- Mass Market Paperback: 1152 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Box edition (August 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345489241
- ISBN-13: 978-0345489241
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.4 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
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His Majesty's Dragon: Book 1 / Throne of Jade: Book 2 / Black Powder War: Book 3 (Temeraire Box Set) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007
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Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, Blood of Tyrants, and League of Dragons. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of Uprooted and the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her husband Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
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Problems: tons are tons, and air sacks will not make the tons any less in weight. Believe me, years of working cargo aircraft. Ridiculous, pg. 305. "If they sling hammocks he can fit as many as two thousand men apiece, for a short journey, if he means to carry no provisions". 2000 men means 40,000 pounds minimum. That is 20 tons extra weight for 4 dragons to carry, not to mention the load will be extremely unbalanced. Carry a stretcher on land and imagine the extra problem in the air. Maybe 200, but I can NOT conceive of enough soldiers being compelled to 'volunteer' for an armada to do it. One accident, and they would have seen "air casualties" before, and NO one is going to do that kind of stunt. Besides, cross channel at 6 mph is a long, long ride.
Throne of Jade. A 4 for good, quick read and a little less for length and continuity of some parts. Here is where the series turns downwards, it quickly becomes a vehicle for opinions and the Dragons move from friendly individuals (mostly) to a second sentient race without real rights, except in China. One big plus in the "55 Days at Peking, semi-recast" the author (one of very, very few) acknowledges that actual battle is tiring. Now cast your mind on all those heroic female warriors that go on, and on and on, etc. Sword and musketry is tiring, and not the romantic adventure too often cast in books and films.
Problems: I do NOT personally care a whit for Draconic Rights. I appreciate characterizations and though that continues, it is becoming diminished. Adventure not current/past political intrigue. Face it most of us just travel through our years without being the center of everything and everytime. I now expect the Dragon to become Dragon Emperor of Earth, instead of the lovable, likable companion in adventure, which he started at.
Black Powder War. A 3 1/2 for quick read, but highly improbable action. Trek the silk road, but guide choice was very strange. Let's choose the courier who brought the message from India to Macao to guide us along the Silk Road. Apparently, he did know the route, but what is the chance. Find feral dragons and the language of dragons, okay, but recruit them not once but twice. Charge straight from the "stan" areas of Asia to Instanbul, foil a plot, steel two dragon eggs and fly away to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Swell! Now let's wander around till we find the Prussian Army, join them and then get beat like an old drum continually, by no less than a white dragon who stole the gold in Instanbul and now literally chauffeur's Napoleon in his victory. Wander continually and then join a besieged garrison, rescue it.
My problem, the dragons are doing way too much continually. Almost think the series is getting way too corny.
Answer: As a set it was a good choice, but the publisher should have used a number system unique to the set.
That said, these first three books are the kind you enjoy for the prose and where you don't want to think a lot. Good concept, but there is absolutely NO depth to the human characters, even the main protagonist, and except for two dragon characters, little in the dragons' either. Even then, it is paper thin. Virtually everyone could be anyone else in the stories.
Still, they are enjoyable reads and will keep you entertained (I read the first three back to back) as long as you understand what you're getting into. You could do a lot worse.
BTW, the next two are considerably better. Still not much characterization, but the societies (human and dragon) are more fleshed out, there is good feel for how different those times were from ours, and "weightier" issues enter into play.
I have read the first 8 books and am currently awaiting book 9 (the final part of the story). I will always be happy that these two characters and their friends are now a part of my lift.
The point that caught my attention more than anything else was the ideas of logistics concerning the dragons in the setting. Their feeding, handling, and devices that came into use because of their existence are all very interesting. The depiction of large scale battles keeps the stories engaging, and the interactions between Laurence and Temeraire keep the story interesting all throughout.
I highly recommend the series, especially for fantasy readers. The added real world setting does nothing but aid the story.