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Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Naomi Novik

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Title:Black Powder War
Authors:Naomi Novik
Info:Del Rey (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Black Powder War by Naomi Novik (2006)

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Uneven. it was bleak in spots. Get them home to England already. ( )
  ewillse | Jan 18, 2016 |
This is the third 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. At the end of the first book, they discovered that Temeraire is not an Imperial Dragon as they thought, but a Celestial, one of only nine in the world. Laurence and Temeraire traveled to China to establish the legitimacy of their relationship, and a diplomatic compromise was achieved. In this book, the two head back to Britain, but take an overland route because of the urgent matter of some dragon eggs about to hatch in Istanbul. Laurence hires a guide, Tharkay, of questionable character, and along the way they also pick up some questionable feral dragons as companions. Both men and beasts prove to be better than anyone thought, however, and they are all pressed into service to help the Prussian campaign against Napoleon. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 3, 2016 |
And on to the third in the Temeraire series. The story picks up close on where the last left off, with our scaly hero in China – until his captain, Will Laurence, receives orders to go pick up three dragon eggs from Istanbul. The orders raise questions: for one, why them, when there are dragons closer? But an order is an order, and haste is required if, as they come to understand, one of the eggs is not far from hatching, and Laurence scrambles together his crew, leave behind their transport ship, find a guide who will hopefully be reliable, and head off.

These books – as I'll probably repeat if I get around to reviewing the other two – are quintessential Boys' Own Adventure Stories. Action! Adventure! Battle! Dragons! Exotic locales, fierce fighting, loyal crews struggling against a worthy foe, surprise enemies and surprise allies – it's like something Robert Louis Stevenson might write. If he'd written about dragons.

In this one, though, the nonstop action begins to become repetitive. Laurence just can't catch a break, and it starts to get a little old, to be blunt. I've always ground my teeth a little through the movies and books where Our Hero gets shot and beaten up and hit by a car and blown up and thrown out a window and beaten up again, till at the end he's limping and hugging broken ribs and only seeing out of one eye and covered with blood – but he still kicks the bad guys' butts! 'Cause he's the Hero! Okay. This is a bit like what happens to Laurence. In every book. And when it's not Laurence being hurt it's Temeraire. And when they're not being hurt they're being tangled thoroughly in bureaucratic red tape. Taken here and there and now and then these are fun books. Read one after another, they tend to become repetitive. ( )
  Stewartry | Dec 2, 2015 |
This one was a bit slower than the rest and it felt dragged out at points, but it was fun and had fantastic battle scenes! There was a time I flirted with the idea of giving up the series but I really loved the ending. I must know what happens next!! ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345481305, Mass Market Paperback)

“A splendid series.”
–Anne McCaffrey

“Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about.”
–David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army?

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In the wake of their adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, are sent on a mission to protect three valuable dragon eggs on a trip back to England from the Ottoman Empire, but the vengeful Chinese dragon Lien allies herself with Napoleon to stop them.… (more)

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