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Crucible of Gold: A Novel of Temeraire by [Novik, Naomi]
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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: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4238 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PGWAW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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The first book in this series remains the best; not merely because it was a brilliant book, but because the others since have largely been awfully boring. This one is no different. Continuing with the episodic travelogue style, this time the story of Laurence and Temeraire takes us to South America (undoubtedly the final book will end in North America, as it is the only continent apart from the Poles not yet visited). Cue artful but endless descriptions of the local geography as the characters travel, with frequent stop-overs where Laurence and Temeraire have to sit and wait in the custody of various rulers, engaging in unforgivably boring diplomatic dialogue. It is the politicking and the diplomacy that are the worst parts of the Temeraire series - while I'm sure much of historic warfare was spent in discussions rather than on the battlefield, I wish Novik could spare us most of the details. Instead we are treated to filler material, as has been the case more and more with the Temeraire series.

I will finish the series, because Temeraire and the other dragons are still such wonderful creations, and the preview of 'Blood Of Tyrants' provided at the end of this book seems to show the next plot will be refreshingly different (if no less light on the travel writing). But with so much filler, this series ought to be half the length it actually is.
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Demonstrating again that she has become one of the best prose stylists in fantasy fiction, Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" is one of the most compelling chapters in her fantasy and alternate history "Temeraire" series. Prior comparisons with Patrick O'Brian are definitely most apt here, in her mesmerizing accounts of Pacific tropical isles and South American rain forests, that rank easily alongside those depicted in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. Equally commendable is her extensive description of Incan society and culture, which figure prominently in "Crucible of Gold", the 7th novel in the critically acclaimed, quite popular, "Temeraire" series. Though I admire the late Anne McCaffrey's work, including the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, that fine oeuvre is being surpassed by Naomi Novik's , since she has displayed consistently, a higher literary standard in each of her "Temeraire" novels. Without question, Novik is a writer worthy of comparison not only with McCaffrey, but also, with the likes of Neil Gaiman and Michael Swanwick; her latest novel brilliantly reaffirms that.

Restored unexpectedly to his former rank and seniority in His Britannic Majesty's Aerial Corps, Captain Laurence, Temeraire and their friends - both human and dragon - are compelled to take a hazardous sea voyage to South America, once more escorting diplomat Arthur Hammond, hoping to aid the exiled Portugese royal family in Rio De Janeiro, besieged by both the French and the Southern African Tswana dragonriders (The native people described in "Empire of Ivory", the fourth "Temeraire" novel).
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