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Black Powder War

Black Powder War

Paperback - 2006
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In the wake of their adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, are sent on a mission to protect three valuable dragon eggs on a trip back to England from the Ottoman Empire, but the vengeful Chinese dragon Lien allies herself with Napoleon to stop them.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, ℗♭2006
ISBN: 9780345481306
Branch Call Number: SciFic Novik Pbk
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 18 cm


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Mar 29, 2021

I'm loving this series and this book is no exception. It's all about the journey home, picking up where book 2 left off.

Naomi is a terrific writer, and she seamlessly goes into the philosophy of things like friendship, duty, honor, and the ethics of slavery and where exactly the "lines" are, as Laurance and Temeraire have in-depth discussions throughout the story. The pacing is wonderful and will keep you invested from cover to cover.

She has a wonderful ability to move plot forward while simultaneously tackling hard questions as Temeraire learns more about the world around him and having to share insights and ask hard questions of Laurance, who learns nearly just as much from Temeraire along the way.

Oct 20, 2019

I wanted another book paced like the first in the series; not realistic, when Novik is creating alternative history of the Napoleonic War of the Fourth Coalition in superb detail. I'll re-read this in the future, as Novik is a stellar writer.

Feb 21, 2016

Some brilliant insights into politics, personal responsibility, ethics, and friendship. Faces the problems of slavery a little more "head on" than book 2. Couldn't put it down.

Sep 06, 2011

I enjoyed this one much better than the second. The plot was more developed and it held my interest the whole way through. I did find it a little hard to believe that Termeraire could carry 300 men at one time, but I'll let it slide.

Apr 19, 2010

You may find, after finishing this book, that you have been holding your breath since somewhere around the halfway mark.

I was, anyway. This is good stuff, and one very nearly forgets that there were no dragons involved in the Napoleonic Wars.


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