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Tongues of Serpents

by Naomi Novik

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Series: Temeraire (6)

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The Temeraire series answers the age-old question, "How would the Napoleonic Wars change if dragons existed?"

In the first book, [b:His Majesty's Dragon|28876|His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)|Naomi Novik|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167957693s/28876.jpg|726205], the answer is that not much would change--all the European nations have dragons, and they treat them like a cross between pets and battleships. The only real change is that communication is slightly faster and some additional battles are fought in the air. The main character, Laurence, is a British naval captain who befriends the dragon Temeraire; the first book is their introduction to aerial warfare. It's a wonderful story. But Novik complicates the narrative in a very satisfying way with the next book, [b:Throne of Jade|14069|Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)|Naomi Novik|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166575829s/14069.jpg|2213322], which widens the world to include China. Further books take Laurence and Temeraire through Africa and finally, to Australia, all the while fighting Napoleon's forces and allies every inch of the way. The series slowly reveals itself to be a colonialist narrative told from a very post-colonialist pov. We are presented with classic European views and politics--the slave trade, use of opium for trade purposes, Manifest Destiny, etc--but the existence of dragons changes the result. When European traders take people as slaves from Africa, the African dragons and their warriors fight back, exceedingly effectively. The spread of European settlers in the Americas is very different, because the native Americans have plenty of defenses of their own. It's fascinating!

But the series is not just a game of "what if"--it's a deeply satisfying character study of the uncomfortably honorable Laurence, the brilliant-but-jejune Temeraire, and the diverse cast of side characters. Although there are a few battles in [b:Tongues of Serpents|7038489|Tongues of Serpents A Novel of Temeraire (Temeraire, #6)|Naomi Novik|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1262669469s/7038489.jpg|7287326], the majority of the plot is simply Temeraire and Laurence treking across Australia.

Laurence has always been a character driven by honor and duty--his sense of responsibility toward England weighed heavily and constantly upon his shoulders. But after [b:Victory of Eagles|891593|Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)|Naomi Novik|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61eYT1zu1UL._SL75_.jpg|3102331], he has lost his taste for war, even against England's enemies. Although many called him a traitor for his mercy, he maintained his patriotism. But in this book, he must question his own loyalty to his embattled nation.

Although I think this series is easily the most mature look at the Napoleonic wars OR dragons that I've ever read, there's a great deal of humor and adventure in it, as well. The dragons each have fabulous personalities that clash horribly (they read a lot like scaly, half-ton cats). And there's nothing to get the blood up like fighting sea-serpents! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
i got a lil bored of them wandering around Australasia lost and stuff so i skipped ahead to the good parts and the end and am now going back to read the details now that i know how everything is going to play out i have patience for the boring search in the Australian wilderness. it was really a 2 1/2 star not a full 3. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
i got a lil bored of them wandering around Australasia lost and stuff so i skipped ahead to the good parts and the end and am now going back to read the details now that i know how everything is going to play out i have patience for the boring search in the Australian wilderness. it was really a 2 1/2 star not a full 3. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
i got a lil bored of them wandering around Australasia lost and stuff so i skipped ahead to the good parts and the end and am now going back to read the details now that i know how everything is going to play out i have patience for the boring search in the Australian wilderness. it was really a 2 1/2 star not a full 3. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
i got a lil bored of them wandering around Australasia lost and stuff so i skipped ahead to the good parts and the end and am now going back to read the details now that i know how everything is going to play out i have patience for the boring search in the Australian wilderness. it was really a 2 1/2 star not a full 3. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik's Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers-they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence. Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon's invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence-stripped of rank and standing-have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons. Temeraire and Laurence carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony and destined to be handed over to such second-rate, undesirable officers as have been willing to accept so remote an assignment-including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life. Nor is this the greatest difficulty that confronts the exiled dragon and rider: Instead of leaving behind all the political entanglements and corruptions of the war, Laurence and Temeraire have instead sailed into a hornet's nest of fresh complications. For the colony at New South Wales has been thrown into turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, one William Bligh-better known as Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. Bligh wastes no time in attempting to enlist Temeraire and Laurence to restore him to office, while the upstart masters of the colony are equally determined that the new arrivals should not upset a balance of power precariously tipped in their favor. Eager to escape this political quagmire, Laurence and Temeraire take on a mission to find a way through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But when one of the dragon eggs is stolen from Temeraire, the surveying expedition becomes a desperate race to recover it in time-a race that leads to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new obstacle in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.
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Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon's invasion of England, Temeraire the dragon and his friend and rider, Capt. Will Laurence, are transported to the prison colony in Australia. They carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony.… (more)

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