of it. You will see how expertly the dragons are used in battle. How Lien, the outcast albino dragon, who lost her captain, the perfidious prince Yongxing (read THRONE OF JADE), defected to the side of the French, in order to effect a most ingenious revenge on Temeraire and Laurence.
Most noteworthy is the development of the dragon psyche. We are introduced to the feral dragons of the Turkish mountains . . dragons in their natural state who have never known the harness but consequently aren't that well-fed either. (Comic relief after a particularly intense journey through the desert). And Temeraire beg us to consider the emancipation of all dragons though his fascinating discussions with Laurence concerning the issues of choice and freedom. THere's also the dragon eggs themselves-- whose value-- figures a greal deal in all the books. How do the dragons feel about separation from their eggs?
5 Stars! (Some heartbreak in the fate of some members of Temeraire's crew.) I do so hate these moments when I have to whip out a hanky for characters in a Fantasy! But I guess that tells you how well-written this book truly is!
I look forward to more, Ms. Novik! Consider me a life-long fan!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this continuation of the Temaraire series. Maybe not quite as engaging as the first two books, but let's be honest, it'd be super hard to top those. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Deborah
I'm rounding up about half a star.
This is a darker book than the previous two, but continues exploring the inertia of stupidity within military and bureaucratic ranks,... Read more
Will read no more in this series, not a compelling story line for mePublished 1 month ago by Richard A. Bell, sr
Temeraire has opened a lot of thought of intelligence. Humans have always held them in esteem over the animal kingdom and we are learning new abilities every day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MelsMovies
Not as good as the earlier part of the series, but still very good.Published 2 months ago by Joshua L Wilmsmeyer
And interesting revision of the Napoleonic Wars. It's a great read! I recommend all of themPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the third book in this series quite a bit, however, I will say the war with Napoleon is heating up and doesn't bode well for our heroes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. C. 7
It is interesting to view the adventures of soldiers against Napoleon with dragons involved.