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Throne of Jade (Temeraire, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006
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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.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
*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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It's a story with the main character, William Laurence maintaining a chivalrous and gentlemanly attitude in a Victorian age war, while he teaches his dragon the reasons for this, which are not entirely logical to the dragon. This is a man who takes a new & unexpected step in his life, a career naval officer on an ascendancy who ends up being a dragon rider and his adventures from England to China and back.
For some reason dragon riders are looked down on by the other military services and the public. Not sure why, but the dragons can talk, bond with their riders and yet they are considered less than the equivalent of horses. They are kept from the general public as they're considered too fearsome - yes, probably a typical attitude for Victoriana. Though I haven't read more than a few chapters of the 3rd book, it seems to be every bit as good as the first two and I'll probably be buying the audio book, too.
The stories are excellently told and keep your attention, the narrator is outstanding, too. I listened to the first two stories, then bought the books as I wanted to get into them a little deeper.
I must say that the second is much better in both writing and characters description.
I really like the way she describe China and the forbidden city and how she entangles real events with some fictional dragoons.
I was comment on my previous book review that this is not a matter of style and skill but the issue of mixing historical facts and fantasy - I beg the different - I think the plot is interesting and can become very interesting - it is all about how the author describe the plot.
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The bond between Laurence and Temeraire is inspiring and moving. Filled with detailed, descriptive passages, dramatic action and deep intrigue, this book kept me riveted to...Read more