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A change of pace from the first book but still an engrossing read
on 13 January 2012
In the second of the Temeraire series, Novik widens the scenario from the first book. The Chinese want Temeraire back and eventually, if reluctantly, agree that Laurence can accompany him to China. En route, there are assassination attempts on board the transport ship, and storms to contend with - both physical and emotional.
I love Temeraire and really like what Novik does in this book. Admittedly, we miss the other dragons and their captains, but to compensate there are interesting developments in the relationship between Temeraire and Laurence when they arrive in China.
If you're looking for something action-packed and fast-paced then this may disappoint. Much of the interest comes from the interaction of the characters, not least the political machinations and the confrontation between English and Chinese.
Temeraire's education into what it means to be a dragon in China is done very well, and his maturation leads to some nice interplay with Laurence.
So this is a slower book, in lots of ways, than the first but I still found it completely engrossing.