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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Black Powder War (The Temeraire Series, Book 3)
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on 2 April 2008
The third in the "Temeraire" series gives Captain Lawrence and Temeraire an uncertain new mission. In order to accomplish this they must travel from the orient into the deadly territories further west, into the depths of the European continent. Novik continues her alternate history thread to great effect, pulling the characters into darker waters with a guide they don't entirely trust.

As with the previous instalments, the writing is beautifully fluid and expertly constructed. Whatever niggles her narrative had at the start of her career have now been entirely ironed out, leaving the narrative and dialogue very smooth and easy to digest. This novel is not quite as fast-paced as the first two, and the excitement of the title and blurb is a little misleading. This is a much more sedate story but with fine character development and cleverly placed action sequences to keep the story going. Wonderfully paced, but not action-packed - still well worth a read if you enjoyed the earlier books.
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on 9 August 2014
I thought that this may have been a little boring being the journey home.... but the story kept me gripped all the way through.

This book sees temeraire and his crew travel from China back to Scotland with various problems encountered route!
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on 12 July 2010
The 3rd in the fantastic Temeraire series, the story chugs along ata good pace and the characters of Lawrence & Temeraire are fleshed out a lot more.
If you've read the others then you are definately going to read this one too!
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on 28 January 2015
what can you say about Naomi Novik and her dragon saga that hasn't already been said? Witty and engaging- i could read her books anytime, anyplace.
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on 12 September 2015
Weaker than previous novels, as the narrative intensity isn't as strong, but still good - just compares to a very high bar from previous books!
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on 25 August 2013
Naomi Novik brings lefe to the dragons she attributes real personalities to her characters and you are living with them. Highly recommended
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on 30 November 2013
It's a fun and light book. its a jurney diferently discribed and i enjoyed it.
Hopefully she will set a faster pace on the next one,
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on 3 February 2016
The writing and plotting were as good as ever, I'm just too old to take that much bad news all at once! Blame history, not Ms. Novik.
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on 9 February 2017
Enjoyed it as much as the others. A good follow on to the previous books in the series. If you like dragons you will like these.
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on 9 March 2012
The journey back was interesting, and the losing the war was interesting. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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