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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (13 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522894
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular fascination with the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen. She began writing as a guilty pleasure while studying for her Master's degree in Computer Science at Columbia. She found an opportunity to combine her passions by developing computer games, starting with a multi-player online science fiction game she created in college that has now been in continuous operation for almost a decade. She is also the founder and organizer of Vividcon, the annual convention for digital video enthusiasts who create music videos and other short films based on their favorite television shows and movies, and of the Commonverse, a project dedicated to applying the "open source" approach for software development to the writing of shared-universe fiction. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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‘These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.’
Peter Jackson

‘Novik won me over with her first novel… the combination of military history, sympathetic characters, and engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.’
The Times

‘Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat.’
The Telegraph

‘Novik has stirred the passions with a genre-busting historical fantasy of the first order.'
Sunday Sport

'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels.'
Guardian

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Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. She soon realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire was her first.
Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
This eighth volume in the Temeraire series falls into three parts: in the first Laurence finds himself shipwrecked in Japan, with no memory of who he is or what he's doing here - while, elsewhere, Temeraire and his friends, both human and dragon, search for him.

The second part, set in China, continues the past story of Laurence and Temeraire's relationship with the riven politics of the Imperial dynasty, hampered by Laurence's continued loss of memory. This is the most emotional part as Laurence confronts and, to some extent, has to re-enact his previous relationship with the distressed Temeraire. The third part is the most action filled as Temeraire and Laurence take a Chinese army to help the Russians fight Napoleon.

After the last two disappointing books, it's good to see Novik back on form here although, to be honest, this doesn't match the pure brilliance of the early books (1-5 in the series).

I only very rarely get on with fantasy books but this series is exceptional: good writing, interesting and intelligent plotting, persistently excellent characterisation in the dragons as much as, perhaps more than, in the humans. This certainly isn't the place to start if you haven't read the earlier books but for Temeraire fans, this is a welcome addition to the story.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
OK, I loved the original books in the series and sadly missed Crucible of Gold, so when I started reading this, it was fairly obvious that I'd missed an epic adventure. This tale however was something that I found sadly lacking. Don't get me wrong it was great to adventure with Temeraire and Laurence again as well as spending time with their friends but this book felt a little flat, as if it was designed more to be a series of short stories that was suddenly decided to be bound together to make a novel. I felt cheated and a little disjointed as each time I felt I had a handle, the events within seemed to jump partly to a new location finally taking us to Moscow for the main part of the book.

That said, I do love the authors writing style, I love the prose, the pace and the way that the combat is not only handled but delivered to the readers imagination but when its delivered in such a way I had a hard time accepting this as an overall title. I really would suggest that they sell this more as a couple of shorts and a novella rather than one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doria on 6 Nov 2013
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I bought it because it’s the 8th book in Temeraire series and since I have previous seven I needed this one also. I'm very sorry to say I didn't enjoy it as the previous ones, the whole amnesia plot feels very soap opera like. And when I finished the book my conclusion was that I see no reason why it was necessary, my only guess is that otherwise we wouldn't hear about Japanese dragons.
So, if you are a fan read the book. If you are looking at this as a standalone book skip it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Oct 2013
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I love Temeraire. But this was not up to standard. Muddy to begin with, and did not improve much. I wonder if Ms. Novik should just leave the series as it is now...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2013
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The first Temeraire novel enchanted me. I loved the characters, the humour, the world and all the detail of it.

How things change (warning: mild spoilers ahead, but nobody dies or anything. That would've been too interesting)

'Blood of Tyrants' is one of the most poorly constructed novels I've ever read. The story is disjointed, feeling more like 'minisodes' than one continuous plot. This didn't come as a massive shock for me. The previous books, after the high of the first one, were reasonably good, then became average and slightly disappointing, largely due to the formulaic plotting. Novik appears to have spent all her imagination on the world of the dragons and none of it elsewhere. It was inevitable really that she would resort to the trashy TV staple that is amnesia. And so 'Blood of Tyrants' begins with Captain Laurence washed up on a beach with - rather conveniently - no memories from the time onwards that he has known Temeraire.

After a brief and pointless whistle-stop tour of Japan (that's one more country ticked off the list!) we're whisked off to China. And I mean this almost literally. Here we encounter undoubtedly the most clumsy transition ever conceived of by an author. One moment Laurence and Temeraire are sailing between Japan and China; the next, Laurence is in a Chinese throne room and someone's thrown a bomb. I actually considered phoning up the publishers to check that I didn't have a defective copy of the book; not even the unbroken page numbers could assuage me of my confusion.

In the second minisode, we are treated to a tour of the Chinese countryside, some tedious political intrigue, and one or two pages of genuinely interesting aerial fight scenes (how gracious of the author).
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I had to smile when I read another review, in which the reader felt the memory-loss of the human hero was not convincing. Since I can accept the concept of talking dragons fighting on different sides in the Napoleonic wars, the memory-loss was not a big hurdle for me!
I loved this one as much as the previous seven books (just slightly peeved that i hadn't noticed it was out sooner!). I would suggest anyone coming new to the series should start at the beginning, although I was impressed with the way Naomi Norvik refers to previous events in a subtle way, without pages of boring repetitious information which could spoil the narrative. The story flows along as usual, I couldn't put it down and read long into the night in order to finish it! Then wished I hadn't as there was nothing to look forward to!
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