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Crucible of Gold (The Temeraire Series, Book 7) Paperback – 10 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007569106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007569106
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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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.'

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. 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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Format: Hardcover
As per the last book tongues of Serpents this book lacks something that the early books had, i dont know if there is some missing passion for the character (but i doubt that), is it a lack of knowledge of the local setting of the book or is there some distraction due to the Movie? What ever it is the lack of true passion in the book shows for me in the writing.

Even with that the characters are familiar and well liked, the dragons grow with each book and develop as characters, and the time period is compelling with the ships of the line and the adjusted history of the world teasing the reader with what is new and what is history.

Will i keep reading the series...Yes, i still enjoy Temeraire and his world.


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Naomi Novik's beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon's forces and the friendly - and sometimes not-so-friendly - fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain's last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon.
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It has been almost two years since the last book in this series, Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire 6), was released and yet Naomi Novik appears to jump from the last sentence of that book directly to the first sentence of this one. Readers who are unfamiliar with the previous Temeraire novels will probably be quite lost. It would help greatly if a reader were familiar with at least the first novel in the series, Temeraire (Temeraire 1) [a.k.a. His Majesty's Dragon], to understand the culture of a world where dragons not only exist, but are used as a military weapon. However, by reading on into this novel any reader will pick up (although possibly very slowly) the different characteristics each dragon has and the relationship between dragon and man as well as man and governmental agency. It might help to know that the dragons of the English fleet are obtained as eggs and a specific person is designated to be with that egg as it hatches because of the attachment formed by the young dragon to that specific person. The human becomes the dragon's captain and therefore must be an aviator. A dragon can weigh anywhere from 10 to 30 tons. In this telling of the battles with Napoleon dragons on both sides of the conflict play an enormous role.

In this story Will Laurence and Temeraire have settled down and are living and farming in New South Wales, Australia, since Laurence was removed from the service for treason. Instead of hanging, he was transported to Australia. All of those adventures took place in previous novels.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Will Laurence and his faithful dragon Temeraire have been living in exile in Australia for the past few years.

But building pavilions doesn't make for a very exciting book, so Naomi Novik's seventh novel is all about bringing the awesome pair back into action. It's a solid, tight historical fantasy that blasts Laurence and Temeraire into yet another strange exotic place, complete with shipwrecks, Frenchmen, whales, mutiny and feathered dragons.

Laurence is offered his commission back, because the British government has decided that it needs his help once more -- Brazil is in turmoil because of the Tswana empire, and the French have thrown Spain into chaos. Despite Laurence's misgivings, he and Temeraire leave on a ship for Brazil -- along with Demane, Granby, Iskierka and Kulingile.

But near the end of their voyage, their ship is destroyed, and the survivors find themselves marooned in the land of the Incas, ruled by dragons and not too pleased to see them. As they work their way to Rio, Temeraire and Laurence find themselves embroiled in another diplomatic disaster that can only end in another battle.

Temeraire and Laurence have gone to Asia, the Middle-East, Africa, Europe and even far-off Australia. Since they're rapidly running out of far-off places to visit, it's time for the pair to head off to South and Central America, which allows Novik to further flesh out her fictional world -- she mingles real history (Brazil's slavery issues) with fictional dragoncentric social customs.

The story also moves at a quicker pace than "Tongues of Serpents," with more dragon-fighting, fiery shipwrecks and a big climactic battle.
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