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Throne of Jade (Temeraire 2) [Hardcover]

Naomi Novik
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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7 Aug 2006 Temeraire 2

Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the turbulent time of the Napoleonic Wars.

History takes flight in this deliciously addictive novel, which captures the Napoleonic period perfectly and skilfully layers history with imagination by adding a Dragon Air Force to the battle for England.

Temeraire is a Celestial dragon, the most highly-prized of all draconic breeds; famed for their intelligence, agility and most of all for the Divine Wind – their terrible roar capable of shattering the heavy timbers of war ships and devastating woodland. Captured by the British, Temeraire was meant to be the companion of the Emperor Napoleon and not captained by a mere officer in the British Air Corps. The Chinese have demanded his return and the British government cannot afford to provoke the Asian super-power into allying with the French – even if it costs them the most powerful weapon in their arsenal, and forces Laurence and Temeraire apart.



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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739468715
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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'I took a jaundiced view of dragon books until 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

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

‘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

About the Author

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 did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and, on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire is her first.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers. Her website and livejournal are at www.temeraire.org


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Continuation to the Saga 15 Jan 2007
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Throne of Jade, the second installment of the adventures of Celestial Dragon Temeraire and his British 'Captain'; Laurence, is a satisfying continuation to the story introduced in Naomi Novik's debut 'Temeraire'.

Picking up a few months after the conclusion of the previous novel, Throne of Jade finds Laurence and Temeraire threatened with being separated when a delegation from China, from where Temeraire's egg orginally came, arriving in Britain demanding the now fully grown dragon's return. With political, trade & diplomatic considerations taking precedence, Laurence and Temeraire are despatched by the British Government to China in an effort to appease the Chinese and prevent France from securing an alliance with that great country. Bound by duty and honour Laurence and Temeraire have no choice but to go, even though doing so might result in their being separated permanently.

What follows is a very different book to the first Temeraire novel. With the first two thirds of the book being set at sea aboard the Dragon Transport that Laurence and his steed are obliged to take to China (a sort of Napoleonic era aircraft carrier that is yet another imaginative invention on the part of the author), much of the story is given over to further developing both Temeraire as a character and his relationship with Laurence. This is well handled by Novik, and she adds added depth by the introduction of Chinese characters whose attitude to Temeraire and Dragons as a species is very different to that of Europeans and give new perspective that was missing in the first book.
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By Lucinda
Format:Hardcover
Never before have I encountered a marvelous fantasy tale that blends together both exquisite historical details with an exciting pirate `feel', akin to Pirates of the Caribbean versus Bernard Cornwell. Naomi Novik writes like Robin Hobb or Stephen King; with such extensive knowledge of her creation and spectacular world-building. Assured and accomplished this impressive novel is highly believable, compelling and a thoroughly engaging read that takes your breath away - literally! This is also the kind of story which similarly to "The chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis", it appeals to all ages from the younger reader to the adult reader.

`Temeraire: Throne of Jade" is an exceptional debut novel, full of inspired creativity and fresh ideas within a popular and highly competitive genre. From the lush cover of this beautiful book, with the map, to the thrilling fast-paced action and intense drama this is something truly special and noteworthy. I have been on many great quests that span from the vastness of Middle-Earth to the brilliance of the Northern Lights, and yet never have I encountered so much danger and remarkable happenings as when I plunged into this book. History takes flight in this deliciously addictive story, which skillfully layers the history of the Napoleonic war with breathtaking imagination.

The battle for Europe rages upon land and sea...and in the skies. Squadrons of aviators rain fiery death upon their enemies, but the destruction is not caused by gunpowder alone - it comes from the very guts of the beasts they are flying Dragons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Temeraire series 24 Sep 2012
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wonderful books , i really enjoyed reading the series , and now obtaining them for a friend , they come quickly in the post , happy customer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Temeraire continues 15 Mar 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The continuation of the fabulous Temeraire series which was one that I cited at the beginning of the year as a dark horse to watch. The characters continue to grow, the double teaming of man and dragon against the world is something that I really haven't got tired of and as such the tensions and strains is something that continues to keep the reader enthralled.

The novel as the previous instalment was extrememly well written, and the novel approach that has been taken is sure to spawn many counterfeit replicas that will poorly imitate the writing style, in fact the popularity of such a novel will more than likely lead to a AAA mickey take from rival publishers Gollancz.

For many people the thing that has to be said is that you can pick up this tale without having read the previous instalment, however the reader that does that is selling the series short even though as a one off its still unique and entertaining. If your looking for an entertaining child friendly stocking filler this Christmas then this is ideal, after all it's a long wait for the next harry potter and the two Temeraires will mean so much, especially with the third part out in January.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Throne of Jade 2 April 2008
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Thoroughly absorbed by the first in the series, I bought the sequel as soon as it was released. Novik's proficiency with both story structure and the English language is brilliant and has already earned her due acclaim. She has created wonderful characters in Temeraire and Captain Lawrence that are thoroughly endearing, and has now placed them in an unfamiliar environment surrounded quietly hostile acquaintances ...

Don't miss this, it's brilliant.
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