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8 July 2008 Temeraire (Book 5)
Naomi Novik’s triumphant debut, His Majesty’s Dragon, introduced a dynamic new pair of heroes to the annals of fantasy fiction: the noble fighting dragon Temeraire and his master and commander, Capt. Will Laurence. Now in the latest novel, they soar to new heights of breathtaking action and brilliant imagination.

It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military service–and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason. For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective: the occupation of London.

Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war and to aid the resistance against the invasion before Napoleon’s foothold on England’s shores can become a stranglehold.

If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before–for king and country, and for their own liberty. But can the French aggressors be well and truly routed, or will a treacherous alliance deliver Britain into the hands of her would- be conquerors?

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (8 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739368648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739368640
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,236,781 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

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

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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 Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on a game in Canada, 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The final showdown? 8 Nov 2008
By Deborah
Format:Hardcover
In this fifth book in the series, the author departs once and for all from a path that did once run parallel in a way to the Napoleonic Wars that we know from history, as Napoleon invades England, and the corps is called on to work with the army and the militia to try and force him back across the Channel.

Will Laurence has never been a light-hearted character, always constrained by his notions of etiquette, duty and honour, and now he is completely weighed down by the consequences of his actions at the end of the previous book. I haven't quite worked out why I so enjoyed reading about a character who is often such morose company, but I did.

Again, some of the characters are far from rounded - Laurence's former fiancee and her husband seem to be present solely as a plot device - but these are notable as exceptions rather than the rule. And also on the negative side, I was made a more than a little dizzy by the speed with which various characters sped around the British Isles. But these points were outweighed by far by what I really liked, in particular the characterisation of the dragons, including those found in the breeding ground; the development of the characters of the aviators (looking back to the first book); the characterisations of Wellington, Napoleon and Nelson in particular as men from history interwoven into Novik's fictional world; and finally the plot itself. Yes, there are some weaknesses, but there is also much originality and many clever touches.

I don't know if a further book is planned. There is a more complete ending to this than to the previous books, I think. I would like to read of their further adventures in ... (that would be telling!), but if there is no more to come, then there is enough in the existing books to warrant re-reading, and I can find the elusive Throne of Jade, which I have to read out of sequence as I couldn't get hold of it and was too impatient to wait for it before going on with the rest of the series!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dragon story that works 9 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Its hard to imagine how you can write a fantasy about dragons which still has something different to say. Well Naomi Novik's Temeraire sequence does just that. Some of the personality/friendship themes are no different from what Anne MacCaffrey used to write when her books were worth reading, But Novik's unique stroke is to place her books not in a repetitive sword and sorcery saga, but in an alternate historical fiction set in Britain in the time of the Napoleonic wars. Brilliant stuff beautifully written. Nice to give kids (the target is teenagers but works for everyone) a taste for history as well as adventure. This is the 5th book but she can go on forever for me.

I'm glad the warfare has come to an end - for now I assume - to allow the rich development of Temeraire's character as a champion for dragon's rights in 19th century England (no really!). Not the place to start, go back to "Temeraire" (imaginatively called "His Majesty's Dragon" in the US edition)and settle down for a treat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites in a brilliant series 6 Feb 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After the distressing ending to the last book, this one opens with Temeraire and Laurence separated. But when Napoleon finally lands in England, our adventurous twosome are reunited - but is it only a temprary respite?

I adore this series and just can't get enough of these books. Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I thought this was one of the best to date: it allows our two protagonists to develop separately, and melds character and exciting plot in a seamless way.

Temeraire's politicisation and increasingly radical stance is wonderful, and I laughed out loud at some of his naive-but-true remarks. This was offset by the emotional depth of some of the scenes and I have to admit I cried when Temeraire finally realised that Laurence wasn't dead.

Novik keeps all her plot strands clear and tight, and I liked the way our characters have changed as a result of circumstances - Laurence's crisis of conscience, for example, felt absolutely right to me.

So I can't praise these books enough - highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Temeraire: Victory of Eagles 3 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
The first few books in the series were great, and volume four seemed to be a peak. This fifth installment is perhaps not as good, but still enjoyable and interesting. The war finally hits England, and Lawrence and Temeraire struggle through their own difficulties during the melee. We see a lot of the dragons here as Temeraire makes some headway with fighting for dragon rights, and the over-all story of the series moves on as the Napoleonic war swings right across Britain and back again.

Some of the reviews on Amazon are very negative, and I wish I could disagree with most of what they are saying. The story is not as strong as some of the other volumes, leaving it feeling a bit like an "inbetweener" novel. Fans of books 1-4 will still enjoy it, and it's a worthwhile read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon - tastic 31 July 2008
By Paul
Format:Hardcover
Just got my hands on this fine novel. As with the others in the series they are a rocking swashbuckling read. The best one yet. It was un put downable from page 1 till the end. It grabbed my imagination and rolled on smoothly from the get go.

The cleaver use of the Dragons abilities and strengths are greatly realised. With a natural tactical appreciation and evolution of Dragon aided warfare. As normal the good old Brits lag behind the innovation of the French. But do catch up quickly and come up with some great ideas.

I think that the humans of the book are being taken over with the characterisation of the Dragons. This is great and well done. The Dragons are more human than the Humans.

I can not recommend it enough. Naomi Novik should never finish this series it is too good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Need to read the preceding books in the series to appreciate. A good read if you enjoy fantasy. Plenty of action and very enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars For my son!
My sons kindle is linked to my account. I can only assume that has he has purchased the entire series in order that they must be very good.
Published 4 months ago by yolande
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have enjoyed this series ever since the first book. Whilst others have left something to be desired this book was a gripping read that I couldn't put down.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars History revised at its best
A continuous duration of the Temeraire series, this time set in the UK. Political manoeuvring and interesting references to the anti-slavery league. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nick Moz
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Temeraire novel
As of yesterday, I have read the first six books in this series and am waiting for the seventh to come out in paperback. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this is a must read if you have read the others. Excellently written by a brilliant author, I really enjoyed it.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far of the series
After reading many negative reviews of this book, I almost left the series before reading it. I'm glad I didn't. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kieran
5.0 out of 5 stars Temeraire
Love the Temeraire books and have the whole series, once you read one you are hooked. Can't wait for the next book.
Published 21 months ago by teccarol
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story, terrible editing
The earlier books in this series roughly follow historical events, albeit with dragons adding an extra dimension to the battles. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series
A Great series of books - I have read the first six and cannot wait for the next one to come out
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Mr. M. Franzkowiak
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