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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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Temeraire is wonderful as always and in this book we see the gradual maturing of our dear dragon. Novik does a fantastic job of entwining the reader's feelings in with the dragon's. When he was discontented, so was I. And the same went for when he was curious or happy or protective of our dear Laurence. And their relationship, while put to the test in this book, was still a lovely thing to experience.
Even knowing there are seven more books in this series, there were times when I was worried about this dynamic duo and what might become of them throughout this journey.
The only reason I gave this book a 4 star rating was because it didn't have me as enraptured the entire time like His Majesty's Dragon did. That being said, I greatly enjoyed the story as a whole, and found the last 100 pages to be very interesting. This was a long, eventful, and challenge journey and I'm still so glad I picked up book one to begin with. I am wholly dedicated to this series and I look forward to seeing what adventures Laurence and Temeraire have in store for them next.
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.
Unfortunately, this book is more of a long travel novel rather than a real adventure novel. It provides a lot of interesting information to flesh out the world that has been created in book one but lacks a solid plot of it's own. The contrast between the way the dragons are treated in Europe against how they are treated in China is interesting so the book has a lot to offer is you like complexity in your wold building but I found by the end that it felt a bit too much like filler than a book.
I like the characters and the world created so will probably try the next book but if it doesn't have a stronger story line that might be enough for me. Anyone checking the reviews on this book will have already read the first one so no need to detail too much in this review. Just keep in mind that this one is more about getting the dragon and rider from England to China and some fights along the way with a touch of political intrigue rather than actually resolving much in the way of the overall series plot.
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