Throne of Jade

Throne of Jade

Audiobook CD - 2007 | Library ed
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Captain Will Laurence and his noble dragon Temeraire battle against Bonaparte's invading forces. When China discovers that their rare gift, meant for Napoleon, is now in the hands of the British forces, they demand the return of the dragon.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2007
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415940174
Branch Call Number: CD SF NOV
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (11 hr., 41 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon


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Dec 15, 2016

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- I should never have ignored Mike the GM's recommendation about this book series. Rarely is the sequel as good as the first book, but in this case.....well, I shouldn't be surprised, given how amazing Naomi Novik is. Laurence and Temeraire's relationship continues, and gets more complicated, both from internal influences (Temeraire entering teenage hood, more or less, and Laurence being under real threat of losing him) and external (China).

I thought the handling of Chinese culture was well done, especially given the British-centric perspective, and how history actually played out with those two world powers. Novik's cultural differences in how each country treats its dragons continues to delight and intrigue me. And although there are very few full-scale dragon aerial battles in this book, the danger is nearly constant. Actually, the pacing as a whole is pretty constant, although there were moments things seemed to skip from resting action into battle action a bit abruptly.

I listened to this one on audiobook, and I'm going to continue the series that way. The narrator has a beautiful voice, and although his female voices are a bit put-upon, he does accents well and narrates so smoothly. Of course I continue to highly recommend this to fans of fantasy, historical fiction/historical fantasy, dragons, Great Britain in the 1700s, naval/aerial warfare, and interesting friendship dynamics.


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