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Empire of Ivory, Narrated By Simon Vance, 10 Cds [Complete & Unabridged… (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Naomi Novik

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Title:Empire of Ivory, Narrated By Simon Vance, 10 Cds [Complete & Unabridged Audio Work]
Authors:Naomi Novik
Info:Books on Tape (2008), Audio CD
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Tags:Dragons, Historical Fantasy, Temeraire, Iskierka, Alternate history, Napoleanic Wars, England, OverDrive Audiobook. Africa, Slavery, England - Abolition

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dragons of England are all sick. Temeraire isn't. They figure it must be something he ate in Africa on his journey back from China. Bunch of sick dragons go to Africa. Find a cure. Laurence and others are captured by a tribe of Africans and taken prisoner. The tribe of humans and dragons wipes out all European towns along the coast. Laurence and others escape to England. English infect rest of European dragons, now that they have a cure. Laurence and Temeraire go to France with the cure. Ends with Laurence and Temeraire preparing to head back to England to face court-martial for treason.

Ok, Novik is a history buff.It shows. Once again, the dragons are given very little character developement time. They are almost just a sideshow to allow Novik to probe into alternate history. I don't care 2 bits about most of what goes on in the human society, I want dragons! And Novik insists of slogging through the human society and dragging us along. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Travelling the world with dragons. This installment sends our team to Africa, and their colonialist attitude gets them in very hot water with the natives - the dragon natives that is. ( )
  2wonderY | Dec 5, 2016 |
This fourth instalment shares the Temeraire traits of episodic adventures, a slow-building plot and a rush of blood at the climax, but is back to the levels of emotional engagement that made Throne of Jade such a joy for me – albeit with even fewer quiet moments for feelings to recover. It beat me to an emotional pulp and ended on a cliffhanger (be warned: you will not want to be left without book 5 to hand when you finish).

Excellent stuff - between the emotional rollercoaster and the unflinching side-eye at colonialism, slavery, politics and the agency of women in this alternate history, this is probably my favourite Temeraire to date.

Full review. ( )
  imyril | Oct 8, 2016 |
This is the fourth book in a set of nine novels in a series set during the English/French Napoleonic Wars, with each side mustering aerial forces made up of dragons and their navigational teams.

The saga is centered on the dragon Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence.

In this book, Laurence and Temeraire find out that the dragons back home are all dying of a terrible and mysterious epidemic. Only Temeraire seems to be immune, but he did get ill in a similar way while in Africa. They conclude his past recovery and present immunity must be related to some of the odd things to eat he had there, and they set off on a desperate mission to find the anodyne and save the other dragons.

In the process, they manage to offend the natives, and are captured. After some perilous adventures, they escape back to England, only to discover that they are faced with the worst moral dilemma they have known; how they resolve it will change their lives forever. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 3, 2016 |
I'm thinking I really need to start reading this series in order, lol.
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
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"Send up another, damn you, send them all up, at once if you have to,” Laurence said savagely to poor Calloway, who did not deserve to be sworn at: the gunner was firing off the flares so quickly his hands were scorched black, skin cracking and peeling to bright red where some powder had spilled onto his fingers; he was not stopping to wipe them clean before setting each flare to the match.
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“A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”
–The New York Times

“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”
–Time, on His Majesty’s Dragon

Tragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sorties.
Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.

“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”
–Entertainment Weekly, on His Majesty’s Dragon

“A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.”
–The Washington Post Book World, on His Majesty’s Dragon

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Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, as an epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the dragons' ranks. Only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected and must stand as the only means of airborne defense against France's ever bolder sorties. As Bonaparte's dragons harrow Britain's ships, Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, take wing to Africa in search of a cure for the deadly contagion.… (more)

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