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Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In Novik's earlier fantasies (His Majesty's Dragon, etc.), readers soared to Europe and Asia on the wings of an intriguing premise: How would the Napoleonic Wars have played out if dragons not only existed, but participated in the war effort? The fourth part of Novik's engrossing answer sweeps readers off to Africa, where the cure to the disease that has decimated England's dragon forces may be found. The African adventures of British captain Will Laurence, his dragon Temeraire and their bedraggled band of aerial corps make up the book's latter half, which showcases Novik's knack for weaving dragons and dragon lore into a vivid, well-researched historical tapestry. In Africa's wild interior, dragons shepherd and feed from elephant caravans while protecting the native villagers. This protection includes waging war against England's slave-seeking colonists, a clash that Laurence and his band may not escape unscathed. Novik fills the conflict's lead-up with lengthy meditations on dragon civil rights and England's abolition movement, making for a fitful, pedantic first half. But most will find the richness of Novik's developing world—and characters—to be worthy compensation for the slow start. (Oct.)
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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'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels'Guardian
Top customer reviews
Now we view them in South Africa - as ancestors to an ancient tribe. But why are Laurence and Temeraire in Africa? That is exactly what makes this book so incredibly fascinating.
Instead of the typical strategy and war that I've come to expect of the Temeraire novels this book deals with an epidemic among the dragons. They are sick and dying and there is one cure that can be given to them, a cure which has its roots in Africa.
Laurence is treated with more harshness than he has been in the past in EMPIRE OF IVORY and the politics of slave-trading come to a fevered high point in this story.
It's fascinating to me to see how the characters grow in these books and with the ending of the story it seems that Naomi Novik has finally made that step into cliff-hanger territory. I cannot imagine reading this book and having to wait months until the next one was put out.
This was the most fun I've had since EMPIRE OF JADE and I am looking forward to picking up VICTORY OF EAGLES.
Sometimes stuff just not add up. I.E, Nelson should be dead from around book 2 according to history and since I try to read about battles and places mentioned in the book, it seems that although the author made her research and I cannot take it from her, she later on went and changed the whole history which is kind of weird for a fictional history series....