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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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Rating:*****
Tags:Dragons, Historical Fantasy, Temeraire, Iskierka, Alternate history, Napoleanic Wars, England, OverDrive Audiobook. Africa, Slavery, England - Abolition

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Review on its way, but in the meantime please see the full post on my blog:
http://theidlewoman.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/empire-of-ivory-naomi-novik.html ( )
  Leander2010 | Apr 22, 2014 |
Huh -- though this alt-history (Napoleonic Wars, with dragons!) series started from essentially a no-changes baseline, things are diverging more and more. (Spoilers follow.)

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The slave trade is ended early, and with more apparent finality, when dragons raze the Slave Coast (along with Johannesburg), and a buildup of forces described at the end of this book point to Napoleon invading England very soon, having already conquered the rest of Europe (including Russia). The title of the next book, Victory of Eagles, suggests that they'll be successful, too. A pleasant surprise, though not too pleasant for the heroes of the stories. ( )
  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
I adore this series. Yes, it's silly at times, but overall, it's got great characters and a fun storyline. And Simon Vance narrates it spectacularly, in that lovely accent of his. My thoughts on the series as a whole are on Erin Reads. ( )
  erelsi183 | Nov 18, 2013 |
Continuing on in the Temeraire series, with this relatively long-winded instalment. It has a very slow build, with so much pompous speech that cannot help but be a little gobsmacked when suddenly, about halfway through, the well-laid plans of Laurence and his company suddenly and violently goes to hell. However, after that brief flurry of excitement, we are thrown once more into tedious political manouverings and overblown speeches. I ended up skim-reading the end bit, because it seemed to promise more of the same. Novik has a nice writing style, that is relevant to the era (Napoleonic era) but sometimes the language is over-convoluted and frustratingly slow to get to the point.

Another thing I will note is the astounding amount of typos - random speechmarks at the end of sentences they shouldn't be, or missing from places they should. Lost periods. Words that were around the wrong way or missing altogether. I have never seen such a poorly editted professionally published novel, which makes me wonder if I somehow managed to obtain an advance proof or something - although nothing on the cover indicates that is so.

All in all, the whole Napoleonic War with dragons concept was an awesome idea, but has been drawn out to the point where it has lost its originality and has shifted into tedium. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
Much more interesting and exciting than the preceding couple of books, with a mission into Africa to boot. I've always liked how this series takes the reader to faraway places and this time Lawrence and Temeraire are off to find a cure for a dragon disease that's ravaging across the country and crippling the forces of the Aerial Corps.

I'm reading these books now more for the adventures rather than for the dragon battle scenes or the growing friendship between Lawrence and Temeraire, though those factors continue to feature strongly in the stories. I also like how the aviators have a different culture than the rest of the military, especially in how they view women in the service and in how they throw a lot of social norms to the wind. As a relative newcomer to that world, Lawrence is still in the process of learning all of this and it's often funny to read about his awkwardness and confusion.

The book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts. The bond between Lawrence and Temeraire has not been tested like this before, and I'm looking forward to see how all that pans out in the next book. ( )
  stefferoo | May 7, 2013 |
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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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