Second in the Temeraire series. This was excellent! Well written, exciting, fun, and of course I love the dragons! All the characters have taken on lives of their own, both human and draconic. And I'm quite impressed by the way Novik has managed to incorporate dragons into the "real" history of many countries to create these stories -- she really makes it work.
Great story, great details, and I'm very interested to see what Temeraire gets up to in the next installment! Very highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy or dragon stories!
Another outstanding entry into the Temeraire series, an alternate history where dragons exist during the period of the Napoleonic wars. Set during the long voyage to and arrival in China, the intricacies and intrigues of the Chinese Imperial court are set side by side with the community of Chinese dragons. This series is pure magic, with well drawn characters (including the dragons), rich historic settings and wonderful plotting. Unlike most sophomore books, this one maintains the quality of the first, advances the world arc and tells a clean resolved story of its own.
The first book was a pleasant surprise, and I really enjoyed the second book as well. It's such an inventive alternate history. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series--Ms. Novik has done a great job of keeping me guessing and wondering what is going to come next.
Second in the Temeraire fantasy series, which is sort of alternative history, too--set during the Napoleonic wars with the added feature of having dragons exist--as weapons of war! I have to say I didn't like this book as well as the first in series--I suspect because I am not real big on naval battles/naval war history, and this book took place almost exclusively on a dragon transport ship as Laurence and Temeraire are being escorted back to China. Since Temeraire is a Chinese Celestial dragon, the Chinese Emperor has demanded his return to the native country and Laurence accompanies her, certain that he will be forcibly parted from his partner at voyage's end. I still enjoyed the book--it's rare that a book with dragons doesn't enthrall me--and will definitely read the next in series...it's just that the descriptions of the ship, naval battles and all that sailor/naval stuff left me a bit cold.
Excellent, very well written. Wonderful plot, characters are interesting, action is well played and gripping. Loved it!